Probing the System: Feminist Complications of Automated Technologies, Flows, and Practices of Everyday Life

We are excited to announce the publication of a special issue of the journal Catalyst, edited by Paula Gardner and Sara Kember, featuring intersectional approaches to ‘probing the system’. It includes text and practice-based contributions from diverse and leading feminist artists and scholars including Wendy Chun, Beth Coleman, Shu Lea Cheang, Jennifer Willett, Radha Hegde and more!  The issue also addresses the notion of the system, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in which we were writing, making and publishing.Read More

Activities To Celebrate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In recognition of National Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30, 2021, Pulse Lab members are hopeful that our community will take the opportunity to join in recognitions and trainings offered by the indigenous community regarding the history and impact of residential schools, treaty obligations, and other crucial issues, in Ontario and across Turtle Island.

Our colleagues at the McMaster Indigenous Studies Program have recommended resources offered by the Woodland Cultural Center, including: a link to the 94 Calls To Action provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, other educational resources, opportunities to make donations (including to the Save the Evidence campaign) and a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute:

Virtual tour scheduled on September 29th at 11:30, you can register here:

Other resources are available at the TRC website:

We look forward to learning, recognizing, and reflecting on National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

Mac M3 research published in Canadian Journal on Aging

We are excited to share a recent team paper, for the MacM3 (Monitor my Mobility project). The paper is led by Drs. Marla Beauchamp and Brenda Vrkljan, with Paula Gardner and other Mac researchers contributing. The paper is part of a special issue on COVID research practices, of the Canadian Journal on Aging, and discusses our research pivots during the pandemic, in this interdisciplinary, human-centered design project.Read More

Pulse Lab Statement of Solidarity

Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed settler-colonial, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and homophobic violence in Canada. The Pulse Lab condemns these acts of hate and violence including the discovery of 215 Indigenous children in mass graves at the T’kemlúps te Secwépemc residential school site on May 27, followed by the discovery of another mass grave site of up to 104 children at the former Brandon Indian Residential School site on June 1. Since then more sites have been announced and agonizingly, more will come.  Indigenous peoples have long known that as many as 6000 children were buried in unmarked graves at residential school sites, often without notice to family members— a fact noted in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.  As we all finally come to realize the scale of this tragedy, we recognize the work we have to do to end our willful ignorance and listen to the survivors and to First Nations community members. We sit with the grief experienced by the indigenous community and offer our care and condolences. We must contend with Canada as a place with historic and present colonizing practices that require us to be truthful, transparent, and humble as we work to correct our racist individual, social, institutional, and memorializing practices.

We abhor the targeted murders of a South Asian Muslim family in London ON on June 8, and homophobic attacks against a queer community member in Toronto on June 9. Sadly, these examples reflect common experiences of hate and violence experienced in these communities.  Pulse lab stands in firm solidarity with survivors and families of these heinous acts. These acts of brutality reveal that racism, settler-colonialism, homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-semitism and xenophobia are deeply embedded in Canada, and are not peculiar to the United States. Instead, these systems of oppression are a present reality for many people living in Canada.

Pulse Lab is deeply committed to building anti-oppressive practices and justice in health and technology research. Our collaborations, research principles, and deep commitments to inclusion and consent from community co-collaborators manifest a shared goal toward imagining a better future for Canada. Our lab’s pledges toward culture-centred, equity-creating research will be reflected in future practices. We are committed to amplifying Indigenous sovereignty, religious freedoms, and justice-informed approaches to community transformation. Pulse Lab stands in solidarity with Indigenous, Muslim, South Asian, queer organizations at McMaster University and beyond to dismantle networks of oppression.

Dr Selina Mudavanhu receives a two-year grant from ONCAT


Dr Selina Mudavanhu, part of the Pulse Lab and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia recently received a two-year award of just over $100,000 from Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) for a project that explores the experiences of Black college-to-university transfer students at McMaster University using in-depth interviews and digital storytelling. This project is specifically interested in understanding the students’ experiences of transferring and settling into their new institutions. The project recommends ways of making the transfer process more seamless for these students as well as ways universities can develop supportive and inclusive environments.