43rd Annual Gender Studies Symposium
Being Online
March 6–8, 2024

  • When It Was Ours: A Queer and Trans Counterhistory of the Internet

    Avery Dame-Griff, lecturer at Gonzaga University and author of The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet

    In this talk, Dr. Dame-Griff explores three capsule histories of queer and trans services and communities from the early years of the nascent Internet. Each of these stories represents not only a path not taken but also an alternative model for our “digital world,” one where accessibility, community investment, and shared governance are prioritized over profit. Even with rising outside pressure, their creators and users resisted the capitalistic impulse to see the web as solely a transactional medium focused on usability and hyper-optimization. By the end, we’ll consider how these stories inspire us to rethink why we connect online.

  • What Are Gender and Sexuality in the World We Want?

    Moya Bailey, associate professor at Northwestern University and author of Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance

    This presentation takes the form of a short story that explores gender and sexuality at the end of the anthropocene. Gather round to hear a tale of hope, even as the world as we know it is at an end. Dr. Bailey will explore what kinds of digital worlds we are dreaming in the aftermath of apocalypse and how our attachment to “identities” might help or harm our process on this unfolding path.