Russian Media Lab proudly announces the publication of new issue for Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (www.digitalicons.org). The issue is guest edited by RML’s researchers Saara Ratilainen and Mariëlle Wijermars and by Justin Wilmes.
Issue 19: ‘Women and Tech in the Post-socialist Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression’
Since October 2017, the #MeToo campaign has raised awareness of sexual discrimination against women all over the world and showed that participation on digital platforms can and will drive change.
This special issue, in part inspired by the #MeToo movement, is devoted entirely to a feminist perspective on digital media and communication technologies. It wishes to develop our understanding of (hyper)mediated feminisms in post-socialist spaces and to re-connect with gender studies and feminist theory as productive methodological frameworks of digital media studies. Employing a gender and feminist studies approach will also help to reframe and update the current understanding of Russian, Eurasian and Central European new media within the global context of digital information flows and technological development. The question of gender equality is not specific to any country, culture, or geographical context. However, the ways in which gender is discussed and the degree to which gender equality is a political, social or theoretical concern offers an important window to understanding geographically and culturally localized processes.
The contributions include a wide range of geographical areas, from Russia to Eastern and Central European states. They provide some much needed openings for new geographical framings, introducing transnational comparisons between Europe’s East and South as well as a discussion of the BRICS countries from the standpoint of Latin American research initiatives. These examples demonstrate how an analysis of the ‘post-socialist space’ is productively included in the study of wider European and global developments. At the same time, the contributions tackle a number of different aspects of gender, sexuality and feminism(s). We hope the richness of different perspectives will inspire other scholars to join us in further developing this line of inquiry.
Table of content:
SAARA RATILAINEN, MARIËLLE WIJERMARS, JUSTIN WILMES: Re-framing Women and Technology in Global Digital Spaces: An Introduction
OLGA ANDREEVSKIKH: Social Networking Sites as Platforms for Transgression: Two Case Studies of Russian Women Involved in Bisexual and Transgender Rights Activism
ÅSNE Ø. HØGETVEIT: Female Aliens in (Post-)Soviet Sci-Fi Cinema: Technology, Sacrifice and Morality Feminism
LIDIA SALVATORI: ‘Lost Between the Waves’ or Riding a New Tide? Drawing Connections Between Italian and Polish Digitally Mediated Feminism
RADMILA RADOJEVIC and SIMEONA PETKOVA: Mapping ‘Women in Technology’ Issue Networks across Bulgarian, Croatian, and Serbian National Google(s)
INNA PERHEENTUPA: Digital Culture and Feminist Politics in Contemporary Russia: Inside Perspectives
DARIA CHERKASHINA: Art and Technology Meet in St. Petersburg: An Interview with Five Female Artists of the CYLAND Media Art Laboratory
CRISTIAN BERRÍO ZAPATA, DARÍO SEBASTIÁN BERRÍO GIL, PALOMA MARÍN ARRAIZA and ESTER FERREIRA DA SILVA: Gender Digital Divide in Latin America: Looking for a Helping Hand in the BRICS
The issue is guest edited by Saara Ratilainen, Mariëlle Wijermars and Justin Wilmes.