Isabel Pederson will be joining ISTAS13 as an Invited Speaker #veillance #istas13
Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture
Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Pedersen explores how wearable computer devices and gadgets worn on the body shift reality for the wearer, and alter the ways that people interact with others and participate in digital culture. She is interested in how society is persuaded to adopt these gadgets as they are embodied in vast discursive contexts such as popular film, traditional mythology, social media outlets, government ideologies, posthuman and transhuman beliefs, and inventors’ writing.
She concentrates on inventions promised for the future as these predictions also bear consequences for humanity in the present. Currently, she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) standard grant for her research under the title Wearable Mobile Augmented. Her Book Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media will be released in 2013