Sandra Robinson’s current research looks at algorithmic culture, software simulation, and computational media through the concept of a ‘vital network.’ Scholarly influences include science and technology studies refracted through a Deleuzian lens and the philosophy of Bergson, Whitehead, and DeLanda. Dr. Robinson holds a PhD in Sociology from Queen’s University.
Courses taught by Dr. Robinson explore aspects of contemporary media and communication through communication, culture, and regulation, algorithmic culture, communication infrastructure, networks, and materiality, and social media monitoring and data analytics.
2017 Teaching Achievement Award
2017-2019 Faculty of Public Affairs Teaching Fellowship
2017 Review essay: Sean Cubitt’s Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies. Theory, Culture & Society (June).
2016 “The Vital Network: An Algorithmic Milieu of Communication and Control,” Communication +1 (5).
2016 ‘What is Communication’, book chapter in Questioning Sociology, eds. G. Pavlich and M. Hird. Oxford University Press.
2016 Hird, M. R. Yoshizawa, S. Robinson, G. Smith, and M. Walker. “Differences in Canadian Women and Healthcare Provider Perspectives on Knowledge Sharing.” Health Sociology Review.
2010 “Epistemic Values and Epistemologies of the Eye.” Review essay on Objectivity, by Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison. parallax 16 (1): 113-117.
Recent conference papers and public engagement
2017 ‘Databases and Doppelgängers: New Articulations of Power,’ paper presentation, Data Power conference, Carleton University, June 22-23, 2017.
2017 Invited Co-panelist and presenter, with Susan Delacourt and Dr. Darrell Dean, on Bias in the Media: Piercing the Filter Bubble, Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology, University of Ottawa, May 18-19, 2017. http://www.icp-cip.com/
2016 Expert Witness, Standing Committee on the Status of Women speaking on, ‘Automated algorithm-based content curation.’ December 5, 2016.
2016 ‘Big data and privacy,’ Data Science Institute, Research Data Retreat, Carleton University, participant and presenter, April 19, 2016.
2016 ‘Data, Algorithms, and Social Worlds’, Data Science Institute co-presenter, Carleton University, Ottawa, March 11, 2016.
2015 “Protist Programs and Silicon Simulations: Generative Spaces of Possibility in Nonhuman Communication,” invited participant and presenter at The Computational Media Workshop pre-conference at the National Communication Association conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2015.