Reem Hilu

Reem Hilu is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at McGill. Reem’s research interests span the fields of feminist media studies, media history, and the history of computing. She holds a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA and PhD in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University.   Her dissertation, entitled The Family Circuit: Gender, Games, and Domestic Computing Culture, 1945-1990, explored the introduction of computing and digital media in domestic space; that is, how computer chips and microprocessors first entered the American home in the shape of interactive talking dolls, computerized board games, and embedded in domestic appliances. Reem’s postdoctoral project further develops this exploration of the changing norms and practices of sociability and intimacy in the digitally mediated home. By focusing on the intersection between computers and domesticity, her research investigates how digital media reconfigured family relations to accommodate cybernetic models, as well as how the encounter with family life helped redefine computers as extensions of family intimacy.