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Aleksandra Kaminska


Professeure adjointe

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de communication

Marie-Victorin office B417

514 343-6111 #38776


Areas of Expertise

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal, specializing in media studies, media arts, and research-creation. I also regularly venture into other disciplines such as art history and STS. My primary interests are the politics and aesthetics of media as materials and infrastructures; the meeting points between culture and technology; and questions of the body and identity in technological contexts and interactions. I’m currently particularly engaged in projects centered on the protocols of identification, authentication, and recognition.

My next book project, tentatively called High-Tech Paper: A Media History of Security Aesthetics, is a historical and theoretical study of security printing and its artefacts (passports, banknotes, etc.). In a budding new project I’m thinking about human-machine interaction in an age of machine listening. I’m interested in invisible disabilities, and particularly to start in the algorithmic programming of technologies of speech and voice recognition that define and reproduce ideas about what it means to be a “good” speaker, and the consequences of being dysfluent and “out-of-sync.”

I am also co-investigator in the Archive/Counter-Archive: Activitating Canada's Moving Image Heritage partnership, which is working to “activate” Canadian moving image archives (SSHRC Partnership). And, I'm leading the project Nano-Verses, a collaboration with artists and scientists that is at once a speculation on the possibilities of new nano-optical medium and a reflection on the nature of interdisciplinary work. My first book is Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2016).

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Odorama V2 : tentative de médiation technologique de la synesthésie tactile-olfactive Thèses et mémoires dirigés / 2020 - 2020
Graduate : Piguet, Géraldine
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.

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Archive/Counter-Archive: Activating Canada's Moving Image Heritage Projet de recherche au Canada / 2018 - 2024

Co-researchers : Aleksandra Kaminska
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PV128152-Subvention de partenariat

Les arts de la reconnaissance : stratégies et tactiques de l’intelligence entre identification et interactivité Projet de recherche au Canada / 2018 - 2022

Lead researcher : Aleksandra Kaminska
Funding sources: FRQSC/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC)
Grant programs: PV113813-(NP) Soutien à la recherche pour la relève professorale

Authenticating People and Things: Technical Materials and Media Convergence in the Search for Security Projet de recherche au Canada / 2017 - 2021

Lead researcher : Aleksandra Kaminska
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PV153480-Subventions de développement Savoir

BricoLab: Création d'un laboratoire de création et fabrication numérique au sein du Département de communication Projet de recherche au Canada / 2019

Lead researcher : Aleksandra Kaminska
Funding sources: Université de Montréal
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