Complex Singularities

Adventures in Thinking Outside the Tower
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Book – Digital Intimacies

My new research is on the history of digital intimacies. This project investigates the intimate potentials and problematics of social media forms, drawing critical insights from intimacy theory, but extending its ambit to consider multiple forms of digitally mediated togetherness. This project employs discourse analysis in combination with digital humanities methodologies to investigate past, existing, and emerging forms of digitally mediated intimacy. These include such topics as hashtags as technosocial assemblages; MMOs and avatar infidelity; the politics of race-activist hashtags such as #Ferguson; haptics and digital touching; and the emerging sex robot industry. I envision this project as culminating in multiple top-tier journal submissions and a single-authored collection of essays prospectively titled Digital Intimacies: A Platform Archeology. I am currently working on a book proposal and exploring potential academic presses for this book.