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On trans-, glitch and gender as machinery of failure
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6047-4369
2015 (English)In: First Monday, ISSN 1396-0466, Vol. 20, no 4, 5895Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper develops an understanding of gender as something fundamentally technological, and as such broken. Drawing on the technological undercurrent in current posthumanist feminist theory, it puts into play a vocabulary of malfunctioning, broken, vulnerable technologies, and in particular uses the term ‘glitch’ to account for machinic failures in gender within the digital domain. As an intriguing example of the technologies of (trans)gender, the core example consists of the social media presence and public transition of Isabella Bunny Bennett — a musical performer and a member of the U.S.-based band Steam Powered Giraffe. Drawing on how glitch is understood as an accidental error and a critical potential in aesthetic practices, the article is a contribution to what recently has been coined ‘glitch feminism.’

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2015. Vol. 20, no 4, 5895
Keyword [en]
digital media studies, gender, glitch, posthumanist feminist theory, technology, transgender studies
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Gender Studies Media Studies Cultural Studies
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27403DOI: 10.5210/fm.v20i4.5895Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84928686530Local ID: 946/42/2011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-27403DiVA: diva2:810763
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Clockwork, corsets, and brass: The politics and dreams of steampunk cultures
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0091:1
Available from: 2015-05-08 Created: 2015-05-08 Last updated: 2015-07-17Bibliographically approved

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