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Title: QUEERING CODE/SPACE AND ‘CODED’ BODIES: ‘TAPPING ON’ THE VECTORS AND VELOCITIES OF QUEER LOCATIVE ‘DATING/HOOK-UP’ APPLICATIONS
Authors: TAN JIAN YU, DARIAN
Keywords: digital geographies, geographies of sexuality, queer theory, code/space, locative media, technology
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: TAN JIAN YU, DARIAN (2018). QUEERING CODE/SPACE AND ‘CODED’ BODIES: ‘TAPPING ON’ THE VECTORS AND VELOCITIES OF QUEER LOCATIVE ‘DATING/HOOK-UP’ APPLICATIONS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The study of digital geographies have burgeoned in recent years as spaces are increasingly recognised as pervasively digitally mediated. Despite that, few scholars have yet to engage with the intersections of sex/uality and digitality. Given the calls to address a squeamishness around sex/uality within academia, this thesis seeks to examine and interrogate the intertwining spatialities of digitality and sexuality using the empirical case study of locative ‘dating/hook-up’ applications usage among non-heterosexual men in Singapore. Rather than viewing digital geographies and queer theory as separate strands of theorisation, this thesis employs a conceptual framework that aims to conflate ideas by digital geographers and queer theorists – ‘queering code/space’. In doing so, this thesis makes empirical and conceptual contributions to the growing literature on digital geographies and geographies of sexuality by unveiling the seemingly invisible queer experiences, which are intensified by a digitally mediated world. Based on narratives of 20 non-heterosexual men using a variety of locative ‘dating/hook-up’ applications gathered from in-depth, face-to-face, semi-structured interviews, this thesis is particularly concerned with, not just the start and end-point, but also the vectors and velocities of their experiences. Through this focus, this thesis argues that locative media engenders new forms of visuality, which renders uneven experiences of these applications. Secondly, in attending to this unevenness, constellations of power reveal themselves to be embedded within and/or through these applications. Lastly, this thesis evinces how ‘queering code/space’ as a conceptual framework is productive in examining vectors and velocities of experiences, substantiating an ontogenetic nature of space – as constantly in a state of becoming.
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