Critical Digital Methods
Welcome to the Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI), a collaborative research project of The Department of Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), initiated with the support of the UTSC Interdisciplinary Challenge Fund (ICF)!
At CDMI, we see digital platforms and digital media cultures as too complex, too global, and too vast to be captured by single disciplinary or solo scholar approaches. We seek to build bridges across the gaps that exist between disciplines, media, systems and people. We work across different quantitative, qualitative and creative methods.
We focus on critical and interpretive methods, social justice and anti-oppression frameworks and digital tools and tactics that enable us to question and transform dominant relations of power that are most salient in Canada at this historical moment: relations of settler colonialism, Indigenous sovereignty, racial capitalism, bias and discrimination and inaccessbility on the bases of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality and citizenship. We value collaborations between students, faculty and community researchers across rank and location and access to resources inside and beyond the university.
We believe digital research environments favour interdisciplinary approaches and demand new research methodologies which synthesize contributions from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and beyond so we can better understand the cultural, technological, social, political economic and ethical dynamics of these spaces.
The CDMI is working to develop and roll out a series of conversations and events in the coming months. Each is designed to engender dynamic research exchanges, and support creative knowledge-mobilization, including presentations, performances, screenings, visiting scholars’ events, collaborative writing opportunities about critical digital methods, a summer institute, and more!
The CDMI collaborative research initiative is already working behind-the-scenes to develop and roll out a series of conversations and events in the coming months. Each is designed to engender dynamic research exchanges and streamline knowledge-mobilization, including presentations, visiting scholars’ events, collaborative writing opportunities about critical digital methods, a summer institute, and more!
Please contact CDMIutsc@gmail.com to connect with us about programming, collaborations, partnerships and sponsorships.