Domain Analysis Clinic 4—Homosexual Nomenclatures

DAC3 is operating virtually in mid-2021. The charge to the clinic is: In a new scenario of social relationships that is anchored in the new economy of desire and performance, the sexual-affective interactions make use of technologies and applications to mediate relationships and represent identities. These technologies and applications also offer new characteristics and opportunities for a social organization of knowledge that determine the possibilities of locating and retrieving information. The knowledge organizers in this context are part of the same community that uses the system. This community, however, does not always perceive the technologies and the interactions of the rest of the users of the system as a safe space, thus using codes, metaphors, orthorphemisms, and other figures of speech to represent themselves. While some of the means and features that this self-classificationist practice sometimes uses seem to be ineffective for standardization and information retrieval purposes, they might well follow other reasons that have been very helpful for the survival and strengthening of the community. Preliminary studies have suggested that self-naming and self-classification in the domain of male gayness and alternative sexualities emerge as a form of resistance against the hegemonic norm that was historically constructed upon prejudices, stereotypes and power relations. The aim of this project is to query the reasons, characteristics and consequences of this kind of knowledge organization using as an example the self-representation of gay males in social applications of interaction.

Members of the clinic are:

Daniel Martínez-Ávila, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Patrick Keilty, University of Toronto

Fabio Pinho, Federal University of Pernambuco UFPE Francisco

Arais Nascimento, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

K.R. Roberto, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Richard P. Smiraglia, IKOS

Bibliographic consultant is: J. Brad Young, IKOS