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DREC Co-Directors

Jasmine Rault is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology and Department of Sociology at University Toronto Mississauga. Rault holds a PhD from McGill in Art History and Communication Studies. Rault’s research focuses on mediations of gender, race and sexuality in architecture and design, digital cultures and economies, arts and social movements. Their first book is Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In (2011), and most recent essays are published in S&F Online (2017) and Feminist Media Studies (2017). (Settler, they/she)

T.L. Cowan is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies (Digital Media Cultures) in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto. Cowan holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Alberta. Cowan’s research focuses on cultural and intellectual economies and networks of minoritized digital media and performance practices.. Their most recent essays are published in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (2016), More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2016, edited by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars) and as part of Alexandra Juhasz’s #100 Hard Truths. Cowan’s scholarly-creative practice moves between page, stage, and screen. Recent notable commissions for their creative-critical work include the PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Queens Museum in New York City, and Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Cowan is currently completing a monograph, Transmedial Drag: Cross-Platform Cabaret Methods. (Settler, they/she)

Together, Rault and Cowan write about research economies, Trans- Feminist & Queer (TFQ) research cultures and digital archives. In addition to the Digital Ethics Research Collaboratory (DREC) they are also developing the Cabaret Commons: An Online Exhibition and Publication Space for Trans- Feminist & Queer Artists, Activists, Audiences and Researchers (coming soon!). Cowan and Rault are currently co-authoring a book, provisionally entitled Checking In: Experiments in Trans- Feminist & Queer Networked Intimate Publics. Their recent collaborative work includes, “Haven’t you ever heard of Tumblr? FemTechNet’s Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC), Pedagogical Publics, and Classroom Incivility” (in MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education, ed. Elizabeth Losh, 2017); “The Labour of Being Studied in a Free Love Economy” (in ephemera: theory and politics in organization 2014) and “Speculative Praxis Toward a Queer Feminist Digital Archive” (co-authored with Dayna McLeod, in Ada: Gender, New Media, and Technology 2014).


DREC Project Manager

Emily Simmonds is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her dissertation focuses on how the production of nuclear energy amplifies and sustains settler-colonial land relations, with a specific focus on how the injurious effects of uranium mining are made permissible and challenged. As a Métis – Settler feminist STS scholar, she is committed to learning how to best participate in the ongoing collective efforts of building and strengthening anti-colonial relations and solidarities. She is a member of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) based in St. John’s NFLD, and the Technoscience Research Unit (TRU) in Toronto, ON. (Métis – Settler, She, They)


DREC ICT & Content Manager

Jessica Caporusso is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at York University. Her research interests meet at the intersection of political ecology, bioenergy, and discard studies. Her current dissertation project examines how “waste” — as an externality and as resource — is defined through neocolonial logics, by investigating the transformation of crop residues into biofuel feedstock in the small-island developing state of Mauritius. Jessica’s work explores the multiple and contested meanings of waste and value while also tracking the development of bioenergy as a source of energetic, political, and economic power. She is an active contributor of the Plant Studies Collaboratory and the Energy Working Group at York. (Settler, She, Her)


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