Monday Night Seminar: Data Justice Across Environmental Publics

Monday Night Seminar: Data Justice Across Environmental Publics

The “Monday Night Seminar” carries on the tradition of Marshall McLuhan’s public seminars at the University of Toronto. All seminars take place from 6 – 8pm within the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of thinkers – academics, activists, scientists, artists, designers and planners – will explore digital culture from a feminist perspective.

The Monday Night Seminars are designed to challenge prevailing cultural notions about technology and provoke new insight on the possibilities for a more equitable technological future. Join us!


Monday Night Seminar November 27th: Data Justice Across Environmental Publics

Prototyping Data Justice across Environmental and Data Publics: Privacy, Precarity, and Resistance

How do we build decolonial futures into data infrastructures? This seminar addresses data justice as an emerging zone of creation and politics. We will discuss frame works of data justice in relation to modes of refusal, consent, and reparation. We speak to issues of environmental justice, open data, and smart city technology as critical contemporary sites of risk and opportunity. Key to this discussion are the politics of surveillance in relation to positions of precarity (racialized, gendered, community). Join us in prototyping a vision of data justice and strategies of resistance. As part of the seminar, we will use design charrette methods to workshop the concepts we develop. Come participate!

With special guests Dr. Beth Coleman (University of Waterloo) and Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto) leading the Technoscience Salon.

6 to 8 PM, Monday, November 27, 2017. Please RSVP at this link.


Dr. Beth Coleman: Associate Professor of Experimental Digita Media at the University of Waterloo where she directs the City as Platform Lab.

Dr. Beth Colemans work focuses on smart technology, big data, and civic engagement. Her practice engages research methods and artistic inquiry towards the creation of public, civic, and poetic works. She is the co-founder of SoundLab Cultural Alchemy, an internationally acclaimed multimedia art and sound platform. She had published the monograph Hello Avatar (MIT Press) along with numerous research articles. Her research affiliations include executive committee member of the UWaterloo Games Institute, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, and expert consultant for the European Commission Digital Futures. She is a founding member of the Microsoft Research Fellow Social Media Collective and currently a visiting professor at Data & Society Research Institute, New York.

Michelle Murphy: Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.

Michelle Murphy’s research is in feminist science and technology studies with a focus on environmental, reproductive, and data justice. Her current work concerns decolonial chemical exposures on the lower Great Lakes and Environmental Data Justice. She is director of the Technoscience Research Unit, a co-founding member of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, co-organizer of the Technoscience Salon, lead member of Endocrine Disruptor Action Group, and a Lead Editor of the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. She is the author of The Economization of Life (2017), Seizing the Means of Reproduction (2012), and Sick Building Syndrome and the Politics of Exposure (2006), all with Duke University Press.