Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 11:30am
100 Wall StreetNew Haven, CT 06511
“‘Crazy, yes. But not tiny.’: Networked #FtM Culture, Identity, & Knowledge Production on Tumblr”
Jen Jack Gieseking’s research project explores transgender culture production, medical knowledge exchange, and social network development on the social platform Tumblr in trans people’s own words and images. Drawing on text and social network analysis, S/he has conducted analysis on over one million #ftm public posts collected daily over the last two years to apply digital humanities methods and approaches to the study of everyday trans life. As a central meeting place for transgender people across nations and generations, these materials help to inform our understanding about the first simultaneous, international production of a gender identity.
Jen Jack Gieseking is an urban cultural geographer, feminist and queer theorist, environmental psychologist, and American Studies scholar. S/he is engaged in research on co-productions of space and identity in digital and material environments. Jack’s work pays special attention to how such productions support or inhibit social, spatial, and economic justice in regards to gender and sexuality. S/he is working on her second book project, Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queer Women, 1983-2008, and conducting research on trans people’s use of Tumblr as a site of cultural production. S/he is Assistant Professor of Public Humanities in American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Jack’s first book is The People, Place, and Space Reader. S/he has held fellowships with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as German Chancellor Fellow; The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies; and the Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellows Program. Jack uses both she/her/her’s and he/him/his pronouns.
Co-Sponsors: DH Lab & LGBTS & DH Lab