Patrick Keilty

Assistant Professor 
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto 
140 St. George Street, Room 614 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G6
Phone: +1 (416) 946-3809
Email: p.keilty [at] utoronto [dot] ca
Twitter: @patrickkeilty


PhD students:
Rebecka Sheffield (supervisor)
Sandra Danilovic (supervisor)
Adam Pugen (supervisor)
Benjamin Walsh (supervisor)
Patrick Keilty
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. He is affiliated faculty member of Book History & Print Culture at Massey College, where he is also a member of the Program Committee for the Toronto Centre for the Book. In addition, he is Senior Common Room Member at University College, affiliated faculty with the Centre for the Study of the United States, Member of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies at York University, and a co-moderator of -empyre- soft_skinned_space. 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.


Prof. Keilty works at the intersection of media studies, technology studies, and information studies. His primary teaching and research field is new media studies, with a particular focus on digital theory, visual culture, new media art, metadata and database logic, pornography, gender, sexuality, and critical theory. He is co-editor of Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (2013). His monograph project, provisionally titled Database Desire, engages the question of how our embodied engagements with labryinthine qualities of database design mediate aesthetic objects and structure sexual desire in ways that abound with expressive possibilities and new narrative and temporal structures. His SSHRC-funded research has or will have been published in Scholar & Feminist Online, The Information Society, Knowledge Organization, Library TrendsProceedings of ASIS&T, and Proceedings of the iConference. He
Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader
recently presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; Society for Literature, Science and the Arts; Contours of Algorithmic Life; Wome
n and Technology Conference; 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. He has written on topics as varied as embodiment and technology, algorithmic display, the history of information retrieval, technological transformations of gendered labor, women in computing, design and experience, compulsion and control, metadata and the creation of fetishistic networks, new forms of sexual nomenclature as taxonomies for navigating pornographic databases, and feminist and queer new media and technoscience issues generally. 
He is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS); Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA); Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S); and the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), for which he serves as the NASKO Program Officer. He occasionally contributes to Fembot Collective, FemTechNet, Rhizome ArtBase, and HASTAC. He teaches courses on feminist and queer technology, critical theory, digital theory, and metadata, which are variously cross-listed with Women & Gender Studies and Book History & Print Culture.