Digital Memories

Monday, January 1, 2019 | 12am EST

Queer memory is an urn of ashes that breaks at the moment of birth. This collective memory is never formless, but embodied by queer memorialization practices that incorporate art, media, and performance. Parties no one will raid: Homonormative LGBTQ social organizing in the gig economy draws on an analysis of Montreal-based parties for “queer womxn” held by Her, a social networking app and international events company, to reveal the gigification of LGBTQ social organizing. How Making Videogames Turned Me Into a Depressed Gay Communist is a choose-your-own-adventure AR solo performance about growing up as an undiagnosed autistic, proto-transgender nerd with immigrant parents, with all the loneliness such an experience entails. Fragments of a Shattered Urn: Queering the Map, Collective Memory, and the Globalization of the Stonewall Myth contrasts two global sites of memory — Pride and Queering the Map, a community-generated mapping project created by Montreal-based designer Lucas LaRochelle — to explore the possibilities engendered by, and the limitations inherent to, community-generated digital media in crumbling Stonewall’s mythology and illuminating, under its blinding shadow, the path ahead.

Stefanie Duguay

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her research focuses on the influence of digital media technologies in everyday life, with particular attention to the intersection of sexual identity, gender, and social media. This has included studies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people’s use of social media, dating apps, and multiple platforms for digital self-representation. Stefanie’s research has been published in New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, Information, Communication & Society and other international, peer-reviewed journals.

Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer (AKA Squinky)

is a new media artist living in Tiohtiá:ke (Montréal) who creates games and playable experiences about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness. Their work can be found at

Ali Adenwala

is a recent graduate of University College London (UCL) hailing from Muharraq, Bahrain. As a historian, he specializes in the history of transnational LGBTQ+ activism, international development, and the globalization of Africa, with a particular interest in the intersections between sexuality and development interventions. He is also a vocalist, a stage actor, and an aspiring lawyer. Ali currently lives between London and Muharraq.

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