The Praxis Studio at UVic


News and Events

Here's what's happening this year (2020-21):

  • 1 October: Join Julie, Tracey, and Suzanne Kite online for "Digital Ethics: AI, Algorithms, and Surveillance" (10am-12pm PST), a 2020 Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) roundtable part of "Digital Shift." All IMAA 2020 events are free, and the roundtables will have French/English translation and ASL interpretation.
  • 25 September: The 2020 CSPT graduate conference, "Alterity of Affliction / Afflictions of Alterity," is online today. Julie organized it with Jon Nash.
  • 17 September: Chekwube and Samuel join the Praxis team this year. They'll be working with SpokenWeb and also contributing to our Experimental Worldbuilding project.
  • 1 September: Congrats to Julie, who received a SSHRC graduate scholarship for her project, "The Quantified Self: Radical Biohacking and the Biocapital of Bodily Intervention."
  • 15 August: Congrats to Hector, who completed his MA in English this year.
  • 26 June: Congrats to Stefan, who successfully defended his CSPT thesis and graduated with an MA in English this year.
  • 9 June: SpokenWeb invites applications from Black poets, spoken word artists, sound artists, and curators whose work explores Black experience in Canada through the use of voice and sound.
  • 8 May: We received an IRCPG to support English + CSPT students working on a new project: "Experimental Worldbuilding: From Fiction to Engine."

Who We Are

We are a group of researchers who study the aesthetics and politics of media by blending theory and history with storytelling and prototyping:

  • Chekwube Anyaegbunam (English and CSPT)
  • Samuel Adesubokan (English)
  • Tracey El Hajj (English)
  • Julie M. Funk (English and CSPT)
  • Stefan Higgins (English and CSPT; graduated in 2020)
  • Hector Lopez (English; graduated in 2020)
  • Faith Ryan (English)
  • Alana Sayers (English)
  • Jentery Sayers (English and CSPT; director)

We value decolonization, situated knowledge, the space of place, and integrative approaches to media: old + new, analog + digital, still + moving, popular + experimental, immersive + meta.

We respectfully acknowledge that our studio is located on the unceded territory of the Lkwungen peoples and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, whose ongoing historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


What We Do

We identify pressing topics in media studies, articulate them as studio themes, research and write about them, prototype scenarios for them, and facilitate events to engage them. Our current themes are:

  • Experimental Worldbuilding: rejecting mastery to imagine better worlds for games and playable fictions
  • Addressing AI: examining AI's entanglements with health, precarity, and creativity
  • Uncanning Sounds: bringing literary audio from the past into the present

If you'd like to know more about our research, then please don't hesitate to contact us or attend an event.


What We Aren't

We are not a blog, brand, dev team, fab lab, digital humanities project, or humanities computing centre. We do not offer courses, either, but if you want to learn about digital tools and methodologies, then we recommend contacting our amazing colleagues at the Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC), Obsolete Computing and Media (OCaM), and the Humanities Computing and Media Centre (HCMC).


Support and History

We are housed in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria; we partner with English, Visual Arts, the HCMC, and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought; and we collaborate with the DSC and Special Collections. We are members of the SpokenWeb project, and our research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the SpokenWeb SSHRC partnership network. We began as The Maker Lab in the Humanities in 2012 and became The Praxis Studio for Comparative Media Studies in 2019. All work belongs to our researchers (not to the studio), and no position is unpaid.


Contact Us

We're located in UVic's Clearihue building. You can email our director, Jentery Sayers (he/him/his), at jentery@uvic.ca.

Thanks for visiting. We built this site with files from Mike Choi's "Paper" theme.


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