Politics and Identity in Digital Geographies I

Type: Virtual Paper
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Organizers: Casey Lynch, Emma Slager, Will Payne
Chairs: Casey Lynch

Description

Within the broader "digital turn" (Ash, Kitchin, and Leszczynski, 2018) in geography over the past several years, scholars have investigated how emerging digital systems re-organize relationships of power, creating both new constraints and possibilities for political action. State and corporate actors enroll various forms of algorithmic decision-making and data-based governance work to securitize against potential futures deemed undesirable, while making possible new forms of centralized control and targeted intervention in social life (Amoore and Raley, 2017; Leszczynski, 2016; Marvin and Luque-Ayala, 2017). Although each generation of technology industry hype touts the ability for new forms of connection to liberate and unite social groups, digital communications and media technologies have increasingly supported emerging reactionary populist digital spaces, from alt-right cultural geographies (Hodge and Hallgrimsdottir 2019) to suburban-style segregation online (Banks 2019). At the same time, access to and control over digital technologies are seen as a potential site of political struggle, with scholars highlighting possibilities for alternative digital futures based on postcapitalist logics (Lynch, 2019; Gerhardt, 2019).

Others have focused on the ways digital technologies re-shape existing and produce new categories of identity and difference. Elwood and Leszczynski (2018) have called for feminist digital geographies, highlighting how engagements between digital studies and feminist, queer, and critical race theory are "generating significant new insight into contemporary digital mediations of complex bodies, lives, places, politics, economies and socialities in ways that challenge longstanding disciplinary exclusions" (p. 630). For instance, Jefferson (2018) explores how emerging forms of data-driven crime mapping in Chicago intensify and rationalize ongoing practices of racialized policing, granting them a "scientific" basis. In another example, Jenzen (2017) examines how trans youth engage with digital social media to challenge cis and binary identity norms and generate new practices of community formation, peer education, and activism.

We invite papers making theoretical, empirical, and/or methodological contributions to the field of digital geographies with a focus on questions of politics and identity. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

Digital technology and the production of new subjectivities
Race, gender, sexuality, age, class, and ability in digital geographies
Digital productions of counterpublics and activism in the digital era
The politics of surveillance and privacy
Emerging online political spaces of every valence


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jason Luger*, Northumbria University, Against the City? Digital Heartlands, Suburban Authoritarians 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Erin Torkelson*, University of California Berkeley, Sophia's Choice: Debt, Social Welfare, and Racial Capitalism 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Dana Cuomo*, Lafayette College, New Tools, Old Abuse: Digital Geographies, Technology and Coercive Control 15 12:00 AM
Presenter ANURAG MAZUMDAR*, , Computing Bodies in Platforms: Reading Subjectivities in Two Work Platforms in India 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Will Payne*, Rutgers University, Review Bombing the Smart City: Contested Political Speech on Local Review Platforms 15 12:00 AM

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