Digital gender: Perspective, phenomena, practice


  • Viktor Arvidsson UmeÃ¥ Centre for Gender studies, Swedish Center for Digital Innovation, UmeÃ¥ University, Sweden.
  • Anna Foka HUMlab, UmeÃ¥ University, Sweden.



digital gender, gender online, internet research, digital work


Past research on gender online has made important land gains but under-theorizes the Internet as a passive, fixed, and somewhat insubstantial space or context. By contrast, this special issue draws on new material thinking to put into questions the very notion of “cyberspace” as a distinct realm. In this vein, the contents of this issue critically examine how the Internet and related digital technologies actively “work” to maintain or transform systems of oppression, as displayed, for example, in the digital doing(s) of gender. They also show how digital technologies and related concepts can be used to challenge current understandings of race, class, and gender and to produce and provoke new forms of knowledge. While the contents of this issue are drawn from different fields and display great diversity, the individual contributions of each author helps to chart out three potent venues for future Internet research: namely digital gender as perspective, phenomena, and practice.

Author Biographies

Viktor Arvidsson, Umeå Centre for Gender studies, Swedish Center for Digital Innovation, Umeå University, Sweden.

Viktor Arvidsson is a researcher at the Swedish Center for Digital Innovation, Department of Informatics, Umeå University. He is also affiliated with the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies. His research interests include how digital technologies become transformed as part of strategic enactments within organizations, and how digital technologies help to create, maintain, and transform work and work identities. As of 2015, Arvidsson serves as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems.

Anna Foka, HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden.

Anna Foka is a senior lecturer in Humanities and IT at HUMlab, Umeå University. She is a former postdoc at the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies and currenly affiliated with the Umeå Group for Premodern Studies. Her research interests include gender and sexuality in historical contexts as well as their contemporary reception; historical culture and identity in antiquity; and the sensory turn in digital humanities. Foka is a member of the editorial board of the Digital Humanities Quarterly and of the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.




How to Cite

Arvidsson, V., & Foka, A. (2015). Digital gender: Perspective, phenomena, practice. First Monday, 20(4).