Welcome message to the ICCIT community

Prof. Sarah Sharma's headshot

Hello everyone and welcome back!   

I wanted to introduce myself and let you know how excited I am to be the new director of the ICCIT. This Institute is poised like no other to confront, think, and work within the changing technological world and the communities these changes impact. Our faculty and our student body are comprised of a unique mix of media-makers, theorists, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and cutting-edge technologists. I feel especially honoured to work in an environment like this where my faculty learn as much from you as you learn from us.  I want to welcome two of the newest faculty joining us this year - both are exemplary of the vision and future of ICCIT: Ramtin Lotfabadi and Anjali Nath.  

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Welcome to those of you who are just entering one of the ICCIT programs. There are many opportunities for all of you to get involved in the ICCIT community and I am sure you will be hearing more about the ICCIT Student Mentorship Program (ISMP), ICCIT Council activities, the DEM Association (DEMA), and Media Skills Workshops   

All the best for now, 
Sarah Sharma 

Sarah Sharma is Associate Professor of Media Theory at the ICCIT/Faculty of Information and Director of the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the University of Toronto. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of technology and social difference. She is the author of In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 2014). Her edited volume (with Rianka Singh) Re-Understanding Media: Feminist Extensions of Marshall McLuhan (Duke UP 2022) highlights her time as director of the McLuhan Centre between 2017-2022. Sarah is currently working on a new book on the topic of big tech and the gendered politics of exit, inclusion and repair.