Dr. Michael Vallee, Athabasca University

Dr. Michael (Mickey) Vallee is an Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinaryy Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca University. He is also a National Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. He holds (Tier II) Canada Research Chair in Community, Identity and Digital Media. He received his B.Mus (Honours) and his MA from Carleton University, Ottawa. His PhD is from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Previous to his appointment to Athabasca University he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Lethbridge.

As Canada Research Chair in Community, Identity and Digital Media, Dr. Mickey Vallee is asking how new local and global research communities can be built around these innovations in sound-based technologies. Emerging sound technologies such as bioacoustics recorders, silent speech interfaces, backpack microphones, and many others, are revolutionizing how people relate to their own bodies, to non-human organisms, and to the Earth itself. Dr. Vallee is drawing on synergies between the physical sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities to determine how these fields engage with technological innovation. He is looking to understand how research is sparked by digital networks, digital devices and digital media in a globalized world.

Dr. Valleeā€™s research explores intersections between technology, embodiment and social problems and aims to draw on synergies between the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities to investigate how individuals, communities, and environments engage with technological innovation. He is  completing two book manuscripts: one on the indeterminate relations between (human) voice and subjectivity and the other on how new technological interfaces expand our sense of the empirical and the contours of representation.


Twitter: @mickeyvallee

Research Interests: Sound Studies; Bodies and Embodiment; Research Methods; Science and Technology Studies; Media & Cultural Theory; Subjectivity; Sound; Social and Cultural Theory; Interdisciplinary Social Science; Technology; Subjectivity.

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