iSchool Colloquia Series: Post-Digital Networks, Post-Corporate Communications

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Join us as guest speaker micha cárdenas, Performance Artist from Los Angeles, California, speaks at this year's Colloquia Series, on "Local Autonomy Networks: Post-Digital Networks, Post-Corporate Communications."


Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) has the goal of building networks of safety for queer and trans people of color using a range of technologies including wearable electronics and embodied communication methods. These networks use femme political methods like relationship building to create prison abolitionist responses to violence. My goal is a decolonization of technology and which imagines post-digital networks, identifying methods that precede and follow the digital. My intervention is to make a trans of color critique, taking inspiration from queer of color critique, that rejects the binary logic of the digital and looks to oppressed communities for alternative logics.


micha cárdenas is an artist, hackctivist, poet, performer, student, and educator, mixed-race trans femme Latina survivor who works at the intersection of movement, technology and politics. micha is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP), Provost Fellow at University of Southern California, and a member of the art collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. micha’s project, Local Autonomy Networks, was selected for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose and was the subject of three of their keynote performances. micha’s co-authored book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, was published by Atropos Press in 2012. In 2013 micha has been a New Directions Scholar at the USC Center for Feminist Research and a MacArthur Foundation HASTAC Scholar. micha holds an MFA from University of California, San Diego, an MA in Communication from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University. She blogs at and tweet at @michacardenas

All talks are free and open to the public. 

Co-Sponsors: Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Centre for the Study of the United States, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Dept. of Visual Studies, Inst. for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Social Science and humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Women and Gender Studies Inst.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 -
16:00 to 18:00
Room 728, 140 St. George Street
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