Michelle Murphy is the Director of the Technoscience Research Unit. Michelle is a feminist technoscience studies scholar and historian of the recent past. She is the author of The Economization of Life (Duke UP 2017), Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Feminism, Health and Technoscience (Duke UP, 2012) and Sick Building Syndrome: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers (Duke UP 2006), and The Economization of Life (Duke UP, 2017). She is the two-time winner of the Fleck Prize from the Society for the Social Studies of Science. Her current project is called Alter Life in the Ongoing Aftermath of Industrial Chemicals. It explores the infrastructures and decolonial futures of life already altered by industrially produced chemicals, especially endocrine disrupting chemicals. She is currently involved in collaborations with Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, the Endocrine Disruptors Action Group, Engineered Worlds, and the Politics of Evidence Working Group. From 1996 – 2007, she was editor of the RaceSci Website. Michelle Murphy is Red River Métis from Winnipeg. She has a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University and is Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.
Kristen Bos is the Lab Manager of the Technoscience Research Unit. She is an urban Métis archaeologist-cum-anthropologist, activist, and researcher of Indigenous material culture. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship and the President’s Award for Outstanding Native Student of the Year. Her research brings Indigenous materiality to bear on questions of colonial, gendered, and environmental violence. She dreams in vivid colours and her goals include advancing Indigenous and non-Western stories, epistemologies, and ontologies.
Vanessa Gray is the lead on TRU’s Environmental Justice research. She is an Anishnaabe kwe from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, located in Canada’s Chemical Valley. As a grassroots organizer, land defender, and educator, Vanessa works to decolonize environmental justice research by linking scholarly findings to traditional teachings. She continues to take part in a diversity of tactics such as direct action, classroom lectures, co-hosting Toxic Tours, and Water Gatherings.
Patrick Keilty is a feminist and queer media and technology scholar. He is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. His primary research interest is the politics of digital infrastructures in the online pornography industry. His work spans issues in visual culture, sexual politics, information studies, critical algorithm studies, political economy, database logic, critical theory, and theories of gender, sexuality, and race. He is the author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles, editor of three journal special issues, an edited book, and has delivered more than 40 refereed conference papers and 35 invited lectures. He holds a PhD in Information Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies (now Gender Studies) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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.
Reena Shadaan is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Her work looks at the gendered dimensions of environmental justice and environmental health, including activism, and reproductive justice considerations. Much of Shadaan’s work to date examines the largely women-led and comprised justice movements in the aftermath of the Bhopal Gas Disaster (Bhopal, India – 1984). Currently, Shadaan is working with the Toronto-based Nail Technicians’ Network and the Healthy Nail Salon Network in response to nail technicians’ occupational/environmental health concerns (reproductive, respiratory, dermatological, and musculoskeletal), as well as the precarious labour conditions in the industry.
Aljumaine Gayle is a queer Jamaican-Canadian Interdisciplinary Design Technologist. Currently enrolled in Digital Futures at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and actively co-organizes programming on behalf of IntersectTO and Pleasure Dome TO. Aljumaine’s research and art practise explores othering of blackness in contemporary life and aims to subvert this othering through Afrofuturism and technology. While challenging tokenism and trauma narratives that characterize the majority of mainstream black art, film and music.
Sajdeep Soomal is a researcher, archivist and emerging curator based in Toronto, ON. Current projects explore Punjabi agriculture, defences against drones, queer prison abolition, and family photography. Soomal currently works as the Collections and Outreach Assistant at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), the Communications Coordinator at the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), and a research assistant at the University of Toronto.
Dawn Walker is a PhD student at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on citizen participation in technology design practices, in particular for environmental advocacy. Sitting at the intersection of the technology design, information practices, and civic engagement, her research bridges socio-technocal design approaches with critical social science inquiry.
Shaquilla Singh is an undergrad at the University of Toronto double majoring in Computer Science and the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. She is on Civic Tech Toronto’s steering committee and last summer worked for Code for Canada. She previously served as Design Editor and Managing Online Editor at UofT’s campus newspaper The Varsity.
Sophia Jaworski is a PhD student in the faculty of Anthropology and the Women and Gender Studies collaborative program at the University of Toronto. Her research interests problematize ‘medically unexplained chronic illness’ through investigating the politics and lived experiences of toxins and chemicals in everyday life. Her dissertation examines how symptoms are treated as environment-linked using ethnographic fieldwork and visual methods in a biomedical context. It focuses on the theoretical intersections between inhumanisms and figures of the ‘environment,’ and the tensions in power between biomedicine, mental health and the pharmaceutical dynamics of medicalization. She asks: “how can the integration of feminist understandings of knowledges and affects contribute to an interrogation of the current politics of life and capitalism in Canada?”
Aadita Chaudhury is a PhD candidate at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University. Previously, she completed a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Applied Science at University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. Her research interests are broadly surrounding the anthropology and philosophy of biology and the ecological sciences, cartography, postcolonial and feminist STS, and environmental and medical humanities.
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.
Alessandro Delfanti is a media and science studies scholar working on the political economy of digital technologies. He is the author of Biohackers: The Politics of Open Science (Pluto Press 2013). His current research focuses on cultures and practices of resistance within the digital economy. Alessandro is Assistant Professor of Culture and New Media at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT) at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and has a graduate appointment at the Faculty of Information.
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.
Matt Price works in the areas of digital politics, digital humanities, science and technology studies. He has a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from Stanford University and is an Instructor in the History Department, New College, and at the Faculty of Information. He leads the coding and technical side of the TRU’s contributions to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.
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