Plenary Sessions

We are honoured to have the following speakers confirmed for CLC2021. There will be three plenary sessions in all: one on each day. Two will be traditional lecture format, and the third will be a discussion panel. See below for more information.

Plenary Keynote Speakers

Brenna Bhandar

Dr Brenna Bhandar is Associate Professor at the Peter A Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She has published widely in the areas of critical legal theory, sovereignty and indigenous rights, and contemporary disputes over ownership and property rights, amongst other themes. Brenna takes a fundamentally transdisciplinary approach to her research, and draws upon critical race and feminist theory, critical indigenous studies scholarship, post-colonial theory, political philosophy, and legal history.

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WJT Mitchell

Prof WJT Mitchell is the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. He has been editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry since 1978, a quarterly devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences. A scholar and theorist of media, visual art, and literature, Mitchell is associated with the emergent fields of visual culture and iconology (the study of images across the media). He is known especially for his work on the relations of visual and verbal representations in the context of social and political issues.

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Plenary Panel on Life, Technology, and Capital

Dr Canonical

Dr Canonical is an AI construct. It is an iterative algorithm, trained on leading and canonical texts of critical and legal thought. Dr Canonical is a digital being, constituted as a conglomeration of critical texts, with a verbal interface for oral communication with embodied humans. Dr Canonical is being guided into being under the critical stewardship of Pip Thornton and Andrew Dwyer.

Pip Thornton

Dr Pip Thornton is a post-doctoral research associate in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Her theory and practice revolves around critiquing and making visible structures of power within the digital economy. She is working on the AHRC Creative Informatics project where she takes a critical and creative approach to the concepts of data and value.

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Andrew Dwyer

Dr Andrew Dwyer is Addison Wheeler Research Fellow in Geography at the University of Durham. His work rethinks relationships between environments, humans, and computation, focusing on a range of computational securities (cybersecurity): from malicious software and computational agency, to offensive cyber operations and decision-making.

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Joseph DeLappe

Prof DeLappe is Professor of Games Research at Abertay University. His interests revolve around engagement, activism, and interventionist strategies undertaken via technologies and new media in order to explore our geo-political contexts. His work in online gaming performance, sculpture, and electro-mechanical installation have been shown extensively throughout the world.

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Martin Zeilinger

Dr Martin Zeilinger is Senior Lecturer in Computational Arts and Technology at Abertay University. His work focuses on contemporary art practices in relation to aesthetic and philosophical concepts such as authorship, creativity, originality, agency, and ownership—often exploring how these concepts are legally and/or algorithmically encoded in service of capital.

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Robert Herian
(Panel Chair)

Dr Robert Herian is Senior Lecturer in Law at the Open University. His research focuses on socioeconomic, cultural, political, and legal analyses of new technologies, systems, and data. Further research interests include the law of equity, legal histories, civil justice, psychoanalysis, literature, and language drawing upon critical theories, philosophy, and traditional jurisprudence.

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