The march of technology is often framed as essential for human progress. However, the social origins of stigma can be hosted in technological architecture and amplify prejudice. Increased vilification and harassment of LGBTQ+ people and their allies across many jurisdictions has highlighted the techno-social conditions under which prejudice can thrive. Dr Justin Ellis’ new book - Representation, Resistance and the Digiqueer: Fighting for Recognition in Technocratic times (Bristol 2023) - draws on analysis of case law, parliamentary debates, social and mainstream media, and LGBTQ+ tech advocacy to consider the effects of networked digital organising and surveillance technologies on LGBTQ+ personal and political expression. This presentation draws on insights from the book and will resonate with scholars and students in criminology and related disciplines, policy makers, and media practitioners. These readers may seek to understand why, despite a range of legal protections for LGBTQ+ peoples across many jurisdictions, LGBTQ+ individuals and communities continue to face challenges of renewed complexity from anti-LGBTQ+ individuals, and anti-LGBTQ+ hate groups. These challenges include representational harms that denigrate, misrecognize, erase or omit diverse sexual orientation and gender identity. Within this context is a range of emergent technologies that will threaten and enable LGBTQ+ political and personal expression, including the proliferation of AI chat bots, synthetic media such as deep fakes, and the unregulated advance of the simulated experiences of the metaverse. This latest book builds on Dr Ellis’ ongoing program of research into diqiqueer criminology, including his first monograph Policing Legitimacy: Social Media, Scandal and Sexual Citizenship (Springer 2021).
About the speaker: Dr Justin Ellis is a senior lecturer in criminology at the Newcastle School of Law and Justice and convenes the Bachelor of Criminology and combined degrees program. Justin has a PhD in criminology from Sydney Law School and has taught and researched in criminology for a decade, including at Sydney Law School, UTS Law School, and at UNSW. His research focus on social justice examines the relationship between digital media technologies and trust and confidence in criminal justice institutions, with a focus on policing in LGBTQ+ communities. Justin is editor-in-chief of Q1 ranked journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice, the journal of the Sydney Institute of Criminology. email@example.com.
Praise for Representation, Resistance and the Digiqueer: Fighting for Recognition in Technocratic times:
‘Mixing critique and hope, this timely book reminds us that fusing digital technologies and daily life cuts both ways for queer identities. LGBTQ+ people create pleasure and recognition as they navigate surveillance and harassment. Ellis offers a much-needed push to seize queerness as an unsettling practice of resistance’.
Mary L. Gray, Indiana University
‘This is a trailblazing and incisive examination of the contradictory connectivity between digital media, queer identity and justice. It is a must-read for scholars and activists interested in sexual politics and representation’.
Gail Mason, Sydney Law School