The Digital Intimacy, Gender, and Sexuality (DIGS) Lab at Concordia University conducts research into how digital technologies and media are shaping our identities, relationships, and lives. Join us for this panel showcasing our research into dating and hook-up apps, queer digital events in pandemic times, and the way social media is changing how we represent our gender and sexual identities. Building from present findings, we will discuss what emerging developments in the digital realm mean for the future of our intimate lives.
Dr. Stefanie Duguay (@DugStef) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Canada. She is Concordia University Research Chair in Digital Intimacy, Gender and Sexuality and her research focuses on the intersection of digital media with representations and practices pertaining to relationships, gender, and sexuality. This has involved studies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people’s social media participation and self-representation as well as studies of dating apps, platform appropriation, social media governance, discourses of automation and algorithmic neutrality, and the role of social and mobile media in queer social landscapes.
Anne-Marie Trépanier (@am_trepanier) is an artist-researcher and MA student in Media Studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University and a student-researcher at the Digital Intimacy, Gender and Sexuality (DIGS) Lab at this same university in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Canada. Informed by feminist and queer critique of media and technology, their scholarly research focuses on the interactions between digital networks, alternative media practices, gender and sexuality.
Dr. Christopher Dietzel (he/him) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Sexual Health and Gender (SHaG) Lab at Dalhousie University. Dr. Dietzel’s research explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, safety, and technology. Specifically, he focuses on sexual consent related to dating app use and sexual violence against LGBTQ+ people.
Dr. David Myles is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, McGill University, and an affiliate professor in sexology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His research intersects Internet studies and critical gender and sexuality studies to examine the sociocultural implications that digital platforms raise for the LGBTQ+ communities. His latest work investigates the growing automation and datafication trends in the dating app industry and the social justice issues they raise for queer users.