Research

Research Interests

My research interests are centered on the intersection of, and the interactions between, technology, the body, and space. Within this broad description, my current research inquiries fall into three groups:

1) how technology mediates the body’s experiences in space. Previous explorations have included urban planning for hyperspace and social media research ethics. My doctoral dissertation research investigates how women of colour in Toronto use Internet media technologies (e.g. social networks, blogs, and personal websites) to engage and participate in citybuilding processes and institutions. In this research, I propose a case study methodology to study the relationships between online and offline actors and occurrences. My theoretical framework draws from black feminist thought, cyborg theory, and community development literature.

2) critical race theory and posthumanism. The research questions I am interested in is: who (or what) is the human in posthuman? I am interested in the engagement of black feminist thought in conversation with posthuman ontologies in both theory and praxis, and how it translates into the growing field of health humanities. This focus grows out of my background in environmental and science journalism, where I was interested in how racialised, gendered, and otherwise excluded bodies were made more vulnerable.

3) the relationships between “audience,” “community,” and “the public” in the fields of journalism and urban planning, and how social exclusion and marginalisation is produced by professional practices. As a formally-trained journalist who was once a card-carrying member of several professional organisations, and as a current student of planning, I noticed the similarities in the language used in both professions’ codes of ethics, especially as related to service of the public.

Methodological Framework

“La condition dernière de la production, c’est donc la reproduction des conditions de la production.” / “The ultimate condition of production is therefore the reproduction of the conditions of production.” – Althusser, L. (1971). Ideology and ideological state apparatuses (notes towards an investigation). Lenin and philosophy and other essays, 127.

For a methodological framework, I engage with interpellation as defined by Althusser: I am interested in the processes including and beyond the state that call into being actions, events, actors, and publics (and counterpublics).

Methodologies that acknowledge the ways in which we engage with our lives in physical and virtual spaces at the same time are of particular interest.