Nicole Charles is an Assistant Professor in the Women & Gender Studies at University of Toronto Mississauga. She holds an MA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research from the University of Western Ontario, and obtained an undergraduate degree with Distinction from McGill University in International Development Studies and Social Studies of Medicine. Her interdisciplinary areas of interest include sexuality, claims to citizenship, and the racialization of health, science, and new biotechnologies. Nicole has been awarded the 2013 National Graduate Essay Prize from the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes, a 2013-2014 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and, held a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship in support of her research which investigates issues of postcolonial biopolitics and sexuality in the British Caribbean through a transnational feminist lens.
Nehal El-Hadi is a writer, researcher, and Visiting Scholar at the City Institute at York University in Toronto. Her work explores the intersections between technology, the body, and the city. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Planning at the University of Toronto, where she is researching how women of colour engage online social media in pursuit of social justice.
Bretton Fosbrook is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Gender and the Economy of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. His post-doctoral research builds on his doctoral research that examined how corporate strategies, like scenario planning, formed in response to social and political changes and uncertainties, like the increasing awareness of systemic racial and gender discrimination and catastrophic climate change. Bretton is a member of the Techniques of the Corporation Project.
Kira Lussier is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie at the intersection of histories of psychology, capitalism, and the self. Her dissertation traces the history of personality testing in corporate America in the second half of the twentieth century. She asks how and why psychological techniques, like the widely-known Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory, became so popular among human resources departments, management consultants, business schools, and marketing researchers alike. After completing an Honours BA in History from McGill University, Kira completed an MA in History of Science at the IHPST. At the University of Toronto, she is president of the IHPST’s graduate student union, HAPSAT. She currently serves as production editor of the open-access journal, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, and as a member of the University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection.
Natasha Myers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University, the convenor of the Politics of Evidence Working Group, director of the Plant Studies Collaboratory, and a member of Sensorium. She is co-organizer of Toronto’s Technoscience Salon, and co-organizer of the Write2Know Project with Max Liboiron. She is the author of Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter (Duke University Press, August 2015). Her current research experiments with ways to document the affective ecologies that take shape between plants and people, and among plants and their remarkably multi-species relations.
Justin Douglas is a PhD candidate in the History Department at the University of Toronto. His research aims to contribute to the existing debates on the history of finance and debt by undertaking a historical analysis of the emergence of the credit card and to try to provide an account of the role that this new technology played in the ‘credit revolution’ in the United States – situating this ‘revolution’ roughly around 1970. Contributing to the history of technology and the growing interdisciplinary scholarship on financial practices, this research treats the credit card as a material device existing within a larger developing financial infrastructure that offers an important entry point into the contemporary history of debt and capitalism. Justin has been awarded a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.
Shiho Satsuka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Unviersity of Toronto. Her research concerns the politics of knowledge, discourses of nature and science, and cultural practices of capitalism. She is interested in how divergent understandings of nature are produced, circulated, contested and transformed in translocal interactions shaped by the global expansion of capitalism. Her first book, Nature in Translation: Freedom, Subjectivity and Japanese Tourism Encounters in Canada (Duke UP 2015), analyzes the way Japanese tour guides translate ecological knowledge in national parks in the Canadian Rockies. The book examines how the guides’ translation of nature is related to the construction of their subjectivity, both as transnational flexible workers and as embodiments of Japanese cosmopolitan desire. She is currently working on her second book project examining the social role of scientists in the emerging global scientific and commercial networks associated with matsutake, a highly valued wild mushroom. In particular, she focuses on satoyama movements that aim to revitalize the traditional agrarian forests that produce matsutake, the politics of translation between expert science and other forms of knowledge, and the emerging discourses of “new commons” that envision alternative social and human-nonhuman relations. This research is also part of a collaborative, multi-sited ethnographic project, “Matsutake Worlds”. She was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Germany in 2012.
Sarah Sharma is Director of the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology and Associate Professor of Media Theory at the University of Toronto cross-anointed at the ICCIT (UTM) and the Faculty of Information (St.George). Her research focuses on feminist approaches to technology with a particular focus on temporality and labour. Her first monograph In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2014) was named the National Communication Association’s Critical Cultural Division Book of the Year. In the Meantime is an intervention in the popular sentiment that the world is ‘speeding up’. Working against this myopic focus on speedup, the book introduces a new approach to time called ‘power-chronography,’ locating the ways in which temporality operates as a key relation of power structured at the intersection of a range of social differences. Professor Sharma is currently working on a new book length project that explores the gendered politics of exit and refusal, or what she terms the ‘(s)Exit’ within contemporary techno-culture.