Dr. Alessandra Renzi

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Dr.  Alessandra Renzi
Office: L-CJ 4325 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2548
Email: alessandra.renzi@concordia.ca
Website(s): http://repurposing-research.org



PhD, Humanities, Social Sciences & Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto

BA/MA, North American Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin

Areas of research

Dr. Renzi’s interdisciplinary work explores the linkages and relays between media, art and civic engagement through community-led research, ethnographic studies and media projects. She has studied pirate television networks in Italy, the surveillance of social movements in Canada after 9-11 and housing and data justice in Indonesia. Her current research investigates how society’s increasing reliance on platforms, algorithms and AI is changing urban landscapes and community organizing alike. She is the PI of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant titled "On the Margins of the Platform Economy: Community-

led Responses to Technical Gentrification," with focus on Montreal's Parc Extension neighbourhood. 

Selected Publications


A. Renzi (2020) Hacked Transmissions: Technology and Connective Activism in Italy. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press.

A. Renzi and Greg Elmer (2012) Infrastructure Critical: Sacrifice at Toronto’s G8/G20 Summit. Winnipeg: Arbiter Ring Publishing.

Book Chapters

Renzi, A. (2020) “Data Acquisition, Data Analytics and Data Articulations: DIY Accountability Tools and Resistance in Indonesia” in Traganau, G. (ed) Design and Political Dissent: Spaces, Objects, Materiality, New York: Routledge.

Renzi, A. and Langlois, G. (2015) “Data / Activism” Compromised Data: From social media to Big Data, Elmer, G. et al. (eds.), London: Bloomsbury, pp. 202–225.

Renzi, A. (2008) “Tactical Media Pattern” Doug, Schuler (Ed.). Liberating Voices! A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution. Boston: MIT Press, pp. 505–6.

Renzi, A. (2008) “The Space of Tactical Media” Megan Boler (ed). Tactics in Hard Times: Practices and Spaces of New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 71–100.

Other Publications

Renzi A. and Parc Extension Anti-Eviction Mapping Project “MIL façons de se faire évincer: L’ Université de Montréal et la gentrification à Parc-extension | The University of Montreal and gentrification in Park Extension,” Report, 3 June 2020 https://antievictionmontreal.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/MIL-fa%C3%A7ons-de-se-faire-%C3%A9vincer-LUniversit%C3%A9-de-Montr%C3%A9al-et-la-gentrification-%C3%A0-Parc-Extension.pdf

A. Renzi, (2017) "Entangled Data: Modelling and Resistance in the Megacity," Open! Platform for Arts, Culture and the Public Domain. T/A/S Issue. http://www.onlineopen.org/entangled-data-modelling-and-resistance-in-the-megacity

A. Renzi, (2015) “Info-capitalism, platform politics and the coding of resistance” Interface. Journal for and about Social Movements, Volume 7, Issue 3 – November 2015, http://www.interfacejournal.net.

Renzi, A. (2013) “On the Currency of Somatic Architectures of Exchange - Interview with New Media Artist Ricardo Dominguez” Scapegoat: architecture/landscape/political economy. Issue 5, Currency, January 2013, pp. 321–334.

A. Renzi and Greg Elmer (2013) “Property Must Be Defended. Investing in the Bio-political City-Sacrifice” Theory, Culture & Society, September 2013; vol. 30, 5: pp. 45-69.

Selected Media Production

Art of the March: A Documentary Project on the 2017 Boston Women March, with Dietmar Offenhuber and Nathan Felde, 2018, http://artofthemarch.boston/

Why Jakarta Floods, Co-designed information visualization posters with the Urban Poor Consortium and Skye Moret Ferguson. Jakarta, September 2016.

Real vs. Ideal Solutions, Co-designed information visualization posters with the Urban Poor Consortium and Skye Moret Ferguson. Jakarta, September 2016.

The Ciliwung Institute - Jakarta, Indonesia, directed by Alessandra Renzi. Documentary, digital, color, 5 min., USA/Canada/Indonesia, 2016. In The Shoreline Project, produced by Elizabeth Miller. 

Preempting Dissent, Policing the Crisis, directed by Greg Elmer and Any Opel. Produced by Boaz Beeri, Steven James May, Alessandra Renzi. Documentary, digital, color, 41 min., Canada, 2014.

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi: After The Future, directed by Gary Genosko. Produced by Greg Elmer, Alessandra Renzi, Steven James May, Ganaele Langlois, Erika Biddle. Profile, digital, color, 24 min., Canada, 2011.

Activism Beyond the Interface: The Sandbox Project, Multimedia Project #1-6, with Roberta Buiani. 2012-2013 

Everybody wants something, with Insu^tv, Pirate TV Talk Show, Toronto Free Broadcasting, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 31 Oct. 2009. 


Teaching activities

COMS276 Communication Media: Sound I

COMS 882/2 Communication, Democracy, and Power

COMS 642/893 Autonomia — The Italian Laboratory for Marxist and Feminist Theory and Practice     

COMS 506 - InThe Field  

COMS 646/886 Alternative Media


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