Cybersexual Outlaws


The  2003 Joseph Keene Chatwick Memorial Lecture

Cybersexual Outlaws

and the Fantasies that Matter

Earl Jackson, Jr.

Department of Literature

University of California, Santa Cruz

Visiting Research Fellow

East-West Center

7:00 PM Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

University of  Hawaii Manoa Campus

Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored  by the Department of  English , UHM

    One of  Earl Jackson, Jr.’s principle concerns
has been the

relations obtaining  between prevalent technologies, the

representational practices those technologies enable, the forms of

subjectivity that are achieved thereby, and the micro- and

macro-politics that circumscribe those relations. Cybersex and the

social conflicts surrounding it provide an very rich area to pursue

questions. Since 1992,  Jackson  has been logging into a
wide-range of

digital sexual subcultural venues and keeping full records of what

transpires in them.  This lecture is a preliminary attempt at
a critical

account of the modes of cultural production, self-representation, and

group formation that he has observed. He will develop his theoretical

perspective by persuing two questions that may seem only contingently

related:the relation of technology to the metaphors it engenders; and

the differences between heterosexual and gay male cybersex communities.

His first argument will demonstrate that the sexual differences in

cyberspace are profoundly conditioned by the metaphorical excess of

media, and in turn inflect that metaphoricity. After establishing the

enmeshment of these two discursive formations, Jackson will then propose

a meta-critical anatomy of cybersexuality and its discontents, examining

both the digital and the cybersexual „revolution“ through three specific

aspects: the technological, the psychical, and the political.



Jackson, Jr.
is the author of Strategies of Deviance; College

Connections Internet Resource Guide; and Fantastic Living:
The Critical

Practices of Samuel R. Delany. Other publications include: „The

to Difference: Theorizing Race and Ethnicity in Lesbian

and Gay
,“ in Beyond a Dream Deferred: Multicultural Education

and the Politics of  Excellence. (Becky W. Thompson and
Sangeeta Tyagi,

Eds. University of Minnesota Press: 1993); „The Heresy of Meaning:

Japanese Symbolist Poetry“ (Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies);

Metaphysics of Translation and the Origins of Japanese Symbolist

Poetics“ (PMLA ); „Desire
at Cross[Cultural] Purposes: Hiroshima, Mon

and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
“ (Positions 2.1).

    Jackson is also a columnist for The Men of 
All Colors Together

Newsletter, and is responsible for the largest singly-maintained

humanities Web site in North America, Another Scene  
Among other things, Another Scene both launches and archives Jackson’s
pedagogical experiments in integrating digital media into college teaching.
Jackson has worked as copy editor, developmental editor, and technical
review editor for IDG Books, Inc. His electronic art works have been featured
in digital expositions in San Francisco, Tokyo, and at Northridge College. 
He is currently writing a book on Japanese film from 1956 to the present,
tentatively entitled Catastrophe Formations.