Gender, Globalization and the Digital
In the nearly two years since this special issue, “Gender, Globalization, and the Digital,” was first proposed, the state of gender in digital spaces around the world has only grown more dismal. On social media, as the Gamergate controversy that began in 2014 has shown, those who advocate for feminist approaches to technology often become targets of a technoculture that enables harassment, doxing, and threats of violence (Massanari 2015). In online publications, over the past two years, efforts of intersectional feminists to push back against oppression have been increasingly vilified and conscribed as “toxic” (Risam 2015b). Echoes of these issues appear within the academy as well. During the Digital Humanities 2015 conference in Sydney, Australia, digital humanities scholars took to Twitter to ask #wherearethewomen in response to an all-male plenary panel that opened the conference (Verhoeven 2015). As these examples suggest, the impulse behind this issue – emerging debates around gender and the global scope of the digital humanities – remains urgent. “Gender, Globalization, and the Digital” responds to the pressing need to expand the purview of digital humanities scholarship to explore gender through intersectional lenses that include sexuality, race, class, and national context. The articles in this issue together offer a broad vision for the forms of analysis that digital humanities makes possible.
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