I am Assistant Professor in the Cultural Studies Department at Trent University, and Coordinator of a cross-faculty undergraduate program in Media Studies. I am President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association (CCLA), and an Assistant Editor of Media Theory (MT), an international and independent peer-reviewed journal.
After completing a dissertation (York, 2015) on memory studies, European settler culture, migration and socially engaged art, I turned to questions surrounding mobility, technology and infrastructure within collective memory practices, exploring media geography and the cultural politics of digital mapping, urban developments such as smart cities, theories of space, and visual culture. I have published single-authored works in each of these areas, in addition to completing a major editorial project on Geospatial Memory.
Currently, my research is focused on completing a monograph, The Antinomies of Location: Posthuman, Postmodern and Postdigital Iterations of Locative Media, which aims to significantly reframe the history of interactive and experimental locative media in a search for inventive alternatives to the prevailing concerns over artificial intelligence, data ownership and surveillance, privacy, and the quantified self. Building from existing artistic practices and tools from digital ethnography, software design and urban planning, I address these issues with a larger focus on boldly rethinking relations between connectivity, community and mobility amid the increasing demand for “smart” urban sustainable futures in a time of environmental chaos.
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