Queer Internet studies recommended reading list
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Queer Internet studies recommended reading list by Jen Jack Gieseking, Jessa Lingel, and Daniel Cockayne

The list below is a selection of queer Internet studies (QIS) literature that, far from a comprehensive list, as a jumping off point for those looking to undertake research on the Internet from a queer perspective, or who are looking to do research with queer communities online. We offer this list as a complement and extension to the proceedings and articles in order to show the breadth and depth of QIS at work.



The list below represents a wide sample of the scholarship that inspired queer Internet studies as both a symposium and a special issue. These selections are far from a complete representation of what the practice of queer Internet was, is, and yet could be, but we hope they serve as an interdisciplinary jumping off point for those who are drawn to queering the digital, and those who seek to learn from these worlds.

Albury, Kath, 2016. “Sexting, schools and surveillance: Mediated sexuality in the classroom.” In: Gavin Brown and Kath Browne (editors). Routledge research companion to geographies of sex and sexualities. London: Routledge, pp. 359–368.
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Bagheri, Nazgol, 2014. “What qualitative GIS maps tell and don’t tell: Insights from mapping women in Tehran’s public spaces,” Journal of Cultural Geography, volume 31, number 2, pp. 166–178.
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Barnett, Fiona, Zach Blas, Micha Cárdenas, Jacob Gaboury, Jessica Marie Johnson, and Margaret Rhee, 2016. “QueerOS: A user’s manual,” In: Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein (editors). Debates in the digital humanities 2016. Minneapolis: University Of Minnesota Press, and at http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/56, accessed 6 June 2018.

Baym, Nancy K., and danah boyd, 2012. “Socially mediated publicness: An introduction,” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, volume 56, number 3, pp. 320–329.
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Bivens, Rena, and Oliver L. Haimson, 2016. “Baking gender into social media design: How platforms shape categories for users and advertisers,” Social Media + Society, volume 2, number 4.
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Blas, Zach, and Jacob Gaboury, 2016. “Biometrics and opacity: A conversation,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, volume 31, number 2, pp. 155–165.
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Blumen, Orna, 2012. “Home-work relations and the spatialization of care: Wives on the margins of the Israeli high-tech industry,” Gender, Place & Culture, volume 19, number 1, pp. 102–117.
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Bonner-Thompson, Carl, 2017. “‘The meat market’: The production and regulation of life and hyper-sexualized masculinities on the Grindr grid in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK,” Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,611–1,625.
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Boyer, Kate, and Kim England, 2008. “Gender, work and technology in the information workplace: From typewriters to ATMs,” Social & Cultural Geography, volume 9, number 3, pp. 241–256.
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Brown, Michael, 2008. “Queering the map: The productive tensions of colliding epistemologies,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, volume 98, number 1, pp. 40–58.
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Brown, Michael, and Lawrence Knopp, 2006. “Places or polygons? Governmentality, scale, and the census in the Gay and Lesbian Atlas,” Population, Space and Place, volume 12, number 4, pp. 223–242.
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Browne, Simone, 2015. Dark matters: On the surveillance of blackness. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

Chaplin, Tamara, 2014. “Lesbians online: Queer identity and community formation on the French Minitel,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, volume 23, number 3, pp. 451–472.
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Cockayne, Daniel, and Lizzie Richardson, 2017a. “A queer theory of software studies: Software theories, queer studies,” Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,587–1,594.
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Cockayne, Daniel, and Lizzie Richardson, 2017b. “Queering code/space: The co-production of socio-spatial codes and technology,” Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,642–1,658.
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Cockayne, Daniel, Agnieszka Leszczynski, and Matthew Zook, 2017. “#HotForBots: Sex, the non-human and digitally mediated spaces of intimate encounter,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, volume 35, number 6, pp. 1,115–1,133.
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Dame, Avery, 2016. “Making a name for yourself: Tagging as transgender ontological practice on Tumblr,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, volume 33, number 1, pp. 23–37.
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Daniels, Jessie, 2009. Cyber racism: White supremacy online and the new attack on civil rights. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Downing, Gary, 2016. “Youth online: Non-heterosexual young people’s use of the Internet to negotiate their identities, support networks and sociosexual relations,” In: Gavin Brown and Kath Browne (editors). Routledge research companion to geographies of sex and sexualities. London: Routledge, pp. 369–378.
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Ferreira, Eduardo, and Regina Salvador, 2015. “Lesbian collaborative Web mapping: Disrupting heteronormativity in Portugal,” Gender, Place & Culture, volume 22, number 7, pp. 954–970.
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Fischer, Mia, 2016. “#Free_CeCe: The material convergence of social media activism,” Feminist Media Studies, volume 16, number 5, pp. 755–771.
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Fischer, Mia, 2014. “Commemorating 9/11 NFL-style: Insights into America’s culture of militarism,” Journal of Sport and Social Issues, volume 38, number 3, pp. 199–221.
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Fischer, Mia, and K. Mohrman, 2016. “Black deaths matter? Sousveillance and the invisibility of black life,” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, number 10, at https://adanewmedia.org/2016/10/issue10-fischer-mohrman/, accessed 6 June 2018.

Fox, Jesse, and Katie M. Warber, 2014. “Queer identity management and political self-expression on social networking sites: A co-cultural approach to the spiral of silence,” Journal of Communication, volume 65, number 1, pp. 79–100.
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Gagné, Mathew, 2012. “Queer Beirut online: The participation of men in Gayromeo.com,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, volume 8, number 3, pp. 113–137.
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Galvan, Margaret, 2017. “Archiving Wimmen: Collectives, networks, and comix,” Australian Feminist Studies, volume 32, numbers 91–92, pp. 22–40.
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Gieseking, Jen Jack, 2018. “Operating anew: Queering GIS with good enough software,” Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, volume 62, number 1, pp. 55–66.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12397, accessed 6 June 2018.

Gieseking, Jen Jack, 2017a. “Messing with the attractiveness algorithm: A response to queering code/space,” Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,659–1,665.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2017.1379955, accessed 6 June 2018.

Gieseking, Jen Jack, 2017b. “Size matters to lesbians, too: Queer feminist interventions into the scale of big data,” Professional Geographer, volume 70, number 1, pp. 150–156.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2017.1326084, accessed 6 June 2018.

Gillespie, Tarleton, 2014. “The relevance of algorithms,” In: Tarleton Gillespie, Pablo J. Boczkowski and Kirsten A. Foot (editors). Media technologies: Essays on communication, materiality, and society. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 167–194.
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Gray, Mary L., 2009. Out in the country: Youth, media, and queer visibility in rural America. New York: New York University Press.

Haimson, Oliver, 2018. “Digital trans reading list,” at http://oliverhaimson.com/digitaltrans.html, accessed 6 June 2018.

Henderson, Lisa, 2013. Love and money: Queers, class, and cultural production. New York: New York University Press.

Henderson, Lisa, 2008. “Queer relay,” GLQ, volume 14, number 4, pp. 569–597.
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Henderson, Lisa, 1999. “Simple pleasures: Lesbian community and Go Fish,” Signs, volume 25, number 1, pp. 37–64.
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Jenzen, Olu, 2017. “Trans youth and social media: Moving between counterpublics and the wider Web,” Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,626–1,641.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2017.1396204, accessed 6 June 2018.

Keeling, Kara, 2014. “Queer OS,” Cinema Journal, volume 53, number 2, pp. 152–157.
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Klein, Lauren F., 2013. “The image of absence: Archival silence, Data visualization, and James Hemings,” American Literature, volume 85, number 4, pp. 661–688.
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Leszczynski, Agnieszka, and Sarah Elwood, 2015. “Feminist geographies of new spatial media,” Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, volume 59, number 1, pp. 12–28.
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Light, Ben, 2013. “Networked masculinities and social networking sites: A call for the analysis of men and contemporary digital media,” Masculinities & Social Change, volume 2, number 3, pp. 245–265.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4471/mcs.2013.34, accessed 6 June 2018.

Lim, Eng-Beng, 2016. “The #Orlando syllabus,” Bully Bloggers (blog; 24 June), at https://bullybloggers.wordpress.com/2016/06/24/the-orlando-syllabus/, accessed 6 June 2018.

Lingel, Jessa, 2017. Digital countercultures and the struggle for community. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Lingel, Jessa, and Adam Golub, 2015. “In face on Facebook: Brooklyn’s drag community and sociotechnical practices of online communication,” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, volume 20, number 5, pp. 536–553.
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Loza, Susana, 2014. “Hashtag feminism, #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, and the other #FemFuture,” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, number 5, at http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-loza/, accessed 6 June 2018.
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Mackenzie, Lars, 2017. “The afterlife of data: Identity, surveillance, and capitalism in trans credit reporting,” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, volume 4, number 1, pp. 45–60. doi:
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Massey, Doreen, 1995. “Masculinity, dualisms and high technology,” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, volume 20, number 4, pp. 487–499.
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McGlotten, Shaka, 2016. “Black data,”, In: E. Patrick Johnson (editor). No tea, no shade: New writings in black queer studies. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, pp. 262–286.

McGlotten, Shaka, 2013. Virtual intimacies: Media, affect, and queer sociality. Albany: State University of New York Press.

McGlotten, Shaka, 2012. “Ordinary intersections: Speculations on difference, justice, and utopia in black queer life,” Transforming Anthropology, volume 20, number 1, pp. 45–66.
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McLeod, Dayna, Jasmine Rault, and T. L. Cowan, 2014. “Speculative praxis towards a queer feminist digital archive: A collaborative research-creation project,” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, number 5, at http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-cowanetal/, accessed 6 June 2018.
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McKinney, Cait, 2018. “‘Finding the lines to my people’: Media history and queer bibliographic encounter,” GLQ, volume 24, number 1, pp. 55–83.
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McPherson, Tara, 2012a. “Why are the digital humanities so white? Or thinking the histories of race and computation,” In: Matthew K. Gold (editor). Debates in the digital humanities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 139–160.
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McPherson, Tara, 2012b. “US operating systems at mid-century: The intertwining of race and UNIX,” In: Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White (editors). Race after the Internet. New York: Routledge, pp. 21–37.

Miles, Sam, 2017. “Sex and the digital city: Location-based dating apps and urban gay life,” Gender, Place & Culture, volume 24, number 11, pp. 1,595–1,610.
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Moravec, Michelle, 2017. “Network analysis and feminist artists,” Artl@s Bulletin, volume 6, number 3, article 5, at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/artlas/vol6/iss3/5, accessed 6 June 2018.

Mowlabocus, Sharif, 2016. “Horny at the bus stop, paranoid in the cul-de-sac: Sex, technology and public space,” In: Gavin Brown and Kath Browne (editors). Routledge research companion to geographies of sex and sexualities. London: Routledge, pp. 391–398.
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Mowlabocus, Sharif, 2010. Gaydar culture: Gay men, technology and embodiment in the digital age. New York: Routledge.

Murray, Sarah, and Megan Sapnar Ankerson, 2016. “Lez takes time: Designing lesbian contact in geosocial networking apps,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, volume 33, number 1, pp. 53–69.
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Nakamura, Lisa, 2014. “Indigenous circuits: Navajo women and the racialization of early electronic manufacture,” American Quarterly, volume 44, number 4, pp. 919–941.
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Nakamura, Lisa, and Peter A. Chow-White (editors), 2012. Race after the Internet. New York: Routledge.

Nash, Catherine, and Andrew Gorman-Murray, 2016a. “Digital sexualities: Section introduction,” In: Gavin Brown and Kath Browne (editors). Routledge research companion to geographies of sex and sexualities. London: Routledge, pp. 353–358.
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Nash, Catherine and Andrew Gorman-Murray, 2016b. “Digital technologies and sexualities in urban space,” In: Gavin Brown and Kath Browne (editors). Routledge research companion to geographies of sex and sexualities. London: Routledge, pp. 399–406.
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Nip, Joyce Y. M., 2004. “The relationship between online and offline communities: The case of the Queer Sisters,” Media, Culture & Society, volume 26, number 3, pp. 409–428.
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O’Riordan, Kate, and David J. Phillips (editors), 2007. Queer online: Media technology & sexuality. New York: Peter Lang.

Paasonen, Susanna, 2011. Carnal resonance: Affect and online pornography. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Paasonen, Susanna 2010. “Labors of love: Netporn, Web 2.0 and the meanings of amateurism,” New Media & Society, volume 12, number 8, pp. 1,297–1,312.
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Paasonen, Susanna, Kaarina Nikunen, and Laura Saarenmaa (editors), 2007. Pornification: Sex and sexuality in media culture. New York: Berg.

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Sender, Katherine, 2004. Business, not politics: The making of the gay market. New York: Columbia University Press.

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About the authors

Jen Jack Gieseking is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky. He is engaged in research on co-productions of space and identity in digital and material environments, specifically how such spaces support or inhibit social, spatial, and economic justice in regards to gender and sexuality. He is working on his second book project, A queer New York: Geographies of lesbians, dykes, and queers, 1983–2008, which is under contract with NYU Press.
E-mail: jack [dot] gieseking [at] trincoll [dot] eduu

Jessa Lingel is an Assistant Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies digital culture and the technological distribution of power. Her first book, Digital countercultures and the struggle for community, was published in 2017 by MIT Press.
E-mail: jessa [dot] lingel [at] asc [dot] upenn [dot] edu

Daniel Cockayne is an Assistant Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Waterloo. He explores anti-work politics through the lenses of feminist, queer, poststructuralist, and Marxist theory. His empirical research concerns work culture, the production of gender and sexuality, and emotions and affect in digital media startup firms in San Francisco, California, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Region, Ontario. He explores queer Internet studies in geography through a series of papers; most recently he co-edited a themed section of Gender, Place & Culture with Lizzie Richardson, entitled “Queering code/space.”
E-mail: daniel [dot] cockayne [at] uwaterloo [dot] ca


Editorial history

Received 1 June 2018; accepted 5 June 2018.

Copyright © 2018, Jen Jack Gieseking, Jessa Lingel, and Daniel Cockayne.

Queer Internet studies recommended reading list
by Jen Jack Gieseking, Jessa Lingel, and Daniel Cockayne.
First Monday, Volume 23, Number 7 - 2 July 2018
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