Speaker: Mary Gray, Department of Communication and Culture, IUB
Topic: Beyond "Online/Offline": Queering the Boundaries of Young
People's Public Spaces in Rural United States
Date: Friday, February 5, 2010
Place: LI001 Wells Library (SLIS in Wells Library; East 10th St.
Talk preceded by an informal gathering with cookies, tea, and coffee,
available at 1:35pm. There will be an informal meeting with graduate
students following the talk.
Drawing on her nearly two years work in rural parts of Kentucky and in small towns along its borders, this talk discusses how lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies make use of social media and local resources to combat the marginalization face in their own communities and their absence in popular representations of gay and lesbian life and the agendas of national gay and lesbian advocacy groups. This talk explores how youth suture together high schools, public libraries, town hall meetings, churches, and the web that construct spaces for fashioning their emerging queer identities and help redefine our understanding of the term "queer visibility" and its political stakes.
Mary L. Gray is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research examines how everyday uses of media shape people's understandings and expressions of their social identities. She is the author of In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth (1999).
Her latest book Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (NYU Press) examines how young people in rural parts of the United States fashion queer senses of gender and sexual identity and the role that media, particularly the internet, play in their lives and political work. For more information about the book, see the BLOG for "Out in the Country, Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America" (NYU Press 2009) @ http://www.QUEERCOUNTRY.org. Her home page is http://www.indiana.edu/~cmcl/faculty/gray.shtml
This series is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff across the university to current research in social informatics conducted at IU and around the world. The Center is jointly sponsored by the IU Schools of Informatics, Library & Information Science, and the Kelley School of Business. For more information about the Center, please visit http://rkcsi.indiana.edu