Theorizing Diasporic Queer Digital Homes: Identity, Home and New Media
College of Wooster, US
Ahmet Atay is an associate professor at the College of Wooster. His research revolves around critical intercultural communication, cultural studies, and media studies. In particular, he focuses on diasporic experiences and cultural identity formations of diasporic individuals; political and social complexities of city life, such as immigrant and queer experiences; the usage of new media technologies in different settings; and the notion of home. He is the author of Globalization’s Impact on Identity Formation: Queer Diasporic Males in Cyberspace (2015) and the co-editor of The Discourse of Disability in Communication Education: Narrative-Based Research for Social Change. Atay is currently finishing two edited book projects (one is under contract with Routledge and it is focusing on “special population” discourse from intercultural communication pedagogy perspective).
In this essay, I argue that, for the most part, hybridity is a state of confusion or complication rather than a state of empowerment. Because diasporic individuals experience a constant state of flux, the state of hybridity can be considered a fluid state of being that allows contestation, negotiation, and (re)creation of cultural identities. Consequently, diasporic individuals—particularly queer diasporic people—carve out physical, psychological, or cyber locations (homes) where they exist simultaneously within their host, diasporic, and queer cultures.