Hi there! How’s it going?
My name is Arjun Dhanjal. I’ve been working in technology in various capacities since 2011. I have experience in many areas of technology, including unified communications, operations, and core infrastructure administration. I’ve worked with non-profit organizations and large corporations to deliver full-stack solutions for end users.
Right now, I work as an infrastructure project manager in the financial sector for a large Canadian bank. I have the pleasure of working in a field that has made customer experience their number one priority.
I may work in technology, but my true speciality is in understanding people.
I’m passionate about the big picture, and I’m not afraid to get creative when looking for solutions to some of our industry’s most pressing issues. I’m excited about how technology has the capacity to drive non-technical change. Technology can either foster radical cultural change, or it can hinder it severely.
How can we utilize technology in ways that reduce process overload, but still satisfy the transparency and reporting requirements baked into the financial sector? More importantly, in which ways can we galvanize people to be excited about these changes? How, ultimately, can we adapt cultures to ever-changing, ever-growing customer expectations in a world where these changes happen in the blink of an eye?
I’ve got some ideas.
Who am I?
I have an educational background in media and cultural studies. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and graduated from their Media, Information & Technoculture program—one of the earliest-formed media studies programs in Canada—in 2017.
Immediately after completing my first degree, I started in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture at York University and Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. My research focused on theorizing the unsolicited ‘dick pic’ in gay racialized contexts. How, I asked, does the dick pic function as a technology of control? In broader terms, my research resided at the intersection between queer theory, pornography studies, and the digital humanities. You can read a sample of my work here.
I am an advocate for queer issues and visibility in my personal and professional lives—embodying a politic that empowers folks who have been historically and contemporarily oppressed is central to the way I see the world.
In my spare time, you’ll probably find me tinkering with technology, browsing reddit, or buried nose-deep in a piece of queer theory or Deleuzean philosophy with a beer in hand.