Room: BL 614
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Information Studies, concentration in Women’s Studies (now Gender Studies); M.L.I.S., University of California, Los Angeles
Patrick Keilty holds a Ph.D. in Information Studies, concentration in Women's Studies (now Gender Studies), from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has previously been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has received additional education at the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University; the Art Center College of Design; and the California Rare Book School. He has worked at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (UCLA), American Library Association's Washington Office, American University Library, Library of Congress, and the City of Westminster Archives Centre (London, UK). He teaches courses on culture and technology, gender and sexuality, metadata, critical theory, and information structures.
He has lived in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, London (UK), and Johannesburg, and spent his childhood in Alta Loma, California. His parents are retired school teachers and his brother is a craft brewer in Portland, Oregon.
Professor Keilty’s research considers what digital technologies mean for feminist and queer politics, art, and culture. He particularly focuses on visual culture, metadata and databases, embodiment, stylistics of the self, sexual representation, fetishistic networks, and the philosophy of science and technology. His monograph project examines and critiques the way computer technologies alter our subjectivity.
- Culture and technology
- Gender and sexuality
- Feminism and queer theory
- Digital/ electronic culture
- Metadata & databases
- Critical theory
- Visual culture/ aesthetics
- Queer electronic art
- Library and information science
My writing examines and critiques culture and technology, digital culture, metadata, human-computer interaction, and documentation, with particular interest in feminist and queer engagements with electronic technology, including politics, visual culture, embodiment, stylistics of the self, sexual representation, and philosophy of science and technology. With Rebecca Dean, I am co-editor of Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (forthcoming). In addition, I am preparing a monograph, entitled Seeking Sex: Embodiment and Electronic Culture, which examines how the Internet has reconstituted our ways of being sexual. My publications and presentations have appeared in Knowledge Organization, Proceedings of the iConference, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Congress on Research in Dance, Advances in Classification Research Online, American Society for Information Science & Technology, the Ethics of Information Organization, InterActions, Thinking Gender, and the Los Angeles Queer Studies Conference. For 2013-2014, in my capacity as Co-Chair of iSchool Colloquia, I am preparing a year-long series of colloquia entitled "Feminist and Queer Approaches to Technoscience," which brings together a variety of academic units at UofT as co-sponsors, including the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, the Women and Gender Studies Institute, the Centre for the Study of the United States, and the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.
My monograph project engages the question of what subjective experiences, specifically embodiment, mean for human-computer interaction. It uses existential phenomenology to examine the ways in which the Internet has re-constituted many of our personal and social experiences. It initiates a conversation between information studies, sexuality studies, technology studies, and media studies to improve on the many quantitative and cognitive modes of description of our "human-computer interaction" by emphasizing the ways in which our bodies, in addition to conscious, reflective thought, engage in electronic media. These kinds of encounters with technology do not adhere easily to the scientific, behaviorist, and positivist modes of description that have long dominated information studies. I show that computer technologies and their attendant networks of communication (including televisual, audiovisual, cinematic, and photographic) are part of our lives and help constitute our embodied existence in ways that are socially pervasive and profoundly personal. They are never merely used, never merely instrumental. It is, therefore, not an exaggeration to say that encounters with the objective phenomena of computer technologies transform us as embodied subjects and alter our subjectivity.
- Keilty, Patrick and Dean, Rebecca, eds. Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. (Los Angeles, CA: Litwin Books, 2013) (in press).
- Keilty, Patrick. “Super Tagging in the Development of Sexual Nomenclatures and Social Organization Online.” Advances in Classification Research Online 23.1 (2013): 17-20.
- Keilty, Patrick. “Sexual Boundaries and Subcultural Discipline.” Knowledge Organization 39.6 (2012): 417-431.
- Keilty, Patrick. “Tagging and Sexual Boundaries.” Proceedings of the 2nd Milwaukee Conference on the Ethics of Information Organization. Spec. issue of Knowledge Organization 39.5 (2012): 320-324
- Keilty, Patrick. “Embodiment and Desire in Browsing Online Pornography.” Proceedings of the iConference 2012, Toronto, Canada: 41-47.
- Keilty, Patrick. “Tabulating Queer: Space, Perversion, and Belonging.” Knowledge Organization 36.4 (2009): 240-248.
- Keilty, Patrick. “LGBT Information Needs.” In Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, ed. Marcia J. Bates and Mary Niles Maack. (New York: Taylor & Francis, 2009): 3275-3280.
- Chu, Clara M.; Dean, Rebecca; Keilty, Patrick. “Meditations on the Future of Latina/o Archival and Memory Practice, Research and Education.” InterActions 5.1 (Winter 2009): article 5.
- Keilty, Patrick. “LGBT and Information Studies.” InterActions 3.1 (Winter 2007): article 6.
- Convener, “Belonging." Unconference Session at the North American Society for Knowledge Organization – Milwaukee, WI, June 14, 2013
- Presenter, "Choreographic Information: Technological Productions of Tactical Bodies and Their Movements." Paper presentation at the Congress on Research in Dance – Los Angeles, CA, April 19, 2013
- Presenter, "Online Pornography, DIY Culture, and Openness." Paper presentation at Society for Cinema and Media Studies – Chicago, IL, March 9, 2013
- Contributor (Bowler, L.; Mattern, E.; Knobel, C.; and Keilty, P.), “Exploring Cyberbullying through Visual Narratives.” Poster presentation at iConference 2013 – Fort Worth, TX, February 15, 2013
- Presenter, “Tagging and Sexual Boundaries.” Paper presentation at the SIG-CR Workshop at American Society for Information Science & Technology 2012 Annual Meeting – Baltimore, MD, October 26, 2012
- Presenter, “Sexual Boundaries and Social Disapprobation.” Paper presentation at the Conference on Ethics of Information Organization – Milwaukee, WI, June 15, 2012
- Convener & presenter, “Material Relations: Information, Media, and Technology.” Paper presentation and panel discussion at the iConference – Toronto, Canada, February 10, 2012
- Presenter, “Embodiment and Desire in Browsing Online Pornography.” Paper presentation at the iConference – Toronto, Canada, February 8, 2012
- Presenter, “Technesexuality: Spectatorship in Electronic Culture.” Paper presentation at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies – New Orleans, LA, March 13, 2011
- Presenter, “‘Disembodiment’ in Electronic Culture.” Paper presentation at Thinking Gender 2011 – Los Angeles, CA, February 11, 2011
- Presenter, “Time in the Embodied Search for Online Pornography.” Paper presentation at the UCLA Queer Studies Conference – Los Angeles, CA, October 8, 2010
- Convener & presenter, “Mapping the Intersections of Information Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.” Roundtable discussion at iConference 2010 – Urbana, IL, February 5, 2010
- Panelist, “Engaging Community: Methods and Values in Community Informatics.” Panel discussion at iConference 2009, Chapel Hill, NC, February 10, 2009
- Panelist, “Intersectionality and Interdisciplinarity: LIS Research/Education and Studies of the ‘Other.’” Panel discussion at ALISE 2009, Denver, CO, January 22, 2009
- Presenter, “Tabulating Queer: Space, Perversion, and Belonging.” Poster session at ALISE 2009, Denver, CO, January 21, 2009
- Panelist, “Intersectionality and Interdisciplinarity: Information Studies and Studies of the ‘Other.’” Panel discussion at iConference 2008, Los Angeles, CA, February 29, 2008
Panelist, “Working from Within: Participatory Practices to Engage Diverse Communities.” Presented at ALISE 2008, Philadelphia, PA, January 9, 2008
Affiliations & Collaboration
- Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University College
- Centre for the Study of the United States
- Women and Gender Studies Institute
- Association of Internet Researchers
- Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Rhizome ArtBase
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies
- Society for the Social Studies of Science
- International Society for Knowledge Organization
- American Library Association
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