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dc.contributor.advisorBell, Shannon M.
dc.contributor.authorKushinski, Alysse Verona
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-22T18:54:42Z
dc.date.available2019-11-22T18:54:42Z
dc.date.issued2019-11-22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10315/36776
dc.description.abstractLeaks appear within and in between disciplines. While the vernacular implications of leaking tend to connote either the release of texts or, in a more literal sense, the escape of a fluid, the leak also embodies more poetic tendencies: rupture, release, and disclosure. Through the contours of mediation, materiality, and politics this dissertation traces the notion of the leak as both material and figurative actor. The leak is a difficult subject to account forit eludes a specific discipline, its meaning is fluid, and its significance, always circumstantial, ranges from the entirely banal to matters of life and death. Considering the prevalence of leakiness in late modernity, I assert that the leak is a dynamic agent that allows us to trace the ways that actors are entangled. To these ends, I explore several instantiations of leaking in the realms of media, ecology, and politics to draw connections between seemingly disparate subjects. Despite leaks threatening consequences, they always mark a change, a transformation, a revelation. The leak becomes a means through which we can challenge ourselves to reconsider the (non)functionality of boundariesan opening through which new possibilities occur, and imposed divisions are contested. However, the leak operates simultaneously as opportunity and threatit is always a virtual agent, at once stagnant and free flowing. Belying its figurative possibilities, the materiality of the leak is central to this project. Material in both philosophical and Marxist senses, leaking imbricates matter and actors in constellations of relations that bear potential in helping us comprehend a wide range of concerns. It is to these ends that I argue leaks provide both effective and affective means for performing interdisciplinarity. This project insists that whether they take form as data, images, crude oil, bodily fluids, or slips of the tongue, leaks share the same origin in logics of containment. In interrogating these logics of containment, I assert the potential in letting leak, a mode through which difference is not collapsed, but rather no longer policed.
dc.languageen
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dc.subjectAesthetics
dc.titleThe Potential of Leaks: Mediation, Materiality and Incontinent Domains
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.degree.disciplineCommunication & Culture, Joint Program with Ryerson University
dc.degree.namePhD - Doctor of Philosophy
dc.degree.levelDoctoral
dc.date.updated2019-11-22T18:54:42Z
dc.subject.keywordsLeaks
dc.subject.keywordsLeaking
dc.subject.keywordsMedia
dc.subject.keywordsCommunication
dc.subject.keywordsMedia leaks
dc.subject.keywordsInformation
dc.subject.keywordsInformation leaks
dc.subject.keywordsInterdisciplinarity
dc.subject.keywordsMateriality
dc.subject.keywordsFeminist new materialism
dc.subject.keywordsNew materialisms
dc.subject.keywordsEcology
dc.subject.keywordsCritical theory
dc.subject.keywordsSovereignty
dc.subject.keywordsBorders
dc.subject.keywordsBoundaries
dc.subject.keywordsAssemblages
dc.subject.keywordsAffect
dc.subject.keywordsAffect theory
dc.subject.keywordsAesthetics
dc.subject.keywordsPentagon Papers
dc.subject.keywordsWikileaks
dc.subject.keywordsCablegate
dc.subject.keywordsRevenge porn
dc.subject.keywordsStanding Rock
dc.subject.keywordsPipelines
dc.subject.keywordsDakota Access Pipeline
dc.subject.keywordsLate modernity
dc.subject.keywordsPostmodernity
dc.subject.keywordsInterdisciplinary studies
dc.subject.keywordsMedia and communications
dc.subject.keywordsMedia studies
dc.subject.keywordsEmbodiment
dc.subject.keywordsBodies
dc.subject.keywordsWomen and gender studies
dc.subject.keywordsFeminist theory
dc.subject.keywordsTrump
dc.subject.keywordsHong Kong
dc.subject.keywordsPort cities
dc.subject.keywordsGlobalization
dc.subject.keywordsLiquid modernity
dc.subject.keywordsCapitalism
dc.subject.keywordsParadise Papers
dc.subject.keywordsPrinting press
dc.subject.keywordsMedia history
dc.subject.keywordsNewspapers
dc.subject.keywordsMenstruation
dc.subject.keywordsFree bleeding
dc.subject.keywordsDeep Water Horizon
dc.subject.keywordsOil spills
dc.subject.keywordsHyperobjects
dc.subject.keywordsThe political
dc.subject.keywordsAesthetic theory
dc.subject.keywordsPoststructural methods
dc.subject.keywordsHydrofeminism
dc.subject.keywordsPetroculture
dc.subject.keywordsCultural studies


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