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Isabel Pedersen, PhD

Isabel Pedersen

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Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, focuses on wearable computers, networked culture, visual rhetoric, and emergent media.

Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, is the director of the Decimal Lab at the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology. She is also an Associate of the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University. Currently, she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant for her research into wearable media. She studies how humans are framed in light of the “digital evolution” that is celebrated so extensively in mass communication venues. As technological advancements occur, we adopt new or future technologies before we ever see, touch, or experience them, which instigates changes in our values, culture, identity, and everyday life. While the digital turn often betters society, other consequences to human participants are often ignored or simply go unexplored. In fall of 2014, Isabel Pedersen was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is the author of Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media. Currently, she is researching critical dystopian film, transhumanist pondering, and brain interfaces that promise us dramatically divergent futures.

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