Plenary Speakers

Sandra Braman Sandra Braman (Communication and Global Studies, UW-Milwaukee) is a Professor of Global Studies and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work on the macro-level effects of digital technologies and their policy implications has been supported by the United States National Science Foundation, and by the Ford, Rockefeller, and Soros Foundations. Sandra’s recent books include Change of State: Information, Policy, and Power (MIT Press, 2007/2009) and the edited volumes Communication Researchers and Policy-makers (MIT Press, 2003), The Emergent Global Information Policy Regime (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Biotechnology and Communication: The Meta-technologies of Information (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004).
micha cardenas@michacardenas micha cárdenas (Media Arts and Practice, USC) is an artist/theorist who works in social practice, wearable electronics and intersectional analysis. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Micha holds an MFA from University of California, San Diego and an MA in Communication from the European Graduate School. micha’s recent publications include Trans Desire (Atropos Press, 2010), “I am Transreal”, in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation from Seal Press, and “Becoming Dragon: A Transversal Technology Study” in Code Drift from CTheory. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (Atropos Press, 2012) discusses art that uses augmented, mixed and alternate reality, and the intersection of those strategies with the politics of gender, in a transnational context.
Julie Cohen Julie Cohen (Law, Georgetown University) teaches and writes about intellectual property law and information privacy law, with particular focus on digital works and on the intersection of copyright and privacy rights. Before coming to Georgetown University, she was law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Julie’s books include Configuring the Networked Self: Law, Code, and the Play of Everyday Practice (Yale University Press, 2012) and Copyright in a Global Information Economy, co-author (Aspen Law & Business, 2010). She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge. She previously practiced with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen where she specialized in intellectual property litigation.
Greg Elmer
Greg Elmer (School of Media, Ryerson University) is an associate professor in the School of Media and the graduate program in Communication & Culture at Ryerson University. His research and teaching focus on new media and politics, surveillance studies, software studies, collaborative media making, and media globalization. He has published a number of books including Locating Migrating Media (Lexington Press, 2010), Preempting Dissent: The Politics of an Inevitable Future, Andy Opel co-author (ARP Press, 2008), and Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy (MIT Press, 2005). He serves on the editorial board of New Media & Society, The Information Society, Space and Culture, Television and New Media, The Canadian Journal of Communication, Topia, and the American Communication Journal.
Lisa Nakamura
Lisa Nakamura (American Culture, University of Michigan) is a professor in the Department of American Culture, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, and the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her fields of study include digital media theory, digital game studies, ethnic studies, feminist theory, film and television studies, science and technology studies, and race and gender in new media. Some of Lisa’s books include Race after the Internet, Peter Chow-White co-editor (Routledge, 2011), Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet (Routledge, 2002), and Race in Cyberspacem, co-editor (Routledge, 2000).
Rita Raley
Rita Raley (English, UC-Santa Barbara)  is Associate Professor of English, with courtesy appointments in Film and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, and Global Studies. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of digital media and humanist inquiry, with a particular emphasis on cultural critique, artistic practices, language, and textuality. She is the author of Tactical Media (Electronic Mediations) (University of Minnesota, 2009), co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 (2011), and has more recently published articles on interventionist media arts practices, digital poetics, and global English. In 2012-2013 she is a visiting Associate Professor in English at NYU.
McKenzie Wark
McKenzie Wark (Culture and Media, New School) is a professor of Culture and Media at the New School in New York City. His research interests include media theory, new media, critical theory, cinema, music, and visual art and he has taught courses on cultural studies, game culture, cinema and social action and the military entertainment-complex. He has just published Telesthesia: Communication, Culture and Class (Polity Press, 2012). McKenzie’s previous books include A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard University Press, 2004), Dispositions, Salt Publications (Cambridge, 2002), and Speed Factory (with John Kinsella, Bernard Cohen, and Terri-Ann White, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2000).
Andrew Norman Wilson Andrew Norman Wilson (artist) is a 2011 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA fellowship and the Edward Ryerson Fellowship. His current work focuses on globalization and its emergent forms and flows of labor, capital, and information. His work has been presented at the Images Festival in Toronto, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Eastern Bloc Center in Montreal, Yaffo 23 in Jerusalem, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA, and Reed College.