Dr. Svitlana Matviyenko is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) where she teaches political economy of information, social and mobile media. This fall, she is a research fellow at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv, Ukraine, where she teaches a course on media archaeology and political economy of the “information city”.
Dr. Matviyenko researches psychological and psychoanalytical aspects of users’ interaction with the web to theorize such recent phenomena as the complicit user and the networking drive. Her publications include The Imaginary App (co-edited with Paul D. Miller, MIT Press, 2014) as well as articles in journals such as (Re)Turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies, The Harvard Journal of Ukrainian Studies, and The Fibreculture Journal and others. At Western, she is a member of the Electro-Governance Group where she studies the questions of public governance and accountability that are now fundamentally connected to the governance of information. This fall, Dr. Matviyenko is conducting field research in Ukraine and Georgia for the book she is writing with Dr. Nick Dyer-Witheford about the effects of the personalized web on the information and cyber warfare and its impact on public mobilization, revolutions and proxy wars. This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.