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Heaton, Lorna


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My research interests revolve around collaboration, in particular the role of technologies that organize and channel it. I explore the transformations brought about by the use of information and communication technologies in groups and organizations. I prefer to work on projects that bring together researchers from several disciplines. For instance, I am currently working with CIRST (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et les technologies) researchers and with the Faculty of Environmental Design here at the Université de Montréal. I have a special interest in situations involving heterogeneous collaboration, where the participants are encouraged to share different types of expertise and viewpoints. My focus is on socio-technical innovation. At present this consists of a study of relationships and the circulation of knowledge between users and developers of Web 2.0 (participatory Web) technologies.


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Kaminska, Aleksandra

KAMINSKA, Aleksandra

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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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