Orit HalpernUS/QCConcordia University
Orit Halpern (she/her) is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Concordia University. Her work bridges the histories of science, computing, and cybernetics with design. She is currently working on two projects. The first is a history of the relationship between “intelligence”, liberalism, and democracy; the second project examines extreme infrastructures and the idea of experimentation at planetary scales in design, science, and engineering. She is the author of Beautiful Data (Duke UP 2015) and The Smartness Mandate with Robert Mitchell (forthcoming). She is also the director of the Speculative Life Research Cluster and D4 : The Disrupting Design Research Group, both are laboratories bridging the arts, environmental sciences, media, and the social sciences. As part of her work, she is also interested in digital cinema and multimedia documentary, architecture and design, contemporary art practice, animation, and literature.