The Coach House Institute Appoints a New Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology, University of Toronto


Prof Sarah Sharma of the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology (University of Toronto – Mississauga) with a graduate appointment at the Faculty of Information (St. George Campus) has been appointed Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology.  Professor Sharma’s research on technology and culture extends the Toronto School into new conceptual and empirical terrain wherein bodies, labour, and social differences are made central to the scope of the medium. She is thrilled to be back in Toronto and have the opportunity to work in the space that has inspired so much of her research and teaching.


Professor Sarah Sharma
Associate Professor
Director of the McLuhan Program of Culture and Technology at the Coach House Institute (St. George Campus)
Hours: Tuesday 1130-1330
Degrees & Institutions:  

PhD Communication and Culture
York University
Toronto, Ontario

1999- 2000 
MA International Relations and Political Theory University of Westminster, Center for the Study of Democracy, London, England

1995- 1999  
BA Political Science University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Recent Courses:

CCIT 200 Intercultural Communication
CCIT 490 Gender, Sex, Machines: Readings in Feminist Media and Technology Studies

Selected Publications:


In the Meantime: Temporality and Cultural Politics, Duke University Press, 2014.
*Winner of the 2014 Critical Cultural Division National Communication Book of the Year Award

Journal Articles/Book Chapters

“Seizing Time and Ceasing Fire: Race and Mobility on the LA Gang Tour” co-authored with Armond Towns, Transfers Journal of Mobility Studies, (In press, forthcoming 2016).

“Temporality” in Laurie Ouellette and Jonathan Gray’s Keywords in Media Studies (under contract with New York University Press)

“The Speed Trap: Of Taxis, Truck Stops and TaskRabbits” in Societies of Speed edited by Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd (in press Oxford University Press, forthcoming Fall 2016)

“Checked Baggage: An Afterword for Time and Globalization” in Time and Globalization edited by O’Brien, Susie and Tony Porter et al (Routledge: New York, in press)

“Because the Night Belongs to Lovers: Occupy and the Time of Precarity” Communication and Critical Cultural Studies Vol. 11, Nos. 1, 2014.

“Critical Time”, Communication and Critical Cultural Studies, Vol. 10, Nos. 2-3, June-September 2013.

“It Changes Space and Time: Introducing Power-Chronography” in Jeremy Packer and Steve Wiley (eds) Communication Matters: Materialities, Infrastructure, and Flows Routledge, 2012.

“The Biopolitical Economy of Time” Special Issue on Autonomism and Communication: Ten Years after Empire in Journal of Communication Inquiry, Oct 2011.

“Taxicab Publics and the Production of Brown Space after 9/11”, Cultural Studies Vol. 24, No. 2 March 2010.

“PostFeminism Galore:  The Bond Girl as Weapon of Mass Consumption” (with Jeremy Packer) in Jeremy Packer’s Secret Agents: Popular Icons beyond James Bond (ed) Peter Lang: 2009.

“The Great American Staycation and the Risk of Stillness” M/C Journal of Media and Culture 12 (1) March 2009.

“Baring Life and Lifestyle in the Non-Place” Cultural Studies, Volume 23 Issue 1, Jan 2009.

“Taxis as Media:  A Temporal Materialist Reading of the Taxicab” Social Identities:  Journal of Race, Nation, and Culture 14.4 July 2008.

“Jean Baudrillard at the Edge of the Technological Dynamo” Communication and Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2008. (Invited)


Research Interests:

My research focuses on the relationship between technology and culture with a particular focus on social inequalities. One key strand of my research has focused on time as a site of social difference in a culture that is imagined to be technologically speeding up. I am currently at work on a new project that engages medium theory and feminist approaches to technology on such sites as algorithmic culture, the “sharing” economy, and the changing structures of care labour.

Research Areas:

  • Technology and Culture
  • Toronto School
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Political Theory (Autonomist Marxism, Post-Structuralism, Biopolitics)
  • Labour Studies
  • Globalization and Identity
  • Temporality and Social Space

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