Réka Gál is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information at University of Toronto and a Fellow at the Centre for Culture and Technology. She is the co-editor of Earth and Beyond in Tumultuous Times: A Critical Atlas of the Anthropocene, published by meson press. Her work unites feminist media theory, decolonial technoscience, and environmental history to explore how technological tools and scientific methods are employed to purportedly solve socio-political problems.
In her DAAD-funded master’s thesis ‘Cosmic Colonial Fantasies,’ she explored the historical stages through which outer space colonial imaginaries evolved, from ancient Greece until the 18th century. She is extending this research in her dissertation to map the genealogies of technological maintenance and care labors related to human survival on space stations, focusing on the implications of human-machine interdependence in outer space as it relates to issues of environmental and labour justice.