University of Calgary

Mél Hogan

  • Associate Professor

Selected Publications

2021The promise of a queer afterlife: a counter-proposal to preserving normative singularities in the cloud” In: Whatever: Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies Vol. 4

2021 “The Future of Death (in the Cloud)Environmental Histories of the Future NiCHE Network in Canadian History & Environment | Nouvelle initiative Canadienne en histoire de l'environnement (March 8)

2021The Pandemic's Dark Cloud” RSS feed: Nourishing Network - Radical Openness (Jan 22)

2020 “Sustainable DNA” Right Research: Modelling Sustainable Research Practices in the Anthropocene, Open Book Publishers (co-authored with Deb Verhoeven) DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0213

2020 “You Saw the Cactus Bloom: On the Impossibility of Withdrawal (from You)” Towards a Politics of Withdrawal? (Rowman & Littlefield) Pepita Hesselberth and Joost de Bloois (eds) 

2020 “DNA” Uncertain Archives (MIT Press) Nanna Thylstrup, Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring, Catherine D'Ignazio, and Kristin Veel (eds) 

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 ChunCanadian Journal of Communication (with Anne Pasek and Rena Bivens)

2019 "Cheating the Network: How Gamers Play the InfrastructureCanadian 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 technoecologiesFirst 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 ComplicitDigital technology and sustainability: Engaging the Paradox, Routledge: Studies in Sustainability series Edited by Mike Hazas and Lisa Nathan.

2017 Sweaty Zuckerberg and Cool ComputingThe California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg Volume One || Winter 2017

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

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

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

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

2015Water Woes & Data Flows: the Utah Data CenterBig Data and Society July–December 2015: 1–12

2015The Archive as DumpsterPIVOT: 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 SurveillanceJournal 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.)

2013The 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


“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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