Now online: Critical, Transdisciplinary and Embodied Approaches in STEM Education. Our chapter, “Queering Virtual Reality: A Prolegomenon”, by Dylan Paré, Pratim Sengupta, Scout Windsor, John Craig, and Matthew Thompson, is now available from Springer: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030294885
Our chapter, “Queering Virtual Reality: A Prolegomenon” is available here: https://prism.ucalgary.ca/handle/1880/111707
Queering Virtual Reality explores how VR can support critical literacies of gender and sexuality.
Although the VR applications used in this study have changed or have been discontinued, the research findings have important broader implications for the design of multiplayer, social VR and avatar creation tools.
The findings demonstrate how STEM innovations (VR & 3D sculpting) can be leveraged to support productive and playful experiences of inquiry about gender and sexuality that can help address LGBTQ+ marginalizations.
We also show how queer and trans encounters with technology can move us away from reifying domains of knowledge, such as STEM, towards questions of who we were, who we are, and who we can become.
This was the first research I did in my PhD and I’m excited to eventually share later research that grew out of the initial seeds planted during these first design conversations.
Most of all, I’m thankful for my collaborators/friends who were willing to jump in, explore VR, and do this research and design work with me. I’m also very thankful to the editors, Pratim Sengupta, Marie-Claire Shanahan, and Beaumie Kim, whose hard work made this book possible.
I highly recommend checking out the many fantastic chapters that show how STEM education can be re-imagined through critical approaches.