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Tanner Mirrlees, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Keynote: Dr. Tanner Mirrlees

Tanner Mirrlees is the Director of the Communication and Digital Media Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Mirrlees’s current research focuses on the global political economy of the US Empire and communications, geopolitics and popular culture, work and labour in the cultural industries, and the nexus of the alt-right and social media. Mirrlees is the author of Hearts and Mines: The U.S. Empire’s Culture Industry (University of British Columbia Press, 2016), Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (Routledge, 2013), and numerous articles.

His keynote is titled: “Spaces of Empire: A Cognitive Map”


Treva Michelle Legassie, Concordia University

Student Keynote: Treva Michelle Legassie

Treva Michelle Legassie is a PhD candidate and Adjunct Professor in the department of Communication Studies at Concordia University and the Assistant Director of the Speculative Life Research Cluster at Milieux Institute. Legassie’s work borrows from interdisciplinary methods and her background as a researcher, curator, artist, and ethnographer.

Her writing has been published in PUBLIC Journal, Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, Open Cultural Studies, The Senses & Society, InterARTive, and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. She has also curated new media based exhibitions such as #NATURE (2016) and Influenc(Ed.) Machines (2015). Legassie holds an MA from OCAD University in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories, with a focus in new media, and a BFA from OCAD University majoring in Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice.

Her keynote is titled: “Mangles and Intersections: Feminist art-science laboratories and the ethics of care”