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CFP: Queer Intimacies: Configurations of Gender and Sexuality in the Digital Anthropocene

                Dear colleagues,
please consider applying for participation in our workshop on "Queer
Intimacies: Configurations of Gender and Sexuality in the Digital
Anthropocene" during the German Anthropological Association's bi-annual
meeting in Bremen this September.

Call for Papers
Queer Intimacies: Configurations of Gender and Sexuality in the Digital
part of GAA 2021 "Worlds. Zones. Atmospheres. Seismographies of the
27 to 30 September 2021 at the University of Bremen
Claudia Liebelt (University of Bayreuth), Max Schnepf (Freie Universitt
Prof. Susanna Paasonen (tbc), University of Turku
Intimacy has become a key notion in the study of gender and sexuality,
including in social and cultural anthropology. Recent studies on transactional
sex and promiscuous intimacies succeeded in queering the notion's
heteronormative epistemologies. Far from being a private matter, intimacy
constitutes a sphere of neoliberal and imperial governance. Changing technical
infrastructures such as social media, online gaming, dating apps and sexbots
produce new forms of mediated intimacies, facilitating the emergence of novel
sexual and porn cultures.
The digital Anthropocene highlights how our ways of being in the world and
relating to intimate others are increasingly mediated by digital technologies,
fostering new human-machine entanglements, cyborg embodiments and posthuman
subjectivities. From such a perspective, the sharing of intimate selfies on
social media may be understood as a form of worlding, of curating new zones at
the interface of digital and analogue worlds. Digital media and practices such
as vlogging offer new possibilities for activism, community formation and
visibility, creating novel zones of habitation and sociality, but also new
vulnerabilities, bullying and exposure in heteronormative and misogynist
sexual cultures.
Based on the ambivalences of the digital Anthropocene, we wish to talk about
queer intimacies and configurations of gender and sexuality between digital
and analogue worlds. We are interested in ethnographic and conceptual papers
- formations of online socialities and post-human subjectivities
- the commercialization of queer bodies and selves in digital cultures
- debates on sexual "needs", the importance of physical touch and its
replacement with digital devices in the pandemic
- interfaces of digital and non-digital worlds, e.g. the facilitation of
offline encounters through dating apps
- the emergence of new audio-visual cultures and their impacts on bodily
- queer imaginaries of cyborg becomings and intimate relations with AI
- intimate digital ethnography.

To apply, please send your abstracts of max. 1.200 characters (incl. spaces)
and a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) directly to and
Deadline: 15 February 2021
Please also visit
We look forward to reading your work!
Claudia Liebelt and Max Schnepf

Max Schnepf

er/ihn/ihm | he/him
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter | Research Associate
Freie Universitt Berlin | Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology |
Research Area Medical Anthropology

Schnepf, Max. 2020. Camp at the Salon: Anthropological Sense-Making with a
Wink. Etnofoor 32 (2): 83-98.
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