Media @ McGill

Barney, Darin

Position: 

Associate Professor, Grierson Chair in Communication Studies

Interest and Bio: 

Darin Barney is the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies at McGill University. He was born in Burnaby, Canada, and studied at Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto, where he trained in political theory and received a PhD in 1999. He has worked at several universities in Canada and the United States and from 2005 to 2015 was Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship at McGill University, where he has also served as Chair of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies (2005-2007) and Director of the Graduate Program in Communication Studies (2010-2013). He was President of the Canadian Communication Association from 2010 to 2012, and served on the Advisory Council of the Law Commission of Canada from 2000 to 2005. He has received several awards for his academic work, including the inaugural Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Aurora Prize (2003) for outstanding contribution to Canadian intellectual life by a new researcher. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of McGill University.

Barney’s current research focuses on materialist approaches to media and communication, infrastructure and radical politics. He is presently completing a project on grain-handling infrastructure and the transformation of political subjectivity on the Canadian prairies, and beginning a project on pipelines as media of political action. He is a member of the Petrocultures Research Group, the After Oil collective, a founding member of Media@McGill, and a Director of the Radical Critical Theory Circle.

Projects: 

Grain-handling infrastructure and the transformation of political subjectivity on the Canadian prairies; pipelines as media of political action

Publications: 

Darin Barney is the author of several scholarly works, including One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic (2007 Hart House Lecture); Communication Technology: The Canadian Democratic Audit (UBC Press, 2005); The Network Society (Polity Press, 2004); and Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology (University of Chicago Press, 2000). He is co-editor of several books and journal editions, including The Participatory Condition (University of Minnesota Press, 2016, with Coleman, Ross, Sterne and Tembeck); Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004 with Andrew Feenberg) and a special issue of Theory & Event on Quebec’s “Maple Spring” (2012; with Brian Massumi and Cayley Sorochan).

Faculty page: 

Visit Professor Barney's faculty page here.

Courses: 

Prof. Barney’s current teaching and supervisory interests include: critical theory; political economy; materialist approaches to media and communication; infrastructure; disruptive politics; and philosophy of technology.

Keywords: 

Critical theory; political economy; materialist approaches to media and communication; infrastructure; disruptive politics; philosophy of technology