invited talks

  • “Topology of Cyber-War,” panel “Unmasking Cyberwar” — transmediale festival: Face value, Jan 31 – Feb 4, 2018, Berlin, Germany
  • “A Scale, a Storage and a Cage: Wilhelm Reich’s Machines of Sexual Revolution” — Marxism and Psychoanalysis: Conjunctions and Disjunctions conference, SFU’s Department of Humanities, Dec 1-2, 2017, Vancouver, Canada
  • When the Barriers Vanish: Stanisław Lem and Feliks Sobolev on Cybernetic Communication,” Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv, Ukraine, November 20, 2016
  • Sexual Revolution Machines: Who Is Afraid of Wilhelm Reich?” Bunker Center for Contemporary Art – Chernivtsi, Ukraine, November 9, 2016
  • The System Is Dead. Long Live the System! Algorithms, Networks and the Barbed Wires of Empires,” Center for Urban History of East Central Europe – Lviv, Ukraine, October 27, 2016
  • Lacan and Cybernetics,” The Institute of Psychoanalysis, Lviv, Ukraine, October 26, 2016
  • Lacan’s Theory of Discourse,” The Institute of Psychoanalysis, Lviv, Ukraine, October 19, 2016
  • The Returns of Cybernetics and Information War,” Discussion Club at the House of Scientists of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, September 30, 2016
  • Information War: The Challenges for Social Activism,”, 25 September 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia, September 25, 2016
  • Cyber Security: For Whom? Information War and Personalized Web,” Cyber Security Convergence, the Law Department of Georgian American University, 23 September 2016, Tbilisi, Georgia, September 23, 2016
  • Information War and Social Media,”  The Caucasus Research Resource Centers, Tbilisi, Georgia, September 21, 2016
  • Masoch and the World: Philosophers in Conversation about New Readings of Leopold von Sacher Masoch Book Forum, Lviv, Ukraine, September 18, 2016
  • At the Mirror Stage: Stanisław Lem on Cybernetic Communication” – A Polish-Ukrainian Stanisław Lem Seminar – speaker – Ivan Franko National University, Lviv, Ukraine, September 13, 2016
  • Media Archaeology of Information War: Facebook” – speaker – Bunker Center for Contemporary Art, February 12, 2016 – Chernivtsi, Ukraine | In media: Hromadske Radio (audio / text), Bunker (video)
  • Media Archaeology of Information War: Facebook” – speaker – Center for Urban History of Eastern Europe, February 11, 2016 – Lviv, Ukraine | In media: Radio Skovoroda (audio), Zbruc (text), Center for Urban History (video), Mediakrytyka (text)
  • ‘You May Not Be Interested in War…’ Complicity and the Return of Military Cybernetics” – co-presenter with Nick Dyer-Witheford – the EGG series (curated by Nandita Biswas Mellamphy and Dan Mellamphy), January 28, 2016 – University of Western Ontario
  • Post Non Stop Humanism.” Panel “Post Non Post, organized by Dock Currie, York University, November 15, 2013
  • Affect, Addiction, and the Networking Drive.” MEDEA, University of Malmo, Sweden, November 23, 2011 (with Susan Kozel and Jeannette Ginslov)
  • Cyberbody as Drag.” The Secret Life of Sex. Sexual Politics and Ethics in an Age of Fundamentalisms, Str8 and Queer. Speakers Series. OISE, University of Toronto, June 7, 2010
  • Identity in the Age of Cybercitizenship.” Shevchenko Scientific Society, NYC, September 27, 2008
  • Discourse of Ukrainian Formalism.” Series: Lectures in memoriam of Prof. Solomea Pavlychko, Center for Humanities at Ivan Franko State University, Lviv, Ukraine. December 17, 2002


  • “On the Nonhuman Unconscious.” Respondent to Patricia Clough’s talk “The Present: Notes Toward a Theory of a Nonhuman Unconscious.” Hacking Feminism, The Center for Transformative MediaParsons, the New School, NYC, May 9-10, 2015.
  • Respondent at Levi Bryant’s talk “Lacan’s Universes of Discourse and the New Symptoms.” Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, March 23, 2013.

panels organized

  • “On Apps, Big Data, Surveillance and the Meanings of Being Mobile. A Discussion on The Imaginary App book,” with Patricia Clough, Robbie Cormier, Simon Critchley, Lev Manovich, and Paul D. Miller, at Cabinet Magazine, NYC, October 7, 2014.
  • “Information Control and Revolution,” a round table discussion with Volodymyr Kulyk, National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine (information weapons in the battle for Ukraine); Nick Dyer-Witheford, FIMS, Western U (squares, networks and revolutions); Aleksander Essex, Engineering, Western U (cryptography, cyber security and hacking); Serguei Primak, Engineering, Western U (information systems: control, use, impact on society); Anna Dolidze, Western Law (Russia’s approach to the periphery and International Law); and Kadie Ward, FIMS, Western U; build strong cities (cities of the Ukrainian East), an event in a series Media and Crisis in Ukraine, Western University, June 5, 2014
  • “(H)appy Thoughts: Technique, Prosthesis, Interface” with Benjamin Bratton (UC San Diego), Jamie Allen (Un of Copenhagen), Dock Currie (York U) and Svitlana Matviyenko (Western U) at 4S: Society for the Social Studies of Science, San Diego, October 9-12, 2013
  • “Media Studies” with Paul Walker (Murray State U), Benjamin Kozicki (Rice U), and Svitlana Matviyenko (Western U) at MMLA, Saint Louis, MO, November 2011

speaker series

conferences organized 

  • Hacking Feminism, The Center for Transformative Media, Parsons, the New School, NYC, May 9-10, 2015.
  • Apps and Affect | UWO, Theory Centre & FIMS (with Nandita Biswas-Mellamphy, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Alison Hearn and Christopher Keep) Website:

conference presentations

  • “You May Not be Interested in Cyber War” (with Nick Dyer-Witheford). Augmenting the Left, York University, Toronto, May 27, 2017
  • “Cybernetics: Alternative Histories,” The Glushkov Conference, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine, November 24, 2016
  • “The Lure of the Voice in the Ballet of Machines” (with Nancy Gillespie). Tuning Speculation II:  Auralneirics and imaginary networked futures at Arraymusic Studio, Toronto, November 7-9, 2014.
  • “Interpassivity and Technique,” Apps and Affect, Western University, Museum London, London, ON, October 20, 2013.
  • “Apps and Interpassivity ” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, San Diego on October 9-12, 2013.
  • “Borges and Non-Metaphorical Space” (with Benjamin Kozicki). ACLA: Global Positioning Systems, University of Toronto, Toronto, April 4-7, 2013.
  • “The Castel in Ruins: Nonhuman Testimonies.” After Queer, After Humanism, Rice University, Houston, TX, September 14-15, 2012.
  • “‘What’s Happening Right Now?’ Motion and Mediality.” A.S.A.P. 3, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, October 27-30, 2011 (with Susan Kozel).
  • “The Human Thing.” Whither Posthuman? A round table organized by Stefan Herbrechter and Ivan Callus, MLA, Los Angeles, January 6-9, 2011.
  • “Avatar as an Object: Politics, Affect, Topology.” Networks Politics: Objects, Subjects and New Political Affects, Ryerson University, Toronto, October 22-23, 2010.
  • “The Veil, the Pleasure Principle and Jouissance: A Concept of the Veil though Lacanian Psychoanalysis.” Veiled Constellations: The Veil, Critical Theory, Politics, York University, June 3-5, 2010.
  • “Camp Factories: Queer Aesthetics, Dandyism and Alternative Fashion from the 60s to Lady Gaga.” Social Theory, Freud and Lacan, University of Massachusetts, Boston, April 7-8, 2010.
  • “Sensuous Extimacy: Sexuation and Virtual Reality. Taking on a Gender Identity in Second Life.” DAC’09 After Media: Embodiment and Context, University of California, Irvine, December 12-15, 2009.
  • “Identity in the Age of Cybercitizenship.Teaching Intermediate Composition in Second Life.” HASTAC 2009: Traversing Digital Boundaries, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, April, 2009.
  • “Cyber-Prosthesis: What Is My Avatar to Me? What Am I to My Avatar?” The Body Project Conference. University of Missouri, Columbia, April 11, 2009.
  • “Translation, Topology, Transgression…” Within the seminar “Thinking on the Task of the Translator: Traversing Literary Belonging between Nostalgia and Melancholy for Language in the Global Context.” ACLA Annual Meeting 2009, Harvard, March 26-29, 2009.
  • “David Cronenberg’s Technology of Transgression.” Film and Science: Fictions, Documentaries and Beyond2008 Film and History Conference, October 30—November 2, 2008, Chicago, IL.
  • “The Prosthetic Body in the Artistic Practice of Matthew Barney.”  The Body Project Conference. University of Missouri, Columbia, April 12, 2008.
  • “A Cyborg at the ‘Mirror Stage’: The Conflict between the Body and the Flesh in David Cronenberg’s Films.” 33rd Annual Film and Literature Conference on Cyborg Science and Virtual Materialities in Literature and Film, Florida State University, January 31—February 3, 2008, Tallahassee, FL.
  • “The Society of the Screen: The Mirror Stage in the Virtual Space as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Practice.” Public Views of the Private. Private Views of the Public. Conference of the International Visual Sociology Association, August 10-12, 2007, New York, NY.
  • “Autobiographical Discourse through the Ages: Self-writing versus Autobiography in Old Texts.” The Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2005, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2005.
  • “Majk Johansen’s Ironic Reception of Russian Formalism. International Conference on Classical Poetics and Aesthetics in the Postmodern Age, Franko State University, May14-15, 2003, LvivUkraine.
  • “Autobiographical Discourse: Private Mythology Bruno Schultz.” The International Conference “W uіamkach zwierciadіa… Bruno Schulz w 110 rocznicк urodzin I 60 rocznicк smierci.” Lublin Catholic University, December 2002, Lublin, Poland.
  • “Motives of Bezgruntianstvo (“Lost Ground”) in Viktor Petrov’s Prose.” The East Academy International Conference in Ukrainian Studies, February 2002, Lüneburg, Germany.