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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Barbara Crow

Technology in Practice

University   York University
E-Mail Address   bacrow@yorku.ca
Phone Number   (416) 736-2100, ext. 40549
Office Location   Ross Building, S932
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A (York); M.A. (York); Ph.D. Sociology (York)

Biography


Professor Crow is the Interim Dean and Associate Vice-President Graduate.  Her research interests are in the social, cultural, political and economic implications of digital technologies. She has edited collections on mobile technologies, US radical feminism, and Canadian Women's Studies. She has worked on a number of large-scale interdisciplinary grants with engineers, designers, artists and communication scholars to produce technical and cultural content for mobile experiences, (MDCN, 2004-2007 and CWIRP, 2006-2008). She is one of the co-founders of the Mobile Media Lab, co-founding editor of wi: a journal of mobile media, and was the president of the Canadian Women's Studies Association (2002-2004). Her most recent SSHRC project is "Senior and Cells" with Professor Kim Sawchuk.

Research Interests

Digital technologies; social movements; women's studies; political economy of communication; and mobile technologies.

Selected Publications

Edited Collections:


The Wireless Spectrum: The Politics, Practices and Poetics of Mobile Communications, edited with Michael Longford and Kim Sawchuk, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.


Open Boundaries: A Canadian Women's Studies Reader, edited with Lise Gotell, Scarborough, Ont.: Prentice-Hall, 2000, 2004 (80 per cent revision), 2008 (95 per cent revision).


Radical Feminism: A Documentary Reader, (Ed.), New York: New York University Press, 2000.

 

Edited Journals:

"Outside the Laboratory:  Mobile Methods and the User Experience," with Kim Sawchuk and Benjamin Poppinga wi: journal of mobile media, Spring, 2011.

“Wireless Technologies, Mobile Practices,” with Kim Sawchuk and Richard Smith, Canadian Journal of Communication, 2008.


"Digital Feminisms," with Sheila Petty, Atlantis, Vol. 32(2), 2008.


"Pedestrian Traffic," wi: journal of mobile media, with Andrea Zeffiro, Kim Sawchuk and Michae Longford, Spring 2008.


“Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research Creation,” wi: journal of the digital commons network, with Kim Sawchuk, Winter/Spring 2007.


wi: journal of the digital commons network, with Kim Sawchuk, Fall 2006.

Refereed Journals:

 “Remote Grandmothering: Intergenerational Dis/connections and Communications Ecology throughout the Lifecourse,” with Kim Sawchuk, Guest Editors: Larissa Hjorth and Sun Sun Lim, Feminist Media Studies, Vol. 12(4): , 2012.

“Talking ‘Costs’: Seniors, Cell Phones and the Personal and Political Economies of Telecommunications in Canada,” with Kim Sawchuk, Telecommunications Journal of Australia, Vol. 60(4): 55.1-55.11, 2010.


“The Perils of Institutionalization in Neoliberal Times: Results of a National Survey of Canadian Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Centres, ” with Melanie Beres and Lise Gotell, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol 34(1): 135-164, 2009.


“Municipal and Community Wi-Fi Networks in Canada: Insights from Three Canadian Case Studies,” with Catherine Middleton, Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 33(3): 419-441, 2008.


"Canadian Feminist Perspectives on Digital Technology," with Leslie Regan Shade, Vol. 11, Topia, pp. 161-176, 2004.

Chapters in Books:

"Seniors, Mobility and Tactical Cell Phone Use," with Kim Sawchuk, in Technologies of Mobility in the America. (Eds.) Philip Vannini, Lucy Budd, Christian Fisker, Paolo Jiras, New York:  Peter Lang, 2012.

"Augmented Urbanism: Locative Media Experiences in he Digital City," with Kajin Goh and Michael Longford, The Wireless Spectrum: The Politics, Practices and Poetics of Mobile Communication, (Eds.), Barbara Crow, Michael Longford and Kim Sawchuk, University of Toronto Press, 2010.


"Spectrum Policy as Art: Interview with Julian Priest," Sampling the Spectrum: The Politics, Practices and Poetics of Mobile Communication, (Eds.), Barbara Crow, Michael Longford and Kim Sawchuk, University of Toronto Press, pp. 47-42, 2010.


"Augmented Urbanism: Locative Media Experiences in the Digital City," with Kajin Goh and Michael Longford, in Sampling the Spectrum: The Politics, Practices and Poetics of Mobile Communication, (Eds.), Barbara Crow, Michael Longford and Kim Sawchuk, University of Toronto Press, 2010.


“Leave it to Beavers: Animals, Icons and the Marketing of the Bell Beavers,” with Kim Sawchuk, in Enric Castelló, Alexander Dhoest and Hugh O'Donnell, (Eds.), The Nation on Screen, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 309-326, 2009.


“Shaking Hands with the User”: Principles, Protocols, and Practices for User-Integration into Mobile Design," with Kim Sawchuk, in S. Diamond and M. Ladly, (Eds.), Mobile Nation, Toronto: Tuns Press and Riverside Architectural Press, 2008.


"Voices from Beyond: The Place of History in Locative Media," with Michael Longford, Kim Sawchuk and Andrea Zeffiro, in M. Foth, (Ed.), Urban Informatics: Community Integration and Implementation. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global, pp. 158-178, 2008.


"Cell in the City: Is Cellular Phone use Eroding the Distinction between Public and Private Space?," with Kim Sawchuk in Charlene Elliott and Joshua Greenberg, (Eds.), Communications in Question: Canadian Perspectives on Controversial Issues in Communication Studies, Thomson-Nelson, pp. 142-149, 2007.


"The Spectral Politics of Mobile Communication Technologies: A Feminist Analysis of International Policies," with Kim Sawchuk in Katharine Sarikakis and Leslie Regan Shade, (Eds.), Feminist International Communications Studies, New York: Rowan & Littlefield, pp. 90-105, 2007.


"Antifeminism Inside the Women's Classroom," with Lise Gotell, in E. Lapovsky Kennedy and A. Beins, (Eds.), Women's Studies for the Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 287-303, 2005.


“Digital Activism in Canada,” with Michael Longford, Vol. 2, Leslie Regan Shade and Marita Moll, (Eds.), Seeking Convergence in Policy and Practice: Communications in the Public Interest, Ottawa: Canadian Policy Alternatives, pp. 349-362, 2004.


"From the Electronic Cottage to the Silicon Sweatshop: Social Implications of Telemediated Work in Canada," with Graham Longford, D. Taras and F. Pannekock, (Eds.), How Canadians Communicate, Calgary: University of Calgary Press, pp. 275-305, 2002.

Editorial Member:

Canadian Journal of Communication

wi: journal of mobile media

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan