[ISEA2016] Panel Statement: Francesco Macarone Palmieri — 21st Century Schizoid: Bear Masculine Transitions Through Net Pornography

Panel Statement

Panel: Ethnography of Gay Eroticism & Activism

This talk is about Bears as gay male subculture and on-line gender performance. It contextualizes definitions of new masculinities by analzying different fields of netporn research. The presentation will focus on socio-anthropological analysis of the end of Gay culture and Bear culture whithin by building a digital genealogy of its own represenations, from digital networks archeology of Bullettin Board Systems and Mailing Lists to today’s Internet porntube platforms and smart technology.


Video: Panel 3: Ethnography of Gay Eroticism

  • Born in Rome the 22nd October 1970 and living between Rome and Berlin, Francesco Macarone Palmieri aka WABEAR works as social anthropologist, writer, DJ and curator. In 2002 he receives the Degree in Sociology and the Master Degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development with the maximum grade (110/110) at the “Università degli Studi di Roma la Sapienza” with the Professor Massimo Canevacci as Supervisor, discussing a graduation thesis entitled “Raves. Glocal countercultures´s ethnographic reading” about the relationship between countercultures and the advent of digital technology in the European nineties. His second book is entitled “Tanz Berlin” for Manifestolibri and it is dedicated to Berlin clubbing scene. He is Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering of “La Sapienza” University of Rome. His work is based on Cultural Studies with a focus on Urban Anthropology, New Media, Geographies of Sexualities, Netporn Studies and Epistemology of Emotions. He collides his theoretical research with the fields of Independent Cinema and Event Management. His first book is entitled “Free Party. Techno anomia per delinquenza giovanile” and published by Meltemi Editore. He published a long series of books and essays with international Publishers, gave lectures in conferences and universities all around the world. He works as curator, performer and DJ on an international level. He is co-producer and Resident DJ of the Berlin-based bi-monthly event “Gegen”.