Plenary roundtable: How is the future of feminist and queer solidarities?

Ericka Johnson

Linköping University

Johnson has an interdisciplinary background in sociology, gender studies, and science & technology studies. Her work explores how technologies of the body refract discourses, articulate silent understandings, highlight cultural values, and make tangible social norms. She is the author of seven monographs and anthologies, including A Cultural Biography of the Prostate (MIT Press forthcoming), Refracting through Technology (Routledge 2019), and Gendering Drugs: Feminist Studies of Pharmaceuticals(Palgrave 2018). Together with Dr. Katherine Harrison, she is currently leading an interdisciplinary research project on the ethics and social consequences of AI and caring robots.

Tiara Roxanne


Tiara Roxanne (PhD) is a cyberfeminist, scholar and artist based in Berlin. Her research and artistic practice explores modes of decolonialism within artificial intelligence learning systems. Tiara has presented her work in Toronto, London, Madrid, NYC, Athens, and Berlin among others. She is currently a Researcher at DeZIM-Institut.

Lisa Nakamura

University of Michigan

Lisa Nakamura is Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is the Director of the Digital Studies Institute.   She is the author of four books on race, gender and digital media. She has published essays and book chapters on racial passing and videogames, online toxicity, and the politics of digital infrastructure.  She is currently working on a book about how women of color built the Internet and how their labor is refashioning it for the 21st century.  Her areas of interest include histories of indigenous electronic manufacture in post-war America, content moderation by women of color on social media, and virtual reality’s claims to produce racial and gender empathy.  

Carrie Smith

University of Alberta

Dr. Carrie Smith is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of German Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research is located at the intersection of feminist activism and digital culture, including its practices, products, politics, theories, and communities. She is author of Awkward Politics: Technologies of Popfeminist Activism (with Dr. Maria Stehle, MQUP 2016) and Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realism in the German Sixties (UTP 2013) and coeditor of six peer-reviewed collections, including Digital Feminisms (Routledge 2016) and Indigenous & German Studies (UTP 2019), with two forthcoming, including Digital Curation (UTP 2021). She has been comanaging editor of three international journals and is codirector of the Digital Feminist Collective research group at She is also a member of two University of Alberta signature areas, AI4Society and Intersections of Gender, and has received awards for teaching and research.

Jenny Sundén

Södertörn University

Jenny Sundén is Professor of Gender Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm. Her work is situated in the intersection of digital media studies, gender and sexuality studies, feminist and queer theory, and affect theory. She is currently working on digital intimacy, disconnection, and delay; feminist social media tactics that use humor as a form of resistance to sexism, rewiring the dynamics of shame, shaming, and shamelessness; and the geopolitics of digital sexual cultures across Nordic, Baltic, and Anglo-American contexts. She is the author of Who’s Laughing Now? Feminist Tactics in Social Media (MIT Press, forthcoming 2020, with Susanna Paasonen), Gender and Sexuality in Online Game Cultures: Passionate Play (Routledge, 2012, with Malin Sveningsson), and Material Virtualities: Approaching Online Textual Embodiment (Peter Lang, 2003).