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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

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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Isabel Pedersen


Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture

Communication and Digital Media Studies

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 503
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5874


Dr. Isabel Pedersen is Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture and Professor of Communication Studies at Ontario Tech University. She is Founder and Director of the Digital Life Institute. She is also an Associate of the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University and York University. She studies the rhetorical, ethical, and political challenges posed by technological change on communication, culture, and identity. She is co-author of Writing Futures: Collaborative, Algorithmic, Autonomous (2021, Springer), and co-editor of Embodied Computing: Wearables, Implantables, Embeddables, Ingestibles (2020, MIT Press). She is published in academic journals including the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Semiotica, and the Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage.


  • PhD, English Language and Literature University of Waterloo

Research and expertise

Dr. Isabel Pedersen focuses on embodied computing, algorithmic culture, augmented reality, emergent media, and AI ethics.


  • Selected publications

    Ann Hill Duin & Isabel Pedersen. Writing Futures: Collaborative, Algorithmic, Autonomous (2021, Springer).

    Isabel Pedersen & Andrew Iliadis, A. (Eds.) Embodied computing: Wearables, implantables, embeddables, ingestibles. Cambridge: MIT Press. April, 2020.

    Isabel Pedersen, Tom Everrett, and Sharon Caldwell (2020). The Wearable Past: Integrating a Physical Museum Collection of Wearables into a Database of Born-digital Artifacts Digital Studies / Le champ numérique. 10(1), 1-12.

    Isabel Pedersen & Ihor Junyk (2019). Fearmonger: Fear, film, digital embodiment, and cinematic futures. Parol - Quaderni d'arte e di eipistemologia, 30, 103-126.

    Andrew Iliadis & Isabel Pedersen (2018). The fabric of digital life: Uncovering sociotechnical tradeoffs in embodied computing through metadata. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 16(3), 311-327.

    Isabel Pedersen, Samantha Reid & Kristen Aspevig (2018). Developing social robots for aging populations: A literature review of recent academic sources. Sociology Compass, 12(6): e12585