Visiting Scholars



Théo Lepage-Richer | Website

PhD Student

Théo Lepage-Richer is a PhD student and SSHRC/FRQ-SC Fellow in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. His research is broadly concerned with the history and epistemology of machine learning, with a specific focus on the adversarial epistemology underpinning the transformation of neural networks from a functional model of the mind to an operational framework for pattern extraction. For the Spring of 2020, he joins the Digital Democracies Group as a Visiting Research Student.

Giulia Castellano

Master's Student

Giulia Castellano is a Visiting Graduate Research Student at SFU, currently working on her MA thesis. She holds a BA in Linguistic and Intercultural Mediation from Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) and is a MA student in Modern Languages for International Communication at RomaTre University (Italy). She has been an Erasmus exchange student in Kiel (2015) and Munich (2018), Germany. Her focus of research is to question how contemporary self-identity is articulated through social media networks and the extent to which a visual online medium (Instagram) contribute to the construction of subjectivity.

Randi Heinrichs

PhD Student

Randi Heinrichs is a PhD candidate at the Leuphana University, Luneburg, where she is working on her dissertation on anonymity, social media platforms and (data-)neighbourhoods. Her research interests, teaching, and writing are located at the intersections of digital cultures, technology, and questions around anonymity, security, and discrimination. She is an alumni of the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Group at UC Berkeley and was a research student in Science and Technology Studies at UC Davis. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal spheres and a collective member of ephemera.