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Marcel O'Gorman

Associate Professor

Marcel O'GormanPhD, Florida
MA, Windsor

MA, Ottawa
BA, Windsor

Extension: 32946
Office: HH 258

Critical Media Lab


I grew up in Windsor, Ontario, in the shadows of the Detroit skyline. This might explain my obsession with border culture and interdisciplinary work. I completed a BA in French and English at the University of Windsor (1993) before moving on to graduate studies in the English Department at the University of Ottawa, where I focused on critical theory and Romanticism, particularly the work of William Blake. I returned to the University of Windsor to complete a second MA in Creative Writing, and to set up the institution’s first hypertext lab. My final project at UWindsor (1995) was an extensive hypertext collaboration with Stephen Gibb, a Windsor artist.

For my doctorate, I chose the University of Florida, where I worked with the inventive and controversial Derridean scholar Gregory Ulmer. With the PhD in hand (1998), I worked for a year as Instructional Technology Specialist at Tulane University in New Orleans, and then moved back to Windsor/Detroit after accepting a position as the first director of Electronic Critique (2000), an interdisciplinary degree program at the University of Detroit. I came to the University of Waterloo in 2006 with the hope of breaking new ground in an area that we call “applied media theory.” As the Director of the Critical Media Lab at uWaterloo, I oversee projects in applied media theory, where media theory is inextricably linked with digital art practices.

Selected publications

E-Crit: Digital Media, Critical Theory and the Humanities (University of Toronto Press, 2005)

Broken Tools and Misfit Toys: Adventures in Applied Media TheoryCanadian Journal of Communication. 37(2012)1.

Angels in Digital Armor: Technoculture and Terror ManagementPostmodern Culture

Detroit Digital: On Tourists in the ApocalypseCTheory, 2007.

See additional work at:


Myth of the Steersman (sculptural digital installation)

Spleenhouse (architectural installation)

Dreadmill (digital performance piece)

Fellowships & Awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research/Creation Grant, 2010
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2009
  • Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance, 2000, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation Award, 2008
  • uWaterloo SSHRC Seed Grant, 2008
  • Learning Initiative Fund, 2007
  • uWaterloo SSHRC Seed Grant, 2007
  • uWaterloo SSHRC Seed Grant, 2006
  • Mellon Fund for Humanistic Research: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Current research

I have completed a book manuscript called Necromedia: Terror and Technology. This book looks at the relationship between death and technology from a posthumanist and existentialist perspective. Each theory chapter is followed by a chapter outlining a digital project from the Critical Media Lab.

Areas of graduate supervision

  • Critical theory
  • Media theory
  • Digital humanities
  • Digital art and design
  • Posthumanities
  • Cyberculture
  • Techno-Romanticism
  • New critical methodologies
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