Books and Bodies: From Materiality to Virtuality | Two Talks at our March 28 CML Salon

Books and Bodies: From Materiality to Virtuality | Two Talks at our March 28 CML Salon

Please join us for the third and final Critical Media Lab research sharing session of the winter term, featuring digital media research talks by Philosophy/English major MAXWELL KENNEL and English PhD candidate DANI STOCK.

WHEN: Thursday, March 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Critical Media Lab, 158 King St. W., Kitchener

All are welcome!

Maxwell Kennel, “The World is a Book”

I plan to share some material from a few forthcoming pieces of writing. The first is an article on the ‘compendium’ as a figure for writing and discourse, the second is a book on dialectics (Punctum Books, Spring 2013), and the third is a manuscript on a ‘binary metaphysics’. In addition to a few excerpts and an overview of my project, I’ll also share some thoughts on open access publishing and the book as a medium in transition from materiality to virtuality.

Maxwell Kennel is a student of philosophy, theology, and writing, based in Waterloo (in the final throes of a BA in Philosophy & English, and anticipating beginning a Masters of Theological Studies in the Fall).

Dani Stock, “Normalizing the Body Online: A Disability Studies Analysis of Health Social Media”

This talk will present some of my ongoing research regarding the impact of digital media on relationships between healthcare practitioners and individuals with illnesses. I will focus on the health social networking site PatientsLikeMe as a case study through which to explore the problematic disconnect in such spaces between rhetorics of patient empowerment and the discursive structures that frame user participation.

Dani Stock is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. Her dissertation uses posthumanist philosophy, new media theory, disability studies, and medical humanities to critically investigate contemporary movements in North American healthcare, such as participatory medicine and patient-centred care.

About the CML Salon

While the research sharing session focuses on the work of two presenters, the goal is to create discussion about digital media research in general. In the spirit of the salon, attendees will have an opportunity to share details about their own past and current research, to field ideas for digital media projects, to discuss research questions or methodologies, and so on.

If you are interested in presenting your digital media research at the CML in the coming months, please contact Dani Stock at