TSA Scanners/Data Mining Social Movements/Police Body-cams. Join us for an evening as we discuss the cultural and the technical aspects of how injustice gets embedded in our machines.
With special guests Armond Towns (University of Denver) and Rachel Hall (Syracuse University) in conversation with U of T’s Alex Hanna (Assistant Professor ICCIT) and Rhonda McEwen (Canada Research Chair in Tactile Interfaces, Communication and Cognition and Association Professor ICCIT).
6-8 PM, October 30, 2017. Please RSVP at this link.
Rachel Hall: Associate Professor Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University
Rachel Hall’s research is in feminist surveillance studies, security studies, and risk management. Her work interrogates the processes by which people come to embrace new technologies and strategies as solutions to culturally and historically specific constructions of fear, insecurity, and risk. She is the author of The Transparent Traveler: The Performance and Culture of Airport Security, under contract with Duke University Press 2014.
Alex Hanna: Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology
Alex’s research agenda focuses on how new and social media has changed social movement mobilization and political participation. She relies on large-scale data collections and computational tools in my research, with an emphasis on automated textual analysis and machine learning.Her current project is the Machine-learning Protest Event Data System (MPEDS), a system which uses machine learning and natural language processing to create protest event data. She is involved in several efforts to integrate computational methods into social science practice and education. She has taught workshops on computer programming and data analysis for social scientists, and also co-founded the computational social science blog Bad Hessian. She is also an activist, working on issues of queer and transgender inclusion in sports and higher education, and access to transgender health care.
Rhonda McEwen is Associate Professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and at University of Toronto iSchool.
She is Canada Research Chair in Tactile Interfaces, Communication and Cognition. Her research and teaching centre around information practices involving new media technologies, with an emphasis on mobile and tablet communication, new media, social networks, and sensory information processing. McEwen’s research was the covered by the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes in 2012 and 2013. Her recent publications appear in the journals Information, Communication & Society, Computers and Education, Learning & Instruction, New Media and Society, and Library and Information Science Research.
Armond Towns is Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication.
He is increasingly interested in “Man’s” representation in both science and philosophy. This leads Professor Towns to examine the intersections between race, gender, sexuality, class, time, and space. Thus, his areas of study include, but are not limited to, black radicalism, media and cultural studies, post- and decolonial studies, the philosophy and science of race, feminist and queer geography, and political economy. His research can be found in Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Women’s Studies in Communication.