Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is the Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media at Simon Fraser University, and leads the Digital Democracies Institute which was launched in 2019. The Institute aims to integrate research in the humanities and data sciences to address questions of equality and social justice in order to combat the proliferation of online “echo chambers,” abusive language, discriminatory algorithms and mis/disinformation by fostering critical and creative user practices and alternative paradigms for connection. It has four distinct research streams all led by Dr. Chun: Beyond Verification which looks at authenticity and the spread of disinformation; From Hate to Agonism, focusing on fostering democratic exchange online; Desegregating Network Neighbourhoods, combatting homophily across platforms; and Discriminating Data: Neighbourhoods, Individuals and Proxies, investigating the centrality of race, gender, class and sexuality to big data and network analytics.
Dr. Chun is also the author of Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (2016), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (2011), and Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (2006), as well as numerous articles and edited collections. She has received fellowships from various foundations and institutes, including the Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, American Academy of Berlin, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She was Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, where she worked for almost two decades. Currently, Dr. Chun works with the Digital Democracies Institute to undertake the proliferation of misinformation, abusive language and discriminatory algorithms. Through the investigation of natural language processing (NLP), political theory and critical data studies, the group aims to develop methods for creating effective online counterspeech and alternative models for connection.
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Wendy Hui Kyong Chun leads SFU's Digital Democracies Institute. This group integrates research in the humanities and data sciences to address questions of equality and social justice. It seeks to combat the current proliferation of online “echo chambers” and discriminatory algorithms by creating alternative data literacies and paradigms for connection: from applications and methods to transform hostile social media exchanges into productive dialogs, to critical analyses of fake news and its historical evolution. Working with the many centers of excellence at SFU in the areas of Big Data and Engaging Communities/Civil Society, it helps develop the coalitions necessary to produce innovative approaches to digital democracy.
- Clemens Apprich, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Florian Cramer and Hito Steyerl (2019) Pattern Discrimination: Forthcoming University of Minnesota and Meson Press.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong (2017). Updating to remain the same habitual new media. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. (2013). Programmed visions: Software and memory. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong and Anna Fisher, with Thomas Keenan (2015) New Media, Old Media:A History and Theory Reader. 2nd edition: Routledge.
- Chun, W. H. (2008). Control and freedom: Power and paranoia in the age of fiber optics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. On Patterns and Proxies, of the Perils of Reconstructing the Unknown. 2018 e-flux architecture
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. Queerying Homophily, Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 18:1 (2018): 131-148.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. Big Data as Drama, ELH 83:2 Summer 2016: 363-382.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong and Sarah Friedland Habits of Leaking: Of Sluts and Network Cards. differences. 2015
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong Networks NOW: Belatedly Too Early. Americastudien/American Studies. 2015; 60 (1)
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong On Hypo-Real Models or Global Climate Change: A Challenge for the Humanities. Critical Inquiry. 2015; 41 (3) : 675-703.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong, Marshall McLuhan: The First Cyberpunk Author?. Journal of Visual Culture. 2014; 13 (1) : 36-38.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong., Rhody, L. M. Working the Digital Humanities: Uncovering Shadows between the Dark and the Light. differences. 2014; 25 (1) : 1-25.
- McPherson, T., Jagoda, P., Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. Preface: New Media and American Literature. American Literature. 2013; 85 (4) : 615-628.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. Crisis, Crisis, Crisis, or Sovereignty and Networks. Theory, Culture & Society. 2011; 28 (6) : 91-112.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. Introduction: Race and/as Technology; or, How to Do Things to Race. Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies. 2009; 24 (1 70) : 7-35.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong, None On "Sourcery," or Code as Fetish. Configurations. 2008; 16 (3) : 299-324.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future Is a Memory. Critical Inquiry. 2008; 35 (1) : 148-171.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism: Heidegger, Nietzsche, and Marx (review). University of Toronto Quarterly. 2006; 75 (1) : 350-351.
- Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong On Software, or the Persistence of Visual Knowledge. Grey Room. 2005; 18 : 26-51. Full Text
- “Collaborative Filtering,” Oxford Handbook of Media, Technology, and Organization (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2019).
- “New Media and Digital Culture,” Blackwell Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory (Blackwell, 2017).
- Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Richard Grusin, Patrick Jagoda and Rita Raley, “Dark Side of the Digital Humanities,” Debates in the Digital Humanities, Eds. Matthew Gold and Lauren Klein (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), 493-509.
- “Somebody Said New Media,” New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader, second edition, Eds. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Anna Fisher, with Thomas W. Keenan (Routledge 2015): 1-16.
- “Ubiquitous Memory: I do not Remember, We do not Forget,” Ubiquitous Computing,Complexity and Culture. Eds. Ulrik Ekman, Jay David Bolter, Lily Diaz, Morten Søndergaard, and Maria Engberg. (Routledge, 2015), 161-174
- “The Dangers of Transparent Friends: Crossing the Public and Intimate Spheres,” From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age, Eds. Danielle Allen and Jennifer Light (University of Chicago Press, 2015), 105-130.
- “Fun is a Battlefield,” with Andrew Lison. Fun and Software. Exploring pleasure, paradox and pain in computing . Ed. Olga Goriunova (Bloomsbury, 2014).
- “Imaginando nómadas.” Nomadismos Tecnológicos. In English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Eds, Jorge La Ferla and Giselle Beiguelman (Espacio Fundación Telefónica/Instituto Sergio Motta, Buenos Aires, 2011).
- "Control y libertad," "La renovación de los nuevos medios," and "Medios demoníacos." Arte, ciencia y tecnología. Un panorama crítico. Ed. Jorge La Ferla (Espacio Fundación Telefónica 2010).
- “Imagined Networks: Race, Digital Media and the University.” In English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Traces 5: Universities in Translation: The Mental Labor of Globalization.
- Traces: A Multilingual Series of Translation and Cultural Theory (Hong Kong University Press, 2010).
- “Digital Media, History of” International Encyclopedia of Communication (Blackwell, 2008).
- “Programmability.” Software Studies. Ed. Matthew Fuller (MIT Press, 2008).
- “Did Someone Say New Media?” New Media, Old Media. (New York: Routledge, 2006), 1-10.
- “Control and Freedom: On Interactivity as a Software.” 2004 Proceedings of the InternationalSociety of Electronic Art. Reprinted as “Control and Freedom: Software and Causal Pleasure / Contrôle et liberté: logiciel et plaisir causal.” Art++. in French and English. Ed. David-Olivier Lartigaud (Editions HYX, 2011).
- “Human-Mediated-Communications.” Reality/Simulacra/Artificial: Ontologies of Postmodernity. in English and Portuguese. Ed. Enrique Larreta (Rio de Janeiro: Universidade Candido Mendes, 2003).
- “Orienting Orientalism, or How to Map Cyberspace.” Asian American.net. Eds. Rachel Lee and Sau-ling Wong (New York: Routledge 2003), 3-36.
- An abridged version reprinted in Zoya Koyur, Global Visual Cultures: Representation, Place, Power (Blackwell 2011).
- “Othering Space.” Visual Culture Reader 2.0. ed. Nick Mirzoeff (New York: Routledge 2003), 241-254.
- Visiting Scholar, Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2018
- Fellow, American Academy of Berlin, Spring 2017
- Guggenheim Fellow, 2016
- ACLS Fellow, 2016
- Velux Visiting Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School (2015-6).
- Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics, University of Oregon (2014-5)
- Visiting Professor, Leuphana University (2013-4).
- Faculty Fellow, Digital Cultures Research Lab, Leuphana University, (2013-4_
- Member, School of Social Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, (Princeton), AY2011-12
- Teaching with Technology Award, May 2011
- NEH/UCHRI Fellow, University of Southern California, July-August, 2010
- Edwin and Shirley Seave Faculty Fellow, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, AY 2008-2009
- Fellow, Vectors Summer Fellowship Program, July 2006
- Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, 2002-2003.
- Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship, Brown University, 2002-3 (deferred to spring 2004).
Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Outstanding Mentor Book/Research Award, 2002.
- Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, 1995-1997.
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is author of Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (MIT 2016), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011), and Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006). Most generally, her scholarly work investigates the relationship between cultural formations and technological artifacts, between theoretical concepts in the humanistic and technological disciplines, and between popular perceptions of technology and technological protocols. Situated mainly in the field of new media studies, her larger projects have been driven by questions such as: What is the impact of control technologies on mass media? What made the Internet, a communications network that had existed for years, a "new" or "exceptional" medium in the mid-1990s? How does the concept of "memory" cut across computational, biological and humanistic fields? She is currently completing a manuscript entitled Discriminating Data: Individuals, Proxies, Neighborhoods.
- Co-Organizer, 1st Workshop on Abusive Language Online, 2017Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Vancouver (August 2017; Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies; StrainTek; Google ; Amazon ; New York Times.
- PI with Timon Beyes, Leuphana University, Terms of Media (Center for Digital Cultures EU Gran; Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies
- University Humanities Initiative and Center; Brown University Creative Arts; Council; Brown University Lectureships Fund
- PI, Habits of Living, January 2012-January 2014. (Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies; Brown University Humanities Initiative; Brown University;Creative Arts Council; Brown University Cogut Center for the Humanities; Brown University Office of International Affairs; Brown University
- Lectureships Fund
- Pembroke Center Seed Grant for Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research, Feminist Dialogues on Technology, 2013-4.
- Co-PI (PI: Tara McPherson; co-PIs: Brian Goldfarb, Nicholas Mirzeoff, and Joan Saab), The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, June 2009-July 2012.
- Co-PI (PI: Tara McPherson; co-PIs: Brian Goldfarb, Nicholas Mirzeoff, and Joan Saab), Planning Grant for “Transforming Visual Culture Project, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (December 2007-May 2009)