Monday Night Seminar: Media Labours of Love

Monday Night Seminar: Media Labours of Love

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 January 22nd: Media Labours of Love

With special guests Brooke Erin Duffy (Cornell University) featuring her new book “(Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work” (2017), in conversation with Jenna Jacobson (Ryerson University) and Leslie Shade (University of Toronto.


Brooke Erin Duffy: Assistant Professor at Cornell University.

Brooke Erin Duffy conducts research at the intersection of media, culture, and technology; her interests include social media production; media and creative industries; digital labor; and gender and feminist media studies. She holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Leslie Shade: Professor and Associate Dean at the iSchool at the University of Toronto.

Leslie Regan Shade’s research focus since the mid-1990’s has been on the social and policy aspects of information and communication technologies (ICTs), with particular concerns towards issues of gender, youth and political economy. Her research promotes the notion of the public interest in ICT policy; publications, community outreach and student supervision have as their goal the promotion of a wider popular discourse on information and communication policy issues and media reform in Canada and internationally for a diverse public and policy audience. This includes an ongoing commitment to building participatory scholar-activist networks.

Jenna Jacobson: Postdoctoral Fellow at Ryerson University in the Social Media Lab.

Jenna Jacobson completed her PhD at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, in 2017. Situated in the influencer economy and professional community management, her doctoral research critically analyzed the changing landscape of work and self-presentation in an age of social media. Her postdoctoral research focuses on how privacy and ethics are perceived by social media users in relation to how their data can be mined by third parties. She is also a Chair of the International Conference on Social Media & Society.