Media History, Materiality, Contemporary Literature, Interfaces and Interaction
My doctoral research (defended 2016) was completed in the joint Communication and Culture graduate program at York University and Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), and was supported by the prestigious York University Provost Scholarship.
My dissertation, “Pre | Digital Liminalities: A Hermeneutics of the Intermedial and Materiality in the Print Intermedial Novel,” utilized the frameworks of media archaeology, comparative media, and the critical digital humanities. It proposed intermediality as an analytical framework for shifting relationships among content, form, and materiality in newer and older media (including print, photography, cinema, and digital media). I focused on how narratives prompt readers to compare medium-specific literacies, demonstrating the collaboration of older and newer media in today’s cultural imagination and practice.
Part of my research revealed the “interfaceless” interface experience described by Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin and offered by digital screens in HCI design (human-computer interaction). This effect of dematerializing devices, I argued, detracts from the costs, ethics, and politics of digital media. Since my PhD, I have sought to build on these lingering issues by examining issues of technological and gendered labour.