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A collection of publications resulting from research, events, and initiatives held at the Centre for Culture and Technology.

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journal articles & special issues

What Would Ursula Franklin Say?

Edited by Kanishka SikriKatie Mackinnon & Leslie Regan Shade 

Humanities Commons (June 2022)


This essay series is based on our 2019/22 Reprising the Real World of Technology Working Group. The WG examined the intellectual legacy of Dr. Ursula Franklin, first woman University Professor at the University of Toronto, and her pioneering feminist/person-centred perspectives on technology, notably derived from her CBC Massey Lecture series, The Real World of Technology (1989). The WG was particularly keen to examine how the themes and concerns Franklin addressed throughout her career map onto contemporary scholarly endeavours at the University of Toronto surrounding technology and society. 


Introduction: What Would Ursula Franklin Say?

Katie Mackinnon, Leslie Regan Shade & Kanishka Sikri

Letter to Ursula Franklin 1

Digital Indigestion, Pandemic Nightmares and Earthworms: Review of the Real World 2021

Marita Moll


Sound and Silence
Ursula Franklin, Daphne Oram, and the Practices of Music Technology

Hannah Brown


Listening to Ursula Franklin: Quiet as a Path to Peace

Marcia Jenneth Epstein


An Ecological Understanding of Digital Environments

Marcin Kedzior & Will Fu


Audible Oceans

John Shiga


Biosphere versus Bitsphere

The Awfulization of News: When the Real World of Technology Meets the Real World of Journalism

Jody Porter


Teaching Holistic Eco-Media: The Quadrat as Interface Between the Biosphere and the Bitsphere

Kate Maddalena


Personal Cyber-Data Literacy Plurality in Routinized-Prescriptive and Relational-Holistic Cyber-Regimes

Peter Pennefather


Prescriptive and Holistic Technologies

The Real World of AI

Mark Surman


Algorithmic Prescription: A Franklin-inspired Critique of Algorithmic Management

Yasmin McDowell


Depending on Other in the IndieWeb:  Navigating Holistic and Prescriptive Building in a Decentralized Social Network

Jack Jamieson


Ursula Franklin and the Energy Transition

Brian Sutherland

Technology as Social Instruction: Ursula Franklin and the Dematerialized Fashion Marketplace

Mark Joseph O’Connell


Realities: Constructed, Extended, Vernacular and Projected

Reading Fictional Worlds of Technology with Ursula Franklin: Fail Safe and Constructed Realities

Alan Galey, Ellen Forget & Charu Sharma



Olivia Doggett


Social Justice

Ursula Franklin and the Principled “No:” The Need for a Recognition of a Right to Conscientious Technological Objection

Jim Gerrie

Taking Shelter: Teaching and Learning in the House that Technology Built

Steven Logan

Letter to Ursula Franklin 2
Holistic Technology as Holistic Citation

Kanishka Sikri

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Research in Brief: Space Media

Article by Réka Gál, L M Wilkins, Yuxing Zhang, Marie-Pier Boucher, Tero Karppi and Jeremy Packer

in Canadian Journal of Communication Vol. 46, No. 3 (Sept 9, 2021)


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Transnational Feminisms and Digital Islamophobia

Edited by Zeinab Farokhi and Yasmin Jiwani

Special issue of Islamophobia Studies Journal (Spring 2021)


This special issue is based on the Transnational Feminism in a Time of Digital Islamophobia Symposium organized at the Centre in March 2019 by our 2018/19 Digital Islamphobia working group.


Preface: The Techno-Logics of Digital Islamophobia

Sarah Sharma

Introduction: Transnational Feminism in a Time of Digital Islamophobia

Zeinab Farokhi & Yasmin Jiwani

Cyber Homo Sacer: A Criticial Analysis of Cyber Islamophobia in the Wake of the Muslim Ban

Zeinab Farokhi

The Virtual Killing of Muslims: Digital War Games, Islamophobia, and the Global War on Terror

Tanner Mirrlees & Taha Ibaid

Gendered Islamophobia in the Case of the Returning ISIS Women: A Canadian Narrative

Yasmin Jiwani

Claiming our Space: Muslim Women, Activism, and Social Media

Faiza Hirji

The Poetry of Suheir Hammad: Transnational Interventions in the Age of Islamophobia and Digital Media

Kenza Oumlil

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Sensing of the Self, Society, and the Environment

Article by Steve Mann

in IEEE Sensors (Fall 2020)


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A Manifesto for the Broken Machine

Research article by Sarah Sharma

in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (Fall 2020)


Many McLuhans or None at All

Edited by Sarah Sharma

Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Communication (Fall 2019)



This special issue of CJC is based on the Many McLuhans Symposium at the Centre for Culture and Technology that celebrated and marked the designation of the Marshall McLuhan Library held at the University of Toronto and the McLuhan Archives held at the Library and Archives Canada into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The event was organized and sponsored by the Library Archives of Canada, The Centre for Culture and Technology at the Faculty of Information, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.


Guest Editorial: Many McLuhans or None at All
Sarah Sharma
Reading over McLuhan's Shoulder
John Durham Peters
Reading McLuhan Reading Ulysses
Alan Galey
The McLuhan-Innis Field: In Search of Media Theory
Liam Cole Young
The (Black) Elephant in the Room: McLuhan and the Racial
Armond Towns
Distributed Intelligence: Silk-Weaving and the Jacquard Mechanism
Ganaele Langlois
McLuhan and Posthumanism: Extending the Techno-Animal Embrace
Jody Berland
Flash, Spirit, Plex, Stretch: A Trans-Disciplinary View of the Media Sensorium
Rhonda N. McEwen

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Transnational Feminism in a Time of Digital Islamophobia

Conference report by Zeinab Farokhi

Feminist Media Studies Journal (Fall 2019)



A conference report covering the Digital Islamophobia Working Group's event held at the Centre on March 8, 2019. The working group is in the process of turning the research from this symposium into a special issue edited by Yasmin Jiwani, Zeinab Farokhi and other members of the working group.

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Log Out! The Platform Economy and Worker Resistance 

Edited by Alessandro Delfanti

Special Issue of Notes from Below (Spring 2019)

(based on his LogOut Symposium held at the Centre for Culture and Technology, March 2018) 


Re-Understanding Media: Feminist Extensions of Marshall McLuhan

Edited by Sarah Sharma and Rianka Singh

Duke University Press (April 2022)

Preface: The Centre on the Margins 

Sarah Sharma 

Introduction: A Feminist Media Is the Message

Sarah Sharma with Rianka Singh

PART I: Retrieving McLuhan's Media


Transporting Blackness: Black Materialist Media Theory

Armond Towns


Sidewalks of Concrete and Code

Shannon Mattern



Nick Taylor


Textile, the Uneasy Media

Ganaele Langlois 

PART II: Thinking with McLuhan: An Invitation


Dear Incubator

Sara Martel

WifeSaver: Tupperware and the Unfortunate Spoils of Containment

Brooke Erin Duffy and Jeremy Packer


“Will Miss File Misfile?” The Filing Cabinet, Automatic Memory, and Gender

Craig Robertson

Computers Made of Paper, Genders Made of Cards

Cait McKinney


Sky High: Platforms and the Feminist Politics of Visibility

Rianka Singh and Sarah Banet-Weiser

PART III: Media after McLuhan

Scanning for Black Data

A Conversation with Nasma Ahmed and Ladan Siad

3D Printing and Digital Colonialism

A Conversation with Morehshin Allahyari

Toward a Media Theory of the Digital Bundle

A Conversation with Jennifer Wemigwans


by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun


The CBC Spark Guide to Civilization, Part Four: Attention

Featuring Sarah Sharma (Dec 2020)

Description: We have been lamenting our loss of focus and blaming our short attention spans on technology for ages. But are our attention spans actually dwindling—or is it just that there are so many things clamouring for our attention all the time?


CBC Ideas: Everything at Once

Featuring Sarah Sharma (Jan 2021)

Description: Out of synch? No wonder: the pandemic clock is messing with us. Taking measure of a strange moment, with writers, sociologists, a therapist, and a mathematician.


Other WRiting

Climate Change, COVID-19, and the Space Cabin: A Politics of Care in the Shadow of Space Colonization

by Réka Gál

in #9 Climate Imaginary Reader (Oct 2020)


Going to Work in Mommy's Basement

by Sarah Sharma

in Boston Review (June 2018)


Exit and the Extensions of Man

by Sarah Sharma

in Transmediale Online Journal (April 2017)


Beyond Behaviourism and Black Boxes: The Future of Media Theory 

Interview with Wendy Chun, Warren Sack, and Sarah Sharma

Chapter in Affective Politics of Digital Media: Propaganda by Other Means (Routledge 2020)

Eds. Megan Boler & Elizabeth Davis


Other Writing
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