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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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A portrait of Dr. Isabel Pedersen

Isabel Pedersen
PhD

Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture

Associate Professor

Communications and Digital Media Studies
Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Wearable tech expert and author examines how these devices will shape humanity



  • PhD - Language and Literature University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • MA - Language and Professional Writing University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
  • BA - English Trinity College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Canada, Digital Lives, and the Geopolitical AI Race

Global Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario March 12, 2019

Presentation, invited speaker and distinguished panelist at The Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence Symposium.

Humans, Machines, and Disruptive Dreams

Toronto, Ontario October 3, 2018

Walrus Talks

When You Are Your Computer: The Future of Embodied Computing

Berlin, Germany September 2, 2018

Keynote speaker at IFA+ Summit.

Counting for Something: Postmillennial Lives, Data, and Digital Futures

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Massey College, University of Toronto March 23, 2018

Walter Gordon Symposium

Digital Humanities, Embodied Media, and Human Identity

Rowan University, New Jersey October 2, 2017

Sponsored talk by Cooper Medical School, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Communication and Creative Arts, Campbell Library.

Keynote: Digital Humanities, Embodied Technology and Selves

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario May 19, 2017

Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Technologies

From Carryables to Wearables to Implantables . . .

Edmonton, Alberta May 28, 2016

Canadian Association of Journalists 2016 Annual Conference, sponsored by the Canada Research Chairs Communications Office.

Second Skins, Wearable Technology, and Digital Life

Toronto, Ontario May 16, 2016

Subtle Technologies Festival Textile Museum of Canada

Presupposing A Future in Digital Telepathy

TEDxStMaryCSSchool May 16, 2016

TEDx Talks

Women and Wearables

MaRS Discovery District Toronto, Ontario February 3, 2015

We Are Wearables

From Carryables to Wearables to Implants and Beyond

Munich, Germany January 28, 2014

11th Wearable Technology Conference 2014: Europe

Invited Keynote Speaker: The Continuum of Embodiment: Wearable Technology, Digital Life and Youth Culture

Laredo, Texas June 18, 2014

58th International Council on Education for Teaching World Assembly

Beyond Mobility

Toronto, Ontario May 27, 2014

Mesh Conference

Embodied computing: Wearables, implantables, embeddables, ingestibles

Published in The MIT Press (forthcoming Spring 2020, in press).
Isabel Pedersen and Andrew Iliadis