PUBLISHED ONLINE NOW!!! Barnett, Blas, Cárdenas, Gaboury, Johnson, and Rhee in the 2016 Debates in the Digital Humanities!!!!

I have an essay co-authored with Fiona Barnett, Zach Blas, micha cárdenas, Jacob Gaboury, and Margaret Rhee.

Barnett, Fiona, Zach Blas, micha cárdeas, Jacob Gaboury, Jessica Marie Johnson, and Margaret Rhee. “QueerOS: A User’s Manual.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016, edited by Matt K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein. University of Minnesota, 2016.


via University of Minnesota Press:

“If the publication of Debates in the Digital Humanities in 2012 marked the “digital humanities moment,” this book—the first in a series of annual volumes—will chart the possibilities and tensions of the field as it grows.

“Pairing full-length scholarly essays with shorter pieces drawn from scholarly blogs and conference presentations, as well as commissioned interviews and position statements, Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 reveals a dynamic view of a field in negotiation with its identity, methods, and reach.”

Titled, “Queer OS: A User’s Manual,” this collaborative reformulation of an operating system uses Kara Keeling’s 2014 essay, “QueerOS” as a point of departure. What would happen, Keeling asked in that essay, if queer functioned as an operating system?

We responded:

In the spirit of a queer commons and as queer/trans scholars and artists of color invested in the digital humanities, we take up Keeling’s challenge. However, our OS doesn’t come in the form of GNU/Linux’s man pages with detailed descriptions of switches, pipes, and flags. Instead, we have borrowed the language of popular software to present an accessible introduction, a User’s Manual to a new operating system, with each component given a poetic and theoretical description of its features and limitations.1 To construct this OS, we have drawn from the work of an array of scholars, activists, and artists from across cultural studies, ethnic studies, media studies, and the digital humanities. We invoke thinkers and cultural workers such as Jasbir Puar, Lauren Berlant, Octavia Butler, Moya Bailey, Viviane Namaste, Martin Manalansan, José Esteban Muñoz, Juana Maria Rodriguez, Alexis Lothian, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Hortense Spillers, among others. We likewise look to the transgressive, theoretical, political, and aesthetic practices made possible through the activism of groups such as Queer Nation and ACT UP, and we see a kinship in the work of black feminist and radical womyn of color digital media-makers, and in the agitation of queer and transgender activists of color organizing in grassroots movements such as #blacklivesmatter. These figures have challenged us to invoke a notion of queerness that is socially constructed, promiscuous, political, and discomfiting. They are the ghosts in our machine.

It was such a pleasure to work with these amazing creative and creating minds! And it is an honor to have this theorization in a text alongside work by Alex Gil, Miriam Posner, Kim Gallon, Bethany Nowviskie, the #TransformDH squad (Moya Bailey, Anne Cong-Huyen, Alexis Lothian, and Amanda Phillips), Liz Losh, Jacqueline Wernimont, Mark Marino, and more. Many thanks to the editors Matt Gold and Lauren Klein for their hard work!!

The link below is to our section, but the entire edition is available online. Go, go, go!!! Check it out!!


Read it here: QueerOS: A User’s Manual | Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016


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