Concordia University

http://www.concordia.ca/content/concordia/en/artsci/coms/faculty.html

Fenwick McKelvey, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Office: L-CJ 4415 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8673
Email: fenwick.mckelvey@concordia.ca
Website(s): Fenwick McKelvey website
Availability: I am on parental leave from September 2018 to April 2019

Education

Postdoc, Communication Studies, University of Washington

PhD, Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University

MA, Communication and Culture, Ryerson University and York University

BA, Multidisciplinary Studies (Political Science, International Development Studies and Spanish), Dalhousie University

Research interests

I study algorithmic media – the intensification of software within communication infrastructure – through cases such as advanced Internet traffic management software and political campaign management software. My approach contributes to communication studies by demonstrating the opportunities to integrate software studies into the field while raising questions about the imbrication of software and communication.

Research topics

Internet policy and governance, Network Neutrality, social media policy and politics, platform studies, digital media activism, digital political communication, internet history, algorithms, AI, elections, data-driven campaigning, posthumanism


Teaching activities

2017

  • COMS 225: Media Institutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University
  • COMS 352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.53 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
  • COMS 460: Political Communication, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University
  • COMS 460: Political Communication, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.85 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
2016
  • COMS 225: Media Institutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.88 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
  • COMS 352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 2.41 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
  • COMS 422: Perspectives on the Information Society, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.92 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
  • COMS 627: Political Economy of Communication, Masters of Arts in Media Studies Program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.33 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
2015
  • COMS 893 (Concordia) / FCM918G (UQAM) / COM7191 (U de M): Special Topic : Approaches to intellectual property and media piracy / Séminaire avancé en communication : propriété intellectuelle et piratage des médias, Joint Doctorate in Communication program in the Department of Communication, Concordia University
  • COMS 225: Media Institutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.95 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
  • COMS 642E : Special Topics in Media Studies: ARRRGH! Approaches to Media Piracy and Intellectual Property, Masters of Arts in Media Studies Program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.33 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
  • COMS 352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.75 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
2014
  • COMS 506: Approaches to Media and Technology, Diploma of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.71 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
  • COMS 352: Media Policy in Canada, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.95 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
2013
  • COMS 225: Media Institutions and Policies, Bachelor of Arts program of the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (Overall Student Evaluation: 1.32 out of 5 with 1 meaning Excellent)
  • COMS 495: Special Topics in Communications, Department of Communication, University of Washington
  • COM 407: Communication Technology and Politics, Department of Communication, University of Washington


Research topics

Research Funding

2016-2019, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs, “Le vote programmé, ou comment la politique est devenue affaire de calcul”, $37,638, Primary Investigator

2016-2018, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant, “Publicizing the Canadian Internet”, $71,929, Primary Investigator (Dr. Light, Co-applicant, Dr. Rajabiun, collaborator)

2016-2018, Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship Seed Grant, “One Person, One Vote? Blockchain Technologies and Experiments in Voting and Party Governance”, $6,831 Primary Investigator (Dr. Jeremy Clark, Co-applicant)

2014-2015, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Digging into Data, “Project Arclight: Analytics for the Study of 20th Century Media”, $204,066, Internal Co-Investigator (Dr. Charles Acland and Dr. Eric Hoyt, Primary Investigators).


Selected publications


Participation activities

Conference Presentations

  1. McKelvey, F. & Joseph, D. (2017). “Under Pressure: Steam and the Discoverability of Games” as part of the Indie Interfaces Conference, September 29-30, Montreal, Quebec.
  2. Rajabiun, R. & McKelvey, F. (2017). “Complementary Realities: Public Domain Internet Measurements in the Development of Canada's Universal Access Policies” as Telecommunications Policy Research Conference Annual Conference, September 8-9, Arlington, United States.
  3. McKelvey, F. (2017). “A New Kind of Network: Donald Davies and Nonsynchronous Communication” as part of the panel: Promiscuous Concepts: Histories of Forward-Looking Technology, Ideas, and Institutions. International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 24-30, San Diego, United States.
  4. McKelvey, F. (2017). “Are You Affected?” Gamers, Publics, and Network Neutrality Enforcement” as part of the panel: Paradoxes of Participation: Open Platforms, Closed Knowledge? International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 24-30, San Diego, United States.
  5. McKelvey, F. (2017). “Optimization: A Critical History” as part of the Seminar in Media and Political Theory: CAPTURE hosted the Global Emergent Media Lab, April 14-15, Montreal, Canada
  6. McKelvey, F. (2016). “Internet daemons: the algorithms controlling Internet communication” as part of the panel: Infrastructuralism and Communication Theory. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, May 28-31, Calgary, Canada.
  7. McKelvey, F. & Côté, M. (2016). “Facepalms and thunderclaps: Online influencers in Canadian politics” as part of the panel: Politics and Communication in the Digital Age (V). Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 2, Calgary, Canada.
  8. McKelvey, F. (2016). “Does the difference compute? Data-driven campaigning in Canada” as part of the panel: Politics and Communication in the Digital Age (II). Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, May 31-June 2, Calgary, Canada.
  9. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Facebooking the Internet: Internet.org and the Future of the Internet” as part of the panel: Facebook’s Futures. Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference, October 21-24, Phoenix, United States.
  10. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Techniques of Internet Control: connecting, standardizing, mediating, securing and transmitting” as part of the panel: Speculation and Media Policy: The Work of Imagining as Policy Engagement. International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual Conference, July 11-16, Montreal, Canada.
  11. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Media Demons: Media Policy for an Era of Intelligent Networks” as part of the panel: Speculation and Media Policy: The Work of Imagining as Policy Engagement. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 3-5, Ottawa, Canada.
  12. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Synchronizing Humans and Machines: Early Computer Networks, ARPANET, and Non-synchronous Communication” as part of panel: “Crawling Horrors” in Contemporary Network Policy. Society for Cinema and Media Studies, March 25-March 29, Montreal, Canada.
  13. Beyer, J. & McKelvey, F. (2014). “Peer-to-peer, Hacktivism, and the Network to Come” as part of panel: From the Middle East to the Million Man March: The Continuing Digital Revolution. American Political Science Association, August 28-29, Washington, United States.
  14. McKelvey, F. (2014). “Media Demons: Algorithms, Routing and Internet Measurement” as part of panel: Apps, Algorithms and Platforms: Emerging Objects of Digital Journalism. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 6-9, Montréal, Canada.
  15. * McKelvey, F. & Piebiak, J. (2014). “Coding Good Technologies for Winning Campaigns: The Political Campaign Software Industry” as part of panel: Digital Campaigning and Political Organizations. International Political Science Association, July 19-24, Montréal, Canada.
  16. * McKelvey, F. & Piebiak, J. (2014). “Porting the Good Campaign: American Campaign Management Software in Canada” as part of pre-conference on Qualitative Political Communication. International Communication Association, May 22-26, Seattle, United States.
  17. McKelvey, F. (2013). “Toward a Definition of Public Internet Research: Reflections on Developing an Open Internet Measurement Platform in Canada” as part of the panel: Research, Publics and New Tools. Colloquium on Compromised Data? New paradigms in social media theory and methods, October 28-29, Toronto, Canada.
  18. McKelvey, F. (2013). Participant in panel: Revisiting Engagement in an Age of Social Media. International Conference on Social Media & Society, September 14-15, Halifax, Canada.
  19. McKelvey, F. (2013). “Buffering . . . . . . Subjectivities of temporal control on the Internet” as part of the Conditions of Premediation Preconference. International Communication Association Annual Conference, June 17, London, United Kingdom.
  20. McKelvey, F. (2013). “We Like Copies, Just Don’t Let the Others Fool You: The Pirate Bay as a Political Platform” as part of the panel: Hackers, Cyberspaces and Heterotopias: Online Publics against a Managed Web. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 5-7, Victoria, Canada.
  21. McKelvey, F. (2013). “Remembering Algorithmic Control by Reverse Engineering Internet Routing in Canada” as part of the panel: No Time to Pause: Temporalities of Digital Culture. Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, June 5-7, Victoria, Canada.

Keynotes and Invited Talks

  1. McKelvey, F. (2018). Moderator on public panel “Is Fake News Threatning our Democracy?” Sponsored by the School of Community and Public Affairs Student Association, Sustainability Action Fund Concordia, Concordia’s Dean of Students and The Concordia Student Union on 13 February 2018.
  2. McKelvey, F. (2017). Participant on Geothink & Learn 3: Governing Artificial Intelligence Webinar organized by Geothink:Canadian Geospatial and Open Data Research Partnership on 8 December 2017.
  3. McKelvey, F. (2017). Participant on Closing Plenary as part of the Connected 150 conference on 14 October, 2017. Ottawa, Canada.
  4. McKelvey, F. (2017). Panel discussion on social media and democracy with Dr. Bernard Motulsky and Thomas Gobeil. Organized by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal and the Quartier de l’innovation on 5 October, 2016. Montreal, Quebec.
  5. McKelvey, F. (2017). “Optimization: A Critical History”. Invited talk at International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) on 21 September 2017, Montreal, Canada.
  6. McKelvey, F. (2017). “Internet censorship and surveillance.” Public talk on14 March 2017, John Abbott College, Montreal, Canada.
  7. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Media Daemons: Media Daemons: Internet Routing Algorithms and Network Neutrality” Keynote Talk for Brave New Worlds: The Anthropology and Sociology of Digital Cultures, 30 October 2015, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
  8. McKelvey, F. (2015). “Media Daemons: The Algorithms Controlling Internet Routing” Invited Talk for the Yale Information Society Project Big Data Speaker Series, 21 October 2015, Yale University, New Haven, United States.
  9. McKelvey, F. (2013). “Reverse Engineering Algorithmic Media: Reflections on the Politics and Policy Implications of Software Embedded in Communication Networks” Invited Talk for the Colloquia Series at the Department of Communication, 16 January 2013, University of Washington, Seattle, United States.

Back to top

© Concordia University