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U of T Professors Champion Feminist & Queer Approaches in Journal

Submitted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Technology. Porn. Networks. Intimacy. These words litter the bookshelves of Faculty of Information Assistant Professor Patrick Keilty, who has already made publishing history within the field of information studies —twice.

Prof. Keilty, whose research focuses on how technology intersects with feminist and queer issues, recently made history when he co-edited the August 2016 issue of Library Trends, “Reconfiguring Race, Gender, and Sexuality”—the first Library and Information Science (LIS) journal dedicated entirely to race, gender, or sexuality. This issue was based on the Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium held at the iSchool in October 2014, which brought together more than 100 scholars, activists, and practitioners to discuss issues of race, gender, and sexuality in libraries and archives.

In addition to this achievement, Prof. Keilty also broke new ground with his co-edited collection, Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (Litwin Books, 2013), the first feminist and/or queer reader within the field of information studies.

Now he and Professor Leslie Regan Shade are furthering their commitment to social justice by publishing a collection of essays, recorded talks, and new media art from the “Feminist & Queer Approaches to Technoscience” conference at the Faculty of Information in 2013-14.

Released today, this is a special double issue called “Traversing Technologies,” in a highly respected webjournal, The Scholar & Feminist Online, published by the Barnard Center for Research on Women at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Included in the online edition are seven articles and a dozen videos ranging from cyber-feminism, environmental politics, video and installation art, gender and video games, hacktivism, to surveillance technologies.

“Technoscience connects the study of scientific and technology with the politics of its worldly consequences. Our special issue focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, race, and postcolonialism in order to offer alternative ways of understanding and creating technology,” he explains.


To see this issue, please visit: http://sfonline.barnard.edu/traversing-technologies