Patrick Keilty is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. In addition, he is Archives Director of the Sexual Representation Collection, administered by the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Professor Keilty’s research interests can be divided into two areas. The first is the politics of digital infrastructures in the sex industries. The second is the materiality of media in erotohistoriography. He has published on embodiment and technology, data science, the history of information retrieval, design and experience, graphic design, temporality, and sexual taxonomies. His work spans visual culture, sexual politics, science and technology studies, media studies, information studies, political economy, critical theory, and theories of gender, sexuality, and race. His research projects “Sexy Data,” “Pleasurable Data,” and “Sexual Representation Collection” are generously supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In addition, he is Co-Investigator on Archive/ Counter-Archive, also funded through SSHRC. His forthcoming edited volumes include Queer Data (University of Washington Press) and Handbook of Adult Film and Media (Intellect Books). He is editor of Feminist & Queer Information Studies Reader (Litwin 2013). He was co-lead editor for Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience from 2017 – 2019 and continues to sit on the Editorial Board. He is currently Co-Chair of the Adult Film History Group in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) and Treasurer of the Sexuality Studies Association. In addition to his appointments in the Faculty of Information and Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Professor Keilty is cross-appointed with the Cinema Studies Institute, faculty member of University College, affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Institute, and member of the Technoscience Research Unit.
Master of Information (MI)
Concentrations: C&T, LIS, CIPS, UXD
PhD in Information Studies
Keilty, Patrick and Dean, Rebecca, eds. Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2013.
Keilty, Patrick. “Desire by Design: Pornography as Technology Industry.” [Special forum on Pornography and Surveillance] Porn Studies (in press).
Keilty, Patrick. “Duration and Desire.” [Special issue on “Information and the Body”] Library Trends 66.3/4 (2018)
Keilty, Patrick. “Tedious: Feminized Labor and Machine-Readable Cataloging.” Feminist Media Studies 18.2 (2018)
Keilty, Patrick and Leazer, Gregory. “Feeling Documents: Toward a Phenomenology of Information Seeking.” Journal of Documentation 73.6 (2017)
Keilty, Patrick. “Carnal Indexing.” Knowledge Organization 44.4 (2017): 265-272.
Keilty, Patrick. and Shade, Leslie, eds. Special issue, “Traversing Technologies.” Scholar & Feminist Online 14.3 – 15.1 (Summer/ Fall 2016).
Drabinski, Emily and Keilty, Patrick, eds. Special issue, “Reconfiguring Race, Gender, and Sexuality.” Library Trends 64.4 (Spring 2016).
Keilty, Patrick. “Embodied Engagements with Online Pornography.” The Information Society 32.1 (2016): 64-73.
Keilty, Patrick. and Leazer, Gregory. “What Porn Says to Information Studies: The Affective Value of Documents and the Body in Information Retrieval.” Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 51 (2014).
Keilty, Patrick. “Sexual Boundaries and Subcultural Discipline.” Knowledge Organization 39.6 (2012): 417-431.
Keilty, Patrick. “Tagging and Sexual Boundaries.” Proceedings of the 2nd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics of Information Organization. Spec. issue of Knowledge Organization 39.5 (2012): 320-324.
Keilty, Patrick. “Embodiment and Desire in Browsing Online Pornography.” Proceedings of the iConference 2012, Toronto, ON: 41-47.
Keilty, Patrick. “Tabulating Queer: Space, Perversion, and Belonging.” Knowledge Organization 36.4 (2009): 240-248.
Culture & Technology I
Research in Information: Foundations
Critical Approaches in Porn Studies
Workshop: Sexual Representation Collection
In the News
Interviewed by Daniel Kolanko. “Exit Stage Left: The Decline of Strip Clubs in Canada,” The10and3.com, January 19, 2017
Interviewed by Merella Fernandez. CTV National News, CTV News Channel, December 17, 2016
Interviewed by John Vennavally-Rao. CTV News, CTV, December 17, 2016
Interviewed by Ben Mulroney. Your Morning, CTV, December 16, 2016
Interviewed by Susan Leigh Taylor and Stan Bunger. Morning News Watch, KCBS Radio San Francisco, December 16, 2016
Interviewed by Goldie Blumenstyk. “Why a ‘Guerrilla Archiving’ Project Seeks to Preserve Climate Data Before Trump Takes Office,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 15, 2016
Interviewed by Paola Loriggio. “UofT Profs Host Event to Preserve Environmental Data Ahead of Trump Presidency,” The Canadian Press, wire service for newspapers, radio, television, websites, and magazines across Canada, December 15, 2016
Interviewed by Michael Walsh. “Guerilla Archiving: Scientists Copy Climate Data, Fearing Trump Purge.” Yahoo News, December 14, 2016
Interviewed by Todd Walker, “Fearing Trump, Scientists Scramble to Back Up U.S. Climate Data, Research,” E. W. Scripps Company, U.S. wire service that broadcasts to 33 television stations nationwide, December 14, 2016
Interviewed by Brady Dennis. “Scientists Are Frantically Copying U.S. Climate Data, Fearing It Might Vanish Under Trump,” The Washington Post, December 13, 2016
Interviewed by Jason Koebler. “Researchers are Preparing for Trump to Delete Government Science from the Web,” Motherboard, December 13, 2016
Interviewed by May Warren. “This is How You Save the Internet From Trump,” Metro News, December 13, 2016
Interviewed by Dorianne Emerton. Sex City, CUIT Radio Toronto, August 3, 2016
Interviewed by Ambar Espinoza. “Text ‘til You Drop,” Marketplace, National Public Radio, August 9, 2007