2019 – Title tbd, CGC Conference Keynote, Carleton University, March 21-22.

2017 – Keynote: “Living Together in the Data Center Industrial Complex” -TBLR/ESSCS PhD-researcher training summer course (“Living Together“) in Bergen (Norway), August 14-18, 2017.

Invited Talks

2018 – Public Talk “Genetic Gold in the Cloud” Tulane University, New Orleans, Dec 7. Sponsored by the Altman Program for International Studies.

2018 – “After Ice: New Horizons for Cryographic Knowledges” University of Alberta, Edmonton, May 4-5, 2018.

2017 – Data Centers: Investigating Socio-Technological Assemblages of the Cloud. Stockholm University, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017.

2017 – “Data: Centers to Surplus to Complex ” UCLA, Feb 23. In conversation with Sarah T. Roberts and Safiya Noble (part of Fourchettes research grant).

2017 – “From Data Saturation to Surplus” Saturation UCSB, Feb 17. (Organized by Melody Jue and Rafico Ruiz).

2016 – “Infrastructural Activism” Disconnection workshop: a series funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT). Södertörn University, Stockholm December 12, 2016. (Organised by Anne Kaun).

2016 – “The New Farmers: Big Tech’s Greening of its Server Farms” at Circulation: Pressure, Publics, Platforms, Wolf Conference (U Penn) April 15-16. (Organised by Rahul Mukherjee).

2015 – “Romanticism in the discourses of the NSA: Toward an ethical framework for the publicity of mass surveillance” 5th Annual International Symposium on Digital Ethics, Loyola University – Chicago, November 6th, 2015. (With Tamara Shepherd).

2011 – Video Vortex #6 Conference, Institute of Network Cultures (INC) – Amsterdam. March 11-12, 2011. (Organised by Geert Lovink and Rachel Miles).


2019 – Solarity, After Oil School 2, Canadian Centre for Architecture -Montréal QC, Canada, May 23-25, 2019

2018 – Data & Society’s Environmental Impact of Data-Driven Technologies Workshop (Data & Society, NYC, Nov 2, 2018)

2017 – Workshop Title: Energizing Media. Sponsored by the “Media and the Environment” Scholarly Interest Group (SIG) at SCMS. (Workshop Chair: Shane Brennan, Hunter Vaughan / Participants: Mél Hogan, Nicole Starosielski and Janet Walker)

Conference Presentations

2019 – SCMS: “Bridging the ‘Who’ and the ‘Where’ of Big Data” (Chair: Anne Pasek + Patrick Brodie, and Alix Johnson). Seattle, March 13-17, 2019. 

2018 – SCMS: “Everywhere Infrastructure: The Systems, Structures and Ideologies of Big Tech” (with Andrea Zeffiro, Rena Bivens, Sarah Roberts and Sophie Toupin) Toronto, March 14-18, 2018.

2017 – NCA, 103rd Annual Convention: “Visibilizing Surveillance and Control Infrastructures” (with Torin Monahan, Ingrid Burrington, Lisa Parks and Tamara Shepherd) Sponsor: Critical and Cultural Studies Division. Dallas TX, Nov 16-19, 2017.

2017 – “Data Center Industrial Complex” (part of Data Driven Futures panel with Sarah Roberts and Jeff Diamanti): Data Power 2017, Carleton University, Ottawa. June 22-23, 2017.

2017 – “Data Center Surplus” (part of Earth as Media Regime panel with Chris Russill, Jeremy Packer, Kate Maddalena) CCA, Ryerson. May 30-June 2, 2017.

2017 – “Data Centers and the Centralization of Data Production: Connected Communications Infrastructures Across Disparate Geographies”(part of panel with Vicki Mayer, Rafico Ruiz and Jennifer Holt) ICA 2017 Interventions: Communication Research and Practice, San Diego CA, May 25-29, 2017.

2016 – Critical Karaoke panel at “ “Energizing Communities” at CCA, Calgary. May 28-31 2016. (Panel with Lisa Henderson, Rena Bivens, Andrea Zeffiro, Matt Soar and Vincent Doyle)

2016 – “Fieldwork + Fieldnotes” Media Activism Research Conference, at Lakehead. Orillia, ON. May 12 – May 15. (With Sarah Roberts and Andrea Zeffiro)

2015 – “The Dumpster as Archive” for panel: “Miserable Systems: Materiality, Breakdown, and Resistance in Intermediated Networks.” American Studies Association. Toronto, October 2015.

2015 – “Hoards in Order” for Critical Karaoke panel at “Communication Across the Life Span,” the 65th Annual International Communication Association Conference May 21-25, 2015 San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. (Organised by Lisa Henderson and Josh Kun).

2015 – Panel Title: “Activating bodies in/to digital media networks: Materiality, modalities and Molotov cocktails” Union for Democratic Communications conference, Circuits of Struggle, in Toronto, Ontario, May 1-3, 2015.