Main Speakers

The International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations - unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

  • Jody Berland

    Jody Berland is Associate Professor of Humanities in Atkinson College, and a member of the graduate programs in Communication and Culture, the Department of Music, and the Graduate Programme of Social and Political Thought at York University. She is also one of three North American representatives to the international board of the Association of Cultural Studies. She has published widely on cultural studies, Canadian communication theory, music, radio and video, feminist bodies, cultural environmental studies, and social space.

    She is the editor of Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, published by University of Toronto Press and edited at York. She is presently completing a book on culture, technology and space.

  • James Paul Gee

    James Paul Gee received his Ph.D in linguistics from Stanford University in 1975. Formerly the Tashia Morgridge Professor of Reading in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he is now the Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education.

    His book Sociolinguistics and Literacies (1990) was one of the founding documents in the formation of the “New Literacies Studies”, an interdisciplinary field devoted to studying language, learning, and literacy in an integrated way in the full range of their cognitive, social, and cultural contexts. His book An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (1999) brings together his work on a methodology for studying communication in its cultural settings, an approach that has been widely influential over the last two decades. His most recent books both deal with video games, language, and learning. What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2003) argues that good video games are designed to enhance learning through effective learning principles supported by research in the Learning Sciences. Situated Language and Learning (2004) places video games within an overall theory of learning and literacy and shows how they can help us in thinking about the reform of schools.

    Prof. Gee has published widely in journals in linguistics, psychology, the social sciences, and education. In 1989, the Journal of Education, one of the longest running journals in education in the United States, published a special issue devoted to reprinting his early essays on literacy. His books include Sociolinguistics and Literacies (1990, Second Edition 1996, Third Edition 2007); The Social Mind (1992); Introduction to Human Language (1993); The New Work Order: Behind the Language of the New Capitalism (1996, with Glynda Hull and Colin Lankshear); An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method (1999; Second Edition 2003); What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy (2003); Why Video Games Are Good for Your Soul (2005); Good Video Games and Good Learning: Collected Essays on Video Games, Learning, and Literacy (2007).

  • Karim Gherab Martín

    Dr. Karim Gherab Martín is physicist and philosopher of science and technology. He is being a visiting research scholar in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University for 2008and 2009. He has taught at Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, and has worked for many years as IT consultant in Spain and Latin America. He has also written strategical reports about Digital Libraries for the Government of Madrid.

    His research interests focus on the Philosophy of Physics and the Science and Technology Studies. Among other writings, he wrote a book co-authored that it is being published in English as The New Temple of Knowledge: Towards a Universal Digital Library and he is editing a forthcoming monographic in the periodical Arbor entitled Science and Culture on the Web.

    • David Matheson

      David Matheson (PhD, Brown University) is a postdoctoral fellow with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's research project, "On the Identity Trail: Understanding the Importance and Impact of Anonymity and Authentication in the Networked Society" ( He also teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), and is an executive committee member of the Canadian Society for Epistemology. His current research focuses on various issues at the intersection of epistemology and ethics, including testimony as a source of knowledge, the right to privacy, surveillance and virtue development, the importance of self-presentation for human dignity, and the value of the knowledge of persons.

    • Ronald Sandler

      Ronald Sandler is an assistant professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, a researcher in the Technology and Society Research Group, and a research association in the Environmental Justice Research Collaborative at Northeastern University. His primary areas of research are environmental ethics, ethics and technology, ethical theory, and Spinoza. He is author of Character and Environment (Columbia University Press) and co-editor of Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement (MIT Press) and Environmental Virtue Ethics (Rowman and Littlefield).

    • McKenzie Wark

      McKenzie Wark is an Australian-born writer and scholar. He works mainly on media theory, critical theory and new media. His best known works are A Hacker Manifesto and Gamer Theory. He was born in Newcastle, Australia in 1961. He studied at Macquarie University, the University of Technology, Sydney and at Murdoch University. He is currently Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts and The New School for Social Research in New York City.

      At the theoretical level, Wark’s writing can be seen in the context of three currents: British Cultural Studies, German Critical Theory and French Poststructuralism. His earlier works combined British and French influences to extend Australian cultural studies to encompass questions of globalization and new media technology. His later works draw more from Critical Theory and much revised Marxism. Through his experimentation with new media forms, starting with listservers such as and later with web interfaces such as the one developed for Gamer Theory, his works intersect with other new media theorists.