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A note on our keynote

We are honoured, excited, and pleased to have Michael Truscello as the keynote speaker for this spring’s conference. A short bio:

Michael Truscello is an Associate Professor in English and General Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, and a member of the Petrocultures research cluster at the University of Alberta. His research interests include anarchism, the politics and poetics of infrastructure, petrocultures, and media studies. He is the author of The Infrastructure Society (forthcoming, MIT Press), which examines the politics and poetics of infrastructure through contemporary artistic forms such as film, literature, and photography. He has two other book-length projects in the works: Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?, which he co-edits with Ajamu Nangwaya, analyzes contemporary obstacles to popular insurrection; and Infrastructure and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which he co-edits with Daniel ParĂ©. In 2011, he released the documentary film Capitalism Is The Crisis: Radical Politics in the Age of Austerity. He is currently developing a short film on suicide and politics, based on an interview with Franco “Bifo” Berardi.