CNMAP Faculty Researchers

_Carmela Alfaro-Laganse

_Christina Baade

Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University, where she is also affiliated with the program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research. Her publications include her award-winning book, Victory Through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II (Oxford, 2012) and the collection, co-edited with James Deaville, Music and the Broadcast Experience (Oxford, 2016). Current projects include Bigger than the Beatles? Vera Lynn’s Postwar Career and the Problems of Popular Music History and an edited collection on Beyoncé (contracted by Wesleyan’s Music and Culture series).

_Sara Bannerman

Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance, is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at McMaster University in Canada. She researches and teaches on communication policy and governance and directs McMaster’s Communications Governance Observatory. She has published two books on international copyright: International Copyright and Access to Knowledge (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971 (UBC Press, 2013), as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on international copyright, privacy, and other topics in new media, traditional media, and communications theory.

_Patrick Brennan

_Peter Cockett

_Paula Gardner

Works in the areas of Feminist Media Studies and Science and Technology as well as multimodal creation, probing issues of participation, social justice, equity and access. Paula directs Pulse Lab, and teaches and supervises students in the Communication Studies, and Multimedia undergraduate programs, the MA in Communication and New Media, the MA and PhD certificate in Gender Studies and Feminist Research and the PhD in Communication, New Media and Cultural Studies. https://pulselab.humanities.mcmaster.ca/

_David Harris Smith

Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University and Director of Research for the macGRID Simulation Research Network. His research and creative works in emerging media technologies, include the practices and applications of artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual worlds and mixed reality environments. Dr. Smith’s recent cultural robotics project, hitchBOT: The hitchhiking robot, received extensive international media coverage. Dr. Smith is also the lead researcher on the Virtual Cities Environment project, an industry-partnered 3D city-modeling platform based on the automated analysis and co-registration of large LIDAR, GIS, and street-view image data sets. He teaches courses in coding, design, and new media arts.

_Selina Mudavanhu

_Chris Myhr

Chris Myhr is an interdisciplinary media artist whose practice engages with photography, the moving image, sound, and installation. His research looks at intersections between art, science, and ecology – focussing on current discourse around human-nonhuman relationships and materiality. Myhr is currently developing a project titled “Point-Line-Intersection” that examines our interconnections with the Earth’s hydrosphere, and the tension between water as life, vitality and industry, as well as a source of immense and unpredictable destructive power.

_David Ogborn

Artist programmer, live coding and guitar performer, and the lead developer of numerous software projects used in network music and live coding (including the Estuary platform for networked, collaborative, multi-lingual live coding). In addition to directing the Centre for Networked Media and Performance, he runs the Networked Imagination Laboratory (NIL) at McMaster, and teaches in the undergraduate Multimedia program, the MA in Communication and New Media, and the PhD in Communication, New Media, and Cultural Studies. http://www.dktr0.net

_Christine Quail

_Andrea Zeffiro

Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia and Academic Director for The Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University. Her work is concerned with the social, political and economic processes that normalize behaviours and attitudes about the value of datafication, and how systems of power, in/justice and in/equity are sustained by the quantification of collective life.