Monday Night Seminar: Lurk Over Here: Digital Bystander Culture

Monday Night Seminar: Lurk Over Here: Digital Bystander Culture

The “Monday Night Seminar” carries on the tradition of Marshall McLuhan’s public seminars at the University of Toronto. This year’s thematic is MsUnderstanding Media.  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 February 26: Lurk Over Here: Digital Bystander Culture

With special guests Carrie Rentschler (McGill University), Wendy Kiomotis (METRAC), and Andrea Slane (UOIT).


Andrea Slane: Associate Professor, Legal Studies; Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Dr. Andrea Slane is Associate Dean, Research, and Associate Professor in Legal Studies, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  Her research focusses on law’s interface with digital communication technologies.  She has published articles on the nature of privacy interests in sexual images, and on the appropriate limits to privacy protection online, including information sharing between Internet Service Providers and police.  She has also published on legal approaches to various forms of sexual and other online exploitation of vulnerable people, especially children and youth.  A further strain of Dr. Slane’s research deals with personality rights and other efforts to use intellectual property to protect personal information.  Her current research examines novel claims rooted in data protection, privacy, or personality rights that aim to protect a person’s identity in complex information environments, and the responsibilities of various online business models to protect these interests.

Carrie Rentschler: Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies

Professor Rentschler’s research examines the relationship between media making, social movement activism, and the construction of new political subjectivities.  She studies this relationship in the context of movements against gender and racial violence, experiences of victimization and social trauma, and structures of feminist organizing online and via social media. Her current book project analyzes the 60-year cultural history of the bystander as an agent of change, with a particular focus on the media practices that have come to define bystander intervention. Her other current research examines the shape and practice of contemporary feminisms in social media networks and hashtag publics, the role of humour in feminist organizing and media making, and feminist uses of social media to disrupt rape culture. She is a member of FemTechNet and FemBot, two feminist collectives whose members collaboratively teach, research and develop new models of open-access teaching and scholarly publication, respectively.  She is also a lead researcher on a major SSHRC Partnership Grant about responses to rape culture on university campuses. Her research is supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Fonds Québécoise de la Recherche sur la Société et Culture, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Media@McGill, the William Dawson Scholar fund and seed grants from McGill University.