about me

imag1953_1_1_1_1I am a Lecturer and a Researcher in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) where I have been teaching political economy of information, social and mobile media. I write about psychology of users’ interaction with web, their networking drive, user complicity and practices of resistance.
My publications include The Imaginary App (co-edited with Paul D. Miller, MIT Press, 2014) as well as articles in (Re)Turn: A Journal of Lacanian StudiesThe Harvard Journal of Ukrainian Studies, The Fibreculture Journal and other venues.
In Fall 2016, I conducted a field research in Ukraine and Georgia, supported by the SSHRC grant, for the book-in-progress Cyber-war and Revolution with Nick Dyer-Witheford (forthcoming next year with the University of Minnesota Press). Our work rethinks the notion of “cyber-war,” which we propose to define as a manifestation of the recurrent technological revolutions — for example as “the third industrial revolution”, “microelectronics revolution”, “computer revolution”, “information revolution” or indeed “cybernetic revolution” — by which capital periodically renews itself. We study the role of physical infrastructure of the Internet as well as the Internet protocols and algorithms in order to investigate the dynamics, geopolitics and class relations of cyber-war.
With Judith Roof (Rice University, USA), I have co-edited a collection Lacan and Posthumanism (accepted by the Palgrave Press), which offers a nuanced understanding of Posthumanism’s multidisciplinary project as simultaneously an emancipatory and a symptomatic set of discourses. Using the work of Lacan and the psychoanalytic framework in general, this project explores the topics of nonhuman sociality, biotechnology, genocide, terrorism as well as the problems of environment and ecology, including the necessity of ethical commitments in the time of the Anthropocene.
Among my other projects on different stages of development are these:
A book-project, Citizenship and Contamination, is focused on the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation, a monstrous remainder of the techno-politics in the USSR, where the ruins of the glorious Soviet infrastructure such as the Radar System ‘Duga-1,’ dubbed as ‘Russian Woodpecker’ and the industrial dream-city Pripyat have merged with the wilderness. By using the notion “biological citizenship,” coined by American medical anthropologist Adriana Petryna, I meditate about the contaminated parts of the three countries — Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine — forced into a nightmarish civil union that not only outlived its parent Soviet empire but will, in fact, outlive human beings as such by way of its eternal radioactive core.
 A collaborative research-project, Empire and Communications: Infrastructural Legacy of the Soviet Union, will look at the transformation of the Internet infrastructure after the collapse of the Soviet Union in order to explore how these changes reflected — and continue to reflect — the geopolitical relations of the post-Soviet countries.

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