Keynote Speaker


Carolyn Guertin is a scholar-practitioner of new media. She is Professor of Digital Technologies and Adult Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and is a faculty member in the MFA and PhD programs at Transart Institute in Berlin, Germany. Guertin is a sought after speaker and has taught in Canada, the U.S., and the EU. She was formerly Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Director of the eCreate Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington. She was the creator and curator of the celebrated collection Assemblage: The Online Women’s New Media Gallery out of the U.K., and was Senior McLuhan Fellow and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto from 2004 to 2006. She was the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Award from the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities in 2013. Guertin is also an award-winning photographer.

She earned her PhD with a study of cyberfeminist digital narrative and the technologies of memory in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. She does theoretical work in emergent media arts and literatures, information aesthetics, hacktivism, tactical media and the social practices surrounding technology. Her book, Digital Prohibition: Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art was published by Continuum International Publishers in 2012. In 2014, Guertin co-edited a special issue of Convergence on New Media, Global Activism, and Politics.

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Keynote title and abstract: 

Transmedia Technoscapes and Imagined Worlds

Transmedia is a form of storytelling that happens across multiple platforms or media. If you listen to Hollywood, they claim they invented it as a marketing initiative, but the reality is that we have always carried essential stories and storyworlds from one medium to another, and, in the process, have transformed storytelling itself. Digital technologies have accelerated the transmission of narratives of increasing complexity, but where the blockbuster—from Star Wars to the Marvel Universe—uses transmedia as a vehicle for selling merchandise globally, fan culture adapts works as a way of telling its own stories locally. In this talk, I will explore how transmedia is a transcultural phenomena and by revisiting Arjun Appadurai’s Technoscapes I will discuss how literary transmedia is being used as a cultural framework for small screen digital storytelling that uses storyworlds to reflect glocal realities.