University of Calgary

Mél Hogan

  • Associate Professor

Selected Publications

2019 “Retrofitted Data Centres: a New World in the Shell of the Old.” Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation, vol. 13, no. 2, 2019, pp. 78–94. JSTOR, (with Kate Jacobson)

2019 "Data Segregation and Algorithmic Amplification: A Conversation with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun” Canadian Journal of Communication (with Anne Pasek and Rena Bivens)

2019 "Cheating the Network: How Gamers Play the Infrastructure” Canadian Journal of Communication (co-authored with Sean Willett)

2019 "Left Behind: Futurist Fetishists, Prepping and the Abandonment of Earth" b2o: an online journal (co-authored with Sarah T. Roberts)

2019 “The Nature of Data CentersCulture Machine Vol. 18, with Asta Vonderau (eds)

2018 “Big Data Ecologies” Ephemera: theory & politics in organisation volume 18.3: 631-657 ISSN 1473-2866 

2018 Data is airborne; Data is inborn: The labor of the body in technoecologies” First Monday, Volume 23, Number 3 – 5 March 2018

2018 “Data Center” In: Schintler L., McNeely C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Big Data. Springer, Cham.

2018 Response 3a “Connected and Complicit” Digital technology and sustainability: Engaging the Paradox, Routledge: Studies in Sustainability series Edited by Mike Hazas and Lisa Nathan.

2017 Sweaty Zuckerberg and Cool Computing” The California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg Volume One || Winter 2017

2017 “Introducing Location and Dislocation: Global Geographies of Digital Data” Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. 8:2, Sept 6, 2017. (co-edited with Alix Johnson)

2017 “(Another) Battle in the Clouds” The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in CanadaThe Environmental Humanities in a Post-Truth World, Vol. 16 : Iss. 1 , Article 26 (8-22-2017)

2017 “Servers” in Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment. (Eds. Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel, Patricia Yaeger) Fordham University Press. January.

2016 “Minus Risk Equals Progress: the Data Center in the Anthropocene” 6th issue, Special Feature of 5: The Anthropocene and Our Post-natural Future, Dec 2016.

2015 “Water Woes & Data Flows: the Utah Data Center” Big Data and Society July–December 2015: 1–12

2015 “The Archive as Dumpster” PIVOT: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Thought – Special Issue 4:1: Picking Through the Trash

2015 “Information Ownership and Materiality in an Age of Big Data Surveillance” Journal of Information Policy. Vol. 5 (2015), pp. 6-31 (co-authored with Tamara Shepherd)

2014 Review of Lisa Gitelman, Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents (Sign, Storage, Transmission) Duke U Press , 2014. For Special Issue of Archives and Manuscripts Maryanne Dever and Linda Morra (eds.)

2013 “The Archive’s Underbelly: Facebook’s Data Storage Centers” In Television New Media January 2015 vol. 16 no. 1; 3-18

Selected Keynotes, Plenaries and Invited Talks


"Building Data Centers in the Image of Climate Change" AMRO - Art Meets Radical Openness online + Linz (AT) Austria, May 20-23.

“Big Data Ecologies” “End to End” symposium, transmediale festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, Plenary panel, Jan 31. 

“Genomic Media” McLuhan Lecture, Embassy of Canada in Germany, transmediale festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, Jan 29. 



“Sweaty Zuckerberg and Cool Computing” McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology (UofT) Monday Night Seminar: “Hot Line, Cold Call”.  Toronto, November 18.

“Genomics: Staking Identity since 2003” The Ends of Social Media Symposium, University of Toronto, Canada. Plenary panel, Nov 15.

“Genomic Media/Sustainable DNA” Sustainability Lectures, University of Alberta, Sept 13.

“Genomic Media at the End of the World”, CGC Conference Keynote, Carleton University, March 21-22.

“The Medium Question of Genomics” CMST Speaker Series, McMaster University. Feb 25.



  • PostDoctoral Fellowship
    University of Colorado-Boulder, 2014
  • PhD - Communication Studies
    Concordia University, 2012
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