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Caron, André H.

CARON, André H.

Professeur émérite

I specialize in mass media and new and emerging technologies, and my research interests focuses on exploring how technologies and people co-evolve in vast hybrid networks. My research and publications deal with “mobile culture” in everyday life, the cascade effect and the interrelations between technologies and new communication rituals and interactions. My other research interests include formative and summative research for youth and media, broadcasting policies, and the political and cultural appropriation of media. 

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GRONDIN, David

Professeur agrégé

I have just joined the department, after spending eleven years as a professor at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. I am overjoyed to see my interdisciplinary bent find a new terrain in communication and media studies and to start a new chapter teaching international communication, media studies, political communication, and popular culture at Université de Montréal.

I am first and foremost fascinated by the relationship between culture, science, media, technology and society, power/knowledge, militarization, and war and security in the US context and in the geopolitical frame set by globalization. My current work brings me to consider issues dealing with the security/mobility nexus and the redefinition of citizenship in the digital age. I conceive of communication to be at the heart of social, political, and economic relations and to go well with the evolution of media technologies whilst also epistemologically also a technology (being both content and form and dissemination and reception of a message).

Through communication, we are, consciously or unconsciously in relation with the world. I am heavily interested in our relationship with digital governance – and by extension, to digital media. I thus pay a particular attention to communication infrastructures in security governance, which leads me to study new forms of surveillance in the surveillance society enacted by the digital. As digital media and new media, algorithms are a privileged topic to capture the media infrastructures for the communications they infrastructurally embody as well as to what they make possible for media technologies governing subjects and controlling spaces.

In my research, I both mobilize communication and media studies, notably popular culture, cultural industries and cultural studies scholarship, as well as issues of mobility and surveillance, with a reflection that addresses power manifestations in communication and the effects of communications. As international communication, media cultures, political communication, popular culture, cultural studies, and new media studies constitute my main research expertise in media studies and communication, my work is well served by my interdisciplinary bent and undisciplined perspective that draws upon the fields of international relations, international political sociology, political geography, political anthropology, American studies, security studies, and science and technology studies.

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Kaminska, Aleksandra

KAMINSKA, Aleksandra

Professeure adjointe

I work primarily in the field of media studies, focusing on the material and technical practices and histories of media technologies. My research gravitates around two central axes. The first is concerned with the politics and aesthetics of media technologies as materials and infrastructures, and the second with the meeting points between cultural practices and technological innovation. Recurring through my research are questions related to matters of identity and identification, something which is currently taking shape through the following problem: how do we recognize the authenticity and veracity of a person or thing?

I am currently working on a media history of authentication and security printing (SSRHC Insight Development), and on technologies of recognition in the media arts (FRQSC New Academics). I am a 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). I’m also 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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