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Saturday, October 13 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
The Matter of Queer Intimacies

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We situate our paper in Karen Barad’s proposition that all matter is queer (Barad 2007, p.39). Against ideas that matter is passive we explore the complex discursive, material, and affective forces at play in determining: what matters, and how matter matters in research? Implicit too, in the notion of queer materiality, is a dimension of morality. Queering materiality is a process involving openings for affectivity and potential, intimacy and vitality, fluidity, and flows. Hence, our teasings in the realm of queer materiality are also implicitly flirtations with affect, sensation, bodily and felt senses of margins and boundaries. Many of our papers draw on the theories or provocations of materialism as those tangible surfaces and substances that evoke connection, disconnection and affective resonance (Barad 2007; Braidotti 2016; van der Tuin 2010; Dolphijn and van der Tuin 2012) to explore matter. An attention to intimacy means the work of our case studies is to complicate and fundamentally queer, and bring an intimacy to previous hard boundaries between nature/culture, human/non-human, material/discursive, rational/affective, and—particular to networked publics—national and transnational boundaries of place, space, community and citizenship. Our five papers, which gather scholars across the early-to-late-stage spectrum from four continents and five countries, map and narrate a diverse range of case studies exploring the manifold dimensions of intimate queer materiality. We draw our work via diverse methodologies (digital ethnography, qualitative interviews, posthumanism), examining various platforms (YouTube, Grindr, Blued, Instagram), and drawing from a range of transnational geographies (Canada, Britain, Australia, and China).

Saturday October 13, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Sheraton - Drummond West