Trans/media/formations Series

Faculty of Social Sciences

Trans/media/formations Series

The Transmedia Research Network is hosting a series of three invited speakers and roundtable debates focused on the social and cultural implications of transmedia texts and practices from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Scheduled for January to March 2013, all presentations and events are free and open to the public. Interested faculty, students and media practitioners throughout the Niagara region are welcome to attend. The series is sponsored by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, the Council for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS) at Brock University, and other contributing departments.


‘Virtual Selves and Digital Identities
in the Age of the Data Map’

Nora Young, Keynote Speaker
Host of CBC Radio ‘Spark’

4:00-5:00 pm
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013
Location: Sankey Chamber
Co-sponsored by CRISS, Communication, Popular Culture and Film
For more information contact Marian Bredin,


Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, CBC Radio's national radio show and podcast about technology and culture. Nora is your guide to the latest in technology, trends, and fresh thinking, explaining cutting-edge trends with humour and clarity. She was the founding host of Definitely not the Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has also appeared online, on television, and in print.
As a journalist, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her book, The Virtual Self, explores how the explosion of data about our behaviours, thoughts, opinions and actions is changing the culture around us. Nora blogs at, and creates the indie podcast The Sniffer with her friend and colleague, Cathi Bond.


'Creative Class Conflict' 
Greig de Peuter,
Wilfrid Laurier University

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
Location: Sankey Chamber
Co-sponsored by the Interactive Arts and Science Program
For more information contact Jeff Boggs,

Greig de Peuter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the coauthor, with Nick Dyer-Witheford, of Games of Empire: Global Capitalism and Video Games (University of Minnesota Press), and co-editor, with Mark Cote and Richard Day, of Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments Against Neoliberal Globalization (University of Toronto Press). He is currently collaborating with Enda Brophy and Nicole Cohen on a SSHRC funded research project entitled 'A Flexible Workforces Respond to the Creative Economy: The Recomposition of Labour Politics in an Age of Precarity'. He is the cofounder of Toronto School of Creativity & Inquiry, an autonomous education project.


'Transmedia Activism' 
Lina Srivastava

11:30 am -1:00 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
Location: TH 246 (Video Conference)
For more information contact Jennifer Good,

Lina Srivastava, Principal of Lina Srivastava Consulting LLC and creator of the Transmedia Activism framework, focuses on employing strategy, innovation and media engagement to create social change. She writes the site Strategy for Social Change Initiatives and is the coauthor of the site Modeling Global Change. The former Executive Director of Kids with Cameras, and the past Interim Executive Director of the Association of Video and Filmmakers, she has provided strategic support to the Resist Network, films such as Born into Brothels and The Devil Came on Horseback, and a wide-ranging group of organizations dedicated to social change. Trained as an attorney at New York University School of Law, Lina is based in New York, New York.





photo: R.Vicol