The Subject Mirroring in the Body Images in New Media Times: Feminisms and Postfeminisms Perspectives Revisited
The expansion of new media reality influenced the fields of science, art, literature, architecture, communications, which is all not necessarily disconnected from the everyday subject’s life – quite the opposite. By creating a whole renewed living environment, both for the society in general and for the individual as well, new media reality also influences the way that the subject perceives himself/herself through the fields of visual, auditive and haptic space.
The case of the visual field and visuality in new media times can be particularly interesting. As the new media possibilities pervade the everyday reality, and digitally produced, shaped and reshaped photographs and pictures are intermediated and spread through the social spaces more and more in a very intense and persistent way, it seems that the issue of gaze becomes (or rather stays) very actual again. Speaking to the subject as its other(s) via Other, these visual images interpellate the subject in quite new and challenging ways. But is it so or this multiintensified new media reality actually reinforces the already well-known patterns of subjectivization once again and multiplied?
This question is especially interesting regarding to the feminine body, and in relation to the gaze of the o/Other, to quite persisting phallocentrism, and also in relation to (re)searching for the new possibilities of creating and discovering the ways in which women’s writing (écriture féminine) – or a way of inscribing the patterns of a different/differential reading into the perceived (self-)images – can write the possible other perspective of looking into these issues, now with a help of new media circumstances. This would also draw attention to the role and place of feminisms and postfeminisms in the present times, as well as to the possibilities of evolving and expanding already present theoretical ideas by posing new questions inspired by new times and generations.
Dragana Stojanović (1983) finished BA and MA studies in Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Her MA thesis focused on the research of the dialogical relations of the fields of ethnomusicology and gender studies and underlined the importance of the analysis of the cultural as textual. She followed her interest in gender studies further, concentrating on the specific position of the female body and subjectivity in the field of the language and representational spaces. Dragana Stojanović defended her PhD thesis Interpretations of the mapping of female body in the textual fields of art and culture in 2014, at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Theory of Art and Media department. She published theoretical papers in different journals in the fields of art theory, culture studies and ethnomusicology. She is currently working as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade.