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Authors | John Shiga

John Shiga is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University. He received his Ph.D. in communication at Carleton University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Communication at McGill University. He is currently writing a cultural history of sonar, which explores the role of underwater listening technologies in the transformation of scientific, legal and popular understandings of the ocean.

Articles on Amodern by John Shiga


Closed-World and Green-World Networks in the Work of John C. Lilly

In the 1950s and 1960s, renowned neurophysiologist, John C. Lilly, received a series of grants from several U.S. government agencies including the Navy to conduct experimental research on the communication between humans and dolphins. This article traces the shift from Lilly neuroelectric networks, built at the National Institute of Mental Health in the 1950s, to bioacoustic and biochemical networks developed at his Communication Research Institute in the 1960s. This shift points to a much greater diversity of network materials, practices and configurations than is commonly thought to have existed in the postwar period.