Dr. Vlad Strukov (Associate Professor of Film and Digital Culture at the University of Leeds) is giving a talk on "The Trauma of Digital Coming Out: Sexuality and Social Media in the Russian Federation" on Nov 14 from 12pm - 1pm in Bailey 318. The talk will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing digital humanities based on the example of this topic/research.
Description: What does it mean to be gay in contemporary Russia? How do Russians come out, if at all? Can social media help people deal with the trauma of coming out online? In this informal talk, I will explore complex interactions between sexuality and social media in the Russian context by scrutinizing the concept of digital coming-out. By exploring how members of a few online communities use social media to construct their sexual identities and deal with traumatic experiences, I will demonstrated how traumas associated with digital coming-out are translated into activism and social awareness. The talk will also challenge some assumptions about using big data in research. I will discuss alternative modes of doing research in humanities digitally.