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 performances of media technologies in industrial settings: (1) CEOs and tech developers who craft product pitches for funding competitions; (2) female models hired to wear erotic costumes while demoing products at tradeshows; (3) and volunteer role-players who improvise riot scenarios at prison industry tactical trainings. This work analyzes how theatricality legitimates the industrial imagination of media technologies.
My research is funded by an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship, a Wolfe Graduate Fellowship, and multiple awards from Media@McGill. Forthcoming publications include articles in Feminist Media Studies and Women & Performance. Online, my writing includes media criticism at Antenna and Flow, theater criticism at OffOffOnline, and an other project.