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DIGS + MHRC: Talk and Seminar with Sarah Sharma
September 21 @ 17:00 - 19:00
The Digital Intimacy, Gender, & Sexuality Lab (DIGS) and the Media History Research Centre (MHRC) invite everyone to a talk and seminar featuring Sarah Sharma! The talk, titled “Broken Machines: Towards a Techno-Feminist Refusal” will be held on September 21st at the Milieux Resource Room (EV 11.705). During the talk, Sarah will delve into the subject of her upcoming book, which advances a techno-feminist media theory to account for Big Tech and the gendered politics of utility, exit and repair.
Following the talk, a small graduate seminar with Sarah Sharma is scheduled for September 22nd at 10 a.m., in which they will discuss the preface and introduction to “Re-Understanding Media: Feminist Extensions of Marshall McLuhan.” Please register for this seminar here. Those registered will receive a PDF of the reading by email.
Sarah Sharma is Associate Professor of Media Theory and Director of the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT) at the University of Toronto. She is the author of In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 2014). This book challenges the popular sentiment that the world is “speeding up” and locates instead how temporality operates as a key relation of power structured at the intersection of a range of social differences and technologies. Her edited volume (with Rianka Singh) Re-Understanding Media: Feminist Extensions of Marshall McLuhan (Duke UP 2022) highlights her time as director of the McLuhan Centre between 2017-2022 and retrieves a feminist version of “the medium is the message.” Sarah is currently working on a new book (tentatively titled Broken Machine: Towards a Techno-feminist Refusal) which advances a techno-feminist media theory to account for Big Tech and the gendered politics of utility, exit and repair.