Patrick Keilty is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and Instructor in the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies there. Professor Keilty works at the intersection of media studies, technology studies, and information studies. His primary teaching and research field is digital studies, with a particular focus on visual culture, pornography, new media art, metadata and database logic, database cinema, critical theory, and theories of gender, sexuality, and race. His monograph project, provisionally titled
Database Desires, engages the question of 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 currently preparing essays for Porn Studies, New Media & Society, Discourse, Feminist Media Studies, and the Journal of Documentation. He is co-editor of Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (2013). He recently presented 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 National University of Singapore, Temple University, York University, and OCAD.
Professor Keilty is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS); Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA); Society for Social Studies of Science (4S); and the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO). He occasionally contributes to Fembot Collective, FemTechNet, Rhizome ArtBase, and HASTAC. He 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.