Aesthetics

Could we perhaps have a conversation about feminist ways of thinking and doing (or also maybe undoing) aesthetics, in various digital media/fields/projects?  I am wondering about: concepts of the beautiful, looking/gazing relationships and power, embodiment, ephemerality, iconography, taste, value, utility, accessibility, and more. What aspects of feminist digital culture might illuminate the political and the social in the aesthetic? How do we all make design decisions, and what informs these decisions (or are they being decided for us?) These are just some questions to consider.

Some readings:

Gharavi, Maryam Monalisa. “Repeating Faces.” The New Inquiry, 7 March 2013. thenewinquiry.com/blogs/southsouth/repeating-faces/. Accessed 3/15/13.

Ngai, Sianne. “Zany, Cute, Interesting: Sianne Ngai on Our Aesthetic Categories.” The Margins. Asian American Writers Workshop, 7 February 2013. aaww.org/our-aesthetic-categories-zany-cute-interesting/. Accessed 3/15/13.

Russell, Legacy. “Digital Dualism and the Glitch Feminism Manifesto.” Cyborgology, 10 December 2012. thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2012/12/10/digital-dualism-and-the-glitch-feminism-manifesto/. Accessed 3/15/13.

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I have a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science and an undergraduate degree in English with a Creative Writing concentration. My research interests include queer writing, translocal and transnational feminisms, and independent publishing. I also write fiction.