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Theorizing the Web Day 1 Sessions


Doors open 10:30 a.m.

Click here for full program description and speaker bios.


12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Session 1


Internet Connection

Online mediation has changed the search for sex across the board, reshaping dating, pornography, and sex work, if not sexual identity itself.

Moderator: Brandon Arroyo. Featuring: Danielle Blunt, Jonathan Zong, Indiana Seresin, Anh Vo.


Follow, Like, Subscribe

More than just a collection of people who like the same things, fandoms and audiences build worlds both fictional and social

Moderator: Rita Damiron Tallaj. Featuring: Diana W. Anselmo, Carmen Warner, Patricia Ciccone, Anna Pendergrast.


Good Hustle

Emerging workplace technologies impose modes of tracking, evaluating, and measuring that cut against workers’ autonomy and bargaining power

Moderator: Yana Calou. Featuring: Tim Cowlishaw, Sarah Adams, Rafaela Nakano, Becca Ricks

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Session 2


Vital Signs

What it means to be healthy changes with technological capacities, even as increased amounts of screen time trigger health panics of their own

Moderator: Lori Adelman. Featuring Neta Alexander, Timothy Recuber, Skyler Balbus, Emma Stamm.


“Hey Theory”

Voice assistants like Alexa or Siri simultaneously serve and surveil, while associating authority and servitude with particular identities

Moderator: Lydia Nobbs. Featuring Lindsay Weinberg, Catherine Chen, Cynthia Hua, Julia Foote.


Death Valley

As the tech industry proceeds with its boundless aspirations to disrupt and datify more aspects of everyday life, what does that mean for the rest of us and what can we do to stop it?

Moderator: Colin Garvey. Featuring Rachel Bergmann, Brian Justie, Allie Watson, Kelly Pendergrast

3:00 to 4:15 p.m. Session 3


Remote Access

The distribution of digital connection reflects both imbalances of power and efforts at resistance across local and international relations

Moderator: Johnathan Flowers. Featuring Assata Zerai, Olga Boichak, Joshua Weiss, Yoehan Oh.


You Can’t Handle the Post-Truth

Changes in how we produce and distribute information have sparked a growing anxiety over the nature of “truth” and the means of contesting it.

Moderator: Emily Esten. Featuring Maggie MacDonald, Stephanie Monohan, Sun-ha Hong, Jared Newman.


Forward March

Movements and protests can no longer choose to be online or not. The question now is how to best use online affordances while avoiding common pitfalls.

Moderator: Karina Rider. Featuring Sohum Pal, Ana Grouverman, Emily Stainkamp, Victoria Gonzalez.

4:15 to 6:00 p.m. Break, followed by Keynote Sessions. 

6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Keynote Session 1

Fakes and Pains

Moderator: Amanda Hess

Participants: Lyta Gold, Max Read, danah boyd, Damien Patrick Williams

From post-truth to deepfakes, people are decrying a reality torn apart and increasingly difficult to comprehend. Is it all the fault of the internet, or is our epistemic chaos not really so novel?

7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Keynote Session 2


Sexual Suppression

Moderator: Jessie Sage and PJ Sage

Participants: Cameron Glover, Samantha Cole, Liara Roux, Sunny Moraine, Ramona Flour

The increasing repression of sexual content across digital platforms threatens lives and raises important questions about representation, access, safety, and institutionalized discrimination.