Roberta Buiani received her PhD from the Joint Programme in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities and completed a British Academy Visiting Scholar Fellowship in Cambridge (UK). She is a research associate at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University and a recent fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto), where she co-founded and currently curates the ArtSci Salon, an interdisciplinary program dedicated to fostering dialogues between science and the arts.
Her research is located at the intersection of STS, Media Studies and Visual Cultures. Her recent SSHRC-funded research creation project draws on feminist technoscience and on collaborative encounters across the sciences and the arts to investigate emerging life forms exceeding the categories defined by traditional methods of classification. Her artistic and curatorial work has travelled to art festivals (Transmediale; Hemispheric Institute Encuentro; Brazil), community centres and galleries (the Free Gallery Toronto; Immigrant Movement International, Queens, Myseum of Toronto), and science institutions (RPI; the Fields Institute). Her writing has appeared on Space and Culture, Cultural Studies, TOPIA, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Approaching Religion, Antennae and The Canadian Journal of Communication among others. With the ArtSci Salon she has launched a series of experiments in “squatting academia”, by re-populating abandoned spaces and cabinets across university campuses with SciArt installations.
Her book “Viral Cultures, Viruses and Viral Phenomena across Science, Technology and the Arts” is forthcoming in the Spring 2021 for Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Research Interests: Science and Technology Studies, Visual Cultures, Media studies, Science Communication, Emerging Technoscience