Lecturer: Katrien Jacobs is associate professor in cultural studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her work investigates the role of digital networks in people’s experiences with the body, art, and sexuality.
The talk is based on theories of participatory ethnography and media activism. It assesses Internet sex as "cybertyping" by elaborating on the self-profiling methods of Chinese web users--their sexual transgressions and play with stereotypes of gender and ethnicity. It dissects the erotic imaging choices and correspondences of culturally diverse web users by means of selected case studies, in which the author functioned as participant observant and interviewer, or “coaxer”, of specific people and sex communities. The aim is not only to analyze changing social relations and inter-racial dating strategies, but also to show how researchers can use sexual subjectivity and online personalities to be emotive participants within internet sex environments.