Gender and (Anti)Social Media

BLOG SITE FOR MLA Women’s and Gender Studies Forum Roundtable on Gender and (Anti)Social Media, January 8, Austin TX.


Join us for our roundtable discussion on Gender and (anti)Social Media on January 8, 2016 from  1:45–3:00 p.m. Central Time (2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
If you are at the MLA convention, join us live in room 203, JW Marriott hotel. You can join us online via live tweet at #mla16genderandmedia, @MLAgender, or  via the comments stream at  Here are the guiding questions for our discussion.
1. Social media has exponentially increased the public scope of gender and sexuality based bullying and harassment- Gamergate, Tyler Clementi, Izabel Laxamana, Cheryl Abbate, and countless other cyberbullying or cyber harassment examples–what can we do about this phenomenon?  
2. As a counter to the above examples, social media has also exponentially increased the reach of activist and social justice movements from Malala’s blogging, Black Lives Matter (sparked by the cyber activism of three Black women), Say Her Name, Trans POCC, and many other examples.  How to we best harness the transformative potential of social media while intervening in the antisocial aspects? 
Feel free to contribute your comments and stories before the panel via the comments section of our blog.  This roundtable is part of the Presidential theme of Literature and its Publics.



352. Gender and (Anti)Social Media

Friday, 8 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., 203, JW Marriott