President's Excellence Chair in Network Cultures

Network Cultures is an interdisciplinary field that examines data-driven knowledge environments and the cultural and political processes they produce. This interdisciplinary area of research focuses on information systems, rather than individual texts, and how they interface with other such environments.

Supported by the analytical tools offered by critical infrastructure studies, including digital humanities and data visualization, Network Cultures has a broad remit that includes enquiries into ways in which operating systems are entwined with issues of race; explorations of humanities subjects in terms of systems analysis; and examinations of media architectures in fiction. Through such research, the cultural object is understood to derive its meaning from the discourse network that constitutes its infrastructure.

This position emerges from the Department of English Language and Literatures – a global leader in critical infrastructure studies through initiatives such as Oecologies, Science and Technology Studies, and interactions with international research projects such as Cultural Sustaining/Kulturelles Nachhalten. Building on its recent hires in media theory and in Asian diasporic studies, on the Critical Racial and Anti-Colonial (CRACS) research network of Gender Research and Social Justice, on its Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, as well as through its broadly-based expertise in areas such as disability studies, posthumanism, environmental humanities, and post-conflict studies, the Department is optimally positioned to intervene in current Network Cultures research. These include – but are not limited to – biopolitical subjectivity, digital modernity, network ethnographies, technological mobilities, urban mediations and imperial networks.

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For Additional Information Please Contact:

Marcia Lang, Consultant
marcia.lang@ubc.ca 

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