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Gary Genosko


Dr. Genosko works on communication and cultural theory, subcultures in the digital underground, and whistleblowers. His philosophical interests includes the philosophy of Félix Guattari. Post-media, communication modelling, critical semiotics, and media ecology play important roles in his writing.

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Bordessa Hall - Room 310
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 3819


Dr. Genosko received his PhD from York University in 1992. He is full Profesor and Director of the undergraduate program. He has held a Canada Research Chair, and received funding from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Canada Foundation for Innovation. He has held visiting professor positions at University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and University of Toronto. He has extensive experience in research administration on SSHRC committees and served as President of the Toronto Semiotic Circle.

His global research footprint was established by bringing the writings of Félix Guattari into the conversation about contemporary Continental philosophy and media theory. The landmark book in this regard was The Guattari Reader (1996). His first book, Baudrillard and Signs (1994) established his position as a critical semiotic theorist, and his book McLuhan and Baudrillard: The Masters of Implosion (1999) situated the two thinkers in the then burgeoning cyberculture. Recently, two volumes—When Technocultures Collide (2013) and Remodelling Communication (2012)— are forged in the crucible of communication and cultural studies. He possesses extensive editorial experience and collaborated with Jay Hetrick on Machinic Eros: Félix Guattari’s Writings on Japan (2015) and with Nick Thoburn and Franco Bifo Berardi on After the Future (2011). Together with Scott Thompson, he published a groundbreaking study of governmental administrative surveillance in Ontario, Punched Drunk: Alcohol, Surveillance and the LCBO 1927-75 (2009).

Current projects involve histories and theories of whistleblowing as well as the journeys of hackers from the digital underground into the corporate and security sectors. In terms of media ecology, a project on the life and work of painter and designer Harley Parker is ongoing. Modelling theory across communication, cultural theory, and philosophy of science is a key area of interest and the subject of his book, Remodelling Communication: From WWII to the WWW (2012).


When Technocultures Collide: Innovation from Below and the Struggle for Autonomy. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.

Remodelling Communication: From WWII to the WWW. Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Co-author. Punched Drunk: Alcohol, Surveillance and the LCBO, 1927-1975. Winnipeg/Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2009.

Félix Guattari: A Critical Introduction. Modern European Masters Series. London: Pluto Press, 2009.

The Party without Bosses: Lessons on Anti-Capitalism from Félix Guattari and Luís Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva. Semaphore Series. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring, 2003.

Félix Guattari: An Aberrant Introduction. London and New York: Continuum Press, 2002.

McLuhan and Baudrillard: The Masters of Implosion. London and New York: Routledge, 1999. 

Contest: Essays on Sports, Culture and Politics. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring, 1999.

Undisciplined Theory. London/Thousand Oaks/Delhi: Sage, 1998. 

Baudrillard and Signs: Signification Ablaze.  London and New York: Routledge, 1994.

Co-edited with Jay Hetrick, Machinic Eros: Félix Guattari’s Writings on Japan, Minneapolis: Univocal, 2015.

Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, After the Future, co-edited and introduced, with an interview, in collaboration with Nick Thoburn, Edinburgh/San Francisco/Baltimore: AK Press, 2011.

Marshall McLuhan: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory, Volumes I, II & III, London and New York: Routledge, 2005.

The Uncollected Baudrillard, London/Thousand Oaks/Delhi: Sage, 2001.

Deleuze and Guattari: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers. Volumes I, II, & III.  London and New York: Routledge, 2001.

The Guattari Reader. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1996.

The Deleuze and Guattari Dictionary, Ed. by Eugene Young, with G. Genosko and J. Watson, London and New York: Continuum,  2013.

Co-editor. “The Designscapes of Harley Parker,” Amodern 5 (2015).

Special issue editor. “Félix Guattari in the Age of Semiocapitalism,” Special Issue of Deleuze Studies 6/2 (2012).

Co-editor. Special issue on “Models, Metamodels and Contemporary Media,” Fibreculture 12 (2008).  

Co-editor. Special issue on “Recordings,” Culture Machine 9 (2007).

Co-editor. Special Issue on “Technology and Culture,” TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 11(2004).

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