Jasmine Rault

Assistant Professor

Jasmine Rault is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the department of Arts, Culture, Media at University of Toronto Scarborough and the Faculty of Information at University of Toronto. Rault’s research focuses on trans- feminist and queer digital praxes and protocols; media histories of settler coloniality, white supremacy and sexuality; aesthetics and affects of social movements.

This includes publications on the confluence between “coloniality, digitality and architectural modernity” (American Quarterly), “White Noise/White Affects” in queer popular culture (Feminist Media Studies), “Relajo and the Affects of Queer Activism in Mexico” (Scholar & Feminist Online), risk and intimate networks in queer digital archives (Women & Performance) and more in journals such as Ephemera, Ada, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture; Archives of American Art. Rault’s first book is Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In (Ashgate/Routledge). Rault is co-director of the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory (DREC) and the Cabaret Commons. Rault is also a co-author of the Feminist Data Manifest-No.

Jas frequently collaborates with T.L. Cowan. Together, they hold a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024), entitled “Networked Intimate Publics: Feminist and Queer Practices of Scale, Safety and Access,” and a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2017-2020), entitled “Building a Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory for Minor(itized) Materials.” Rault and Cowan are co-authors of Heavy Processing for Digital Materials (under contract with Punctum Press, expected 2022). They are co-directors of two online research sites: the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory (DREC) and the Cabaret Commons and are co-editors of “Metaphors as Meaning and Method in Technoculture,” a special section of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. Their other co-authored essays include “Onlining Queer Acts: Digital Research Ethics and Caring for Risky Archives” in Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory (2018) as well as essays in ephemera: theory & politics in organization and Women’s Studies Quarterly.