Organizing Committee

Dr. Martin French

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Dr. Martin French is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. His research examines the social dimensions of technology with an empirical focus on communications & information technology and the risks they help to mitigate or aggravate. He is particularly interested in how organizations use surveillance technologies to know and manage the risks they face, and in the potentiality of these technologies to generate unanticipated risks. Dr. French is the Organizer of Concordia University’s Risk Research Working Group, housed within the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture.

Dr. Marilou Gagnon

Marilou Gagnon

Dr. Marilou Gagnon is Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa and Director of the Unit for Critical Research in Health. Her work is underpinned by critical and sociopolitical approaches. Her program of research includes questions related to the body and technology, power and discourse, and social justice. As a member of the University Chair in Forensic Nursing, she has been working on a number of projects on HIV criminalization, HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings, and human rights. Her research interest in big data and risky bodies is rooted in theoretical and empirical analyses of diagnostics (i.e., HIV testing), surveillance data (i.e., Community Viral Load), risk mapping, and surveillance technologies (i.e., technotherapeutics).

Dr. Adrian Guta

Dr. Sylvia Kairouz

Sylvia Kairouz

Dr. Sylvia Kairouz is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. She published extensively in sociology, social epidemiology and public health journals and won the Brain Star Award of the Canadian Institute of Health Research for her innovative work on the role of social contexts in alcohol consumption. She is currently engaged in funded research examining comprehensive multilevel models of determinants of gambling behaviours. She has piloted six large population surveys in Quebec over the last five years and collaborates with scholars and key institutions in Quebec, Canada and internationally. She holds an FQRSC research chair on the study of gambling and is the head of the Lifestyle and Addiction Research Lab at Concordia University.

Carmen Lamothe

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Carmen Lamothe is a student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. Her research interests include the sociology of health and illness, critical public health, ehealth literacy, risk, surveillance and digital sociology.

Dr. Fenwick McKelvey

Dr. Amy Swiffen

Amy Swiffen

Assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University.

Amy is a sociologist whose research focuses on the relationship between law and society in new legal contexts, such as human rights, international law and public health law. She is interested in social theories of risk and uncertainty, and how concepts of risk are articulated within sociological theory.