research group – reading group

Week 2 Articles: Spring 2013

The following articles are for our reading group meeting on Monday, February 25. We are not meeting on the 18th as CUNY is closed.

I. Lesbians In Cyber(space)

Friedman, Elisabeth Jay. 2007. Lesbians in (cyber) space: the politics of the internet in Latin American on-and off-line communities. Media, Culture & Society 29.5 : 790-811.

Abstract: “Living in societies that use law, mainstream media and social opprobrium to deny their enjoyment of basic rights – and sometimes their very existence – Latin American lesbians have long relied on alternative ways of expressing and associating themselves. In the late 1990s, they adopted a powerful new tool that is also a’virtual’ space: the internet, or cyberspace. This article argues that cyberspace – the dense web of information and communication created by email, chat, distribution lists and websites – is a virtual public sphere especially useful for Latin American lesbian communities. The internet addresses the central problems impeding the effectiveness of lesbian organizing: isolation, repression, resource restriction and lack of community cohesion. Despite the opportunities cyberspace offers, it presents new challenges for organizers, from an increase in responsibilities to an erosion of political accountability. Nevertheless, the contributions of the internet far outweigh the complications it brings.”

Keywords: email, feminist, homosexuality, Mexico, South America, website

II. Harvey and Haraway in Conversation

Harvey, David , and Donna Haraway. 1995. Nature, Politics, and Possibilities: a Debate and Discussion with David Harvey and Donna Haraway. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 13(5): 507–527.

Abstract: “The following is a transcript of a debate and discussion with Donna Haraway and David Harvey, conducted at a public session during the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Chicago, 17 March 1995. The previous day, Donna Haraway delivered an invited lecture at the AAG entitled “Mice into wormholes: a meditation on the nature of no nature.” The debate was chaired by Neil Smith.”

III. Cyborg Anthropology

Downey, Gary Lee, Joseph Dumit, and Sarah Williams. 1995. Cyborg Anthropology. Cultural Anthropology 10(2): 264–269.

Abstract: “The following is the text of a paper we presented at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco. It represents a first attempt at positioning cyborg anthropology in a late capitalist world that situates academic theorizing alongside popular theorizing. We view cyborg anthropology as a descriptive label that marks a cultural project rather than an elite academic practice. In other words, cyborg anthropology is not just for anthropologists or other professional intellectuals. Although we cite broad social and intellectual movements, we do not detail specific relations of affinity through references. We are publishing this statement because we think it provokes important discussions.”

Comments are closed.

Need help with the Commons? Visit our
help page
Send us a message
Skip to toolbar