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, 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); Modern Language Association, Congress on Research in Dance; and the Association for Information Science & Technology. He has been invited to give talks at Cornell University, University of Michigan, National University of Singapore, Temple University, York University, and OCAD.
In addition to his appointment in the Faculty of Information, Professor Keilty is cross-appointed with the Cinema Studies Institute, Instructor in the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, affiliated faculty at the Technoscience Research Unit in the Women & Gender Studies Institute, affiliated faculty at Book History & Print Culture at Massey College, affiliated faculty at University College, and affiliated faculty at the Centre for the Study of the United States. He is also a member of the Politics of Evidence Working Group. Professor Keilty teaches courses on critical theory, digital theory, feminist and queer technology, and metadata, which are variously cross-listed with Cinema Studies, Women & Gender Studies and Book History & Print Culture. He holds a PhD in Information Studies, concentration in Women's Studies (now Gender Studies), from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has previously been Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He has lived in Toronto since 2012, and is originally from Alta Loma, California.