Hi. I’m Li Cornfeld.
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: Theatricality and Mediation in the Circuits of Production,” investigates live performances of media technologies in industrial settings: CEOs and tech developers who craft product pitches for funding competitions; female models hired to wear erotic costumes while demoing products at tradeshows; and volunteer role-players who improvise riot scenarios at prison industry tactical trainings. Through this work, I analyze 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. Publications include 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.