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.
Ladan Siad is a Creative Technologist working at the intersections of art, design and technology to tell narratives about the world that is possible when radical visionary change flourishes. Ladan is a natural born collaborator and has used their skills to teach and help in many community-based projects. Drawing from the imagery of 70s Somali Funk Album Covers, little known black subversive DC history and the sounds of 90s R&B, Siad, who is a self-taught and community supported multidisciplinary creative quilting together global black genres into a visual and audio tapestry of home everywhere. Ladan will be starting at OCAD in the Digital Futures Program (MDes) in September 2018. Ladan holds a BA in Criminology and Psychology from York University.
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.
Martina Schlünder is a EU Marie Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her doctorate in the History of Medicine from the Charité, Universitätsmedizin-Berlin having earlier become an MD practising psychiatry and neurology. She has been a research fellow at Justus Liebig University at Gießen funded by the German Research Council and at Ludwik Fleck Center/Collegium Helveticum ETH Zurich. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and as a visiting fellow at the Department for Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University in Montréal.
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.
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.