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Hi. I’m Li.

I write about new technology and live performance. I’m a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at McGill University, where I’m the Graduate Writer in Residence at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. My dissertation, “Stages of Technology: Media and Performance in the Circuits of Production,” investigates live presentations at tech industry events: expos, summits, pitch-offs, and product launches. A critical study of technology development in contemporary culture, this research argues that industry events function as crucial but under-studied sites of innovation. I show how, through live presentations of projects currently under development, new ideas are introduced, dynamic partnerships are formed, and technological boundaries are broken.

My research is funded by an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship, a Wolfe Graduate Fellowship, and multiple awards from Media@McGill. Publications include forthcoming journal articles in Feminist Media Studies and Women & Performance as well as chapters in the feminist anthologies Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists and Hermione Granger Saves the World. Online, my writing includes media criticism at Antenna and Flow, theater criticism at OffOffOnline, and an other project.