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Dr. Isabel Pedersen

Dr. Isabel Pedersen

Associate Professor

Research interests:  

  • Analysis of wearable and mobile media culture;
  • Communication and rhetoric studies;
  • Cultural studies and popular culture relating to digital media;
  • Digital life;
  • Discourses of science and technology;
  • Issues for the blind and low-visioned in a cultural context;
  • Transhumanism and posthumanism; and
  • Visual communication.

Supervision areas:

  • Digital humanities;
  • Discourse analyses;
  • Discourses of advertising;
  • Humanities methodologies;
  • Participatory culture;
  • Rhetorical studies; and
  • Technology and society.

Dr. Isabel Pedersen is Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture. Currently, she holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) standard grant for her research into reality-shifting media. She studies how computer devices and gadgets worn on the body alter the ways people interact with others and participate in culture. 

Dr. Pedersen has published articles in international learned journals including Semiotica, Social Semiotics, Biography, and Continuum. She has presented numerous papers at academic conferences. She has a PhD in Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, a Master in Language and Professional Writing degree from Waterloo, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Trinity College, University of Toronto in Ontario. She received numerous academic awards throughout her graduate school years.

She is the author of Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media. Parlor Press, 2013 a book about the future but one geared to the present. More and more, we are asked to adopt new or future technologies before we ever see, touch, or experience them. Her book explores how and to what ends wearable inventions and technologies augment or remix reality, as well as the claims used to promote them. 


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