Cancer Knowledge in the Plural: Communicability of Presence, Trans/Media and the Queer Biopolitics of Prosthetic Mobilities

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Mary Bryson

Dr. Mary Bryson, Professor, Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia.

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Can We Play ‘Fun Gay’? Disjuncture & Difference in Millenial Queer Youth Narratives

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Mary Bryson

It has become commonplace for narratives concerning youth whose lives are situated within cultures saturated by convergent media, unproblematically to reproduce assumptions regarding the meliorative role of access to networked digital media. In these accounts, learning is co-extensive with play, access with participation, logging in with belonging, and the consumption of digital artifacts is read as meaningful engagement in networked socialities. Techno-rationalist accounts concerning Net Gen youth and new media likewise tend to consolidate in narratives that foreground a putative impact accorded to access to techno-social networks, the possibility to overcome inequities that would otherwise accrue as a function of problematic participation and citizenship in a public. This paper attends to the generative role of the Internet in accounts of sexual self-formation by millennial queer youth – youth whose adolescence is situated in a networked, digital culture. With particular attention to the contingent assemblage of gender, sexuality and other modes of identification, this research counters and complicates decontextualized, celebratory notions of queer youth and cyberspace.
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When Jill Jacks in … Queer Virtualities and the Politics of Mis/Recognition

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Mary Bryson

Mary Bryson is Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Programs, ECPS, Faculty of Education, UBC. Her primary interest is in sociocultural scholarship concerning technology, equity, and pedagogically transgressive use of digital tools. She has numerous publications on theoretical treatments of gender and technology, queer theory, and equity in education, including Radical In<ter>ventions (SUNY Press). In 2000, Bryson was a recipient of the Canadian Pioneer in New Technologies and Media award. Her SSHRC research, “Queer Women on the Net,” is focused on new media, identity, and discursive emplotments of network formation, community and agency (http://www.queerville.ca).
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