Sarah Sharma is Associate Professor and Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. She holds her faculty appointment at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (Mississauga) and her graduate appointment at the Faculty of Information (St. George). Prior to arriving in Toronto in January of 2016, Professor Sharma was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006-2016).
Her monograph In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics published by Duke University Press was awarded the “2014 National Communication Critical Cultural Division Book of the Year.” In the Meantime intervenes in the popular sentiment that the world is speeding and argues the explanatory power of speed-up is less an accurate depiction of the contemporary moment than it is an ideological discourse itself. Working against this myopic focus on speedup the book introduces a new approach to time and locates how temporality operates as a key relation of power structured at the intersection of a range of social differences.
Sarah is currently working on a new project that explores the gendered politics of exit and refusal, or what she terms “the (s)Exit”, within contemporary techno-culture.
Stay tuned for more information about the McLuhan Centre in the new year (2017).