“To See or Not to See: Cyborgs, Veillance, and Materiality”

| February 6, 2013 12:28 am

We hope to reschedule this Cyborg panel (cancelled by snowstorm).  Meanwhile, please check out interview with Dr Chris Hables Gr”ay, “MyCyborg MySelf CBC Spark Feb 15 [@16:00] http://t.co/5oSy8uQ8 (OISE/UT visiting scholar February 2013)

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This is a quick note with information on an upcoming panel event organized by Dr. Boler which will take place at the OISE/UT this Friday Februrary 8th. Hope to see you there!

Event details:

When: Friday, February 8, 2013, 4:00pm-6:30pm (Reception to follow)
Where: OISE/UT Library, 252 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON

Featuring Provocations from:

Steve Mann (Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto)

Chris Hables Gray (author of The Cyborg Handbook, Postmodern War, The Cyborg Citizen, and Peace, War and Computers, Cultural Studies of Science and Technology, University of California)

Caitlin Fisher (Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture and Director, Augmented Reality Lab, York University)

Suzanne DeCastell (Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education at UOIT)

Moderated by: Megan Boler (Faculty of Humanities, Social Science, and Social Justice Education, OISE/UT)

REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT AT http://cyborgs.eventbrite.com <http://cyborgs.eventbrite.com/>

Panelist Bios:

Steve Mann is widely recognized as “the father of wearable computing” and “the father of AR”, a more than $200 billion industry.  Mann was the inventor of<http://patents.ic.gc.ca/opic-cipo/cpd/eng/patent/2313693/summary.html> the EyeBorg camera<http://wearcam.org/TheEyeborgMan.pdf>, named one of the 50 best inventions of the year by TIME. He is the inventor of the hydraulophone, a public water feature that is a fun and playful musical instrument similar to a woodwind instrument but using pressurized water instead of air. He has been featured by news organizations including AP News, New York Times, LA-Times, Time,  Fortune, WiReD, CNN, David Letterman, Rolling Stone, and BBC. His award winning documentary cyborglog ShootingBack, and the ideas from his recent book “CYBORG: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable Computer” (Randomhouse Doubleday, 2001) inspired a 35mm feature length motion picture film about his life “Canada’s most important film of the year” according to POV.http://www.eecg.toronto.edu/~mann/ Mann is the General Chair of IEEE ISTAS-13.  (Paper submissions are due Feb 28th, 2013) http://veillance.me<http://veillance.me/>

Chris Hables Gray lectures at the University of California at Santa Cruz and California State University at Monterey Bay in Cultural Studies of Science and Technology. His particular interest is in how information technologies shape contemporary war and peace making and the politics of our ongoing cyborgization. His book publications include The Cyborg Handbook, Postmodern War, The Cyborg Citizen, and Peace, War and Computers, all with Routledge Press. www.chrishablesgray.org

Caitlin Fisher’s primary research investigates the future of narrative through explorations of interactive storytelling and interactive cinema in Augmented Reality environments. Current research interests also include digital archiving, lifelogging, data visualization and experimental game structures for storytelling. Professor Fisher was awarded a Canada Research Chair in digital culture in 2004. She is a co-founder of the Future Cinema Lab<http://www.futurecinema.ca/>, dedicated to the exploration of new stories for new screens, and director of the Augmented Reality Lab<http://futurecinema.ca/arlab/> in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York. In the AR Lab, she is working to construct and theorize spatial narrative environments and build expressive software tools for artists. http://www.yorku.ca/caitlin/

Suzanne DeCastell, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, has published extensively on educational philosophy and theory, literacy and new media studies and technology, gender and digital game studies. Books she has co-edited include Literacy, Society and Schooling, Language, Authority and Criticism, Radical Interventions, and Worlds in Play. She is the founding President of the Canadian Games Studies Association, and is also the founder and continuing senior editor of its journal, entitled Loading. In 2000, she was the recipient of the Wired Woman Pioneer in Technology and New Media Award, Women in the Spotlight, and BC Research Partnership Award. In 2004 she was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Education: Learning for Life.http://news.uoit.ca/archives/2012/04/uoit-announces-new-faculty-of-education-dean.php

Megan M. Boler is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice in Education, OISE/University of Toronto; and Associate Faculty of Knowledge Media Design Institute. Her books include Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (MIT Press, 2008) and DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media with Matt Ratto, (forthcoming 2013, MIT Press). She is the recipient of two major research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: the first 3-year project, “Rethinking Media, Citizenship and Democracy: Digital Dissent after 9/11,” used mixed-methods to examine the motivations of producers of “digital dissent”.  Her current funded 3-year project focuses on the intersection of social media and social movements, with focus on women activists’ digital media practices are redefining participatory democracy. www.meganboler.net

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