The Scandal of the Disappearing Body: Cyber Identity and Culture

Thu, Apr 24, 2014 | 4:30 PM | Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall (169 College Avenue, 4th Floor)

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The Tyler Clementi is proud to present the second annual humanities lecture, delivered by Professor Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui. What is the place of the body in cyberspace? What is the relationship between those cyberidentities produced in a digital medium and the body itself? This presentation will examine a series of social media platforms, and discuss particularities of how identities produced in these spaces restrict, impinge, or even liberate the self’s own sense of the body. Particular attention will be given to how genders and sexualities become re-scripted in a digital culture.


Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui is associate professor of American Studies and comparative literature at Rutgers University. His research interests include Latino/a literature and culture, twentieth century Latin American literature and cultural studies, gender theory and sexuality studies, and psychoanalysis. He is the author of Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature (Palgrave, 2002) and The Avowal of Difference: Queer Latino American Narratives (forthcoming). He has also published articles on sexuality, queer identities in Latino/a America, and melodrama.


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