Courses at McLuhan Centre, University of Toronto
St. George Campus Starting 2017
Grad Seminar INF2136, Winter 2018
Feminist Readings in Technology
This course begins with McLuhan’s Understanding Media and moves towards a feminist take on the medium is the message. Moving beyond the universalizing tendencies of this claim, this course considers how the production and incorporation of social differences are part of the message of every medium. If McLuhan outlined a conception of media effects based on pace, pattern and scale, then a feminist perspective includes recognition of the differential bodies, rhythms, and spaces as part of the extension and message of every medium. Rather than a singular effect on culture, we will undertake critical projects on technology concerned with how our machines reorganize labor, gender, class, and racial politics.
Feminist Readings in Technology introduces students to canonical and recent texts in feminist media studies that will allow students to gain a more complex understanding of the psychic and social consequences of media new and old.
Technologies of Space and Time
This course examines the relationship between technology and the social experience of space and time. In this course we will consider:
1. How technologies intersect with and produce the built environment (which includes the virtual networks, mediated spectacles, traffic and transit) in the city spaces in which we dwell and
2. How technologies intersect with and alter the rhythm, tempo, and pace of life in the city. We will pay particular attention to how technologies in the city are tied to different power dynamics and how inequality is also experienced in spatial and temporal terms.
The course is uniquely bookended with a focus on the city of Toronto. We will begin with seminal readings from the Toronto School theorists of media and communication before moving on to other critical theorists of technology, space, and time. The course culminates in a project-oriented around a specific site within the city of Toronto. The course is offered in the former thinking space of Marshall McLuhan.
Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga
Gender, Sex, Machines: Readings in Feminist Technology Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006 – 2015)
Introduction to Media Studies
Honors Critical Media Studies
Communication and the Political
Media Studies and the Politics of Space and Time
Information Machines/Media Beyond Content (with Professor Ken Hillis)