Digital Fissures

Bodies, Genders, Technologies


From rethinking feminist archives, to inserting postpornography in academia, to approaching sex toys from a transpositive perspective, to dismantling the foundations of techno-capitalism, the areas of inquiry in this book are lenses through which to explore the relationships between genders, bodies and technologies. All the various chapters work to reimagine the body as a hybrid, malleable and subversive source of potentiality. These essays offer readers road maps for unimagined and uncharted social scapes: the relationship between bodies–technologies–genders means working within a space of monstrosity. Through this embodied discomfort the book questions existing techno-social norms, and imagines tranfeminist futures.

Contributors are: Carlotta Cossutta, Valentina Greco, Arianna Mainardi, Stefania Voli, Lucía Egaña Rojas, Ludovico Virtù, Angela Balzano, Obiezione Respinta, Elisa Virgili, Rachele Borghi, and Diego Marchante “Genderhacker”.

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Stefania Voli holds a Ph.D. in Citizenship, Rights and Gender Equality in Modern and Contemporary History (University of L’Orientale Naples), and a Ph.D. in Applied Sociology and Social Research Methodology (University of Milan–Bicocca). Publications include: "Young People Between Uncertainty and Agency. An Analysis of the Strategies of Transition to Adulthood in Italy"> (Italian Journal of Sociology and Education) and Modificazioni corporee e cittadinanza transgender. Il caso del Movimento Identità Transessuale di Bologna, (doctoral thesis).

Arianna Mainardi holds a Ph.D. in Information Society from the Università degli studi di Milano. Publications include: "Young People Between Uncertainty and Agency. An Analysis of the Strategies of Transition to Adulthood in Italy" (Italian Journal of Sociology and Education), "At the Roots of Media Cultures. Social Movements Producing Knowledge About Media as Discriminatory Workspaces" (Information Communication & Society), and "Sexuality and Power in Contemporary Italy: Subjectivities between Gender Norms, Agency and Social Transformation" (Modern Italy).

Valentina Greco has an MA in Gender Studies and a Ph.D. in Women’s History and Gender Identity. Publications include: L’ago dentro e fuori.’ Il nodo memoria/storia nel caso della deportazione (Genesis. Rivista della Società Italiana delle Storiche), Geography and the ICT: New Technolgies and Geographical Research (Bononia University Press), and In Italia abortire è ancora un diritto a metà (Internazionale).

Carlotta Cossutta is a postdoctoral researcher in Political Philosophy at the University of Eastern Piedmont. Publications include: "Transfeminist politics and populist counterattacks in Italy" (European Journal of English Studies), "Maternal relations, feminism and surrogate motherhood in the Italian context (Modern Italy), and Linguistic Traps. Identity and Differences Through Institutions, Law, Politics and the Gender Binary (Routledge, 2018).
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Notes on Contributors

Translators’ Note  
Julia Heim and Sole Anatrone

A Note on the English Edition

1 Where the Margins Aren’t Borders
  Carlotta Cossutta, Valentina Greco, Arianna Mainardi and Stefania Voli

2 Technofeminism Notes for a Transfeminist Technology (Version 3.0)
  Lucía Egaña Rojas

3 Dis/Organizing D-I-Y Sexuality A Trans Perspective
  Ludovico Virtù

4 Virtual Interfaces of Biotech Reproduction
  Angela Balzano

5 Objection Denied
  Obiezione Respinta

6 If I Was a Rich Girl Three Manifestos for Rethinking the Relationship between Gender, Technology and Capital
  Elisa Virgili

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8 Notes from the Center’s Margins
  Rachele Borghi (Zarra Bonheur)

9 Transcyborgdyke A Transfeminist and Queer Perspective on Hacking the Archive
  Diego Marchante “Genderhacker”

10 Surveillance, Subjectivity and Public Space A Gendered Look at Technologies
  Carlotta Cossutta and Arianna Mainardi

Translators’ Epilogue
  Julia Heim and Sole Anatrone


This book is suited for readers interested in activism, hacktivism, and gender rights movements, to scholars of sexuality, technology and media, and will be an important tool for students and faculty working on feminist and queer archives.
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