Patrick Keilty is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Professor Keilty's primary research interest is the political, aesthetic, and economic implications of digital infrastructures in the pornography industry, which means working at the intersection of media studies, technology studies, and information studies. His teaching and research field is digital studies, including visual culture, pornography, digital infrastructures, metadata and database logic, database cinema, critical theory, and theories of gender, sexuality, and race. His monograph project, provisionally titled
Database Desires, examines how our engagements with labyrinthine qualities of database design and algorithmic logic mediate aesthetic objects, create new cinematic techniques, and structure sexual desire in ways that abound with expressive
possibilities and new narrative and temporal structures.
His SSHRC-funded research on embodiment and technology, algorithmic display, the history of information retrieval, technological transformations of gendered labor, design and experience, compulsion and control, and taxonomies of pornography have appeared in Scholar & Feminist Online, The Information Society, Library Trends, and Knowledge Organization, as well as several conference proceedings. He is co-editor of Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. He recently presented papers at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; Society for Social Studies of Science; Society for Literature, Science and the Arts; Contours of Algorithmic Life; Women and Technology Conference (keynote); Congress on Research in Dance; and the American Society for Information Science & Technology. He has been invited to give talks at the University of Michigan, National University of Singapore, Temple University, York University, and OCAD.