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Touch and contact during COVID-19: Insights from queer digital spaces

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/07/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Gender, Work and Organization
Issue numberSuppl. 2
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)340-347
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date16/05/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The aim of this conceptual paper is to discuss the transformation of socialisation processes due to the digitalisation of entertainment and community formation during COVID-19. More specifically, we focus on alternative modes of touch and contact within the context of queer digital entertainment spaces and question how the world is shaped and sensed in a (post-) COVID-19 era. Inspired by the work of Karen Barad on a quantum theory of queer intimacies, we highlight that the rise of hybridised experiences in-between physical and digital spaces captures a series of spatio-temporal, material and symbolic dimensions of touch and contact. We conclude by drawing implications for the future of organisations and work.