Faculty Profiles

The Program brings together a critical mass of faculty already working in areas related to communication and culture, including faculty with strong records of scholarly and professional achievement, from both universities. The faculty are particularly strong in communication and cultural theory, communication and cultural policy and law, cultural and media history, new and interactive multimedia, telecommunications policy and strategy, political economy of media, film and video studies, critical analysis of technology, and globalization, to name only the most obvious.

Alphabetical Listing

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Gene Allen

Field of Study: Technology in Practise

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: gene.allen@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000, ext. 6393
Office Location: RCC-327
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. (York); Ph.D. History (Toronto)

Professor Allen joined Ryerson's School of Journalism faculty in 2001. He was previously the director of research and a senior producer of the award-winning CBC television series Canada: A People's History. During his 10-year CBC career, he was also a producer and writer on the award-winning television documentary series Dawn of the Eye, assignment desk producer for CBC Radio's Morningside, assignment editor for CBC national TV news, and a writer on The National. Between 1979 and 1991 he worked at The Globe and Mail, holding positions as foreign editor and Queen's Park reporter. Gene Allen is currently conducting research on the history of the Canadian Press news agency, and on the historical relationship between news and ideas of national identity in Canada.

Research Interests
The history of journalism; the evolution of news in response to changes in technology, markets, audience demand and business organization; news agencies; news and national identity; the popularization of history in film and television.

Selected Publications
"Business, Culture and the History of News," in Elsbeth Heaman, Alison Li, and Shelley McKellar, eds., Science, Polity and Society in the Canadian Historical Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Bliss (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming [2006])

"Monopolies of news: Harold Innis, the telegraph and wire services," in Menahem Blondheim and Rita Watson, eds., The Toronto School of Communication: Interpretations, Extensions, Applications (Jerusalem: Magnes Press, forthcoming)

"News Across the Border: Associated Press in Canada, 1894-1917," Journalism History 31:4 (Winter 2006), 206-216 "Debate: Transcending National Boundaries: Towards an International History of Journalism", Journalism Studies 4:1 (2003), 121-131 (synopsis of paper presented at regional meeting of the American Journalism Historians Association/Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, New York, March 2001)

"The Professionals and the Public: Responses to Canada: A People's History". Social history/Histoire sociale, 34 (Nov. 2001), 381-391 CHR Forum: "Canadian History in Film", Canadian Historical Review 82:2 (June 2001), 331-346.
Editor of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of Canada: A People's History. (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2001-2002).

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Steve Bailey

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-mail: bailey@yorku.caFaculty Photo Steve Bailey
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext. 33808
Office Location: 3012 Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building
Office Hours: TBA

A.B. Art (Bard College); M.A. Cinema Studies (Iowa); M.A. Popular Culture (Bowling Green State); Ph.D. Speech Communication (Illinois)

My research interests are in the intersections of critical cultural theory, especially psychoanalysis and sociological theory, and contemporary media culture. My current research explores connections between the work of dramaturgical sociologists (especially Erving Goffman) and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, particularly in relationship to issues of social performance and technology. My wider interests are eclectic; I have published on psychoanalytic theory and media culture, aesthetics and post-punk musical culture, media fan culture, teen cinema, and the internet’s rhetorical ironies. I am generally interested in experimenting with unorthodox theoretical combinations and blending high/low culture, old/new theory, and sociological/philosophical perspectives. I would also align myself at least partly with a somewhat traditional humanistic worldview as regards academic culture and scholarly endeavors.

Research Interests
Psychoanalysis, Audiences, Philosophy, Aesthetics, Culture.

Selected Publications
Performance Anxiety in Media Culture: The Trauma of Appearance and the Drama of Disappearance (Palgave Macmillan, 2016)

"Dasein(analysis)?: Blum and McHugh in the Continental Tradition," The Reflexive Initiative: On the Grounds and Prospects of Analytic Theorizing, edited by Raffel and Sandywell (Routledge, 2016)

"Astucture/Which Structure?: Rethinking 'Astructural Bias in Symbolic Interaction through Georges Bataille and His Followers," The Astructural Bias Charge: Myth or Reality, edited by Musolf (Emerald, 2016)

"Media and Communication Theory," The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by Turner (forthcoming)
Media Audiences and Identity: Self-Construction in the Fan Experience (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2005)

"Performing Theory in the Theatre of Hypermodernity: Dramaturgy and Pragmatism in the Urban Present," Alternative Histories of Urban Consumption (Mille Tre Verlag, 2008)

"Overcoming the Textual: Resocializing the Unconscious for the Study of Media and Culture," Discourse of Sociological Practice 5 #1 (Spring 2003)

"Identity, Intersection, Irony: Doubling the Self in the Digital Age," Internet Research Annual 2.0 (Peter Lang, 2003)

Ben Barry

Field of Study: Media & Culture, Fashion Studies, Gender Studies, Consumer Studies

University: Ryerson University
Email: bbarry@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7318
Office location: KHS-243
Office hours: TBA

Ben Barry is Chair and Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Fashion, Ryerson University. He is also Co-Editor of Fashion Studies. Using qualitative and arts-based methodologies, his research explores and empowers identities that have been marginalized in society through fashion. His research has been published in Gender & Society, Harvard Business Review, International Journal of Advertising, Fashion Theory and Critical Studies in Men's Fashion. His forthcoming book, Refashioning Masculinity: Men's Fashion Consumption in the Digital Age, will be published by the University of Chicago Press.

PhD Management, Cambridge University; MPhil Innovation, Organization and Strategy, Cambridge University; BA Women's Studies, University of Toronto

Research Interests
Men and masculinities, disability, the body, fashion

Tuna Baskoy

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: Ryerson University
Email: tbaskoy@politics.ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-(5000) ext. 2702
Office location: JOR 727
Office hours: TBA

B.Sc. (Middle East Technical); M.A. Political Science and Public Administration, (Bilkent); Ph.D. Political Science (York)

Dr. Tuna Baskoy is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. In addition to PhD degree in Political Science from York University (Toronto, 2006), Tuna holds Master of Arts Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey, 1996), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey, 1995). Tuna's current fields of research are European Union (EU), competition/antitrust and communications policies, e-government and e-democracy. He has been teaching statistics, comparative public administration, public sector restructuring, politics of regional economic integration, and political economy of communications and culture.

Tuna has been involved in the organizing committee of the 1st and 2nd International Conference on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics based in Orlando, Florida. He is also a member of the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), the European Community Studies Association-Canada (ECSA-C), and the Young Researchers Network Canada (YRN).

Research Interests
Communications policy, e-government and e-democracy, European Union, competition policy.

There are three areas that attract my interest. Evaluation of outcomes of communications policy in the European Union empirically; role of competition/antitrust law in regulating communications industry; finally, e- government and democracy in the European Union.

Selected Publications
(2008). The political economy of European Union competition policy: A case study of the telecommunications industry. London and New York: Routledge.

(forthcoming). The European Union and e-democracy: Interactive Policy-Making (IPM). International Journal of Electronic Democracy.

(2005). Effective competition and EU competition law. E-Journal of European and Russian Studies, 1(1), December, 1-21.

(2003). Thorstein Veblen’s theory of business competition. Journal of Economic Issues, XXXVII(4), 1121-1137.

(2002). Karl Marx’s theory of market competition. Problematique, 8, (Fall 2002): 4-23.

Current research projects/journals
I am currently working on three projects. While the first one investigates outcomes of deregulation, liberalization and privatization policies in communications in terms of market structure, price, quality, and employment in the European Union, the second project, collaborating with a graduate student, is about recently formed Commission for Complaints for Telecommunications Services in Canada. Finally, I have been working the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on internal structures of public administration as well as on interactions between state and citizen and business in the European Union.

Shannon Bell

Field of Study: Politics & Policy/ Technology in Practice

University York University
E-mail: shanbell@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext 88826
Office location: Ross Building, S644
Office hours: TBA

Shannon Bell is a performance philosopher who-lives-and-writes philosophy-in-action.

Her books include: Fast Feminism (Autonomedia, 2010), Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body (Indiana University Press 1994); Whore Carnival (Autonomedia1995); Bad Attitude/s on Trial coauthored with Brenda Cossman, Lise Gotell and Becki Ross (University of Toronto Press 1997); New Socialisms eds. Robert Albritton, Shannon Bell, John R. Bell and Richard Westra (Routledge 2004).

More recently Bell has been researching extremes in art – particularly bio and hybrid art.

Bell is currently working on shooting theory –– videoing-imagining philosophical concept such as Heidegger’s stillness, Husserl’s epoché, Batiallian waste, Weil’s attention, Deleuzian deterritorialization, Virilio’s vision machine and accident.

Bell is an associate professor in York University’s Political Science department, Toronto, Canada. She teaches modern and postcontemporary theory, cyberpolitics, aesthetics and politics, violent philosophy and fast feminism.

Link to personal website

Jody Berland

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University York University
E-mail: jberland@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100 x33218
Office location: Founders College, Room 234
Office hours: TBA

B.A. English and Sociology (Simon Fraser); M.A. (Simon Fraser); Ph.D. Social and Political Thought (York)

Jody Berland is a Professor of Humanities in the Division of Humanities, and a member of the graduate programs in Communication and Culture, Humanities, Music, Science and Technology Studies, and Social and Political Thought at York University. She is Principal Investigator of the SSHRC funded research project Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Nonhuman Life in the Age of Risk.  She has published widely on cultural studies, Canadian communication theory, music, radio and video, feminist bodies, cultural environmental studies, and social space. She is Editor Emerita of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. Her research and teaching involve multidisciplinary studies of culture, technology, media, sound and image, and the environment. Her most recent book is Virtual Menageries: Animals as Mediators in Network Cultures (MIT Press, 2019).

Research Interests
Cultural theory; Canadian communication theory; environmental humanities (nature, science, technology and the environment); music and the media; animal studies; mediations of space and place.

Selected Publications
Virtual MenageriesAnimals as Mediators in Network Cultures.  MIT Press, 2019.

North of Empire, Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space  Duke University Press, 2009. Awarded the GG Robinson Book prize, Canadian Communication Association, 2010.

Edited Books
Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Nonhuman Life in the Age of Risk (with Thomas Lamarre).  In process.

Cultures of Militarization (with Blake Fitzpatrick), Cape Breton University Press, 2011.

Capital Culture: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art (with Shelley Hornstein). McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002.

Theory Rules.  Art as Theory/Theory as Art (with Will Straw and David Tomas)  University of Toronto / YYZ, 1996.

Refereed Journal Articles
“McLuhan and Posthumanism: Extending the Techno-Animal Embrace.” Canadian Journal of Communications,  Fall 2019.

"Attending the Giraffe,.” Humanimalia: A Journal of Human-Animal Interface Studies. http://www.depauw.edu/humanimalia/index.html,  Vol. 9 #1, Fall2017.

“On McLuhan’s Media: Assembling the Human.”  Imaginations,http://imaginations.csj.ualberta.ca.In press, Winter 2018.

“The Politics of Evidence: The Contemporary Canadian Context.” MediaTropes eJournal, 5.2. “ Ed. Jenny Bosaller.  University of Missouri, 2015.

Reprint from Canada Report,  Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, 2014.

Tab: Take Academic Back! An Epilogue.” Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2017,  pp. 163-165.

A Visitor’s Guide to the Virtual Menagerie,” Antennae: Journal of Nature and Culture  #30, , 2015, .

“Animal And/as Medium: Symbolic Work in Communicative Regimes. “Global South, Vol 1 No 3, Spring 2009, 42-65.  (Google Scholar: Cited by 3)

“The Elephant in the Classroom.”  International Journal of Inclusive Education13:7(2009): 799-811. (Google Scholar: Cited by

“The Politics of the Exasperated: Arts and Culture in Canada”ESC: English Studies in Canada,Vol. 33 No 3, .2 (2009), 24-30.

“Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire,” Cultural Studies, Vol. 22 No 2, Spring 2008.

Reprinted in Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited. Ed. Phaedra Pezzullo. London: Routledge, 2010.

Reprinted in Human Animal Studies,ed. Susan McHugh and Garry Marvin. London: Routledge, 2017.

“Spatial Narratives in the Canadian Imaginary,” New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory Politics. No. 57: Space and Text, 2005/6, 39-55.

“Walkerton: The Memory of Matter,” TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies,14, Fall 2005, 93-108.“Postmusics” in Sonic Synergies, ed.Gerry Bloustein. London: Palgrave, 2008,35-45.

Chapters in Books
“The Work of the Beaver.” Material Cultures in Canada.Ed. Thomas Allen and Jennifer Blair. Waterloo: Wilfrid University Press 2015.

“The Musicking Machine” in Residual Media, ed. Charles Acland. Minneapolis:University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

“Radio Space and Industrial Time: The Case of Music Formats” in Critical Cultural Policy Studies, ed.Justin Lewis and Toby Miller. Malden, MA: Blackwell Press, 2003.

“Bodies of Theory, Bodies of Pain: Some Silences” in Feminism-Art-Theory: An Anthology 1968-2000, ed. Hilary Robinson. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Press,2001.

“Getting Down to Business: Cultural Politics and Policies in Canada” (With Will Straw; revised from 1994) in Communications in Canadian Society, Fifth edition, edited by Benjamin Singer and Craig McKie. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 2001.

"Nationalism and the Modernist Legacy:  Dialogues with Innis." Cultural Capital: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art. With Shelley Hornstein. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000.

“Cultural Technologies and the ‘Evolution’ of Technological Cultures” in The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory, edited by Andrew Herman and Thomas Swiss, New York: Routledge, 2000.

“Space at the Margins: Colonial Spatiality and Critical Theory after Innis” in Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions, edited by Charles Acland and Bill Buxton, Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2000.

“Bodies of Theory, Bodies of Pain: Some Silences” in Jody Berland, Will Straw, David Tomas (editors) Theory Rules: Art and Theory/ Theory as Art.YYZ/University of Toronto Press, 1996.

Reprinted in Feminism- Art-Theory 1968-2000: An Anthology.  Ed. Hilary Robinson.  London: Blackwell, 2003.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
* “Space,” “Place,” “Mobility.” New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society, edited by Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg, and Meaghan Morris. City: Open University, Blackwell Publishers, 2005.

“Radio in Canada” Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: The United States and Canada, edited by E. Koskoff, Garland Press 2001.

“Weather, Climate and the Media.”  Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate.  Ed. Steven Schneider. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Affiliated Journals
Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (Editor Emerita) New Formations; Cultural Studies Review; M/C: Media Culture; Humanimalia; Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies

Marni Binder

Field of Study: Media & Culture, Early Childhood Studies

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: mbinder@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000, ext: 7130
Office location: KHS-363O
Office hours: TBA

I am an associate professor in the school of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Prior to coming to Ryerson in 2007, I worked in the preservice and graduate programs at the Faculty of Education, York University. I have also worked extensively with primary-ages children, as well as with junior-aged children as an educator in Regent Park, Toronto for 23 years.

Research Interests
Creativity, the arts. multimodal literacies, arts-based (education) research, mindfulness, critical pedagogy

See https://www.ryerson.ca/ecs/people/faculty/marni-binder/

Art Blake

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: art.blake@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000, ext. 2278
Offica location: JOR 529

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in American Studies, University of Sussex
Doctor of Philosophy in History, American University, Washington, DC

Teaching and research concentrations
North America: U.S. 20th-Century Cultural History; Urban History; Sound Studies

Dr. Art Blake specializes in U.S. 20th-century urban and cultural history and sound studies. His first book, How New York Became American, 1890-1924 (2006) examined the place of New York City in the American national imagination in the first two decades of the 20th century and the role of the tourist industry in remaking the city’s image. Dr. Blake currently is working on a second book project, Audible City, focused on the cultural politics of sound in New York and Los Angeles after 1945. Recent publications related to this project include “An Audible Sense of Order: Race, Fear, and CB Radio on Los Angeles Freeways in the 1970s,” in Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, eds. D. Suisman and S. Strasser (2009). His research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, the Library of Congress, and most recently by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). He holds a SSHRC Standard Research Grant for his Audible City project. Dr. Blake teaches courses in U.S. history and in interdisciplinary humanities (for the Arts and Contemporary Studies program), and is a member of the Graduate Faculty. He also supervises graduate students in the joint Ryerson University-York University Communication and Culture MA and PhD program.

Alan Blum

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University York University
E-mail: alanblum609@gmail.com
Phone: (416) 323-3251
Office location: 100 York Boulevard
Office hours: Vari Hall 2060

B.A. Anthropology and Sociology (Roosevelt); M.A. (University of Chicago); Ph.D. Sociology and Social Psychology (University of Chicago)

Alan Blum is the Director of the Culture of Cities Centre located in Toronto and was one of the principal investigators of the research project on City Life and Well-Being: the Grey Zone of Health and Illness funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Dr. Blum received his PhD from the University of Chicago, was US National Institutes of Mental Health Fellow in the department of Psychiatry at Harvard, and was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, King’s College, England. becoming professor of sociology at Columbia University and New York University. He is currently a Senior Scholar and teaches in several graduate programs at York University and the University of Waterloo such as Sociology and Social and Political Thought at York, and in the Graduate Programs of English and Rhetoric, and in Sociology at the University of Waterloo. Blum was a Visiting Professor at universities in the US and the UK including the University of Wales, The Institute of Social Change at the University of California at Berkeley, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the New College of the University of South Florida, and has been recipient of research fellowships from foundations such as Leverhulme, and the MacArthur among others . He is the author of numerous books, including Theorizing; On the Beginning of Social Inquiry (with Peter McHugh, Stanley Raffel and Daniel Foss);Self-Reflection in the Arts and Sciences (with Peter McHugh); The Imaginative Structure of the City;. and The Grey Zone of Health and Illness. He was the originator and co-director of the Institute of Social Theory in Perugia, Italy (1978-83). Dr. Blum is currently completing a collection of studies on the culture of the city entitled Secret Space, Sacred Place, a monograph on The Material City, as well as a variety of current research studies on health and the city.

Research Interests
Medical Humanities; Culture of the City; Sociology of Knowledge; Theorizing Everyday Life; The Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real registers of Social Life and Phenomena

Recent Grant
Social and Ethical Foundations of Caregiving (with Dr. Stuart Murray). Canadian Institutes of Health Research Dissemination Grant, 2012

Selected Recent Publications
The Grey Zone in Health and Illness (Intellect Press:  Bristol, UK: University of Chicago, 2011

The Imaginative Structure of the City (Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press, 2003)

Chapters in Books
“The Imaginary of Self Satisfaction: Reflections on the Platitude of the “Creative City” in Circulation and the City: Essays on Mobility and Urban Culture edited by Alexandrta Boutros and Will Straw, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2010.

“Preserving the Notion of Preservation: The Ineradicable Perpetuity of Me, Myself and I”,  in  The Venice Charter Revisited, edited by Mathew Hardy, published by Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.

“Dying, Waiting: The Imaginary of Light Hearted Writing” in Spectacular Death: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and (Un)representability, edited by Tristanne Connolly, Intellect Press, 2010.

2008. “Health, Desire, City: Theorizing and the Method of Analogy” in Alternative Histories of Urban Consumption, edited by Susan Ingram, Mille, Tre Verlag, Wien.

“The Border between Intimacy and Anonymity in Innocuous Action: The Greeting as Social Form.” Journal of Classical Sociology. 2015

“Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life: The View from Sociology.” Journal of Classical Sociology. Vol 15 number 1 24-38. 2014

“Guide(s) for the Perplexed: Science and Literature as Equipment for Living.” Philosophy and Rhetoric. Volume 48.1: 54-72. 2014

“Durkheim’s Ruse: The Concept as a Seduction.” The Canadian Journal of Sociology 39(4): 367-394. 2014

“The Ordeal of Solitude.” History of the Human Sciences 27(2): 118–132. 2014

“Aging as a Social Form: The Phenomenology of the Passage.” Journal of Medical Humanities 35: 19–36. 2013

“Motive, Desire, Drive: The Discourse of Force.” Compaso: Journal of Comparison in Anthropology and Sociology 4(2): 5–18. 2013

“The Enigma of the Brain and its Place as Cause, Character, and Pretext in the Imaginary of Dementia.” The History of the Human Sciences 25(4): 108–124. 2012

2005 "Ground Zero comme Spectacle," for issue on Le Spectacle des Villes in Sociologie et Sociétés, edited by Anouk Bélanger and J .F. Côté, Spring, Volume XXXVII, Number 1.

2003 "New York New York”, Monopolis: Globalization and Urban Studies International Research Center for Cultural Studies and the Institute for Urban and Regional Research.

2002 “Un lieu qui n’en est pas un”, Spirale, January-February, Number 182.

2001 “Scenes,” in Scenes and the City: Special Issue of Public, edited by Janine Marchessault and Will Straw, November.

2001 “Voice and its Registers”, Poeisis: Journal of Art and Communication.

The enigma of the brain and its place as cause, character and pretext in the imaginary of dementia, History of the Human Sciences, 2012, volume 25 number 4, October.

Motive, desire, drive: the discourse of force, in Compasso. Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology. Special Issue: Motives in Social Organization, Guest Editor Richard Fitzgerald, Volume 4, number 2, Winter 2013, pp 5-18.

Age as a Social Form: the Phenomenology of the Passage, 2014, Medical Humanities, volume 35 number 1 March.

Durkheim's Ruse: the Concept as a Seduction, Canadian Journal of Sociology, forthcoming 2014

Death, Happiness and the Meaning of Life: the View from Sociology, Journal  of Classical Sociology, forthcoming 2014-15

Guide(s) for the Perplexed: Science and Literature as Equipment for Living, Philosophy and Rhetoric, forthcoming 2014-15

The ordeal of solitude, History of the Human Sciences, forthcoming 2014

Paper presented, August 6th 2013 IIEMCA Conference: The International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversational Analysis, Wilfred Laurier University. “The Jouissance of Ethnomethodology: Imaginary, Desire, Drive, Section on Technology and Reflectivity”.
Plenary Address, August13 :  Conference: Poeticizing the Urban Apparatus: Scenes of Innovation in the City, New York, Centre of Social Innovation. “Art of Innovation and its Bottom Line: Making Do, Making and/as Doing, Making Music Together.”

Marusya Bociurkiw

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: marusya@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5000 x7447
Office location: RCC-313
Office hours: Thurs 1:00-2:00pm

MA: Social & Political Thought, York University; Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, UBC

Marusya Bociurkiw is associate professor of media theory in RTA School of Media, and Director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought , which promotes research-creation and graduate study in the areas of media studies, critical theory, aboriginal/feminist/ queer studies, and media activism.

She teaches news/current affairs theory, queer/gender/critical race theories, digital media, and social justice media. Dr. Bociurkiw’s academic research is broadly concerned with the intersections of affect, nation and technology, and their gendered, queered and racialized ramifications. She is also a media artist, writer, and blogger whose videos, films, and books about the sexuality, ethnicity , food, and culture have been screened and read all over the world. Her media works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, The National Archives, and various universities and libraries. A longtime media activist, she founded Emma Productions, a feminist media collective in the 1980’s and is currently engaged in documenting that history. She is the writer/director of ten films and videos, including “Unspoken Territory”, a history of racial profiling in Canada, and “What’s the Ukrainian Word For Sex: A Sexual Journey through Eastern Europe.”

She is the author of Feeling Canadian: Television Nationalism & Affect, as well as four literary books including the award winning food memoir Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in academic, arts and activist journals and books., including the Canadian Journal of Communication and Canadian Woman Studies Journal. She was a 2013 recipient of the Deans’ Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award at Ryerson. In 2014, she was an artist-in-residence at Can Serrat International Artists’ Centre in Spain, and a research fellow at the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine. She is currently working on a documentary about feminist /LGBT issues in Ukraine.

Research Interests
Intersections of affect and nation and technology and their gendered, queered and racialized ramifications. Also: Canadian television; digital media; the archive; activist and community based cultural practices; LGBT, feminist, civil society issues & social justice media in Eastern Europe.


Bociurkiw, Marusya Feeling Canadian: Affect, Nationalism & Television. Wilfred Laurier University Press. 2011.
Bociurklw, Marusya, Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl. Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver. 2007.
Bociurklw, Marusya, The Children of Mary. Inanna Publications, Toronto. 2006.
Bociurklw, Marusya, Halfway to the East. Lazara Press: Vancouver: 1999.
Bociurklw, Marusya, The Woman Who Loved Airports. Press Gang Publishers: Vancouver: 1994.

Selected Articles & Chapters in Books

Bociurklw, Marusya,”Bringing Back Memory”, in Grekul,Lisa, Ledohowski, Lindy eds.,Unbound: Reflections on 120 Years of Ukrainian-ness in Canada, University of Toronto Press, 2015.

Bociurklw, Marusya “Apple Cake, LGBT Refugees & The War in Ukraine” ” Daily Xtra! November 2014 http://dailyxtra.com/world/news/apple-cake-lgbt-refugees-and-the-war-in-ukraine-95832

Bociurklw, Marusya “Meet the New Ukraine: Feminist and LGBT Activists Building Civil Society”, Rabble.ca, June 2014http://rabble.ca/news/2014/06/meet-new-ukraine-feminist-and-lgbt-activists-building-civil-society

Bociurklw, Marusya “Making Do With Icons”, Anti-Hero Trinity Square Video Exhibition Catalogue, March 2010.

Bociurklw, Marusya “Put on your bunny ears, take your TV around the block: Old and New Discourses of Gender and Nation in Mobile, Digital, and HDTV”. Canadian Journal of Communications, Vol 33 (2008) 537-544.

Bociurklw, Marusya “Whose Child Am I? The Quebec Referendum and Languagesof Affect and the Body”, in Druick, Zoe and Kotsopoulos, Anastasia eds.,Programming Reality: Perspectives on English Canadian Television, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2008. 129-145.

Bociurklw, Marusya “It’s Not About the Sex: Racialized Queerness in ‘Ellen’ and ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’”, Canadian Woman Studies Journal, Winter 2005. 176-181.

Bociurklw, Marusya “Homeland (In) Security: Roots and Displacement from New York to Toronto to  Salt Lake City”, Reconstruction: An Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Journal, Summer 2003, Vol. 3 #3.[www.reconstruction.ws/033/bociurkiw.htm]

Bociurklw, Marusya “Other Tongues: Language and Hybridity in Recent Canadian Video Art.” In Boos, Srephen, and Glowacka, Dorota eds., Between Ethics and Aesthetics:  Crossing the Boundaries.  Albany:  SUNY Press, 2002. 293-300.

Bociurklw, Marusya “Queer Becoming Corporate, Corporate Becoming Queer: An Ethology”:, Queen: A Journal of Rhetoric and Power, Vol 2.1 “Power and Recolonization”, Winter 2002.

Rob Bowman

Field of Study: Media & CultureFaculty Photo Rob Bowman

University: York University
E-mail: rbowman@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext. 77132
Office location: Accolade East, 371G
Office hours: TBA

B.A. (York); M.F.A. (York); Ph.D. (University of Memphis)

Rob Bowman is a Professor in Ethnomusicology. He pioneered popular music studies at York University. He lectures, publishes and broadcasts in many areas of popular music, from country, R & B and gospel to reggae, rap and funk. He has written liner notes for dozens of recordings and regularly authors, produces and advises on major documentary and CD reissue projects for record companies in Europe and North America. His many broadcast credits include a five-part radio series on the history of Canadian popular music and frequent guest spots on CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera.

Rob Bowman's work as an interpreter and documentarian of historical recordings of popular music has been recognized internationally. A five-time Grammy Award nominee, he won a Grammy in 1996 for Best Album Notes for his 47,000 word monograph accompanying the 10-CD boxed set of The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975, which he co-produced. His nominations included Best Album Notes for The Malaco Records Story: The Last Soul Company and The Complete Stax Singles, Vol. 1 1959-1968, and Best Historical Reissue for The Otis Redding Story. He received his fifth Grammy nomination in January 2002 for Best Album Notes for the 4 CD box set The Stax Story, which he also co-produced. His book <!--Notes ACF
-->Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records, was inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013

Parallel to his career as a teacher, writer, critic and broadcaster, Rob Bowman continues to perform professionally. His instruments - voice, euphonium, viola da gamba - reflect his eclectic musical interests: he is equally at home performing rock, jazz, rhythm and blues, and baroque music.

Research Interests
Popular music studies; history of popular music; writer, broadcaster, and performer in many musical genres.

Selected Publications
Head Arrangement and Improvisation in King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Graz, Austria: Jazzforschung [forthcoming].

Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records, New York: Prentice-Hall, 1997.

"Soul" and "Rockabilly" in Memphis Music, D. Evans ed. Chattanooga: University of Tennessee Press [at press].

"Meaning in Performance" in A. Moore, Innovative Approaches to Musicological Analysis of Popular Music, Cambridge University Press [at press].

"The Story of P-Funk" in The Best of George Clinton: Masters of Funk, New York: JPMC Books, 1998.

"A Conversation with B.B. King" in B.B. King Companion, Kostelanetz, ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997.

"The Rattling of the Drums: Political Expression in World Music" in Sounding Off: Music as Subversion, Resistance, Revolution, Ron Sakolsky and Fred Weihan Ho, eds. Brooklyn: Autonomedia, 1996.

"Parliament/Funkadelic: Entropy as a Deviant Career Tool and Ideological Signifier", Not a Kid Anymore: Canadian Youth, Crime and Subcultures, G. O'Bireck, ed. Toronto: Nelson Books, 1996.

"Funny How Time Slips Away (The Peacock Soul Years)"Duke/Peacock Records, G. Gart and R. C.Ames, Milford N.H.: Big Nickel Publications, 1990.

Jason Boyd

Field of Study: Media & Culture, Technology in Practce

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: jason.boyd@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext. 7509
Office Location: JOR-1027
Office Hours: TBA

Jason Boyd (BA, English, Concordia University, Montreal; MA, English, Université de Montréal; PhD, English, University of Toronto) is a specialist in Digital Humanities. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Ryerson, and the Associate Director of Ryerson's Centre for Digital Humanities. He is also an Assistant Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria. Jason has been a leading collaborator on the online theatre history research tools produced by an international scholarly project, Records of Early English Drama (REED), which include the Patrons and Performances database, Early Modern London Theatres (EMLoT), and The Fortune Theatre Records: A Prototype Digital Edition.

Research Interests
His research and teaching interests include: digital innovation and scholarly practice (particularly developing online research collaboratories), work emerging at the intersection of the digital and the literary, critical code studies, computer games and gaming in social, literary, and scholarly contexts, and 'digital lives' in its broadest sense.

Marta Braun

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: mbraun@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext. 6875
Office Location: KHS-153
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. Media Studies (SUNY Buffalo)

Marta Braun works on chronophotographers E.J. Marey and Eadweard Muybridge. Professor Braun was made a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms by the Government of France in 1996 in recognition of her contributions including her book Picturing Time: The Work of Etienne Jules Marey. She was awarded a research chair from Ryerson University in 2005 and elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2010 the year Reaktion Press published her biography of Eadweard Muybridge. She is currently working on the SSHRC funded history of early film in Ontario with Professor C. Keil, University of Toronto, and on Italian futurist photography.

Research Interests
Marey; Muybridge; early film history; photography and cinema; scientific cinema; photography and science; visual anthropology; early cinema technology.

Selected Publications
Salt and Silver (co-editor with Hope Kingsley), London: Michael Mack, 2015

Eadweard Muybridge, London: Reaktion Press 2010

"Animal Locomotion," in Phillip Brookman, ed., Helios, Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change, Washington: Corcoran Gallery, 2010 and Eadweard Muybridge, London: Tate Publishing, 2010

"Aux limites du savoir: 1845-1900; la photographie et les sciences de l'observation," in L'Art de la Photographie des origines å nos jours, André Gunthert and Michel Poivert, eds., Paris: Citadelles & Mazenod, 2007

The Body in Motion," in Moving Pictures: The Un-Easy Relationship between American Art and Early Film, 1890-1910, Nancy Matthews., ed., Williamstown MA: Williams College Museum of Art, 2004.

"The Muybridge Collotypes in the Kingston Museum," in The Muybridge Collection of the Kingston Museum, Stephen Herbert, ed. Kingston-upon-Thames (UK): Flick Books, 2004

Arrêt sur image/Stop Motion, eds., with François Albera and André Gaudreault. Lausanne: Payot, 2002.

"'Sounding Canadian': Early Sound Practices and Nationalism in Toronto-Based Exhibition." Co-authored with Charles Keil. InSounds of Early Cinema. Edited by Richard Abel, Rick Altman. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.

"Photography and Time." In Tempus Fugit. Edited by Jan Schall. Kansas City, Kansas: Nelson Atkins Museum, 2000.

"The Expanded Present.The Photography of Movement/Le présent dilaté. La photographie du movement," in Beauty of Another Order. Photography in Science/Photographie et science. Une beauté à découvrir, Ann Thomas. Ed., Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada/ New Haven: Yale University Press. (Krasna Krausz Award, 1999)

Picturing Time: the Work of Etienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Jean Bruce

Field of Study: Media & Culture
Ryerson University
E-mail: jbruce@ryerson.caFaculty Photo Jean Bruce
Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2235, 3590
Office location: IMA-360, RCC 382 D
Office hours: TBA

B.A.H. (Brock); M.A. (Western); Ph.D. Humanities (Concordia)

Dr. Jean Bruce is the Associate Dean of Graduate Education in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University, and an associate professor in film, new media and cultural studies in the School of Image Arts. Her education, research and publications have involved the representation of multiculturalism and sexuality in Canadian cinema, television and music. Jean has organized numerous conferences, symposia and speakers series. Areas of expertise are: film theory, ethnographic cinema, cultural studies, melodrama, and Canadian cinema and property television. She recently completed SSHRC-funded research with Zoe Druick, which is focused on the gendered discourses of home renovation and design TV.

Research Interests
Melodrama, gender and discourses of power in film; advertising and consumer culture; television; Canadian cinema; the interrelationship of popular media.

Selected Publications
European Journal of Cultural Studies. Special Issue: Gender and Property TV after the Financial Crisis. special issue co-editor.  Vol. 20(5), Oct. 2017.

Forbidden Love. (co-authored with Gerda Cammaer). Queer Cinema Series. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015.

“Melodrama, Ethnography and the Multicultural Nation: Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner,” in Revisiting Film Melodrama, Dominque Nasta and Muriel Andrin, eds. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2013.

“’The Art of Making Do’: Queer Canadian Grrls Make Movies,” in The Gendered Screen: Canadian Women Directors, Brenda Austin-Smith and George Melnyk, eds. Kitchener-Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2010.

Reality/Television. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue Editor. Vol. 34:1, Spring 2009.

“Home Improvement Television: Holmes on Homes ‘Makes it Right.’” Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol. 34:1, Spring 2009.

“Rereading and Remembering Susan Sontag.” Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film Studies. February 2005.

“Feminine Identity and Theories of the Intra/Inter National Subject: La Vie rêvée and Anne Trister,” Nouvelles "vues" sur le cinéma québécois. Fall 2004.

“‘Queer Cinema’ at the NFB: The Strange Case of Forbidden Love,” Candid Eyes: Documentary Cinema in Canada, Jeannette Sloniowski, Jim Leach, eds. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003).

Jennifer Burwell

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: jburwell@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000, ext. 6133
Office location: JOR-1009
Office hours:  TBA

B.A. (Queen's); M.A. (Northwestern); Ph.D. English Literature (Northwestern)

Dr. Burwell joined Ryerson University's Department of English in 1997, and has been involved with the York/Ryerson Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture since its inception.

Research Interests
utopian literature; women’s studies; literary non-fiction, science studies (physics and culture; biosemiotics).

Selected Publications
Quantum Language: The Cultural Migration of Scientific Concepts. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2018.

Image and Territory: Essays on Atom Egoyan. Ed. (with Monique Tschofen) Wilfred
Laurier UP, 2006.

Notes on Nowhere: Feminism, Utopian Logic, and Social Transformation. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis, 1999.

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Darcey Callison

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-mail: callison@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 22463
Office location: 317 Accolade Building East
Office hours: Upon request

BFA (Victoria), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (York)

Darcey Callison is a choreographer, dance scholar and cultural theorist whose performance study includes extensive research into with Authentic Movement, the physical voice, Viewpoints and post-modern theatrical dance. His creative studio-based research integrates new media and cultural studies with postmodern dance methodologies. He is also a physical trainer whose Personal Body Work workshops focus on diverse improvisational techniques and the somatic investigations for personal creativity and the development of authentic physical expressions.

Professor Callison currently serves as director of the MFA Graduate Program in Dance at York University.

Research Interests
Choreography, Dance Dramaturgy, Popular Culture and Dance, Performance Studies and Gender (masculinity)

Selected Publications
Being Rita Hayworth", Review for Pacific Historical Review, Portland Oregon (2005).

"Men and Dance" in the Encyclopedia of Masculinity, Routeldge (2005).

"Dancing the Voice and Voicing Dance Part II", in Dance Current, March (2004).

"Dancing the Voice and Voicing Dance Part I", in Dance Current, February (2004).

"Western Theatrical Male Dancers", Encyclopedia of Masculinity, editor Michael Kimmel (2004).

"Hollywood Male Dancers", Encyclopedia of Masculinity, editor Michael Kimmel (2004).

"Astaire's Feet and Travolta's Pelvis: Maintaining the Boy Code" - *torquere* the Journal of Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies (2002).

"The Optimistic Rise of Gene Kelly and Marlon Brando’s Honest Fall: American Men Living and Dancing in Paris", Society of Dance History Scholars, Philadelphia (2002).

Miranda Campbell

Field of Study: Media & Culture/ Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: miranda.campbell@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 3519
Office location: RCC-313
Office hours: TBA


John Caruana

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: jcaruana@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5000; ext 7414
Office location: JOR-424
Office hours: TBA

B.A. (McGill); M.A. (York); Ph.D. Social and Political Thought (York)

John Caruana
is Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. His published work is in the area of phenomenology, continental philosophy of religion, and film-philosophy. In addition to publications on Adorno, Levinas, and Kristeva, he has published on a number of filmmakers, including, Bruno Dumont, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Abbas Kiarostami, Eric Rohmer, and the Dardenne brothers. He is co-editor with Mark Cauchi of Postsecular Cinema: Between Malick and von Trier (SUNY Press, forthcoming). He is especially interested in how culture — cinema, in particular — addresses the problem of the loss of meaning in the contemporary world.

Link to personal website

Research Interests
Film-philosophy (in particular, Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze), phenomenology, Frankfurt School, contemporary European thought (in particular, Levinas, Derrida, and Kristeva), psychoanalysis, continental philosophy of religion.

Selected Publications
“Repetition and Renewed Belief: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life,” in Postsecular Cinema: Between Malick and von Trier, eds. J. Caruana and M. Cauchi (SUNY Press, forthcoming)

“What is Postsecular Cinema?” in Postsecular Cinema: Between Malick and von Trier, eds. J. Caruana and M. Cauchi (SUNY Press, forthcoming) [co-authored with M. Cauchi]

The Dardenne Brothers and the Invisible Ethical Drama: Faith without Faith,” in special issue of Religions: Film and Lived Theology, ed. Joseph Kickasola 7:5 (2016)

Special issue of Symposium: Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion, eds., John Caruana and Mark Cauchi, 20:1 (2016), pp. 1-105.

“Introduction: Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion,” in Symposium (2016), pp. 1-10 [co-authored with M. Cauchi]

“The Subject in Crisis: Kristeva on Love, Faith, and Nihilism,” The Phenomenology of Love, eds. Antonio Calcagno and Diane Enns (Penn State University Press, 2015)

“Bruno Dumont’s Cinema: Nihilism and the Collapse of the Christian Imaginary,” in Dilemmas of Religion and Secularity in Contemporary European Cinema, eds. C. Bradatan and C. Ungureanu (New York: Routledge, 2013)

“Kieslowski and Kiarostami: A Metaphysical Cinema,” in After Kieslowski: The Legacy of Krzysztof Kieslowski, ed. S. Woodward (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2009).

“Cinematic Epiphanies: Eric Rohmer and the Transcendence of the Ordinary,” in

Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, ed. K. R. Morefield

(Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

“The Drama of Being: Levinas and the History of Philosophy,” Continental Philosophy Review 40:3 (2007), 251-273.

“‘Not Ethics, Not Ethics Alone, but the Holy’: Levinas on Ethics and Holiness,” Journal of Religious Ethics 34:4 (2006), 561-583.

Mark Cauchi

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-mail: mcauchi@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext: 77558
Office location: McLaughlin College, Room 003
Office hours: TBA

David Cecchetto

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-mail: dcecchet@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext: 33958
Office location: Vanier College, Room 217
Office hours: TBA

Research Interests: Critical Posthumanism; sound studies; new media; sound art; practice-inclusive research; critical digital humanities; contemporary critical theory

David Ciavatta

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: david.ciavatta@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000, ext: 2698
Office location: JOR-420
Office hours: TBA

Rosemary Coombe

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Rosemary Coombe Media & Culture, Politics and Policy

University:  York University
E-mail: rcoombe@yorku.ca
Phone: 416-736-2100; ext 30157
Office location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 2017
Office hours: TBA

B.A. (Western); LL.B. (Western); LL.M. (Stanford); J.S.D. (Stanford) Biography

Rosemary Coombe was awarded York University's first Senior Canada Research Chair in 2001 where she became a full professor in the Faculty of Arts (with a cross appointment to the Faculty of Law, School of Graduate Studies). Before assuming the position of Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Culture, she was Full Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. She is the author of a major study of intellectual property and has written articles in legal and political theory, cultural anthropology and cultural studies. Coombe is frequently invited to present on these topics at domestic and international conferences as well as policy-oriented forums.

Research Interests
Intellectual property, indigenous peoples, cultural and biological diversity, publics, public domains and public sphere, human rights, cultural rights, postcolonial theory, theories of information, civil society, transnationalism, neoliberalism, informational capital, capitalism.

Research Projects
Coombe is the co-director (with Christopher Innes and Darren Wershler) of an open-source arts content management system used to create a Canadian cultural archive. An open-source arts content management system for a Canadian cultural archive called ARTMOB with an accompanying Centre for Digital and Cultural Rights Policy Initiatives, working on a seven year MCRI-funded project called Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage, writing a book titled INFORMATION CAPITAL AND THE WORK OF CULTURE: Global Intellectual Property Politics and Neoliberal Publics. Designing a project on emerging legal geographies of cultural rights. She is a member of the “Cultural Life of Facts and Figures: Objectification, Measurement, and Standardization as Social Processes” project, which has received a multi-year award from the Norwegian Research Council and is housed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Coombe is also Inaugural Faculty Convenor and continuing Convenor and Faculty Workshop Leader of the International Summer School at the Institute for English & American Studies, Osnabruck University, Germany.

Selected Publications
2013 Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online (a volume edited with Darren Wershler and Martin Zeilinger). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013, 464 pages

2013 “Marks Indicating Conditions of Production in Rights-based Sustainable Development,” (with Nicole Aylwin) in Per Zumbansen & Ruth Buchanan, eds., Human Rights, Development and Restorative Justice: An Osgoode Reader (Oxford: Hart Publishing). To be reprinted in a the special issue “Brand New Worlds” of University of California Davis Law Review 47 (3) – (2014).

2013 “Social, Cultural and Political Implications of Intellectual Property” (with Joseph F. Turcotte). In UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee, eds., Culture, Civilization and Human Society. A volume in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK.

2011 “Bordering Diversity and Desire: Using Intellectual Property to Mark Place-based Products in Commerce” (with Nicole Aylwin). Environment and Planning A: Society and Space 43(9): 2027 2042.

2011 “What’s Feminist about Open Access? A Relational Approach to Copyright in the Academy,” feminists@law: an open access journal of feminist legal scholarship 1(1): (with Carys Craig and Joseph F. Turcotte). ISSN: 2046-9551.

2010 “Honing a Critical Cultural Studies of Human Rights” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 7 (3): 230-246.

2009 “The Expanding Purview of Cultural Properties and their Politics.” Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences 5: 393-412.

2009 “A Broken Record: Subjecting ‘Music’ to Cultural Rights,” (with Elizabeth B. Coleman and Fiona MacAlrault) in James C. Young and Conrad Brunck, eds., Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (forthcoming, Blackwell Publishers).

2008 “First Nations’ Intangible Cultural Heritage Concerns: Prospects for Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in International Law.” In Catherine Bell & Robert Patterson, eds., Protection of First Nations’ Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policy and Reform (Vancouver:University of British Columbia Press) 313-362.

2006 “Your Second Life? The Performativity of Intellectual Property in Online Games” (with Andrew Herman and Lewis Kaye). Cultural Studies 20 (2&3): 184-210.

2005 “Legal Claims to Culture in and Against the Market: Neoliberalism and the Global Proliferation of Meaningful Difference” Law, Culture and Humanities 1(1): 32-55. Reprinted in Eve Darian-Smith, ed., Ethnography and Law (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2007) 95-115.

2005 “Bearing Cultural Distinction: Informational Capital and New Expectations for Intellectual Property” (with Steven Schnoor and Mohsen al atar Ahmed). In J. Brinkhof and F. Willem Grosheide, eds., Articles in Intellectual Property: Crossing Boundaries (Antwerp: Intersentia) 191-211. Reprinted in “Intellectual Property and Social Justice” Symposium Issue. University of California-Davis Law Review 40(3): 891-917 (2007).

1998 The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties: Authorship, Appropriation and the Law. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998) 462 pp. Reprinted in 2008.

Link to personal website

Natalie Coulter

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-mail: ncoulter@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext. 77849
Office location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 3042
Office hours: TBA

York Website: http://people.laps.yorku.ca/people.nsf/researcherprofile?readform&shortname=ncoulter

Stephane Couture

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-mail: scouture@glendon.yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext. 88562
Office location: School of translation, Glendon College
Office hours: TBA

Education B.Sc. Computer Science (U. Sherbrooke); M.A. Communications (UQAM); Joint Ph.D Communications (UQAM) and Sociology (Telecom ParisTech)

Biography Stéphane Couture is an assistant professor in the new bilingual program in communications at Glendon College, York University. His research addresses how ethical, cultural and political dimensions are inscribed in the design of digital technologies. Initially trained in Computer Science before pursuing graduate studies in communication studies and sociology, most of his work has focused on the political and sociological dimensions of digital technologies, and in particular, on the practices and values of free and open source software actors. His emerging research program is concerned with Internet Governance, and aims at documenting proposals from social movements and civil society organizations, related to the design of global Internet infrastructures, standards, and protocols. Apart from this main research program, he is also pursuing a smaller project on Francophone media in Ontario that will result in new research avenues. Website: http://stephanecouture.info

Research Interests Values in Technological Design; Sociology of Technology; Digital Cultures and Policies; Internet Governance; Software and Code Studies

Selected Publications

Couture, Stéphane. 2017. “Values and Configuration of Users in the Design of Software Source Code”. International Journal of Communication, vol. 11.

Couture, Stéphane. 2017. “Commentary: Activist-scholarship: the complicated entanglements of activism and research work”. Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 42, no 1.

Couture, Stéphane. Forthcoming (in press). Book review of Francesca Musiani, Nains sans géants : Architecture décentralisée et services Internet. Paris: Presses de l’École des mines, 2013. Quaderni, no 92.

Couture, Stéphane, Gretchen King, Sophie Toupin and Becky Lentz. 2016. “Can Media and Technology Help Make ‘Another World Possible’? Reflections from the Media@McGill Research Delegation to the 2015 World Social Forum in Tunisia”. Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 41, no 1, p. 157-167.

Couture, Stéphane. 2015. “Le contrôle des communs numériques à des fins commerciales : le cas des logiciels libres”. Éthique publique, vol. 17, no 2. Online https://ethiquepublique.revues.org/2275

Nathalie Casemajor, Stéphane Couture, Mauricio Delfin, Matt Goerzen and Alessandro Delfanti. 2015. “Non-Participation in Digital Media. Toward a Framework of Mediated Political Action”. Media Culture and Society, vol. 37, no 6.

Couture, Stéphane. 2012. “L’écriture collective du code source informatique. Le cas du commit comme acte d’écriture du code source”. Revue d’anthropologie des connaissances, vol. 6, no 1, p. 21-42.

Proulx, Serge, Stéphane Couture and Julien Rueff (eds.). 2008. L’action communautaire québécoise à l’ère du numérique. Sainte-Foy : Presses de l’Université du Québec, 242 p. http://www.puq.ca/catalogue/livres/action-communautaire-quebecoise-ere-numerique-1598.html

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Charles Davis

Field of Study: Politics & Policy/ Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail: c5davis@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7866
Office location: RCC 360B
Office hours: By Appointment

B.A. (Kalamazooo College), M.A. (University of Notre Dame), Ph.D. (University of Montreal)

Charles Davis’ background is in science and technology policy and management. In 2004 he joined Ryerson University as holder of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship in the RTA School of Media. His research and teaching program focuses on innovation and new products, labour and careers, and firms in the media, creative, and cultural industries.

Research Interests
Media firms, entrepreneurship, capabilities, industrial organization, political economy, new firm formation, transnationalization, product and service innovation management, audiences, and labour practices in the media and other creative industries. Political economy of media industries. Development of media industry agglomerations. Firm-level capabilities in production of experience goods. Processes of customer value creation in media and other creative industries. Policy for creative industries in general and media industries in particular.

Selected Publications
C. Michelle, A. Hardy, C.H. Davis, and C. Hight (2014). "An Unexpected Controversy in Middle-earth: Audience Encounters with the 'Dark Side' of Transnational Film Production," Transnational Cinemas, published online 2 Sept. 2014. Print forthcoming in 2015.

C.H. Davis, C. Michelle, A. Hardy, and C. Hight (2014). “Framing Audience Prefigurations of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: the Roles of Fandom, Politics and Idealised Intertexts," Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 11(1): 50-87.

C.H. Davis, J. Shtern, M. Coutanche, and E. Godo (2014).  "Screenwriters in Toronto: Centre, Periphery, and Exclusionary Networks in Canadian Screen Storytelling," pp. 77-98 in J. Grant (ed.), Seeking Talent for Creative Cities: the Social Dynamics of Innovation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

C.H. Davis and N. Mills (2014). "Innovation and Toronto's Cognitive-Cultural Economy ," pp. 59-91 in D. Wolfe, ed., Innovating in Urban Economies: Economic Transformation in Canadian City-regions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

C.H. Davis (2013).  “Audience Value and Transmedia Products," pp 175-190 in T. Storsul and A. Krumsvik (eds.), Media Innovations (Göteborg: Nordicom).

R. Hawkins and C.H. Davis (2012). “Innovation and Experience Goods: a Critical Appraisal of a Missing Dimension in Innovation Theory," Prometheus 30(3): 1-25.

C. Michelle, C.H. Davis, and F. Vladica (2012).  “Understanding Variation in Audience Engagement and Response: an Application of the Composite Model to Receptions of Avatar (2009)," The Communication Review 15(2): 106-143.

C.H. Davis and J. Kaye (2009). “International Production Outsourcing and the Development of Indigenous Film and Television Capabilities – the Case of Canada,” in /Locating Migrating Media/. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming.

C.H. Davis, F. Vladica, and I. Berkowitz (2008). “Business Capabilities of Small Entrepreneurial Media Firms: Independent Production of Children’s Television in Canada,” /Journal of Media Business Studies/ 5(1): 9-40.

K. Dewar, W. Li, and C.H. Davis (2007). “Photographic Images, Cul¬ture, and Perception in Tourism Ad¬vertising: a Study of Canadian and Chinese University Students using Q-Methodology,” /Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing /22(2): 36-44.

C.H. Davis and E. Sun (2006). “Business Development Capabilities in Information Technology SMEs in a Regional Economy,” /Journal of Technology Transfer /31, 145-161.

Colleen Derkatch

Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: derkatch@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000, ext: 6131
Office location: JOR-1016
Office hours: TBA

Kevin Dowler

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-mail: kdowler@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext. 77871
Office location:  Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Room 3020
Office hours: TBA

B.F.A. (Ottawa); M.A (Concordia); Ph.D. Communications (Concordia)

Kevin Dowler joined the Communications Programme in the Division of Social Science as Assistant Professor in 1997, after spending one year in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Carleton University. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1993 from the Programme de Doctorat Conjoint en Communication in Montréal, and held a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship from 1994-96 at the School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University. He teaches courses on broadcasting and cultural policy, communications theory, popular culture, and video art. He is also a Fellow of Calumet College at York University, and a Co-Researcher for the Culture of Cities Project at York.

Research Interests
Cultural policy in Canada and Europe; art and the city; aesthetics and popular culture; history of communications.

Selected Publications
"Television and Objecthood," Topia 9 (Fall 2002).

"In the Bedrooms of the Nation: State Scrutiny and the Funding of Dirty Art," in Sally McKay and Andrew Paterson, eds. Money, Value, Art: State Funding, Free Market, Big Pictures (Toronto: YYZ Books, 2001).

"Early Innis and the Post-Massey Era in the Arts," in Charles Acland and William Buxton, eds. Harold Innis and Intellectual Practice for the New Century: Interdisciplinary and Critical Studies (Montreal: McGill-Queen's, 1999).

"In Defence of the Realm: Public Controversy and the Apologetics of Art," in Jody Berland, et al., eds. Theory Rules: Essays on Art and Theory (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto/YYZ, 1996).

"State Funding and the Cultural Policy Apparatus," in Michael Dorland, ed., Canada's Cultural Industries (Toronto: Lorimer, 1996).

"Interstitial Aesthetics and the Politics of Video at the Canada Council," in Janine Marchessault, ed., Video in the Age of Identity, (Montréal: McGill/YYZ, 1995).

"Asleep in the Storehouse of Culture: The McLuhan Conference and the Technologies of Remembering," PUBLIC 11 (1995).

Daniel Drache

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: York University
E-mail: drache@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-5415
Office location: York Research Tower, 633
Office hours: TBA
Website: www.yorku.ca/drache

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. (Queen's)

Daniel Drache is Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies and Professor of Political Science at York University. He has written widely on globalization and the limits of markets, trade blocs, employment, Harold Innis and economic integration. Presently he is heading up a major project on governance of the public domain after the triumph of markets. The Robarts Centre is engaged in a major interdisciplinary research project examining the transformation of the global sphere of interactive communication and its multiple dimensions and overlapping components with respect to social exclusion, public reason, identity and new citizenship practices.

Recently he has explored the impact of global cultural flows on the information commons and the new cultures of dissent and conformity post 9/11. These reports on the iconography of dissent and the transformation of public culture are on available on his webpage www.yorku.ca/drache check it out.

His latest book published by Polity Press UK/US in June 2008 is entitled Defiant Publics: the Unprecedented Reach of the Global Citizen. In it he examines the decline of authority and the new dynamics of power that has empowered global publics to become in-your-face against-the-grain social actors in a post 9/11 world.

He has also published extensively on the transformation of NAFTA and North American integration after a decade of experience. His book Borders Matter: Homeland Security and the Search for North America Fernwood 2004 has been trasnlated into Spanish and French.

Research Interests
The political economy of integration and social exclusion; borders and identity; North American integration; global cultural commons and microactivism public goods theory and the theory of the public good; and the thought and influence of Harold Innis, Jurgen Habermas and Hannah Arendt.

Selected Publications
Defiant Publics: The Unprecedented Reach of the Global Citizen, Themes for the 21st Century, London: Polity Press, 2008). June 2008.

_____ and Marc Froese “Omens and Threats in the Doha Round: The Decline of Multilateralism?” in Man and Development (2008)

La Ilusión Continental: Seguridad fronteriza y la búsqueda de una identidad Norteamericana. With new introduction and material (Mexico City: Siglo XXI, 2007).

“North America at the Crossroads” in Daniel Drache ed. Big Picture Realities: Canada and Mexico at the Crossroads, Mexico: Porrua, 2008 (forthcoming, in Spanish)

_____ and Marc Froese “The Global Cultural Economy: Power, Citizenship, and Dissent”, Anheier, H.K., Isar, Y.R., Paul, A. (eds.) (2008) The Cultural Economy (The Cultures and Globalization Series 2). London: SAGE Publications.

“Bon Anniversaire NAFTA: The Elusive and Asymmetrical Benefits of a Decade of North American Integration,” in Daniel Drache ed. Big Picture Realities: Canada and Mexico at the Crossroads, Mexico: Porrua, 2006 (forthcoming, 2007 in Spanish)

“I want to be me: Public reason and the Hardwired Citizen”, with Jaigris Phillips, Counterpublics Working Group, September 2007

“Semiotic Disobedience: Shit Disturbers in an Image Overloaded Age” with Alex Samur, Counterpublics Working Group, September 2006, www.yorku.ca/drache

The Market or the Public Domain: Global Governance and the Asymmetry of Power. Routledge, 2001.

Health Reform: Public Success, Private Failure.(Routledge 1999, with Terry Sullivan).

States Against Markets: The Limits of Globalization. (Routledge 1996, with Robert Boyer).

Staples Markets and Cultural Change. The Centenary Edition of Harold Innis' Essays. (Queen's McGill 1995).

"The Fundamentals of our Times: Goals and Values That are Inescapably Public", The Market or the Public Domain: Global Governance and the Asymmetry of Power, Daniel Drache ed. London: Routledge, 2001.

"Thinking Outside the Box: A Critical Canadian Perspective on NAFTA", in Arturo Borja. Judith y Mariscal, & Miguel A. Valverde eds. ¿Vecinos Convergentes? América del Norte hacia el Siglo XXI, Mexico: Colección de Ciencias Sociales, 2000.

Rethinking the Very Essence of Social Inclusion and Things Private, Robarts Centre, A Special Report, Robarts Centre, 2002,http://www.robarts.yorku.ca

The Information Commons or the Digital Divide? Taking Hold of the Future. Measuring Inclusion in Public Information and Space in NAFTA and MERCOSUR countries in the Hemisphere. (2002) Daniel Drache and Nirmala Singh, Working Paper, Robarts Centre, 2001, http://www.robarts.yorku.ca.

Susan Driver

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-mail: sdriver@yorku.ca
Phone: 416-736-2100; ext 20125
Office location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 3016
Office hours: TBA

B.A. Political Science (Toronto); M.A. (York); Ph.D. Social and Political Thought (York)


Research Interests
Youth Cultures, Social Media, Feminist Cultural Studies, Mediations of Identity and Embodiment, Affect Theory, Queer Theory.

Selected Publications
Refereed Books
Susan Driver, Queer Girls and Popular Culture: reading, resisting and creating media. NY: Peter Lang, 2007.Susan Driver ed., Queer Youth Cultures. NY: SUNY Press, 2008.

Refereed Journal Articles
Susan Driver, “Reading Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born as a Queer Daughter.” Journal of the Association For Research on Mothering. 8.1, Summer 2006.

Susan Driver, “Between Theories and Life Writings: Communicating Desires Across Generational Differences.” Women’s Studies: An International Journal. Vol.35 No. 4. June 2006.Susan Driver, “Intersubjective Openings: rethinking feminist psychoanalytics of desire beyond heteronormative ambivalence,” Feminist Theory: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, 6.1, Spring 2005.

Susan Driver, “Out Creative and Questioning: Reflexive Self-Representations in Queer Youth Homepages” Canadian Woman’s Studies, Vol.16.2, Spring 2005.

Susan Driver, “Pornographic Pedagogies? The Risks of Teaching “Dirrty” Popular Cultures,” Media Cultures Journal, Vol. 7.4, 2004.

Refereed Book Chapters
Susan Driver, "Hip Mamas, Playful Imperfections and Defiant Voices: Resisting fantasies of the 'good mother' in Ariel Gore's survival guides," Mother Knows Best: Talking Back to Baby "Experts." Ed. Jessica Nathanson. NYU Press, (Fall, 2008).

Susan Driver, “Cherrie Moraga’s Transformations: becoming a butch Mother,” Mothering in the Third Wave, ed. Amber Kinser. Demeter Press, (Fall, 2008).

Susan Driver, “Beyond ‘Straight’ Interpretations: researching queer youth digital video,” Representing Youth, ed. Amy L. Best. NYU Press, 2007.

Susan Driver, “Virtually queer youth communities of girls and birls: cultural spaces of identity work and desiring exchanges.” Digital Generations, eds. Rebekah Willett, Lawrence Erlbaum Publisher, Spring, 2006.

Susan Driver, “Girls Looking at Girls Looking for Girls: visual pleasures and social empowerment of queer teen romance flicks,” Youth Culture in Global Cinema, ed. Timothy Shary, University of Texas Press, 2006.

Susan Driver, “Queer femmes Loving FTMs,” Trans- Feminisms, ed. Krista Scott. Sumach Press, 2006.

Susan Driver, “Representing Experience as a Dialogical Process of Theorizing,” Ways of Knowing in and Through the Body: Diverse Perspectives on Embodiment, Toronto: Soleil Pub, 2002.

Technology SMEs in a Regional Economy,” /Journal of Technology Transfer /31, 145-161.

Louis-Etienne Dubois

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: le.dubois@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000; ext 3302
Office location: RCC-315
Office hours: TBA


Louis-Etienne Dubois is Assistant Professor of creative industries management at Ryerson University's School of Creative Industries. He holds a Ph.D. from HEC Montréal and from MINES ParisTech. He is also a guest lecturer at HEC Montréal and at Lille Catholic University. From 2012 to 2015, he was appointed to Wallonia European Creative District's high-level group, a European Commission sponsored initiative aimed at boosting the development of creative industries in Belgium.  Louis-Etienne's research activities aim at developing a better understanding of collaborative and innovation processes, as well as management practices in the creative industries. Ongoing projects include work in the gaming  and performance arts. Some of his most recent work has been published in the European Management Journal, Acta Astronautica and in the Revue internationale de Gestion.

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R. Bruce Elder

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Bruce Elder Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-mail: belder@ryerson.ca
Phone: (416) 979-5000, ext. 6859
Office location: VIC-825
Office hours: TBA

B.A. (McMaster); B.A.A. (Ryerson); M.A. (Toronto)

R. Bruce Elder is a filmmaker, critic, and teacher (and former Program Director) in the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. His film work has been screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Millennium Film Workshop, Berlin’s Kino Arsenal, Paris’ Centre Pompidou, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Atlanta’s High Museum, Los Angeles’ Film Forum, Stadtfilmmuseum München, and Hamburg’s Kino Metropolis. Retrospectives of his work have been presented by Anthology Film Archives (NY), the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cinématheque Québecoise, Il Festival Senzatitolo (Trento), Images Film and Video Festival (Toronto) and 1Paris’ Festival des Cinémas Différents, and EXiS (in Seoul, Korea). When Elder received the 2007 Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts, the jury described him as “highly innovative”, “influential” and “acutely intelligent” noting the enormous span of his practice and the demanding nature of his films.

Described by New York filmmaker and critic Jonas Meklas as “the most important North American avant-garde filmmaker to emerge during the 1980′s,” Elder combines images, music and text to create works that reflect his interest in philosophy, technology, science, spirituality and the human body. In announcing their “Tribute to R. Bruce Elder” Cinematheque Ontario proclaimed: “R. Bruce Elder is not only one of Canada's foremost experimental filmmakers, he's one of our greatest artists, thinkers, critics, and filmmakers, period.” Elder has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Department of External Affairs/DFAIT. He was an early user of digital image processing techniques in filmmaking; his interest in the mathematics of signal processing led him to study and to publish on computer programming and artificial intelligence. He was awarded a Council/NSERC New Media Initiatives grant, a Ryerson Research Chair, and grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to develop and apply innovative methods in image processing and machine learning to filmmaking. Other awards include the Governor General’s Award in Media Arts, a Canadian Film Award (now Genie), Los Angeles Film Critics Award. In 2007, Elder was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Elder publications include Image & Identity: Reflections on Canadian Film and Culture (1989), a key text on Canadian culture, The Body in Film (1989), A Body of Vision (1997), a book which looks at representations of the body in poetry and avant-garde film, and The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition (1998). His recently published Harmony & Dissent: The Film and Avant-Garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century, received the prestigious Robert Motherwell Book Prize from the Dedalus Foundation, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book and was shortlisted for the ASPP’s Raymond Klibansky award. His most recent book DADA, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect was published in May 2013 -- Rudolf Kuenzli said of it “This is that rare book that casts the early twentieth-century avant-garde in a very new light.”

Research Interests
Philosophy of technology, Psychoanalysis and Culture, Modernity and its Discontents, Modernity and the Avant-garde, The intellectual reception of the early cinema, Modernist art and spirituality, The application of algorithmic process in art making, Using mathematical models in art making, Digital signal processing

Selected Publications
DADA, Surrealism, the Cinematic Effect.  Waterloo: WLU Press, 2013.

Harmony and Dissent: Film and Avant-garde Art Movements in the Early Twentieth Century, Waterloo: WLU Press, 2008.

"The Foreignness of the Intimate, Or the Violence and Charity of Perception" in Atom Egoyan and Ian Balfour, eds. Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film. (Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press, 2004), pp. 439-487.

The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and Charles Olson. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1998.

A Body of Vision: The Image of the Body in Recent Film and Poetry. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1997.

Image and Identity: Reflections on Canadian Film and Culture. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1989.

The Body in Film. Toronto : Art Gallery of Ontario, 1989.

Greg Elmer

Field of Study: Media & Culture, Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: gelmer@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5282
Office Location: RCC 309
Office Hours: TBA

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst

Greg Elmer (PhD University of Massachusetts Amherst) is Bell Globemedia Research Chair and Director of the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media at Ryerson University. Greg's research and teaching focus on new media and politics, theories and methods in social media studies, surveillance theory, and media globalization. Greg provides analysis and commentary for the media on the role of new media in Canadian and American politics. In the fall 2008 Greg worked with CBC The National on its internet coverage of the Canadian federal election. The CBC-Infoscape partnership resulted in a Gemini award for best cross platform project (2009). In 2007 Greg joined Ottawa's The Hill Times as a political columnist and blogger.

Greg serves on the editorial board of New Media & Society, TV & New Media, The Information Society, Space and Culture, Topia, and the American Communication Journal. Greg was previously visiting Faculty Fellow at the Virtual Knowledge Studio (Amsterdam), the National Center for E-Social Science at the University of Manchester, and a Digital Cultural Institutions fellow at the Social Science Research Council in New York City. He was most recently Cultures of the Digital Economy research fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, senior faculty fellow at the London School of Economics, and visiting research professor at Yeungnam University, South Korea.

Research Interests
social media & software studies, media surveillance and profiling, media financialization, dissent & policing, collaborative media production.

Selected Publications
Langlois, G. J. Redden & G. Elmer. Eds. (2015). Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data, London: Bloomsbury.

Elmer, Greg, Ganaele Langlois and Fenwick McKelvey. (2014). “The Permanent Campaign.
New Media, New Political Actors”, K. Kozolanko Ed. The Promotional State: Communication Perspectives, U of Toronto Press.

Elmer, Greg. (2013). “IPO.2.0: The Panopticon Goes Public”, Mediatropes, Vol. 14, pp. 1-16.

Elmer, Greg. (2013). “Accounting in/for New Media”, Journal of Critical Studies in Business & Society, vol. 4, no 1.

Langlois, Ganaele & G. Elmer. (2013). “The Research Politics of Social Media Platforms”, Culture Machine, Vol. 14, pp. 1-17.

Renzi, Alesandra and Greg Elmer. (2013). “Don’t fence us in: Preempting Dissent at the
Toronto G8/20”, Theory, Culture and Society.

Elmer, Greg & Ganaele Langlois. (2013) “From Networks to Traffic Tags: The
Circulation of Discrete Objects”, Information Polity.

Alessndra Renzi & Greg Elmer. (2012). Infrastructure Critical: Sacrifice at Toronto's G20 Summit, Winnipeg: ARP Press.

Elmer, Greg; Davis, C.; Marchessault, J. & McCullough, J. (eds.) Locating Migrating Media, (Lexington Press, 2010).

Elmer, Greg & Opel, Andy. (co-authors). Preempting Dissent: The Politics of an Inevitable Future, (ARP Press, 2008).

Elmer, Greg & Mike Gasher. (eds.). Contracting Out Hollywood: Runaway Productions and Foreign Location Shooting, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

Elmer, Greg. Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004).

Elmer, Greg (ed.). (2002). Critical Perspectives on the Internet, (Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).

Elmer, Greg. (2003). "A Diagram of Panoptic Surveillance", New Media & Society, Vol. 5, #2, pp. 231-247.

Elmer, Greg. (2002). "The Trouble with the Canadian Body-Double: Runaway Productions and Foreign Location Shooting", Screen, Vol. 43, # 4, pp. 84-94.

Elmer, Greg. (2002). "Consumption in the Network Age: Solicitation, Automation, and Networking", Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Vol. 8, #1, pp. 86-99.

Documentary Film:
Greg Elmer & Andy Opel (Directors). Preempting Dissent (41 mins).

Greg Elmer (Director) The Canadian Delegation (in production).

Elmer, Greg, Ganaele Langlois & Fenwick McKelvey. (2012). The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics, New York: Peter Lang.

Barbara Evans

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University York University
E-Mail Address: bevans@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 22167
Office Location: CFT 212
Office Hours: TBA

BA (British Columbia); Associate (MA equivalent) National Film and Television School (UK)

Barbara Evans has worked as a director, producer, writer, researcher and editor. She has worked in Britain for educational television, the BBC, ITV and the British Film Institute. She was a founding member of the London Women's Film Group and the British Newsreel Collective. In Canada she has worked as an editor for the National Film Board on such films as Wonderland, a documentary about land use in British Columbia, and Bitter Medicine, a film on the history of medicare, originally broadcast on CBC's Quarterly Report. She has also edited a number of independent documentaries as well as the feature films Latitude 55 and Walls and was editor of the Atlantis Films - National Film Board co-production, To Set Our House in Order.

Barbara Evans directed the National Film Board film, Prairie Women, a history of the farm women's movement on the Canadian Prairies. Prairie Women won the 1987 Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for best documentary film over 30 minutes. In 1989, she completed In Her Chosen Field, a documentary on issues facing contemporary farm women, for Studio D of the National Film Board and the Federal Women's Film Programme. In Her Chosen Field has received numerous awards, including a Golden Sheaf Award, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film and Video Festival, a bronze Chris award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival and a MediaWatch Television and Public Affairs Award for positive representation of women.

Barbara Evans has also produced Now That We Are Persons, a video celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Persons' Case and Jessie's Albums, the story of a farm woman who documented her life through photographs in the early years of this century, as well as Rediscovering our Past - Recreating our Future, a documentary on the First International Minoan Celebration of Partnership. In 2001 Ms. Evans completed A Heaven on Earth, a feature-length documentary on the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. As well as documentary film projects, her current research is focused on the work of early women filmmakers in the British Documentary Film Movement.

Research Interests
Documentary, Film, Women, History, Politics.

Selected Publications
"The Foreignness of the Intimate, Or the Violence and Charity of Perception" in Atom Egoyan and Ian Balfour, eds. Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film. (Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press, 2004), pp. 439-487.

The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and Charles Olson. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1998.

A Body of Vision: The Image of the Body in Recent Film and Poetry. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1997.

Image and Identity: Reflections on Canadian Film and Culture. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1989.

The Body in Film. Toronto : Art Gallery of Ontario, 1989.

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Seth Feldman

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: sfeldman@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 650-8247
Office Location: CFT 210
Office Hours: By Appointment

B.A. (Johns Hopkins); M.A.(SUNY Buffalo); Ph.D. English (SUNY Buffalo)

Professor Feldman was one of he founding members of the Joint Programme in Communication & Culture. A much published scholar in Canadian cinema studies, he co-edited the first anthology in the field, Canadian Film Reader as well as a second anthology, Take Two. He has also written on Soviet cinema, documentary cinema, and television and has been the writer/presenter of some 23 feature radio documentaries for the CBC program, IDEAS. Professor Feldman has served as a founder and Past President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, programmer of the Canadian Images Film Festival and Grierson Film Seminar, Associate Dean and Dean of Fine Arts at York University, Chair of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans, and as Robarts Chair of Canadian Studies. In 2001, he was awarded the honorific title of University Professor, one of only twenty such positions at York University. He is currently Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.

Research Interests
My work over the years has involved consideration of the historical and theoretical contexts of work in Canadian Cinema, documentary cinema and media as a whole. I maintain a longstanding interest in television studies and, by virtue of my work in radio documentary, in the rhetoric of radio. Most recently, I have updated my research on the early Soviet filmmaker, Dziga Vertov and have incorporated a longstanding interest in issues pertaining to animals into my work on documentary and film as a whole. As Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, I have a broader interest in issues of Canadian culture and communication.

Selected Publications
"Vertov After Manovich." Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Volume 16, Number 1 (Spring, 2007), 39-50.

"Not Ours: the Disruptive Outsider in Zacharias Kunuk’s Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner." Literature and Cinema in Canada: Comparing Cultures. University of Bologna. December 12, 2006.

"Expo ’67 and the Narrative of Canadian Documentary History." Film Studies Association of Canada. University of Saskatchewan, May 30, 2007.

"Grierson Plus v. The Post-Documentarians: Theories of Documentary as Triumphant or Dead." Keynote: New Directions in Turkish Cinema Conference. Kadir Has University (Istanbul). May 3, 2008.

"Nanook of the North: Robert J. Flaherty, Fatty Arbuckle and the Invisible Bride." Film Studies Association of Canada. University of British Columbia . June 3, 2008.

Inventing Dinosaurs — a one hour program on the Victorian scientists who created the modern understanding of dinosaurs. CBC - IDEAS. Produced by Sara Wolch. Broadcast January 17 and 18, 2006.

Current research projects/journals
I am currently writing a book on the history and meaning of documentary cinema. I am also the principal investigator on two SSHRC grants: a study of the Canadian films screened at Expo '67 (standard research grant) and a multi-media project on cities that share their names with concentration camps (research/creation grant). In 2009, I will be writing and presenting CBC Ideas radio documentary on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species. I will also be offering a new graduate seminar on Images of Animals (Winter term, through the Humanities graduate program cross-listed with ComCult).

Link to expanded profile page (or personal website): www.yorku.ca/robarts/team/index.html.

Deborah Fels

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: dfels@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext. 7619
Office Location: RBB-3-090
Office Hours: TBA

B.Sc. (Guelph); M.H.Sc. (Toronto); Ph.D. Human Factors (Toronto)

Dr. Fels has a PhD (1994) in Human Factors from Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Health Science (1987) in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto. She is currently employed as an associate professor in the School of Information Technology Management, and the Director of the Centre for Learning Technologies at Ryerson University.

Her research interests include access to multi-media computer applications for people with disabilities, accessible media, computer-based learning, and video conferencing. Current research projects include: 1) interactive video-mediated communication system for children in hospitals; 2) emotive captioning; 3) broadband learning environments supporting people with disabilities; 4) descriptive audio; and 5) on-line ASL see www.aslpah.ca. She received one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 awards for the year 2001. She is also a professional engineer.

Research Interests
Children and computing; telepresence; learning technologies; synchronous multimedia; human-computer interaction; rehabilitation engineering.

Selected Publications
Fels, D.I., Konstantinidis, B., Hardman, J., Carey, C., Porch, W. (2004). Providing inclusive video-mediated communication. Annual Review of Communications, v57. pp. 593-601.

Fels, D.I., Richards, J., Hardman, J., Soudian, S., Silverman, C. (2004). American sign language of the web. CHI2004 Late Breaking Papers. Vienna. pp. 1111-1114.

Rice, M. & Fels, D. (2004). Low vision and the visual interface for interactive television. Second International Conference on iTV. Brighton, UK.

Fels, D., & Weiss, T. (2001). "Video-mediated communication in the classroom to support sick children: A case study". International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 28. 251-263.

Weiss T., Whiteley C., Treviranus, J., and Fels, D.I. (2001). "PEBBLES: A Personal Technology for Meeting Educational, Social and Emotional Needs of Hospitalized". Children. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 5. 157-168.

Fels, D., & Weiss, T. (2000). "Toward determining an attention getting device for improving interaction during video-mediated communication". Computers in Human Behaviour. 16(2). 99-122.

Fels, D.I., Williams, L., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1999). "Developing a video-mediated communication system for hospitalized children". Telemedicine Journal. 5(2). 193-207.

Williams, L. Fels, D.I., Smith, G., Treviranus, J., & Eagleson, R. (1998). "Control of a remote communication system by children". International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 22. pp. 275-283.

Fels, D.I., Chignell, M.H., Shein, G.F., & Milner, M. (1996). "Steps toward output device-independent feedback". Ergonomics, 39(8), pp. 1054-1068.

Marco Fiola

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: mfiola@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: 416-979-5000, ext. 6130
Office Location: 380 Victoria Street – JOR520
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9-5

B.A. Translation, (Université de Montréal, 1991); M.A. Translation, (Université de Montréal, 1993); DEA Language Science and Translation Studies, (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, 2000); Ph.D. Translation Studies, (Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, 2003)

Dr. Fiola has been teaching applied linguistics at Ryerson University since 2006. He holds a doctorate in Translation Studies and is a certified translator and terminologist. He has published numerous articles and chapters on translator subjectivity, languages of lesser diffusion, language barriers in the public sector, and translation and intertextuality.

Research Interests
Interlinguistic and intercultural communication; gender-related language usage and translation; translator subjectivity; languages of lesser diffusion; language barriers in the public sector.

Selected Publications
(forthcoming), Tamil-English Legal Glossary, Ryerson Law Research Centre.

(2013), La traduction raisonnée. Manuel d’initiation à la traduction professionnelle de l’anglais vers le français, 3rd edition, University of Ottawa Press, 716 p.

(2013), La traduction raisonnée. Livre du maître, 3rd edition, University of Ottawa Press, 333 p.

(2010), La traduction spécialisée, translated and adapted from the Italian La traduzione specializzata, by Federica Scarpa, University of Ottawa Press, 451.

(forthcoming). Medical Interpreting in Canada: a Beacon or a Glimmer of Hope?, Translating and Interpreting Healthcare Discourses, M.J. Varela and Bernt Meyer (eds.). Berlin: Frank & Timme.

(forthcoming). Translator Education: for a praxeological approach. Rivista Internazionale di Tecnica della Traduzione, Trieste.

(2013). Should the market dictate the content of specialized translation curricula?,  connexions, Vol. 1, no. 1, p. 59-63.

Caitlin Fisher

Field of Study: Technology in PracticeFaculty Photo Caitlin Fisher

University York University
E-Mail Address: caitlin@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 22199
Office Location: CFA 303
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (University of Toronto); M.A. (Carleton); Ph.D. (York)

Caitlin Fisher is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture and her current research focuses on data visualization and the archive and the creation of spatial narratives in augmented reality environments.

Research Interests
Augmented reality, digital storytelling, hypermedia fiction and documentary, feminist theory, archives and collecting, locative media.

Selected Publications
2014 200 Castles: Interlocking augmented reality stories of longing, archiving, sex and ruin : http://projeqt.com/caitlin/200-castles/

2014 Cardamom of the Dead: Stories for Oculus Rift https://projeqt.com/caitlin/cardamom/

2012 Circle (Shortlisted for the U.K new media Writing Prize; ELO Juror’s Choice Award): http://iloveepoetry.com/?p=2572

2009 Andromeda (Winner of the Vinaros Award for Digital Poetry): Electronic Literature Collection vol.2: http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/fisher_andromeda.html

"Art and Ephemera: Digital Literature in a Visual Age", Nordic Society for Comparative Arts, 2006 Feminist Digital Aesthetics: the everyday and yesterday" in Janine Marchessault and Susan Lord, Fluid Screens:Expanded Cinema and Time (forthcoming).

"Digital Literacies: Reading and Writing Now" Living Literacies. Bruce Powe (ed.) Toronto: Coach House Press. 2004.

"Sexual Desire and Girlhood" in Jane Sexes it Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire Merri Lisa Johnson (ed.) New York: Four Walls, Eight Windows, 2002.

Jennifer Fisher

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Jennifer Fisher Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: jefish@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33410
Office Location: CFA 252
Office Hours: TBA

B.F.A. (NSCAD); M.A. (University of Montreal); Ph.D. (Concordia)
Associate Professor: Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies
Department of Visual Arts, York University

Jennifer Fisher is an art historian, critic and curator specializing in contemporary art and cultural studies. Her research focuses on display practices and the aesthetics of the non-visual senses. Editor of the Journal of Curatorial Studies, an international peer-reviewed academic journal, publishing three issues a year, she has also co-edited special issues of Senses and Society on “Sensory Aesthetics” (2012) and Public on “Civic Spectacle” (2012). Her writings have been featured in anthologies such as The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Culture (2013), The Senses in Performance (2006) and Caught in the Act (2005), and journals such as Art Journal, Border/Lines, C magazine, n-paradoxa and Visual Communication. She is the editor of the anthology Technologies of Intuition (2006).

Dr. Fisher is a founding member of DisplayCult, a curatorial collaborative that seeks to creatively merge disciplines, media and communities in order to propose generative prototypes for display and aesthetic engagement. Exhibitions include NIGHTSENSE (2009), MetroSonics (2009), Odor Limits (2008), Do Me! (2006), Linda Montano: 14 Years of Living Art (2003), Museopathy (2001), Vital Signs (2000) and CounterPoses (1998), among others. DisplayCult’s collaborative publications include the catalogues CounterPoses (2002) and Museopathy (2002), as well as essays in Trespassers & Captives (2000), Image and Inscription (2005), and Dispersions: Aernout Mik (2005).

Professor Fisher was Contemporary Art Fellow at the Canadian Centre for the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Canada, and has held research affiliations at the Society for Fellows in the Humanities at Cornell University and the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She joined York University’s Visual Arts Department in 2004.

DisplayCult: www.displaycult.com

Journal of Curatorial Studies: www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=205/

Selected Publications
"Tangible Acts," The Senses in Performance, eds. Sally Banes and Andre Lepinki, New York & London: Routledge, 2007.

"Exhibitionary Affect," n.paradoxa, special issue "Curatorial Strategies," 18 (2006): 27-33.

"In Noritoshi Hirakawa’s ‘Garden of Nirvana,’" The Smell Culture Reader, ed. Jim Drobnick (Oxford & New York: Berg, 2006), 320-327 (co-author).

"Oral Logics of the Museum," Public #30, "Eating Things," ed. Scott McFarlane, Winter 2005.

"Out and About: The Performances of Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan," Caught in the Act, eds. Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars, Toronto: YYZ Books, 2005.

"Ambient Communities and Association Complexes; Aernout Mik's Awry Socialities," in Aernout Mik, ed. Stephanie Rosenthal, Munich: Haus der Kunst (co-author), 2004.

"Tactile Affects," Tessera, 2003.

Museopathy, exhibition catalogue, Kingston: The Agnes Etherington Art Centre in association with DisplayCult (co-author), 2002.

Edited Books
Technologies of Intuition, editor, Toronto: YYZBOOKS & Winnipeg: MAWA, 2006.

Blake Fitzpatrick

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: bfitzpatrick@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext: 6865
Office Location: IMA-239
Office Hours: TBA

Blake Fitzpatrick holds the position of Professor in the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University where he is the Graduate Program Director, of the Documentary Media (MFA) program.

A photographer, curator and writer, his research interests include the photographic representation of the nuclear era, visual responses to contemporary militarism and images of disaster in landscape photography.  He is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group of photographers dedicated to making visible all aspects of the nuclear era.

Fitzpatrick has exhibited his photo-based work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, including exhibitions at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and recent group exhibitions with the Atomic Photographers Guild in Australia, Switzerland and the United States.  His curatorial projects examine the work of contemporary artists who respond to war and social conflict and include War at a Distance; Disaster Topographics; and The Atomic Photographers Guild: Visibility and Invisibility in the Nuclear Era. He recently co-curated an exhibition of the work of Arthur Goss, Toronto’s first official photographer for the Ryerson Image Centre (2013). His writing and visual work have appeared in the journals Public, Topia, History of Photography, Fuse, Ciel Variable, POV and in the anthology The Cultural Work of the Photograph in Canada (McGill–Queen’s University Press, 2011).

Fred Fletcher

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: York University, University Professor Emeritus
E-Mail Address: ffletch@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-5057
Office Location:  Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 2012
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (UBC); M.A. (Duke); Ph.D. (Duke)

Professor Fletcher’s interests include mass media and politics, communication policy, election campaigns and public opinion (all with a focus on Canada), also federalism and environmental issues. Publications include articles in many journals and edited books. He is the co-author of Canadian Attitude Trends, 1960-78, The Newspaper and Public Affairs, Canadian Politics Through Press Reports, Media Elections and Democracy, and Reaching the Voter: Constituency Campaigning in Canada. He has worked for three Royal Commissions, including the recent Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, where as Research Coordinator, Media and Elections. His current research focuses on election campaigns — as principal investigator, an Election Broadcasting Project — and news coverage of environmental issues.

Research Interests
Political communication; social advocacy; communication and public policy; communication policy.

Selected Publications
"Mass media and elections in Canada." In F. Fletcher (ed.), Media, Elections and Democracy. Volume 19 of the research studies of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, 1992. (with R. Everett)

Media and Voters in Canadian Election Campaigns. Volume 18 of the research studies of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, 1992.

Media, Elections and Democracy. Volume 19 of the research studies of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, 1992.

"Mirror or participant? The news media and environmental policy," in R.Boardman (ed.), Canadian Environmental Policy: Ecosystems, Politics and Process. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1992. (with L. Stahlbrand)

Mary Fogarty

Field of Study: Faculty Photo Mary FogartyMedia & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: maryf@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416)736-2100 x 22129
Office Location: ACE 319
Office Hours: TBA

BA Hons (Univerity of Western Ontario), MA (Brock), PhD (University of Edinburgh)

Mary Fogarty is a dance scholar and cultural sociologist with degrees in music, popular culture, and film studies. Her main areas of interest are DIY cultural practices, embodied mediation and post-subcultural identities. She is currently collaborating on a book project with co-author, Ken Swift, one of the most influential b-boys in the history of hip hop culture. She is also co-editing an anthology about Movies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films with Mark Evans and The [Oxford] Handbook of Hip-Hop Dance Studies with Imani Kai Johnson.
Prof. Mary Fogarty is part of the KeepRockinYou arts collective that organizes the Toronto B-Girl Movement, a project devoted to mentoring young women in hip hop dance and culture with a focus on breaking. She was an invited Visiting Scholar at New York University's Hip-Hop Education Centre (2013-2015).

Recent publications include a chapter about "The Body and Dance" in the Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music, “‘Each One Teach One’: B-boying and Ageing” in the anthology Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity; “Breaking Expectations: Imagined Affinities in Mediated Youth Cultures” in Continuum; "A Manifesto for the Study of Popular Dance" (2010) in Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies (SDHS), and “Gene Kelly: The Original, Updated” in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (2014).

Dr. Fogarty is a sought after public speaker and has been invited to KISMIF's "Crossing Borders of Underground Music Scenes" as a keynote speaker (Portugal), Cornell University, the Schomburg Centre in Harlem; New York University; Griffith University a a keynote speaker for Creative Communities II; University of Exeter, House of PainT (Ottawa hip hop event); Markham Theatre, Behavior Block Party & Pow Wow, as well as an invited dance workshop leader for music therapists, for dancers and choreographers, for youth and for prisoners.
She recently performed in Open Art Surgery at the Harbourfront Centre (March 2014) in collaboration with Jonzi D and Allen Kaeja. She has also performed at the 2007 Breakin' Convention, an international hip hop dance theatre showcase, at Edinburgh Festival Theatre in Scotland.

Professor Fogarty has been the recipient of several awards including an Academic Innovation Fund, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, ORSAS (University of Edinburgh) and Canada Graduate Scholarship. She is a founding member of the UK-based research collective about popular dance studies, PoP Moves. She has served on committees for Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference, Manifesto Festival Dance Council, IASPM-UK, IMHSD, and CORD.
From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Fogarty was a lecturer in the Dance: Urban Practice degree program at the University of East London/UK where she pioneered breaking battles on the dance curriculum with co-teacher Kevin “DJ Renegade” Gopie. She joined the faculty in York University's Department of Dance in 2011.

Chapters in books
“The Body and Dance.” The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music. Eds. John Shepherd and Kyle Devine. London: Routledge, 2015. 245-254.  Print. [in press]

“Gene Kelly: The Original, Updated.” The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen. Ed. Melissa Blanco Borelli. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 83-97. Print.

“Each One Teach One: B-Boying and Ageing.” Ageing and Youth Cultures. Eds. Andy Bennett and Paul Hodkinson, Oxford: Berg, 2012. 53-65. Print.

Single author journal articles
“Breaking Expectations: Imagined Affinities in Mediated Youth Cultures.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Spec. issue of Mediated Youth Cultures, edited by Andy Bennett and Brady Robards 26.3 (2012): 449-462.  London: Routledge. Print.

“A Manifesto for the Study of Popular Dance.” Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies, Spec. issue of Dancing the Popular, edited by Danielle Robinson 30 (2010): 4-5.

Scott Forsyth

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: sforsyth@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 22164
Office Location: CFT 238
Office Hours: TBA

B.A (Trent); M.A. (York); Ph.D. (York)

Professor Scott Forsyth has published on the politics of Hollywood films, Marxist cultural theory, third world film and film in Canada. He is a founding editor of the film studies journal CineAction. He is currently working on a research project on culture and Canadian Communists in the thirties and a manuscript on contemporary Hollywood, American imperialism and Cold War and post-Cold War ideologies.

Research Interests
Film and media politics; film history; Marxist cultural and aesthetic theory; film in the third world. Projects on cultural politics and Canadian Communists and on Hollywood and imperialism.

Selected Publications
"The Sixties Redux," Cineaction 89, WInter, 2012

“The Festival, Politics and Space”, CineAction 82/83, Winter 2010

“Performance, Realism and Melodrama,” CineAction #76, Winter 2009

“Class and American Comedy,” Labour/le travail #58, Fall 2006 (book review)

"Communists, Class and Culture," in Working On Screen: Canadian Film and the Working Class, Khouri and Varga, (eds.), Toronto: U of T Press, 2006

"Hollywood Reloaded: The Film as Imperial Commodity," in Leo Panitch and Colin Leys, (eds.), Empire Reloaded: Socialist Register 2005, London: Merlin Press, 2004

Journal Issues Edited
Politics and Cinema, CineAction 92, Winter 2013

3D, CGI and Beyond, CineAction 89, Winter 2012

New Cinema, CineAction 86, WInter 2011

Science Fiction/Canadian Films, CineAction 82/83, Winter 2010

Global Cinema/Canadian Films and TV, CineAction #78, Summer 2009

Cinema and New Media, CineAction #73/74, Winter 2008

Estee Fresco

Estee Fresco is a scholar of sport media, promotional culture, Canadian identity, citizenship and Indigenous-Settler relations.

Estee Fresco is a scholar of sport media, promotional culture, Canadian identity, citizenship and Indigenous-Settler relations. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Commodity Nationalism: Commercializing Canadian Identity Through the Olympics. This work is based on archival research conducted on the Summer and Winter Olympic Games hosted in Canada: Montreal (1976), Calgary (1988) and Vancouver (2010). It explores how the Games became a platform for the fusion of nationalism and consumption. Fresco argues for an expanded view of commodities, rejecting the notion that they are simply meaningless throwaway goods. Specifically, Olympic-related objects like clothing, toys and coins are richly symbolic objects that help circulate politically charged ideas about Canadian identity, history and citizenship. They contribute to the legitimization of the Settler colonial state, help define “good” citizen and influence conflicts over the ownership of natural resources in Canada.

Fresco is also developing a second research project on ageing, communication technology, citizenship and the body. She investigates how older adults use technology to navigate the expectation that they take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. For instance, she asks: how do devices like fitness-trackers and location monitors influence how older adults’ bodies are surveilled? How do these surveillance practices influence knowledge of so-called normal and abnormal ageing bodies, and how to older adults challenge such constructions?


PhD, Western University
MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science
BA (Hons) , University of Toronto

Research Interests

faculty-interestslistfull">Communications , Culture and Cultural Studies, Sport Studies , Canadian Identity , Indigenous-Settler Relations

May Friedman

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson UniversityFaculty Photo May Friedman
E-Mail Address: may.friedman@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext: 2525
Office Location: EPH-216E
Office Hours: TBA


May Friedman’s research looks at unstable identities, including bodies that do not conform to traditional racial and national or aesthetic lines.  She also looks at diversity of identity in terms of gender, sexuality and weight, including research which considers the impact of fat-phobia on queer subjectivities.

Recent publications consider the ways that digital media engages with transnational family formation (Click and Kin, UTP 2016, with Silvia Schultermandl) and the impact of fat shaming on mothers (Reproducing fat-phobia: Reproductive technologies and fat women’s right to mother, Journal of Motherhood Initiative 2015) May also looks at the ways that non-normative bodies and subjectivies are taken up in the context of popular culture (Here comes a lot of judgement: Honey Boo Boo as a site of reclamation and resistance, Journal of Popular Television 2014). May is especially intrigued by reality television.

Doreen Fumia

Field of Study: Media & Culture/ Politics & Policy

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: dfumia@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2605
Office Location: JOR-327
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (University of Toronto), M.A. (University of Toronto), Ph.D (University of Toronto, Sociology and Equity Studies)

Teaching Interests
Theories of Identities; Sexualities; Social Inequality; Equity in Education

Professor Fumia teaches sociological perspectives with a special interest in sexual identities, unequal social relations and community-based equity issues. It is important to her that students gain a sense that the knowledge shared in the classroom is connected to the social world in which they live. To this end, it is imperative to make links between higher education and the contemporary political landscape, media representation and popular culture.

Recent Courses
SOC633: Sexualities, Identities, and Society
IS 8936: Theories of Migration and Identities

Research Interests
Sexual Citizenship; Queer Geography and Local Neighbourhoods; Queer Identities; Queer Pedagogy; Lesbian Mothers.

Dr. Fumia’s academic work is consciously embedded in the space of the urban landscape of Toronto. Her main research interests have focused on a social history and spatial analysis of sexual citizenship and gentrification in Cabbagetown. With funding from Ryerson University, she is currently working on a project examining the changes that have taken place at the Triangle program since it began 15 years ago. She and her research student recently wrote a news article about Triangle in the local LGBT newspaper Xtra!. Her newest research involves a multi-partnered study investigating precarious work in low and middle income neighbourhoods in Toronto.

Selected Publications
2011 Fumia, Doreen. Lesbians. Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World. Mary Zeiss Stange and Carol K. Oyster (eds). Sage Publication.

2010 Fumia, Doreen. Divides, High Rise and Boundaries. Ethnologies, Volume 32 (2).

2010 Fumia, Doreen. “I Do” Belong in Canada: Same Sex Relationship and Marriage. In David Cheal (Ed.) New Canadian Families, Toronto: Oxford University Press, Second Edition, pp 167- 182.

2010 Lesbian Mothering. Encyclopedia of Motherhood, Andrea O’Reilly (ed). Sage Publication.

2008 Bhandar, Davina, Doreen Fumia and Zoe Newman (Guest Editors). Special Issue: Decolonizing Spaces. Resources for Feminist Research/Documentation sur la Recherché, Volume 33(1/2).

2008 Dehli, Kari and Doreen Fumia. “Teachers’ Informal Learning, Identity and Education ‘Reform.’” In K. Church, N. Bascia and E. Shragge (Eds.), The Politics of Informal Learning. Springer pp 143-168.

Community Activities
Doreen is Co-Chair of the Equity and Diversity Council, and member of the Executive, CAUT. She is a member of the Triangle Program School Community Council, Canada’s only school for at-risk LGBTQ students. She is also a community member of the Equity Policy Advisory Committee at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), the co-chair of the Anti-Homophobia Coalition (TDSB) and a faculty member of Positive Space at Ryerson. Doreen developed the Rye-Tri Program that allows a Triangle Student to take a university course while in their last year of high school and for graduate students at Ryerson to do their placement at the Triangle Program.

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Irene Gammel

Field of Study: Media & CultureFaculty Photo Irene Gammel

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: gammel@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6588
Office Location: JOR-1038
Office Hours: TBA
Website: www.mlc.ryerson.ca

Ph.D. English (McMaster University); M.A. English (McMaster University); Staatsexamen (MA Equivalent), English, French (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany).

Irene Gammel is Professor of English and holds the Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture and at Ryerson University, Toronto, where she also directs the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre. Irene Gammel is well-known for her scholarship and teaching on gender, modernism, visual culture, and the avant-garde. Her research has helped uncover the earliest roots of modern and feminist performance art, contributed to the consolidation of L.M. Montgomery Studies as an academic field, and claimed women’s confessional discourses as a sub-discipline of autobiographical studies.

“Modern Literary Circles: A Cultural Approach,” the graduate course Irene Gammel is contributing to the Communication and Culture programme, studies the culture of the early twentieth-century modernist salons in several world cities including New York, Paris, and London with a focus on New York Dada, the Left Bank Moderns, and Bloomsbury. The course explores a range of cultural expressions including print culture, visual culture and performance.

Irene Gammel has served as president of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association, editorial board member of Canadian Literature, co-chair of the L. M. Montgomery Institute, vice-president of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association, and director of Women’s Studies at UPEI. She has held visiting professorships at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena and Erfurt Universität in Germany. For more detail, see Irene Gammel’s webpage: www.mlc.ryerson.ca  or follow her on Twitter @MLC_Research.

Research Interests
Modernism and modernity; the avant-garde; writings by women; gender and sexuality; World War I literature and culture; trauma narratives and affect; visual culture; fashion studies and performance studies; life writing and social media; digital culture.

Selected Publications
Ed. (with Suzanne Zelazo). Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.

Ed. (with Suzanne Zelazo). Crystal Flowers: Poetry and a Libretto by Florine Stettheimer. Toronto: BookThug, 2010.

Ed. (with Benjamin Lefebvre). Anne’s World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Looking for Anne of Green Gables: The Story of Lucy Maud Montgomery and her Literary Classic. Toronto: Key Porter Books; New York: St. Martin’s Books, 2008.

Ed., trans. Mein Mund ist lüstern / I Got Lusting Palate: Dada Verse von Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Berlin: Ebersbach, 2005.

Ed. The Intimate Life of L.M.Montgomery. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.

Die Dada Baroness: Das wilde Leben der Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. Berlin: Ebersbach, 2003.

Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada, and Everyday Modernity. A Cultural Biography. Cambridge and London: MIT Press, 2002

Ed. Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.

Ed. Confessional Politics: Women’s Sexual Self-Representations in Life Writing and Popular Media. Southern Illinois University Press, 1999.

Ed. (with Elizabeth Epperly) L. M. Montgomery and Canadian Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

Sexualizing Power in Naturalism: Theodore Dreiser and Frederick Philip Grove. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1994.

Donald J. Gillies

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Donald Gillies Politics and Policy, Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University, Emeritus
E-Mail Address: dgillies@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 960-8326
Office Location: 334-40 Oaklands Avenue, Toronto ON M4V 2Z3 (Home)
Office Hours: By Appointment

MA (Economics), Edinburgh; Technical Assistant’s Certificate – Pedagogy, Ontario College of Education; MSc (History of Technology), London; DIC (History of Technology), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; Teisteanas a’ Chursa Inntrigidh [Gaelic Language Certificate], University of the Highlands and Islands

Professor Gillies is Professor Emeritus of Media and Communications in the School of Image Arts, of which he was Chair, at Ryerson University. He is Adjunct Professor to the Joint York-Ryerson Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, of which he was the founding Ryerson Director. As Adjunct Professor he has continued to supervise ComCult students’ theses, master’s research papers, master’s projects, directed readings and directed research and to assess field placements.

He was a graduate student in Marshall McLuhan’s Media and Society seminar at the Centre for Culture and Technology and a member of the former Executive Committee of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, both at the University of Toronto. He was a member of the McLuhan Legacy Network planning events to celebrate the centenary of McLuhan’s birth in 2011. With other McLuhan students he participated in the CBC Ideas program “At the Feet of the Master”, broadcast on the hundredth anniversary of his birth. As a member of the Speakers Bureau of the University of Toronto’s Academic Retiree Centre he gave a series of public lectures on McLuhan in 2011, continuing into 2012. In 2011 he produced Marshall McLuhan: Sound, Music and Acoustic Space at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto to celebrate McLuhan’s membership of the club.

From 1986 to 1988 he was the founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Executive Management Institute of Canada on leave-of absence from Ryerson. He has been a member of the Canadian National Organizing Committee for the Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D) of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union since 1995 and has served as a consultant in Canada, the United States, and France. In 2004 he was a consultant jointly to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College in degree planning.

He is a member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto; the Celtic Studies Association of North America; the International Institute of Communications; the Media Ecology Association, for which he is Ryerson Co-ordinator of its 2014 Annual Convention at Ryerson; a Fellow of Senior College in the University of Toronto where he is a member of the Speakers Bureau and Chair of the Senior College University in the Community Committee and Course Director of How the Media Work: The process of Communicating (2013) and Cultural Production: How the Cultural Industries Produce Meaning (2014).

In addition to the interests represented by these activities, in 2003 he reactivated his work in Scottish Gaelic language and culture begun at the University of Edinburgh, continuing at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, where he is an Honorary Professor, and at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He is a Life Member of An Commun Gàidhealach (the Highland Society of Scotland).

Research Interests
The Toronto School of Communication, centering on Marshall McLuhan; history of media and communications, especially telecommunications; the communications industry; communications policy, including international communications and development, particularly Canada's role; media ecology, particularly in Gaelic culture.

Selected Publications
“Marshall McLuhan’s Legacy in Culture and Scholarship”, in The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2012.

“Virtual Gaelic Communities”, in A’ Cleachdadh na Gàidhlig: slatan-tomhais ann an dìon cànain sa choimhearsnachd [Using Gaelic: criteria in language maintenance in the community], Richard A.V. Cox and Timothy Currie Armstrong, editors, Sleat, Skye: Clò Ostaig, 2011.

Review of in A’ Cleachdadh na Gàidhlig: slatan-tomhais ann an dìon cànain sa choimhearsnachd [Using Gaelic: criteria in language maintenance in the community], Richard A.V. Cox and Timothy Currie Armstrong, editors, Sleat, Skye: Clò Ostaig, 2011, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 7, 4, Fall 2011.

“Media Ecology for the Gàidhealtachd”, in Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 5: Fifth Scottish Gaelic Research Conference, Kenneth E. Nilsen, editor, Sydney, Nova Scotia: Cape Breton University Press, 2010.

Review of Cànan & Cultar/Language & Culture: Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 4, Gillian Munro and Richard A.V. Cox, editors, Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2010; Coimhearsnachd na Gàidhlig an-diugh/Gaelic Communities Today, Gillian Munro and Iain Mac an Tàilleir, editors, Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2010; Bile ós Chrannaibh: A Festschrift for William Gillies, Wilson McLeod, Abigail Burnyeat, Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, Thomas Owen Clancy and Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, editors, Brig O’ Turk, Scotland: Clann Tuirc, 2010, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 7, 1, Fall 2010.

Review of Brian Sykes, Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Great Britain and Ireland, New York: W.W. Norton, 2008, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 5, 2, Fall 2008.

Review of Roger Hutchinson, A Waxing Moon: The Modern Gaelic Revival, Edinburgh and London: Mainstream, 2005, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 5, 1, Spring 2008
Review of Derick Thomson, Iain Crichton Smith, and Andrew Mitchell, Taking You Home:  Poems and Conversations, with a Gaelic translation of Taking You Home by Myles     Campbell, Glendaruel, Scotland: Argyll Publishing, 2006, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 4, 2, Autumn 2007.

“The Fall and Rise of Scottish Gaelic: A Language on the Edge,” in Garm Lu: A Canadian Celtic Arts Journal, 29, 2006.

International Telecommunication Union World Telecommunication Development Conference, Document 197(Rev. 1)-E, Resolution (WG-GI-1), Mainstreaming gender in ITU-D programmes, Istanbul, 25 March 2002; anonymous co-author as a member of the Canadian delegation drafting group.

Jacqui Gingras

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: jgingras@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext. 7726
Office Location: JOR-310
Office Hours: By Appointment

Personal Website: www.jacquigingras.ca/

Jay Goulding

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Jay Goulding Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: jay@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 20236
Office Location: Ross Building, S705
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (hons) (McMaster); M.A. (York); Ph.D. (York)

Dr. Goulding is Professor at the Dept. of Social Science, York University, Toronto, Canada, where he teaches Chinese and Japanese philosophy through hermeneutic phenomenology. He has published in Beijing University’s Gate of Philosophy, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociological Analysis: A Journal of Comparative Religion, Political Theory, Catalyst, Anhui Normal University Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, China Review International, Asian Cinema and International Journal for Field Being. He contributed to Scribner's New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (2005) with entries on East Asian philosophy. In 2006, he gave lectures at Foreign Literature Studies Institute, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Institute of Foreign Philosophy, Beijing University. He has recently edited a volume, China-West Interculture: Toward the Philosophy of World Integration, Essays on Wu Kuang-ming’s Thinking (Global Scholarly Publications) that engages Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism with phenomenology and Western philosophy.

Research Interests
Jay Goulding specializes in the philosophies of ancient and contemporary China and Japan including Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Shinto. He is interested in how these ancient philosophies manifest through popular culture today by way of the media of films and animation. The hermeneutic quest for truth alongside the phenomenological bracketing of specific life-worlds act as guiding philosophical groundings for exploring the portal between ancient and contemporary societies and between “Eastern” and “Western” cultures. He concentrates particularly on the contributions that Laozi and Zhuangzi make for the East and Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty make for the West.

Five key research words: Chinese/Japanese philosophy, hermeneutics, phenomenology

Selected Publications
2012 “Beginnings: The Global Crossings of Classical Daoism” Ch. 8 pp. 118-132 in Wu Kuang-ming (ed.) Globalization Dynamics: Psychological, Economic, Technological, and Cultural Intercourses New York: Nova Science Publishers, June.

2011 “Pioneers of Globalization: Tokugawa’s Cross-Cultural Communcations” Ch. 1 pp. 15-30 in Carin Holroyd and Ken Coates (eds.) Japan in the Age of Globalization London: Routledge, Oct.

2009 “Hwa Yol Jung’s East Asian Philosophy and Phenomenology” for Jin Young Park (ed.) Political Theory and Cross-Cultural Philosophy: Essays in honor of Hwa Yol Jung Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2009 “Merleau-Ponty and Asian Philosophy: The Double Walk of Buddhism And Daoism” for Jin Young Park and Gereon Kopf (eds.) Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2008 ed. China-West Interculture, Toward the Philosophy of World Integration: Essays on Wu Kuang-ming’s Thinking for The Association of Chinese Philosophers in America (ACPA) Series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, NY: Global Scholarly Publications 336 pgs.

2008 “Cheng Chung-ying’s Onto-cosmology: Chinese Philosophy and Hermeneutic Phenomenology” for Ng On-cho (ed.) The Imperative of Understanding: Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, and Onto-Hermeneutics New York: Global Scholarly Publications.

2007 “New Ways Toward Sino-Western Philosophical Dialogues” Journal of Chinese Philosophy Special Issue on “Contemporary Chinese Hermeneutic Philosophy,” Lauren Pfister (ed.), vol. 34, #1, March pp. 99-125.

2007 “Zhang Wei’s “Heidegger, Rorty, and the Eastern Thinkers: A Hermeneutics of Cross-Cultural Understanding” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol 6, #2 pp. 206-209.

2006 “Crossroads of Experience: Miyazaki Hayao’s Global/Local Nexus” Asian Cinema vol. 17, #2, pp. 114-123.

2006 “Canada: The Soul of Japan Through Anime and Manga” (in Japanese) in Wochi Kochi (“Near and Far”) pp. 27-31, vol. 13, Oct-Nov. Tokyo: Japan Foundation

2005 “Perkins’ Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 5, #1 pp. 183-187.

2005 “Moeller’s Daoism Explained: From The Dream Of The Butterfly To The Fishnet Allegory” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 4, #2 pp. 383-387.

2004 “Neville’s Boston Confucianism” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 4, #1 pp. 193-196.

2004 “Zhang Dainian’s Key Concepts in Chinese Philosophy” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 3, #2 pp. 262-266.

2004 “James Sellmann’s Timing and Rulership in Master Lü’s Spring and Autumn Annals” Journal of Chinese Philosophy vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 305-309.

2004 “Xiong Wei: Chinese Philosophy and Hermeneutic Phenomenology” Gate of Philosophy, Beijing University’s Journal of Philosophy Special 90th Anniversary of the Dept. of Philosophy, vol. 5, pp. 116-130.

2003 “Wu Kuang-ming’s Chinese Body Thinking: A Cultural Hermeneutic” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 2, #2 pp. 350-353.

2002 Chenyang Li’s The Tao Encounters the West” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy vol. 2, #1 pp. 166-171.

2002 “New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy” in Vrinda Dalmiya and Xinyan Jiang (ed.) American Philosophical Association: Newsletter on The Status of Asian/ Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies Spring vol. 1, No. 2 pp. 54-56.

2002 “Cheng Chung-ying’s New Dimension: Chinese Philosophy and Phenomenology” Journal of Anhui Normal University: Humanities and Social Sciences vol. 30, #3 May pp. 278-281 (in Chinese).

Current Research Projects
Completing a book Popular Cultures, East and West that compares and contrasts Chinese, Japanese and Western philosophies of culture in both ancient and contemporary perspectives.

2013 Vanier College Graduation Awards June 2013, Honourary Guest Recognized for Outstanding Service to Vanier College Orientations and College events as Coordinator of Social and Political Thought 2009-2012

2013 Vanier College Graduation Awards June 2013, Honourary Guest Recognized for Outstanding Service to Vanier College Orientations and College events as Coordinator of Social and Political Thought 2009-2012

Keynote Addresses
2007 Keynote Speaker, “Chinese Philosophy and Popular Culture” Chinese New Year Celebrations, sponsored by The Bata Shoe Museum, Asian Heritage Month - Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc., Munk Centre for International Studies, York Centre for Asian Research, Co-chaired by Sonja Bata and The Honourable Vivienne Poy, Bata Museum, Toronto, February 7.

2005 Keynote Speaker, “Opening Address: The Two Gadamers and Chinese Philosophy” Ontology and Hermeneutics Conference, East China Normal University華東師范大學, Shanghai 上海Aug. 4-8.

Link to Virtual Museum of Canadian Asian Cultural Heritage Website

Michael Greyeyes

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: greyeyes@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 44750
Office Location: CFT 333
Office Hours: By Appointment

Anatoliy Gruzd

Fi eld of Study: Technology In Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: gruzd@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7937
Office Location: TR5-2071
Office Hours: TBA

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd is a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (Canada), and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab. He is also a co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society and co-organizer of the International Conference on Social Media and Society.

Research Interests
Dr. Gruzd’s research initiatives explore how the advent of social media and the growing availability of user-generated big data are changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society.

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Mark Hayward

Field of Study: Technology in Practice, Media & Culture

University:York University
E-Mail Address: mhayward@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77657
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 3029
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. English/Semiotics (Toronto); M.A. Communication (McGill); Ph.D. Communication Studies (UNC - Chapel Hill)

Professor Hayward is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at York University. His work focuses on three areas: 1) Institutions of Diasporic broadcasting media; 2) Economic discourses in popular culture; 3) philosophical approaches to technology. He is currently working on a history of mechanology (the “science of machines) as a site of theories of mediation and a history of transmedia production in third-language broadcasting in Canada.

Research Interests
Communication and media history, cultural history of television, media and the philosophy of technology, marxist theory, cultural studies, diasporic media.

Selected Publications
“ATM, Teleprompter, Photobooth: A Brief History of Neoliberal Optics”, New Formations, 80-81. 2013.

“Political Economy and Cultural Studies: Methodological Reflections on the Economy in U.S. Communication Studies” in Communication and the Economy: Meaning Value and Agency, Peter Lang, 2013.

"Convergence Thinking, Information Theory and Labout in “End of Television” Studies” in Jan Teurlings and Marieke de Valk, After the Break: Television Theory Today. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2013.

“Working Papers in Cultural Studies, or the Virtues of Grey Literature” (co-authored with Ted Striphas), New Formations, 78, 2013.

“Catching up with Simondon” (co-authored with Bernard Geoghegan), SubStance, 129, Vol 41, No 3, 2012.

“Multicultural Television in Canada” in Peter Urquhart and Ira Wagman, eds. Cultural Industries.ca: Making Sense of Canadian Media in the Digital Age. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, 2012.

“NSFW: Finance, Pornography and Media”, Democratic Communique. Summer, 2011.

“Good Workers: Television Documentary, Migration and the Italian Nation, 1956-1964”, Modern Italy. Vol 16, No 1, 2010.

Ratiba Hadj-Moussa

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: rhm@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77989
Office Location: Vari Hall 2012
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Alger); M.A. (Laval); Ph.D. (Laval); D.E.A (Sorbonne)

Selected Publications
R. Hadj-Moussa and S. Wahnich (Eds), Mondes méditerranéens. L’émeute au coeur du politique. L’homme et la société. Revue internationale de recherches et de synthèses en sciences sociales, 187-188,  201.

2013 The Past’s Suffering and the Body’s Suffering: Algerian Cinema and the Challenge of Experience, Suffering, Arts, and Aesthetics, in R. Hadj-Moussa and M. Nijhawan (Eds.),Palgrave Mc Millan, 10 813 words).

2013 Mourir de partir, horizons d’attente et construction de l’Autre : avec et au-delà des télévisions satellitaires, in Tristan Matellart (Ed.), Médias et migration dans l’espace euro-méditerranéen, forthcoming, Paris, Mare et Martin (coll. MediaCritic)

2013 Maghrebi Audiences: Mapping the Divide Between Arab Sentiment, Islamic Belonging and Political Praxis, in E. Galal (Ed.), Islamic TV Audiences - Responses and Identities (forthcoming Routledge ).

2013 R. Hadj-Moussa, M. Nijhawan, Arts, Aesthetics and, (340 pages , Forthcoming, Palgrave Mc Millan, 2014).

2012 De la sphère publique globale à la sphère publique arabe: Quel(s) publics et quelles mediations, in R. Bourquia (Ed.), Territoires, localité et globalité. Faits et effets de la mondialisation, Paris, L’Harmattan: 21-34.

2012 « Sur un concept contesté : la sphère publique arabe est-elle solide sur terre? », Anthropologie et Sociétés (MédiaMorphoses : la télévision, quel vecteur de changements ?)

2012 « Des pauvres de la politique à la politique des pauvres », SociologieS, Théories et recherches, mis en ligne le 27 janvier 2012. URL : http://sociologies.revues.org/3884.

2010 «Ce que la télévision fait voir. Logique des frontières et enjeux de société en Algérie», SociologieS, (on line, théories et recherches , September 29, www.Sociologies.revues.org/index3221.htlm, 23 pages).

2010 "Seeking Liberty and Constructing Identities: Algerian Publics and Satellite Television”, Publics, Politics and Participation: Locating the Public Sphere in the Middle East and North Africa, S. Shami (Ed.), New York, Social Sciences Research Council: 263-298 .

2008 “Beyond the Borders: Which Arab Public for Which Public Sphere?”, The World as A Global Agora: Critical Perspectives on Public Space, L. Touaif, S. Boutkhil (Eds.) Cambridge Scholars Press: 61-73.

2008 «Marginality and Ordinary Memory: Body Centrality and the Plea for Recognition in Recent Algerian Films», Journal of North African Studies,: 13. 2 : 187-199.

Research Profile

Jan Hadlaw

Field of Study: Technology in Practice, Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: jhadlaw@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 22600
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 4008
Office Hours: TBA

B.F.A. Visual Arts (Concordia); M.A. Media Studies (Concordia); Ph.D. Communications (SFU)

Professor Hadlaw is an Associate Professor of Design Studies at York University. Her work focuses on the history of ubiquitous technologies, in particular the modern telephone and more recently, the mobile telephone, and the ways in which their design and representation have acted to influence the conceptions and ideals of everyday life. Her current research explores design’s role in the performance of Canadian national identity in the 1960s and 70s.

Research Interests
Communication and media history, cultural history of telephony, the design and representation of technology, technologies and the social imaginaries of time and space, media and everyday life, advertising and consumer society, modern design and Canadian nationalism.

Selected Publications
“Technological Pragmatism, Modern Design, and Canadian National Identity: A Case Study of the Contempra Telephone,” Journal of Design History (forthcoming 2012).

“Saving Time and Annihilating Space: Discourses of Speed in AT&T Advertising, 1909–1929.” Space and Culture 14, no. 2 (2011): 85-113.

“The Design Competition: The Function, Form, and Meaning of the Bell Telephone, 1920–1939,” in B. Darras and S. Belkhamsa (eds.) Object et Communication. MEI (Mediation et Information) no. 30-31 (2009): 329-340.

“The London Underground Map: Imagining Modern Time and Space,” Design Issues 19, no. 1 (2003): 28-35.

Plus ça Change: The Telephone and the History of the Future,” M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture 3, no. 6 (2000)

Nancy Halifax

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: nhalifax@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 22653
Office Location: HNES 408
Office Hours: TBA

Robert J. Heynen

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: rheynen@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77405
Office Location:  Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 3040
Office Hours: TBA


B.A. History and Political Science (McGill); M.A. History (Alberta); Ph.D. Social and Political Thought (York)


Rob Heynen is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at York University. His current work examines historical and contemporary surveillance practices, in particular around biometrics. His research draws on critical theories of labour, subjectivity, embodiment, and visual culture, examining as well the relationships between surveillance and systems of representation. He has also done extensive research on early 20th century media and culture, focusing on photography, film, and avant garde art in Weimar Germany. Areas of interest in this respect included: visual cultures of race, gender, and disability; communist-oriented worker photography movements; documentary film and practices of eugenics/social hygiene; colonial visual cultures; and radical cultural theory.

Research Interests

Surveillance studies; visual culture; media history (esp. photography and film); Marxist cultural theory; critical theories of race and gender; aesthetics and politics.

Selected Publications

Degeneration and Revolution: Radical Cultural Politics and the Body in Weimar Germany (Brill 2015, paperback Haymarket 2016).

Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance (co-edited with Emily van der Meulen, University of Toronto Press 2016).

“From Science to Fashion: Photography and the Production of a Surrogate Colony in Weimar Germany,” History of Photography. 40:2 (2016).

“Producing the ‘Trafficked Woman’: Canadian Newspaper Reporting on Eastern European Exotic Dancers During the 1990s,” (co-authored with Elya Durisin) Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice. 37:2 (2016).

“Disability and Sex Work: Developing Affinities through Decriminalization,” (co-authored with Kelly Fritsch, Amy Ross, and Emily van der Meulen) Disability & Society. 31:1 (2016).

“’It depends on who you are, what you are’: ‘Community Safety’ and Sex Workers’ Experience with Surveillance,” (co-authored with Jordana Wright and Emily van der Meulen) Surveillance & Society 13:2 (2015).

“Human Trafficking and Media Myths: Federal Funding, Communication Strategies, and Canadian Anti-Trafficking Programs,” (co-authored with Ann De Shalit and Emily van der Meulen) Canadian Journal of Communication 39:3 (2014).

“Socialism from the Right? Aesthetics, Politics and the Counter-Revolution in Weimar Germany,” New Formations 75 (2012).

Shelley Hornstein

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: shelleyh@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77423
Office Location: CFA 245
Office Hours: TBA

M.A.(Strasbourg); Ph.D. (Strasbourg)

Shelley Hornstein is Professor of Architectural History & Urban Culture at York University. Her work looks at the intersection of memory and place in architectural and urban sites. Her most recent research is on architectural tourism, cosmopolitanism and nationhood in the work of French Banker, Albert Kahn, and his autochrome photography collection of 1909-1930. Concurrently, she is exploring issues of demolition, virtual space and Jewish topographies, and the imbrication of architecture and human rights. Hornstein is the recipient of the Walter L. Gordon Fellowship, and several Canadian and International research awards. Her most recent book, Losing Site: Architecture, Memory and Place, was published by Ashgate in 2011. Her other books include the edited volumes: Capital Culture: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art(McGill-University Press, 2000); Image and Remembrance: Representation and The Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2002), and Impossible Images: Contemporary Art after the Holocaust (NYU Press, 2003).

A graduate of the Université de Strasbourg (Marc Bloch), France, Professor Hornstein has taught at York University since 1985. Her courses include Memory and Place, Architecture and Museums, Paris as Modernist Dream, The Celluloid City, No Place like Home, and The Metropolis Revisited. Prior to York University, she taught at Concordia and Laval Universities. She is a member of York’s graduate programs in Art History, Culture and Communications, and Social and Political Thought. She has served as Associate Dean, Co-Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, and twice Chair of Department of Fine Arts, Atkinson College.

Research Interests
Questions of Architecture, Memory, Place, digital culture, virtual space, sustainable architecture, urban sites, and tourism.

Selected Publications
(Books/Edited Volumes)
2011 Losing Site: Architecture, Memory and Place (Ashgate)

2003 Hornstein, Shelley, Laura Levitt and Larry Silberstein, eds. Impossible Images; Contemporary Art after the Holocaust (NYU Press)

2002 Hornstein, Shelley with Florence Jacobowitz, eds. Image and Remembrance; Representation and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press)

2000 Hornstein, Shelley with Jody Berland, eds., Capital Culture; A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions and the Value(s) of Art (Montreal: McGill Queens University Press)

(Chapters & Contributions)
2014 “Body Double: Portraits, Memory and the Face of Evil” Ethics, Art, and Representations of the Holocaust: Essays in Honor of Berel Lang, edited by Caroline Gould, Simone Gigliotti and Jacob Golomb, Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014, 15-28

2013 “Green, Black and Blue, or What is Canadian Architecture for Tomorrow? Green Canada, edited by Oriana Palusci (Peter Lang, forthcoming)

2013 “Union is a raging river, or Remembering Fez as the River Remembers” Rivers, Cities, Historical Interactions, edited by Uwe Lubken, Martin Knoll and Dieter Schott, University of Pittsburgh Press (History of the Urban Environment Series) (forthcoming)

2013 “Wrecking Ball Fantasies in Modern Times” Breaking and Entering, edited by Bridget Elliott, McGill-Queen’s University Press (forthcoming)

2008 “Fashioning Toronto, da cappelliera a baule (Fashioning Toronto: From Bandbox to Big Box)”, La Moda in Canada, eds. Giovanna Franci & Rosella Mangaroni, I Libri di Emil, 49-64

2008 “Splash and Flash! The Man Who Swam into Virtual Space,”Jewish Topographies: Visions of Space, Traditions of Place, eds. Julia Brauch, Anna Lipphardt and Alexandra Nocke (Ashgate), 277-289

2006 “Captive Dispersal or Imagining the Holy Land in Picture Postcards,” Postcolonial Studies: Changing Perceptions,ed. Oriana Palusci,(Editrice, Università degli Studi di Trento)

2006 “Greetings from Here: Architectural Voyages in Postcards,” edited by O. Palusci and S. Francesconi, Translating Tourism; Linguistic/Cultural Representations, (Editrice Università degli Studi di Trento), 95-106

2005 “Curating Place: Maps, Starchitecture and Museums-Without-Borders”, in Time Refigured: Myths, Foundation Text and Imagined Communities, eds. Martin Procházka & Onřej Pilný (Literraria Pragensia), 190-206

2005 “Ornament, Boundaries and Mourning, after Auschwitz: Charlotte Salomon and Chantal Akerman say Kaddish”, Charlotte Salomon, eds. Monica Bohm-Duchen & Michael Steinberg (Cornell University Press), 126-139

Anna Hudson

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: ahudson@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77393
Office Location: Kaneff Tower 723
Office Hours: TBA

B.F.A. (Concordia); M.Phil. (Glasgow); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Toronto)

Anna Hudson is an art historian, curator, writer and educator specializing in Canadian art and visual culture. Formerly associate curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she brings to her teaching extensive hands-on experience in institutional curatorial practice.

Dr. Hudson is currently leading a major Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant project titled “Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage: a multi-media/multi-platform re-engagement of voice in visual art and performance” with 10 researchers – including Professor Susan Dion in the Faculty of Education and Professor Angela Norwood from the Faculty of Fine Arts – and nine partner organizations. The goal of the project is to conduct collaborative research on the contribution of Inuit visual culture, art and performance to Inuit language preservation, social well-being and cultural identity. The project builds on “Breaking the Boundaries of Inuit Art: New Contexts for Cultural Influence,” a previous SSHRC supported project for which she and her research team organized School’s Out -- a four-day workshop and two-day concert in Iqaluit, Nunavut (celebrating National Aboriginal Day and the end of the school term), co-produced by Alianait Arts Festival.

Dr. Hudson’s curatorial credits include the international touring show Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (with Ian Dejardin and Katerina Atanassova, for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK); inVisibility: Indigenous in the City, part of INVISIBILITY: An Urban Aboriginal Education Connections Project (for the John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto); The Nude in Modern Canadian Art, 1920-1950 (with Michèle Grandbois, for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec); and the AGO exhibitions Woman as Goddess: Liberated Nudes by Robert Markle and Joyce Wieland and Inuit Art in Motion (co-curated with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory).

Professor Hudson continues to pursue research in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933-1950). Her most recent publications include “Jock Macdonald’s weave of reality” (forthcoming 2014), “Time and Image: Picturing Consciousness in Modern Canadian Painting” (2013), “Stepping into the Light of Clark McDougall’s Landscapes” (2011) and “Landscape Atomysticism: A Revelation of Tom Thomson” (2011).

Research Interests
Hudson’s research considers the role of historical art in the present as seen across cultural and generational divides. Her teaching/research focuses are: postcolonial art of the Americas including contemporary art of the Arctic; museology and the interrelation of art networks and institutions; the art market and the business of culture; issues of sex and gender in the representation of beauty and social order; and the legacy of humanism in twentieth century Canadian art.

Selected Publications
“Beauty is the eye discovering: Ken Thomson’s passion for Canadian historical art,” in The Thomson Collection (Skylet Publishing*mdash;Paul Holberton Publishing/Art Gallery of Ontario); forthcoming 2008.

“Mapping Jeff Thomas,” Drive-By: A Road Trip with Jeff Thomas (Toronto: University of Toronto Art Centre / Coach House Press, 2008), pp.11-19.

“What happens when you run out of space?: Walter Redinger’s existential dilemma,” in Walter Redinger: Return to the Void—the Ghost Ship and other tales from the ether (Toronto: MOCCA, 2007), pp.15-18.

“Charles Comfort’s Moment in the Relationship of Art and Life, 1935-1945,” in Take Comfort—The Career of Charles Comfort (Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2007), pp.45-50.

“Wonder Women and Goddesses, A Conversation about Art with Robert Markle and Joyce Wieland,” in Woman as Goddess: Liberated Nudes by Robert Markle and Joyce Wieland, ed. Anna Hudson, (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2004), pp.41-62.

“The Legend of Johnny Chinook: A.Y. Jackson in the Canadian West and Northwest” in the Group of Seven in Western Canada, (Toronto: Key Porter Books in association with the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 2002), pp.113-134.

A Collector's Vision: J.S. McLean and Modern Painting in Canada (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999), pp. 9-32.

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Susan Ingram

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: singram@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-5158
Office Location: Vanier College 242
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. Foreign Languages (Bishop's); M.A. German (McMaster); Ph.D. Comparative Literature (Alberta)

Professor Ingram joined York's Division of Humanities in 2004 after receiving a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta and teaching in the Dept. of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. One of the cofounders of York’s graduate diplomas in Comparative Literature and World Literature, she is affiliated with a number of graduate programs (Communication & Culture, Humanities, Translation Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies) as well as the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies and Glendon's Research Group on Language and Culture Contact.
A past president of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association and its current web systems administrator, her research interests revolve around the institutions of European cultural modernity and their legacies. She is the general editor of Intellect Book’s Urban Chic series and the co-author of the volumes on Berlin, Vienna, and the forthcoming volume on Los Angeles. For more details, see: www.yorku.ca/singram.

Research Interests
European film, fashion, auto/biography, comparative literature, translation studies, Geocritical Fashion space

Recent Publications
Los Angeles: A Locational History of Los Angeles Fashion (with Markus Reisenleitner). Bristol: Intellect Books, 2018.


Current Research Projects/Journals
"Cosmotrash: A New Generation of European Film"

Link to Personal Website: susanvingram.ca

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Lorraine Janzen-Kooistra

Field of Study: Faculty Photo Lorraine Janzen-KooistraMedia & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: ljanzen@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7420
Office Location: JOR 1101
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. English (Brock); M.A. (McMaster); Ph.D. English (McMaster)


Lorraine Janzen Kooistra joined Ryerson University as Professor of English and faculty member in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture in 2005. She previously taught at Nipissing University and McMaster University and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra’s research and teaching revolve around Victorian illustrated books and periodicals in relation to publishing history and visual culture; she has specialized interests in poetry, women’s writing, children’s literature, and the digital humanities. Her ongoing investigation of the book arts grounds her experimentation with the mark-up of textual ornaments for digital editions and her new research project on the 1890s book artist and activist, Laurence Housman. She is Co-Director of the Faculty of Arts Research Centre in Digital Humanities (CDH) and a co-investigator on the Children’s Literature Archive (CLA) project. In collaboration with Dennis Denisoff, she is co-editor of The Yellow Nineties Online, a peer-reviewed website dedicated to the online study of fin-de-siècle aesthetic periodicals. They recently completed a searchable edition of The Yellow Book for this site, complete with critical introductions for all 13 volumes, biographies of contributors, and an archive of paratextual materials, and are currently working on digital editions of The Evergreen and The Savoy. Dr. Janzen Kooistra received the Provost’s Experiential Teaching Award and a prestigious OCUFA Teaching Award in 2013.

Centre for Digital Humanities. www.ryerson.ca/cdh

Children’s Literature Archive. childrenslit.library.ryerson.ca/

The Yellow Nineties Online. www.1890s.ca

Selected Book Publications
Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing: The Illustrated Gift Book and Victorian Visual Culture 1855-1875. Athens: Ohio UP, 2011.

Victorian Poetry and the Book Arts (Ed Special Issue) Victorian Poetry 48.1 (2010).

Learning to See in the Dark. Toronto: Wolsak and Wynn, 2003.

Christina Rossetti and Illustration: A Publishing History. Athens: Ohio UP, 2002.

The Culture of Christina Rossetti: Female Poetics and Victorian Contexts. Ed. Mary Arseneau, Antony H. Harrison, and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Athens: Ohio UP, 1999.

The Artist as Critic: Bitextuality in Fin-de-Siècle Illustrated Books. Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters
"'Thinking through Making': Curating a Victorian Poem in the Context of its Cultural Moment." Teaching Literature with Digital Technology. Ed. Tim Hetland. NY: Bedford-St. Martins, 2015.

“’Making Poetry’ in Good Words, or Why Illustration Matters to Periodical Poetry Studies.” Victorian Poetry 52.1 (Spring 2014): 111-139.

The Moxon Tennyson as Textual Event: 1857, Wood Engraving, and Visual Culture.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Felluga. www.branchcollective.org/ 2013.

“Materialising the Word: Aestheticism and the Art of the Book.” Aesthetic Lives: New experiences, new subjects of poetry, new forms of art. Ed. Bénédicte Coste and Catherine Delyfer. London: Rivendale Press, 2013. 37-71.

“Christina Rossetti.” The Cambridge Companion to the Pre-Raphaelites. Ed. Elizabeth Prettejohn. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 164-82.

“Science and Art: Vestiges of Corpses in Pre-Raphaelite Illustration.” Readings in Victorian Illustration, 1855-1875: Spoils of the Lumber Room. Ed. Simon Cooke and Paul Goldman. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2012, 97-114.

“A Modern Poetry of Sensation: Three Christmas Gift Books and the Legacy of Victorian Material Culture.” Media, Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch. Ed. Colette Colligan and Margaret Linley. Aldershot: Ashgate 2011. 107-136.

Jennifer Jenson

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: jjenson@edu.yorku.ca
Phone Number: 416-736-2100 ext: 88787
Office Location: Kaneff, 714
Office Hours: TBA

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Andreas Kitzmann

Field of Study: Media & Culture, Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: kitzmann@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 88703
Office Location: Founders College 321
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Trinity Western); B.A. (McGill); Ph.D.(McGill)

Andreas Kitzmann is currently Associate Professor in the School of Arts and Letters at the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies at York University. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from McGill University and has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. His publications include Saved From Oblivion: the Place of Media, from Diaries to Web Cams (Peter Lang: 2004), and Hypertext: the Straight Story (Peter Lang: 2006) and Memory Work, as co-editor, (Peter Lang : 2005).

Research Interests
Culture and Technology; New Media and Society; Digital Culture; Critical Theory; Cultural Studies.

Recent Projects
Saved From Oblivion: the Place of Media, from Diaries to Web Cams (Peter Lang: 2004),

Hypertext: the Straight Story (Peter Lang: 2006)

Memory Work, as co-editor, (Peter Lang : 2005).

Current Research Projects
His current research explores industrial and architectural design as a means to identify alternatives to mainstream forms of material practice and applications of technological knowledge.

Mustafa Koç

Field of Study: Politics & Policy

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: mkoc@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6210Faculty Photo Mustafa Koç
Office Location: JOR 311
Office Hours: TBA

Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University. Mustafa´s research interests include food security and food policy and broad range of issues in the emerging field of food studies, such as commensality, gender and food, food and religion, food and media, advertising, food in films, alternative food initiatives etc.). He was the founding president of the Canadian Association for Food Studies and was one of the founders of Food Secure Canada and the Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University. His past publications include: For Hunger-Proof Cities: Sustainable Urban Food Systems (1999), Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies (2008), and Critical Perspectives in Food Studies (2012 and 2016).

Ruth Koleszar-Green

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: ruthkg@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77567
Office Location: School of Social Work, LAPS
Office Hours: TBA

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Ganaele Langlois

Faculty Photo Ganaele Langlois

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: gana@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext.20329
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh 3017
Office Hours: TBA

Ganaele Langlois is Assistant Professor in Communication studies at York University, Canada and Associate Director of the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media (www.infoscapelab.ca). Her research interests lie in software studies, critical theory and digital research methods.

Recent Publications:
- Langlois, G. 2014. Meaning in the Age of Social Media. New York: Palgrave.
- Elmer, G., Langlois, G., McKelvey, F. 2012. The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics. New York: Peter Lang.

Journal articles:
- Langlois, G., and Elmer, G. 2013. The Research Politics of Social Media Platforms. Culture Machine, 14(2013). http://culturemachine.net/index.php/cm/article/view/505/531. 9391 words.
- Elmer, G. and Langlois, G. 2013. Networked Campaigns: Traffic Tags and Cross-Platform Analysis on the Web. Information Polity 18(2013), pp. 43-56.
- Langlois, G. 2013. The New Governance of Participatory Culture. Television & New Media, 14(2), pp. 91-105.

- Elmer, Greg, Ganaele Langlois & Fenwick McKelvey. 2014. "The Permanent Campaign: Online Political Communication". In Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communication Approaches, ed. Kirsten Kozolanka, 240-261. Toronto: U. of Toronto Press.
- Langlois, Ganaele. 2012. “Social Media, or Towards a Political Economy of Psychic Life”. In The Unlike Us Reader, ed, Geert Lovink and Miriam Rasch, 50-60. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures.

Robert Latham

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: York University
E-Mail Address: rlatham1@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 46011
Office Location: Ross Building N824
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Pomona College); M.A. (University of Chicago); Ph.D. (Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research)

Robert Latham is director of the Centre for International and Security Studies, and associate professor of Political Science, at York University in Toronto. Previously, he managed programs and conducted research in international affairs at the Social Science Research Council in New York where he directed the program on Information Technology and International Cooperation. He also taught at Columbia University.

Research Interests
Politics of environmental knowledge and large-scale monitoring systems; security and IT; technologies of border surveillance; critical theories of sovereignty, transnational relations, migration, multiculturalism and international communication politics; human security; and global governance.

Selected Publications
Digital Formations: IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm (co-edited with Saskia Sassen)

Bombs and Bandwidth: The Emerging Relationship Between Information Technology and Security

Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global–Local Networks of Power

The Liberal Moment: Modernity, Security, and the Making of Postwar International Order

Selected Articles
“Knowledge and Governance in the Digital Age: The Politics of Monitoring Planetary Life.” First Monday.

"Information Technology and Social Transformation” (Review Essay). International Studies Review.

Mark Lee

Field of Study: Technology in Practice, Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: lee.mark@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7606
Office Location: Retail Management, TRS-3-034
Office Hours: TBA

Research Interests
Virtual reality, consumer behavior, retail technology, retail innovation, marketing communications, digital culture, technology & education, branding, social network

Bruno Lessard

Field of Study: Media & Culture, Technology and Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: lessard@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext 6860
Office Location: IMA 363
Office Hours: TBA

Ph.D. (Université de Montréal); Postdoctorate–SSHRC (York)

Bruno Lessard is an Associate Professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University, where he is also the director of the Documentary Media MFA program. After completing his doctoral studies, Bruno went on to a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at York University. As a scholar, he has published extensively on diverse topics such as digital media arts, digital games, contemporary cinema, Chinese photography, installation art, and aerial photography in the Anthropocene. His book-length publications include “The Art of Subtraction: Digital Adaptation and the Object Image” (U. of Toronto Press, 2017) and the forthcoming collection "Critical Distance in Documentary Media" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is currently writing a book in French on Chinese documentary filmmaker Wang Bing. Bruno is an active photographic artist, whose projects can be found at www.brunolessard.com.

Documentary studies (photography and film); game studies; research-creation scholarship; contemporary French thought and philosophy; psychoanalysis

Selected Publications
Critical Distance in Documentary Media. Ed. Gerda Cammaer, Blake Fitzpatrick, and Bruno Lessard. London: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming)

“Shot in the Dark: Nocturnal Philosophy and Night Photography.” Critical Distance in Documentary Media. Ed. Gerda Cammaer, Blake Fitzpatrick, and Bruno Lessard. London: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming).
“The Gaming Turn.” Oxford Handbook of Canadian Cinema. Ed. Janine Marchessault and Will Straw. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

Camera sinica: les lumières chinoises.” Lumières de la ville. Ed. Louise Poissant. Quebec City: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2018. 121-137.

Lumières du Nunavut: visualiser l’archive à l’aide de l’image-logiciel.” Lumières des Lumière. Ed. Alain Fleischer. Tourcoing: Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, 2015. 123-135.

“The Refracted Moment: Photographing Chinese History in the Making.” Journal of Chinese Humanities 1.1 (2014)

"The Game’s Two Bodies, or the Fate of Figura in Dante’s Inferno.” Digital Gaming Re-imagines the Middle Ages (series: “Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture”). Ed. Daniel Kline. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Gothic Affects: Digitally Haunted Houses and the Production of Affect-Value. Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture. Ed. Maria del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren. New York: Continuum, 2010. 213-224.

“La mémoire projetée: l’image-archive et l’art écranique in situ.” . Ed. Pierre Tremblay and Louise Poissant. Quebec City: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2010. 265-272.

Site-Specific Screening and the Projection of Archives: Robert Lepage’s Le Moulin à images. Public: Art/Culture/Ideas 40 (2010): 70-82

‘It’s the End of the World!’: The Paradox of Event and Body in Hitchcock’s The Birds. Film–Philosophy 14.1 (2010): 144-173.

Between Creation and Preservation: The ANARCHIVE Project.” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 15.3 (2009): 315-331.

“Archiving the Gaze: Relation-Images, Adaptation, and Digital Mnemotechnologies.” Save As… Digital Memories. Ed. Joanne Garde-Hansen, Andrew Hoskins, and Anna Reading. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 115-128.

“‘Disparaître, dit-elle’: The Vanishing of Lol V. Stein as (Dis)Embodied Haunting and Invisible Spectacle.” In the Dark Room: Marguerite Duras and Cinema. Ed. Rosanna Maule and Julie Beaulieu. New York: Peter Lang, 2009. 173-190.

“Cultural Recycling, Performance, and Immediacy in Philip Glass’s Film Music for Godfrey Reggio’s Qatsi Trilogy.” Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media: A Critical Overview. Ed. Graeme Harper. New York: Continuum, 2009. 493-504.

“Hypermedia Macbeth: Cognition and Performance.” Macbeth: New Critical Essays. Ed. Nick Moschovakis. New York: Routledge, 2008. 318-334.

“Missed Encounters: Film Theory and Expanded Cinema.” Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media 14 (2008).

Laura Levin

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: levin@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 22370Faculty Photo Laura Levin
Office Location: CFT 317
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (McGill); Ph.D. Performance Studies (UC Berkeley)

Laura Levin
is Associate Professor of Theatre at York University. She is Director of York's MA/PhD Program in Theatre & Performance Studies and teaches courses on devised theatre, contemporary theatre, performance art, and practice-based research. Her research focuses on performing gender and sexuality; site-specific, immersive, and urban intervention performance; performance and political culture; intermediality in performance, methodologies of practice-based research; and performance theory. She is an Associate Editor of Canadian Theatre Review (former Editor-in-Chief, 2011-2015); Editor of Performance Studies in Canada (forthcoming 2017); Editor of Theatre and Performance in Toronto (2011) and Conversations Across Borders (2011); and Editor of several special issues of journals. In 2015, she was awarded the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Ann Saddlemyer Award for her book Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In (Palgrave, 2014). Laura has worked as a director and dramaturg on a number of productions in North America and co-curated research-based art projects that investigate intersections of performance, geography, and digital technologies. Most recently, she has been moonlighting as a performance artist and collaborating on activist, photo-based actions in and around Toronto. She is Co-Curator of the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series and Co-Investigator and Board Member of the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas, a research group which explores the relationship between performance and activism through a hemispheric methods and encounters, working in collaboration with NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

Research Interests
Contemporary theatre and performance art; performing gender and sexuality; site-specific, immersive, and urban intervention performance; performance and political culture; intermediality in performance, methodologies of practice-based research; and performance theory.

Selected Publications
Performing Ground: Space, Identity, and the Art of Blending In. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Performance Studies in Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2017 (forthcoming).

Special Issue on Performing Politicians. Canadian Theatre Review 165 (Spring 2016, forthcoming, in press). Co-Edited by Laura Levin and Barry Freeman.

Special Issue on Performance Futures. Canadian Theatre Review 162 (Summer 2015). Co-Edited by Laura Levin and Jenn Stephenson.

“Introduction: Performance Studies in Canada: Mapping Genealogies and Geographies of Performance Culture.” Co-written with Marlis Schweitzer. Performance Studies in Canada. Ed. Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2017, (forthcoming).

“On Political Performance Art and Rob Fordian Performatives.” Performance Studies in Canada. Ed. Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2017 (forthcoming).

“It’s Time to Profess Performance: Thinking Beyond the Specialness and Discreteness of Theatre.” In Defense of Theatre. Edited by Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

“Performing Toronto: Enacting Creative Labour in the Neoliberal City.” Performing Cities. Ed. Nicolas Whybrow. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014.

Special issue on Digital Performance. Canadian Theatre Review. Ed. with Peter Kuling (Winter 2014), 2014.

Special Issue on Jewish Theatre. Canadian Theatre Review. Ed. with Belarie Zatzman. 153 (Winter 2013).

“In Search of PS North: Performance Studies in Canada.” Canadian Theatre Review 149 (Winter 2012): 72-74.

Conversations Across Borders. Ed. with Guillermo Gómez-Peña. London: Seagull, 2011.

“In Search of a Radical Pedagogy.” Co-written with Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Conversations Across Borders. Ed. Laura Levin. London: Seagull, 2011.

Theatre and Performance in Toronto. Ed. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2011.

Special Issue on Performing Publics. Performance Research. Ed. with Marlis Schweitzer, Melanie Bennett, and Richard Gough. 16.2 (2011).

“Building Utopia: Performance and the Fantasy of Urban Renewal in Contemporary Toronto.” Co-written with Kim Solga. The Drama Review 53.3, T203 (Fall 2009): 37–53.

“Can the City Write?: Letting Space Speak After Poststructuralism.” Performance and the City: Performing and Writing Urban Space. Eds. D.J. Hopkins, Shelly Orr and Kim Solga. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009. 240-257.

“Global Exposures: Blur Street and Interurban Self-Portraiture.” Co-written with Rachelle Viader Knowles and Kathleen Irwin. Performance and the City: Performing and Writing Urban Space. Eds. D.J. Hopkins et al. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009. 169-182.

Special issue on Performance Art. Canadian Theatre Review. Ed. 137 (Winter 2009).

Special issue on Space and Subjectivity in Performance. Theatre Research in Canada. Ed. with Andrew Houston. 29.1 (Spring 2008).

“Locating the Artist-Researcher: Shifting Sites of Performance as Research in Canada.” Mapping Landscapes in Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies. Eds. Lynette Hunter and Shannon Riley. London: Palgrave, 2008.

“TO Live With Culture: Torontopia and the Urban Creativity Script.” Space and the Geographies of Canadian Theatre. Ed. Michael McKinnie. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, May 2007.

Current Research Projects/Journals
I am currently completing a co-edited collection (with Prof. Marlis Schweitzer) on Performance Studies in Canada (forthcoming, McGill-Queen’s Press, 2017) and writing a monograph on performance and political culture in Canada, focusing on the theatrical strategies of major political figures such as Justin Trudeau as well as the history of political campaigns, and projects that creatively engage with the political system, by theatre and performance artists. Link to personal website: www.performancecanada.com

Evan Light

Field of Study: Politics & Policy, Technology In Practice 

University: York University
Email: elight@glendon.yorku.ca
Phone: 416.736.2100 ext 88596
Office Location: Glendon College, York Hall 138
Office Hours: TBA

Education: B.A. English (McGill); Maîtrise en communication (UQAM); PhD en communication (UQAM), Postdoc (Concordia University)

Biography: Evan Light is an assistant professor of communication and organizations at the School of Translation at Glendon College - York's bilingual liberal arts college. A former network technician and community radio advocate, he does research does research in the areas of surveillance and privacy, communication and telecommunications policy and infrastructure, participatory democracy, community and independent media, social movements and institutional accountability and transparency practices. Evan also teaches in the Masters of Public and International Affairs (Glendon College) and is a member of the Centre for Research on Language and Culture Contact (CRLCC), the Algorithmic Media Observatory, and is an associate researcher at the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur l'information, la communication et la société.

Also a translator, his original research and translations have appeared in a variety of academic journals and books including Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America, Alternative Media in Canada, Community Radio in the 21st CenturyBig Data and SocietyJournal of Peer ProductionContraversias y Concurrencias LatinoamericanasJournal of Latin American Communication ResearchCommons: Revista de Comunicación y Ciudadanía DigitalCanadian Journal of CommunicationCommunication: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research and  Global Media Journal - African Edition. In 2017, his translation of Aimé-Jules Bizimana's The Embedding Apparatus: Media Surveillance During the War in Iraq was published by Peter Lang.

His current research projects include:

The Snowden Archive-in-a-Box: An offline version of the Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive, this project makes available an archive of the Edward Snowden files so that students, researchers and the general public can do research on mass surveillance without being subject to mass surveillance. In collaboration with Andrew Clement, University of Toronto.

Border Probes: Experiences with the new Canadian-American Frontier: This project aims to document out-of-the-ordinary experiences at the Canadian-American border since the Trump inauguration and to probe the contours of the American border through auto-ethnographic practice and participatory action research. It will begin as a pilot project focused on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and a series of Snowden Archive-in-a-Box installations at American universities. Funded by Glendon College Faculty Grant and SSHRC Research Opportunity Grant.

Publicizing the Canadian Internet: Policymakers and users of the Canadian internet operate in a mutual policy vacuum whereby policy is largely made according to self-reported data from internet service providers (ISPs). This project aims to work with objectively generated data from M-Labs to map the contours of the Canadian internet and to explain, in accessible terms, how the Canadian internet exists the way in which it does. We are looking at fixed broadband, mobile broadband and beginning a project related to cellphone surveillance. In collaboration with Fenwick Mckelvey (Concordia University) and Reza Rajabiun (Ryerson University). Funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

Exploring the potential of the digital "maker" movement for authentic learning:  This pilot project explores the learning by "making" potential offered by tiny and affordable emergent technologies, such as Raspberry Pi (RPi) and Arduino single-board computers, for learners from secondary school, college (CEGEP) and university. Evan is a collaborator on this project spearheaded by Ann-Louise Davidson (Concordia University) and made up of a number of researchers from Quebec and Ontario universities and Quebec CEGEPs. He aims to determine where school-based maker research can affect educational policy and provincial and federal levels. Funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

Selected Publications


Bizimana, Aimé-Jules. (2017). The Embedding Apparatus: Media Surveillance During the Iraq War. Trans. Evan Light. New York: Peter Lang.

Book chapters

(Projected 2018). Light, Evan and Jonathan A. Obar. "Surveillance reform: Strategies and Proposals". in Research Handbook of Human Rights and Digital Technology, Ben Wagner, Matthias C. Kettemann and Killian Vieth (eds). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

(2017). “Hidden in plain sight: obstacles to media reform in Uruguay”. in Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America, (Ed.) Burton Lee Artz. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

(2012). “Community broadcasting in Québec” in Alternative Media in Canada, (Eds.) David Skinner. Kirsten Kozolenka and Pat Mazepa. Vancouver: UBC Press.

(2012). “From Pirates to Partners: The Legalization of Community Radio in Uruguay.” in (Ed.) Janey Gordon, Community Radio in the 21st Century, New York: Peter Lang.

Journal articles

(In press) with Oumar Kane, “Recent issues in radio: Regulation, resources and accessibility in Tanzania and Uruguay”, Journal of African Media Studies.

(2016). "The Snowden Archive-in-a-Box: a year of traveling experiments in outreach and education". Big Data and Society. Special Issue on Veillance and Transparency:  A Critical Examination of Mutual Watching in the Post-Snowden, Big Data Era. Vian Bakir, Martina Feilzer, Andrew McStay (eds).

(2016) with Christina Haralanova. “Enmeshed Lives: A Case Study of the Réseau Libre Mesh Network”. Journal of Peer Production. Alternative Internets. Félix Tréguer, Panayotis Antoniadis and Johan Söderberg (eds). Issue 9.

(2014).  “Un comienzo titubeante: la historia y el futuro de la regulacion del espectro radioeléctrico en Uruguay”, Contraversias y Concurrencias Latinoamericanas, 2 (9), p. 147-182.

(2013). “Sputtering to a start: the history and future of radio spectrum regulation in Uruguay”, Journal of Latin American Communication Research. Special Issue on Latin American Critical Thought (In association with ALAS), 3 (2), p. 52-82.

(2013).  “El espectro radioélectrico como media de vida.”  Commons: Revista de Comunicación y Ciudadanía Digital, 2 (1), p. 1-26.

*(2012). “Police brutality as a driver for social change”. No More Potlucks. May/June.

(2011). “From Pirates to Partners: The Legalization of Community Radio in Uruguay”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol. 36, No.1.

(2008). Book review. Communication Technology by Darin Barney. UBC Press, 2005. Canadian Journal of Communication. Vol. 33, No. 1.

 Conference proceedings

(2012) “El espectro radioélectrico como media de vida”. Ponencias de ALAIC 2012. ISNN: 2179-7617.

Translations (peer-reviewed)

Kane, Oumar. (Under review). “Communication as an interdiscipline? A critical overview.”, Communication Theory.

Kane, Oumar and Aimé-Jules Bizimana, (2016), “Media-state relations in Burundi: Overview of a post-traumatic media ecology”, Communication: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research. 42 (2), pp. 155-169.

(2015). Agbobli, Christian and Magda Fusaro.  “Information and communication technologies, mobile telephony, and politics in Africa: the end of the 'communication for development' paradigm?” Global Media Journal - African Edition, Vol 9 (1), pp.80-104, Online: http://globalmedia.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/193/158

(2014). Granjon, Fabien. “Problemitizing the social uses of information and communication technology: a critical French perspective”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Bouquillion, Philippe. “Francophone perspectives on the socioeconomics of culture, the collaborative web and the creative economy”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014).  Ménard, Marc. “Is it a French thing? The notion of the industrial distribution network in the domain of culture, news, and communication”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Kane, Oumar. “Bridging communication research and expertise: dominant trends in West Africa”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Tremblay, Gaëtan. “A researcher’s journey”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014).  George, Éric. “The theory of cultural industries: an “environment” for the creation of dynamic knowledge”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014).  Aubin, France. “On the notion of public space”. Canadian Journal of Communication. Special Issue: The Francophone School of Communication and Information.

(2014). Landry, Normand. “Strategic lawsuits against public participation and freedom of the press in Canada”. In (Eds.) Lisa Taylor and Cara O’Hagan, Press Freedom in Canada: A Status Report on the 30th Anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

(2012). George, Éric. “The University System: Alienation or Emancipation?”. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Vol. 28.

(2010). George, Éric. “Re-reading the Notion of “Convergence” in Light of Recent Changes to the Culture and Communication Industries in Canada ”. Canadian Journal of Communication, 35 (4), p. 555-564.

(2009). Agbobli, Christian. “Internet and development in Senegal: towards new forms of use”. African Media Journal, 16 (2), p. 11-28.

Kenneth Little

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: wkl@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 22327
Office Location: Vari Hall 2044
Office Hours: TBAFaculty Photo Kenneth Little

PhD, University of Virginia, Cultural Anthropology

My ethnographic work in tourism studies is meant to engage the anthropology of tourism with a literature that it mostly doesn't think with, namely critical post-humanist debates concerned with how encounters “matter” and how matter is thought and constituted through entanglements, refrains, knots, and figures of human and non-human bodies, affects, objects, and practices. Attending to tourism studies thusly reorients thinking around questions of relationality, about the resonances of material-semiotic forces co-implicated in what bodies can “do” and how “matter” “acts”, the agentic meaning of experience when considering the relational processes of encounter, rather than a concern with what a body “is” or means in a system of representation. Favouring a non-representationalist, assemblages, productivist-materialist approach to critical tourism studies, as a way of augmenting a dialectical, representationalist one, means that my ethnographic work is always in a productive tension with critical and applied tourism studies, whatever their approaches are to creativity, invention, and relatedness. Nevertheless, my writing is meant to provisionally grasp the embodiments of rapidly changing tourism encounters in hopes of understanding tourism as a productive system that fuses discourse, materiality, and practice. Unpacking this phrase means developing questions about the way tourism in general, but in Belize specifically, may be thought of through an affirmative, vital materialism generated as ecologies of the insensible, by which I mean fields of sensation and assemblages of forces as emergent properties of human-non-human, material-semiotic liveliness, forces that impel new tendencies for life, new forms of fascination, vitality, attention, and distraction. This has more to do with opening up possibilities than forging judgements while enforcing analytical schemes.


  • Books:

Forthcoming  On the Nervous Edge of an Impossible Paradise: Affect, Tourism, Belize.  New York, NY.: Fordham University Press.

  • Chapters in Books, Series or Proceedings:

2017  “For the Time is At Hand: UnBelizable Beast-Time Somethings.” Caton,

K.,  Grimwood, B., Leeming, J., Muldoon, M., and Munar, A. (Eds.). Understand

Tourism – Change Tourism. Understand Ourselves – Change Ourselves.

Proceedings of the 7th Critical Tourism Studies Conference. Palma de

Majorca, Spain. ISBN: 978-0-9916871-2-1.

2014  “Belize Ephemera, Affect, and Emergent Imaginaries” In Noel B. Salazar and Nelson H.H. Graburn, eds., Tourism Imaginaries through an Anthropological

Lens, Pp. 220-241. Berghahn Press.

2012   “On Edge in an Impossible Tropics” In David Picard and Mike Robinson, eds., Emotion in Motion: Tourism, Affect, and Transformation, Pp. 163-186. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

2009 “Slobodin as Example: A Note on the Dialectics of Style” In Richard J. Preston, ed. A Kindly Scrutiny of Human Nature: Essays in Honour of Richard Slobodin, pp. 25-32. Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

1991  “On Safari: The Visual Politics of a Tourist Representation."  In David

Howes, ed., The Varieties of Sensory Experience:  A Sourcebook in the

Anthropology of the Senses. Pp. 149-163. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

      (iii)     Articles in Refereed Journals

2015  “Belize Blues” Semiotic Inquiry, Vol. 32, Nos. 1,2,3: 25-46.


2014  “Mr. Richie and the Tourists.” Emotion Space and Society, Vol. 12: 92-


2010  “Paradise from the Other side of Nowhere: Troubling a Troubled Scene of

Tourist Encounter in Belize.” Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. Vol. 8, (1-

2): 1-14.

2009  “On the Nervous Edge of an Impossible Tropics.” In-Tensions Vol. 3

(Fall):1-28,  (http://www.yorku.ca/intent/issue3/).

  • “Circus In Ruins: A Comment on ‘Lions on Display: Culture, Nature, and Totality in a Circus Performance,’ by Yoram Carmelli.” Poetics Today 27(3): 597-614.
  • “Pitu’s Doubt: Entrée Clown Self-fashioning in the Circus Tradition” In Joel Schechter, ed., Popular Theatre: A Sourcebook. Pp. 138-149. London and New York: Routlegde. (re-issued 1986 article)
  • "Popular Culture." The Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology Human Relations Area Files at Yale. David Levinson and Mel Ember eds. A Henry Holt Reference Book. Lakeville, Connecticut: American Reference Publishing. Vol.3: 984-988.

1995  "Talking Circus not Culture: The Politics of Identity in European Circus

Discourse." Qualitative Inquiry 1(3):346-359.

1995 "Surveilling Cirque Archaos:  Transgression and the Spaces of Power in

Popular Entertainment." Journal of Popular Culture 29(1):15-27.

1993 “Masochism, Spectacle, and the 'Broken Mirror' Clown Entrée: A Note on

the Anthropology of Performance in Postmodern Culture."  Cultural

Anthropology 8(1):117-129.

1991"The Rhetoric of Romance and the Simulation of Tradition in Circus Clown Performance." Special Issue, Paul Bouissac, ed. "The Semiotics of the Circus." Semiotica 85(3-4):227-255.

1991 "A Mutual Parody of Meaning in Circus Clown and Ethnographic

Discourse." Special Issue, Michael Lambek, ed. "From Method to Modesty:

Essays on Thinking and Making Ethnography Now." Culture 11(1-2):77-92.

1986  "Pitu's Doubt:  Entrée Clown Self-Fashioning in Circus Tradition."  The Drama Review 30(4):51-64.

1981 "Clown Performance in the European One Ring Circus."  Culture 1(2):67-


1980  "Explanation and Individual Lives: A Reconsideration of Life Writing in

Anthropology."  Dialectical Anthropology 5:215-226.

  1. Publications (Non Peer Reviewed):

(a)  Monographs

1990   Le Doute de Pipo: Creation personnelle d'une entrée clownesque dans la tradition circassienne. Eliane Hilpert, trans. Les Cahiers du Cirque 1.  Sorvillier, Switzerland: Editions de la Gradine. 16 pages.

(b)  Articles, Entries, and Book Chapters

2016    “Blue” Centre for Imaginative Ethnography

2014   “If/Then” Centre for Imaginative Ethnography

2014    “Deep Blue” Centre for Imaginative Ethnography

1994   "Reading Archaos: Transgression, Surveillance, and the Spaces of Power in Popular Entertainment."  Sensoria From Censorium.  John Marriott with Ich Neuman, eds. For Mangagin Books.  Volume 2:1-8.

CV Pubs/ Little/ August 21, 2018

Brenda Longfellow

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: brendal@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 44776
Office Location: CFT 206
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Carleton); M.A. (Carleton); Ph.D. (York)

Professor Longfellow has published articles on feminist film theory and Canadian cinema in CineTracts, Screen, CineAction and the Journal of Canadian Film Studies. She is a co–editor of the anthology Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women Filmmakers. She is an award winning documentary filmmaker and has recently completed the film Weather Report which aired on The Nature of Things. She received a Canadian Genie for her documentary on Gwendolyn MacEwen, ShadowMaker and the Oberhausen award for her short Our Marilyn. Other films she has directed include Gerda, 1992, a feature drama on the life and times of Gerda Munsinger and A Balkan Journey. Professor Longfellow is currently the Chair of the Department of Film.

Research Interests
Feminist film theory; gender and national identity; women and cinema; film-making; women and culture, environmentalism, globalization.

Selected Publications

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Kym MacLaren

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: kym.maclaren@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext: 2700
Office Location: JOR-418
Office Hours: TBA

Research Interests
Phenomenology; Existentialism; 20th century French philosophy (especially Merleau-Ponty); Philosophy of Mind and Embodiment; Philosophical Psychology; Social Philosophy

Selected Publications & Presentations
Morris, David and Kym Maclaren, eds. Time, Memory, Institution: Merleau-Ponty’s New Ontology of Self. Forthcoming, Ohio University Press, Fall 2014.

“Intimacy Embodied: Phenomenological Revelations of Intimacy (An Introduction to a Special Issue on Intimacy and Embodiment).” Emotion, Space and Society. Forthcoming.

“Touching Matters: Embodiments of Intimacy.” Emotion, Space and Society. Forthcoming.

“Introduction.” Co-authored with David Morris. In Time, Memory, Institution: Merleau-Ponty’s New Ontology of Self, edited by David Morris and Kym Maclaren. Forthcoming, Ohio University Press, Fall 2014.

“Emotional Clichés and Authentic Passions: A Phenomenological Revision of a Cognitive Theory of Emotion.” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Volume 10, No. 1 (2011): 45-65.

“Emotional Metamorphoses: The Role of Others in Becoming-Oneself”, in Embodiment and Agency: New Essays in Feminist Philosophy, edited by Susan Sherwin, Letitia Meynell, and Sue Campbell. Pennsylvania State University Press, (2009): 1-45.

“Embodied Perceptions of Others as a Condition of Selfhood? Empirical and Phenomenological Considerations.” Journal of Consciousness Studies Vol. 15, No. 8 (2008): 63-93.

“The Role of Emotion in an Existential Education: Insights from Hegel and Plato.” International Philosophical Quarterly Vol.48 (2008).

“Emotional Disorder and the Mind-Body Problem:  A Case Study of Alexithymia.”  Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty’s Thought 8 (2007).

“Merleau-Ponty’s Embodied Ethics: Rethinking Traditional Ethics.”  In Existentialist Thinkers and Ethics, edited by Christine Daigle.  McGill-Queen’s University Press (2006): 142-166.

“Life is Inherently Expressive:  A Merleau-Pontian Response to Darwin’s The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals.”  Chiasmi International:  Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty’s Thought 7 (2005): 241-261.

Anne MacLennan

Faculty Photo Anne MacLennanField of Study: Media & Culture, Politics and Policy

University: York University
E-Mail Address: amaclenn@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 70559
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 3025 and 3019
Office Hours: Posted weekly, but often on campus for research or meetings

B.A. (McGill); M.A. (McGill); Ph.D .(Concordia)

Research Interests
Radio; communication and media history; broadcasting; popular culture; oral history; 19th and 20th century Canadian culture and history of communication; 20th century American culture and communication; advertising; consumer society; poverty; social welfare, labour, and methodology.

Selected Publications
MacLennan, Anne F., “Promoting Pity or Empathy? Poverty and Canadian Charitable Appeals,” Advertising, Consumer Culture & Canadian Society: A Reader, ed. Kyle Asquith Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2017.

MacLennan, Anne F. “Private Broadcasting and the Path to Radio Broadcasting Policy in Canada,” Media and Communication 6: 1 (2018): 13-20. DOI:10.17645/mac.v61.1219  https://www.cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommunication/article/view/1219

Windover, Michael and Anne F. MacLennan. Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956. Halifax: Dalhousie Architectural Press, 2017.

“Learning to Listen: Becoming a Canadian Radio Audience in the 1930s,” Journal of Radio & Audio Media. November 2013.

"Reading Radio: The Intersection between Radio and Newspaper for the Canadian Radio Listener in the 1930s,” in Radio and Society: New Thinking for an Old Medium. Mollgaard, Matt ed. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, pp. 16-29.

“Cultural Imperialism of the North? The Expansion of CBC’s Northern Service and Community Radio.” Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media. 9 (2011): 63-81.

“Resistance to Regulation: Early Canadian Broadcaster and Listeners,” in Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada. Andrea Langlois, Ron Sakolsky and Marian van der Zon eds., Vancouver, BC and Point Roberts, WA: New Star Books, 2010, pp. 35-48.

"Women, Radio and the Depression: A “Captive” Audience from Household Hints to Story Time and Serials” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 37:5 (July/August 2008).

“Linking the Radio Audience from the Past to the Present: Communication of Knowledge through Websites and Electronic Resources,” Social and Human Sciences Research for a Global Civil Society: Research Communication, Public Discourse, and Citizen Engagement. Beaudet, Céline, Pamela Grant-Russell, and Doreen Starke-Meyerring (eds.) Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.

Singh, Parbudyal, Deborah Zinni and Anne F. MacLennan, "Graduate Student Unions in the United States." Journal of Labor Research, 27:1 (Winter 2006): 55-73.

"American network broadcasting, the CBC and Canadian radio stations during the 1930s: A Content Analysis,” Journal of Radio Studies, 12:1 (May 2005): 85-103.

"What do the radio program schedules reveal? Content analysis versus accidental sampling in early Canadian radio history," in Jeff Keshen and Sylvie Perrier, eds. Bâtir de nouveaus ponts: sources, méthodes et interdisciplinarité/ Building New Bridges: Sources, Methods, and Interdisciplinarity. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2005: 225-238.

Zinni, Deborah, Parbudyal Singh and Anne MacLennan, "An Exploratory Study of Graduate Student Unions in Canada," Relations Industrielles /Industrial Relations 60: 1 (Winter 2005): 145-175.

Seventy Years of the Red Feather. Montreal: Red Feather Foundation, 1996.

"Charity and Change: Montreal's English Protestant Charity Faces the Crisis of the 1930s," The Urban History Review 16: 1-16.

Janine Marchessault

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: jmarches@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 49590
Office Location: Victor Dahdaleh Suite 2001
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Concordia); M.A. (York); Ph.D. (York)

Janine Marchessault is a Tier I York Research Chair in Media Art and Community Engagement. She is a professor in the Cinema and Media Arts Department and cross-appointed to Communication and Culture, Humanities as well as Social and Political thought at York University. Her research has engaged with models of public art in cities, festivals, and site specific curation; 21st century archives and notions of collective memory/mediated history;  screens (from 1960s multiscreen to Imax to media as architecture, VR and cell phones) and how they created experiences. She is a founder of the Future Cinema Lab, and the 2014-2016 inaugural Director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts Research. A 2012 Trudeau Fellow, she is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has (co)curated numerous large-scale public art exhibitions in Toronto and beyond—Being on Time (2001), The Leona Drive Project (2009), Museum for the End of the World (2012, Nuit Blanche), and Land|Slide, Possible Futures (2013) which are all site specific exhibitions concerned with urban space and memory.

Dr. Marchessault is the Principal Investigator on Archive/Counter-Archive: Activating Audiovisual Heritage (2018-2024 SSHRC Partnership Grant), a research collaboration involving community and artist run archives, archivists and humanities researchers examining diverse histories tied to Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, immigrant and women’s communities. Her research explores the afterlife of media archives as art forms and new kinds of historical knowledge (counterarchive.ca).

Research Interests
media materiality and history, notions of liveness and real-time media, research-creation, urban space, suburbs and visual culture, expanded cinema—AR/VR immersion, feminist, queer and post-colonial media, cultural festivals and performance, curatorial studies, theories of spectatorship, phenomenology, climate change and media studies.

Selected Publications

2017 Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias, Ecologies (Cambridge: MIT Press).Edited Collections:

2019 Oxford Guide to Canadian Cinema, co-edited with Will Straw. London, UK: Oxford University Press.

2019 Process Cinema: Hand Made Film in the Digital Age, co-edited with Scott MacKenzie, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

2015 Land|Slide Possible Futures: A Public Art Intervention co-edited with Chloe Brushwood-Rose, Jenny Foster and Aleksandra Kaminska (Toronto: Public Books).

2014 Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban, co-edited with Michael Darroch (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press).

2014 Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67, co-edited with Monika Gagnon (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press).

2013 3D Cinema and Beyond, co-edited with Sanja Obradovic and Dan Alder, (Bristol and Chicago: Intellect Press/University of Chicago Press).

Book Chapters

2019 “ Some Recipes for Disaster in the Films of Dierdre Logue and Helen Hill, “ Process Cinema,” Hand Made Film in the Digital Age, co-edited with Scott MacKenzie, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019.

2016 “Introduction to Explorations,” Explorations Journal 1-8 reissued. Critical Introduction as well as Series Forward co-written with M. Darroch (the Journal dates from 1953-57, was co-edited by Marshall McLuhan and Edmund Carpenter (Oregon: WIPF Publishers).

2015 “Tania Mouraud’s Ecological Art,” in Tania Mouraud, book published by the Centre Pompidou 2015, pp. 27-35.

2015 “Going Public: Art, Urbanism and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century,” Land|Slide Possible Futures (Toronto, Public Books, 2015), pp.13-18.

2014 “Introduction: Urban Cartographies”, Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban co-written with Michael Darroch (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014), pp. 3-21.

* 2014 “Introduction”, Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67, co-written with Monika Gagnon. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014), pp. 3-14.

* 2014 “Citerama: Expo 67 as Media City,” Reimagining Cinema, Film at Expo 67 (Montreal: McGill- Queen’s University Press, 2014), pp. 79-97.

* 2014 “Translocal Transits in Toronto Art Practices,” Transits: Canada/Brazil, edited by Walter Moser (Ottawa: University of Ottawa, 2011), pp. 132-143.


2016 “Final Frontier: Heritage Villages, Collective Memory and Urban Futures,” The Scholar & Feminist On line.

2015 “Cousteau’s Cameras and Ocean Wonders,” Special College Art Association Panel, Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus. ISSN: 1942-017X

2014 “Heritage Village: Sifting through Immaterial Histories of Land” Transformations Special issue on New Immaterialities. Issue No. 25 2014, pp.1-9 co-written with Alexsandra Kaminska

2014 “Understanding McLuhan Understanding Media,” Journal of Visual Culture, Special issue celebrating 50th anniversary of McLuhan’s Understanding Media (2014), pp.55-56.

2013 “Site specificity in the age of intermediality (with thanks to Michael Snow),” Moving Image Review & Art Journal 2:2 (2013), pp. 10-21.

2013 “Versioning History: Polytechnique as Vector,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 22.1 (2013), pp. 33-45.

Jean S. Mason

Field of Study: Technology in Practice, Media & CultureFaculty Photo Jean Mason

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: jsmason@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 3114
Office Location: RCC-360C
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Concordia); M.A. (McGill); Ph.D. (McGill)

Professor Jean Mason came to Ryerson's Faculty of Communication and Design and the School of Professional Communication in 2005 from University of Toronto. She served as Graduate Program Director of Ryerson’s Master of Professional Communication (2009-2012), and is currently the Associate Dean, Faculty & Student Affairs, Faculty of Communication and Design. Her research focuses on tuberculosis narratives and health communication. This study examines the way TB patients used expressive rhetoric to build a highly successful therapeutic community in the pre-pharmacological era of tuberculosis sanatoria, and explores applications in contemporary settings. Prior to studying health narratives, her doctoral research focused on the process of self-expression in digital media. She has considerable experience teaching and supervising graduate students at both Ryerson and University of Toronto.

Research Interests
The way that communication constitutes culture: writing media and technologies, health communication, personal narrative, professional and organizational communication, communication theory, ways of knowing and the politics of methodologies, qualitative methods in the humanities and cultural studies especially narrative and arts-based inquiry.

Selected Publications
“Two Women Chronicle the White Plague: A ‘Herstory’ of America’s Magic Mountain.” The Journal of American Culture, June 2014 (37:2). This article was awarded the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association (ACA/PCA) Carl Bode Award for Most Outstanding Article in the Journal of American Culture in a given year (2014).

“Dr. Walker Percy’s The Gramercy Winner: A Memoir of the American Tuberculosis Experience” in Journal of American Culture, June 2010.

“The Discourse of Disease: Patient Writing at the University of Tuberculosis” chapter in Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine (editors: Dr. Rita Charon MD, PhD, Columbia University and Dr. Peter Rudnytsky, PhD, University of Florida at Gainesville.) NY: SUNY Albany Press, 2008.

Alison Matthews-David

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: amdavid@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4696
Office Location: KHS-159D
Office Hours: TBA

Research Interests
Material Culture, History of Textiles and Dress, Health and Fashion, Forensics, Crime and Fashion, Embodiment

Alexandra Mazalek

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: mazalek@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 3117
Office Location: RCC-130
Office Hours: TBA

Patricia Mazepa

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: York University
E-Mail Address: pamazepa@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 30164
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 3030
Office Hours: (confirm via e-mail)

B.A. Communication (Ottawa); B.Soc.Sc Leisure Studies (Ottawa); M.A. Communication (Carleton); Ph.D. Communication (Carleton)

Professor Mazepa was appointed to York University in 2004 and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and in the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. She has served as the Undergraduate Program Director and the Graduate Program Director. Her teaching and research areas focus on Canada in a global context, this includes: the political economy of communication; the history of media and communication technology; state governance and communication; and experiential education. In 2015/6, she is the course director for AP/COMN 4140 6.0 “Communications Field Experience;” AP/COMN 4202 6.0 “Issues in the Political Economy of Media;” and CMCT 6322/CC 8848 3.0 “Armed Conflict, Peace and Media.”

Research Interests
Critical political economy of communication with current focus on: the Internet, democratic communication, Canadian and U.S. government control and production of media, and the militarization of communication and culture.

Selected Publications
(2015) "Manifest Spatialization: Militarizing Communication in Canada” Global Media Journal, Canadian Edition. Vol. 8, No. 1. (pp.9-30). http://www.gmj.uottawa.ca.

(2014) Communication and New Media: From Broadcast to Narrowcast, Canadian Edition. with Martin Hirst and John Harrison. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

(2012) “Regressive Social Relations, Activism and Media in Canada” in Kozolanka, K. Mazepa, P., and Skinner, D. (Eds.) Alternative Media in Canada. UBC Press. (pp. 244-263).

(2011) “Direct from the Source: Canada's Integrated System of State Propaganda” in Sussman, G. (Ed.) The Propaganda Society: Promotional Culture and Politics in Global Context. Peter Lang. (pp. 297-313).

(2009) “Rights on Paper, but Not in Practice: A History of Press Censorship in Canada” in Dakroury, A., Eid, M., and Kamalipour, Y. (Eds.) (2009) Right to Communicate: Historical Hopes, Global Debates, and Future Premises. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.(pp. 195-226).

(2007) “Democracy of, in and through Communication: Struggles around Public Service in Canada in the First Half of the Twentieth Century” Info: The journal of policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, information and media. Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 45-56.

With Vincent Mosco (2003) “High Tech Hegemony: Transforming Canada’s Capital into Silicon Valley North” in Artz, Lee and Kamalipour, Yahya R. (eds.) The Globalization of Corporate Media Hegemony. New York: SUNY. (pp. 93-112).

John McCullough

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: johnmccu@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 44556
Office Location: CFT - 234
Office Hours: TBA

John McCullough’s primary area of research is popular North American film and television. He teaches and does critical analyses of media representations of social and power relations; historical studies of media institutions and enterprises; and critical studies of media labour and spatial practices. He has published a monograph on the tv series 24 and co-edited Locating Migrating Media. He has published work in The Socialist Register, Cinema Journal, Space and Culture, The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, and CineAction.

Catherine Middleton

Field of Study: Technology In Practice
University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: cmiddlet@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7923
Office Location: TRS-3-094
Office Hours: By Appointment

B.A. (Queen's); M.B.A. (Bond); Ph.D. Business Administration (York)

Professor Middleton is the Principal Investigator on a three year SSHRC research project titled "How Will Canadian Consumers Benefit from Access to Broadband Networks? An Investigation of Broadband Demand, Usage, Supply and Policy in Canada". This project commenced in April 2003, and is the focus of her research interests at present. Several Communication and Culture students have collaborated on this project. Catherine is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology Management, and the Co-ordinator of the eBusiness Minor within Ryerson's Faculty of Business. Her article "Who Needs a Killer App" won the ANCACC medal for best publication in 2002 in an Australian Computer Society publication.

Research Interests
Consumer/citizen usage of broadband technologies; policy related to the development of broadband networks; consumer adoption of internet and mobile technologies; internet access in public spaces; new economy entrepreneurs; voluntary sector adoption of IT; electronic commerce for small businesses; strategic uses of IT in organizations; using technology in teaching.

Selected Publications
Middleton, C. A. & Cukier, W. (2006). "Is Mobile Email Functional or Dysfunctional? Two Perspectives on Mobile Email Usage." European Journal of Information Systems. (15:3).

Middleton, C. A. & Sorensen, C. (2005). "How Connected Are Canadians? Inequities in Canadian Households' Internet Access." Canadian Journal of Communication. (30:4), pp. 463-483.

Middleton, C. A. (2003). “What if there is No Killer Application? An Exploration of a User-Centric Perspective on Broadband.” Journal of Information Technology. (18:4), pp. 231-246.

Cukier, W. & Middleton, C. A. (2003). “Voluntary Sector Organizations on the Internet: The Canadian Experience.” IT and Society. (1:3), pp. 102-130.

Middleton, C. A. (2002). “Who Needs a ‘Killer App’? Two Perspectives on Content in Residential Broadband Networks.” Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology. (34:2), pp. 67-81.

Australian Committee on Computation and Automatic Control (ANCCAC) Award Winner: Best publication in 2002 in an Australian Computer Society publication.

Colin Mooers

Field of Study: Media & Culture, Politics and Policy

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: cmooers@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext. 6168
Office Location: JOR-728
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. Philosophy (Ottawa); M.A. Philosophy (Toronto); Ph.D. Social and Political Thought (York)

Professor Mooers is currently Graduate Director of the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. He joined the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University in 1987. He is the author of a book on the political economy of capitalism, The Making of Bourgeois Europe (Verso, 1991) and contributing editor of a book on public policy and globalization, Restructuring and Resistance: Public Policy in an Age of Global Capitalism (Fernwood, 2000) and contributing editor of The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire (Oneworld, 2006). He has also written on social movements, citizenship and capitalism, and the commodification of culture. He is currently writing a book titled, Imperial Subjects: Citizenship in an Age of Empire.

Research Interests
Marxism and cultural theory; subjectivity and commodification; citizenship and capitalism; globalization and contemporary imperialism.

Selected Publications
Imperial Subjects: Citizenship in an Age of Crisis and Empire (Bloombury 2014)

The New Imperialists: Ideologies of Empire for Empire Oxford: Oneworld Publications, (2006).

"Multiculturalism and the Fetishism of Difference," Socialist Studies 2:1 (2006).

"What's Left After the Cultural Turn," Review Essay, Historical Materialism 11:3 (2003).

"Dialectics at a Standstill: The Art of David Mabb," in The Factory as it Might Be or the Hall of Flowers. (Art Gallery of Windsor, 2003).

"The New Fetishism: Citizenship and Finance Capital," Studies in Political Economy, 66 (Autumn 2001).

Restructuring and Resistance : Canadian Public Policy in the Age of Global Capitalism, edited by Mike Burke, Colin Mooers and John Shields. Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood, 2000.

"Beyond Left and Right?: The Self-Limiting Politics of the Third Way" in Restructuring and Resistance : Canadian public policy in the age of global capitalism, edited by Mike Burke, Colin Mooers and John Shields. Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood, 2000.

"Can We Still Resist?: Globalization, Citizenship Rights and Class Formation", in David Broad and Wayne Anthony (eds.) Citizens or Consumers? Halifax: Fernwood Press, 1999.

The Making of Bourgeois Europe: Absolutism, Revolution, and the Rise of Capitalism in England, France, and Germany. London; New York: Verso, 1991

Paul S. Moore

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: psmoore@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2604
Office Location: JOR-306
Office Hours: TBA

B.Sc. (Mount Allison), M.Sc. (Queen’s), PhD (York, Sociology)

Professor Moore studies the history of the mass market and urban modernity in North America. Overall, his work argues that amusement and leisure help constitute modern publics by providing spaces, rhetorics and logics for collective gathering. His previous project was a social history of the first decade of movie-going in Toronto and the midWest USA, tracing how the novelty of film became a mass practice through showmanship, regulation, and promotion. A new project, collaborating with Prof. Sandra Gabriele, examines the development of the weekend newspaper in the 1890s as a cultural technology animating modernity, central to the institutionalization of mass society.

Research Interests
Urban Sociology; Mass Society; History of the Mass Market; Newspapers; Film Exhibition.

Selected Publications
2008. Now Playing: Early Movie-going and the Regulation of Fun (Toronto 1906-1918). Albany: SUNY Press.

In Review, with Sandra Gabriele. “The Globe on Saturday, The World on Sunday: The Development of the Weekend Newspaper in Toronto, 1886-1895.”

2008. “Nationalist Film-going without Canadian-Made Films?” in Abel, Bertellini, and King, eds. Early Cinema and the “National.” Eastleight, UK: John Libbey.

2008. “Socially Combustible: Panicky People, Flammable Film, and the Dangerous New Technology of the Nickelodeon,” in Bennett, Furstenau, and MacKenzie, eds. Cinema and Technology: Cultures, Theories, Practices. New York: Palgrave.

2008. “Newfoundland Amusements: Early Picture Shows at the Fulcrum of Modern and Parochial St. John’s.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies.

2005. “Everybody’s Going: City Newspapers and the Early Mass Market for Movies.” City & Community 4(4): 339-357.

2003. “Nathan L. Nathanson Introduces Canadian Odeon: Producing National Competition in Exhibition.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 12(2): 22-45.

Prof. Moore is director of the Canadian Theatre Historical Project, which will compile the social histories of thousands of theatre and cinema buildings across the country. He is co-editor of Marquee, Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America. He has published several essays on the history of film exhibition and movie-going in Canada and is an active member of associations for media and film studies, communications, and sociology.

Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands

Field of Study: Media & Culture, Politics and Policy

University: York University
E-Mail Address: essandi@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100, ext. 70178
Office Location: HNES 251
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Victoria); M.A. (York); Ph.D. (York)

Professor Mortimer-Sandilands is Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. She teaches in the areas of environmental cultural studies and environmental literatures; many of her students combine interests in environmental politics and cultural studies, and also in environmental literature and contemporary social and political thought. Her particular interests within these fields focus on the dynamics of gender, sexuality, nation, and place, including ongoing reseach projects on the cultural history of Canada’s national parks, on the intersections between sexual and environmental histories and politics (“queer ecologies”).

Research Interests
Environmental cultural studies (environmental literature and criticism, history and philosophy); gender, sexuality and environments (queer theories and ecologies); political theory and public cultures.

Selected Publications
In progress, A Very Queer Citizen: Jane Rule’s Public Lives (for The University of British Columbia Press).

In progress, “Emplanting Publics: Vegetal Life and Environmental Politics,” for Teena Gabrielson et. al (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory, Oxford University Press (2016).

In progress, “Ecology,” for Imre Szeman, Justin Sully and Sarah Blacker (eds.), A Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory, Wiley-Blackwell (2016).

In review, “Fire, Fantasy and Futurity: Queer Ecology Visits Silver Bush,” for Jean Mitchell and Rita Bode (eds.), L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature, University of Toronto Press (2015).

In review, “Losing My Place: Landscapes of Depression,” for Ashlee Cunsolo Wilcox and Karen Landman (eds.), Environment and Mourning, McGill-Queen’s University Press (2015).

Contracted (ed., with Ella Soper and Amanda Di Battista), Green Words / Green Worlds: Environmental Literatures and Politics (for Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015).

Forthcoming “Acts of Nature: Literature, Excess and Environmental Politics,” in Smaro Kamboureli and Christl Verduyn (eds.), Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies. Wilfrid Laurier University Press (2014).

Forthcoming, “Violent Affinities: Sex, Gender and Species in Cereus Blooms at Night,” for Louise Westling (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Ecocriticism, Cambridge University Press (2014).

Forthcoming, “Pro/polis: Three Forays into the Political Lives of Bees,” for Serpil Oppermann and Serenella Iovino (eds.), Material Ecocriticisms, Indiana University Press (2014).

Forthcoming, “Queer Life? Ecocriticism After the Fire,” for Greg Garrard (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, Oxford University Press (2014).

2013 “Dog Stranglers in the National Park? National and Vegetal Politics in Ontario's Rouge Valley,” Journal of Canadian Studies 47.3 (Fall).

2013 “Plant Stories,” Environmental Humanities, http://environmentalhumanities.org/2013/10/01/editorial-profile-catriona-sandilands/

2013 “’I Still Need the Revolution’: Cultivating Ecofeminist Readers,” in “Ecofeminist Perspectives on Literature,” Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (reprint of “’I Still Need the Revolution,’” Teaching North American Environmental Literature, 2008); Independence, KY: Gale Cengage Learning.

2013 “Calypso Trails: Botanizing Expeditions on the Bruce Peninsula,” in Ella Soper and Nicholas Bradley (eds.), Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocritical Traditions (reprint of “Calypso Trails,” Dalhousie Review, 2010), Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

2013 (with Peter Hobbs) “Queen’s Park and Other Stories: Toronto’s Queer Ecologies,” in L. Anders Sandberg, Stephen Bocking, Colin Coates and Ken Cruikshank (eds.), Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region. Hamilton, ON: L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian Studies, McMaster University.

2011 “Cap Rouge Remembered? Whiteness, Scenery and Memory in Cape Breton Highlands National Park,” in Andrew Baldwin, Laura Cameron and Audrey Kobayashi (eds.), Rethinking the Great White North: Nature and the Geographies of Whiteness in Canada (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press).

2011 “Green Things in the Garbage: Ecocritical Gleaning in Walter Benjamin's Arcades,” in Axel G Goodbody and Kate Rigby (eds.), Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press).

2010 (ed., with Bruce Erickson), Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

2010 “Thinking Ecology in Fragments: Walter Benjamin and the Dialectics of (Seeing) Nature,” in Brenda Iijima and Evelyn Reilly (eds.), eco (lang)(uage(reader)), (Brooklyn, NY: Portable Press).

2008 “Masculinity, Modernism and the Ambivalence of Nature: Sexual Inversion as Queer Ecology in The Well of Loneliness,” Left History (Special Issue on Environmental Politics), Vol. 13, no. 1, Spring/Summer, pp. 35-58.

2008 “‘I Still Need the Revolution’: Cultivating Ecofeminist Readers,” in Laird Christensen, Mark C. Long and Fred Waage (eds.), Teaching North American Environmental Literature (New York: Modern Languages Association of America), pp. 58-71.

2008 “Finding Emily,” in Alan MacEachern and William Turkel (eds.), Method and Meaning in Canadian Environmental History (Toronto: Thomson Nelson), pp. 158-180.

2008 “Landscape, Memory and Forgetting: Thinking Through (My Mother’s) Bodies and Places,” in Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekman (eds.), Material Feminisms, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), pp. 344-373.

2006 “‘The Geology Recognizes No Boundaries’: Shifting Borders in Waterton Lakes National Park,” in Sterling Evans (ed.), The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests: Essays on the Regional History of the 49th Parallel (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press), pp. 309-333.

2005 “Unnatural Passions? Toward a Queer Ecology,” Invisible Culture, Issue 9: Nature Loving (ed. Lisa Uddin and Peter Hobbs).

2004 (with M. Hessing and R. Raglon). This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press). 386 pp.

2004 “Where the Mountain Men Meet the Lesbian Rangers: Gender, Nation and Nature in the Rocky Mountain Parks,” in Melody Hessing, Rebecca Raglon and Catriona Sandilands (eds.), This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press), pp. 142-162.

2004“The Importance of Reading Queerly: Jewett’s Deephaven as Feminist Ecology,” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Vol. 11, no. 2, Summer, pp. 57-77.

2004 “Eco Homo: Queering the Ecological Body Politic,” Social Philosophy Today. Vol. 19, pp. 17-39.

2004 “Sex in the Bushes: On Ecofeminism, Gender, and Sexuality,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Vol. 15, no.4, pp. 122-128. (review essay).

Michael Murphy

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: mmurphy@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7010
Office Location: RCC-126
Office Hours: TBA

M.B.A (York); Ph.D. (McMaster)

Professor Murphy is a teacher in Ryerson's School of Radio and Television Arts and former Academic Director of the Rogers Communications Centre. Dr. Murphy's research includes the CoMedia Project—an international collaborative project to provide high-bandwidth shared production services for the media industry—as well as a project to define the future of interactive television. He is currently a professor in Ryerson's School of Radio & Television Arts, Faculty of Communication & Design, teaching digital audio and media production techniques and graduate courses in advanced communications technology.
Before joining Ryerson, Dr. Murphy was a senior manager and strategic planner for Northern Telecom (Nortel), where he was involved in the introduction of the digital multiplex switching systems, cellular mobile telephony, and integrated services digital networks. He is a past president of the International Information Management Association, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Audio Engineering Society.

Research Interests
New media production; digital audio; emerging technologies; technology enabled learning.

Selected Publications
“Convergence, Interactive Media and Innovation”, in Innovation: Essays by Leading Canadian Researchers, James Downey and Lois Claxon eds. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2002.

Steven Muzzatti

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: muzzatti@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000, ext. 4815
Office Location: JOR-307
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (York), M.A. (York), Ph.D (York, Sociology)

Professor Muzzatti strives to employ sociology’s critical and interpretive traditions to aid students in their analysis of a range of artifacts, texts, practices and actors within broader power-relations. This includes, but is not restricted to advertising and consumption practices, youth tribes, leisure pursuits and transgressive pleasure, resistance and social control. He works diligently to avoid the bifurcation of subjects/objects and invites students to embrace a critical reflexivity.

Research Interests
Cultural Criminology; Globalisation; Transgression; Criminalisation

Prof. Muzzatti’s primary research interest is in the area of cultural criminology, particularly the connections amongst globalisation, late modernity, consumer culture and transgressive and/or criminal behaviour (and its control). As such, his research sites are diverse and include the news media’s criminalisation of youth culture, as well as terrorism, crimes of globalisation, motorcycle culture and street racing, working-class identities, the Italian-Canadian community, advertising and the marketing of transgression and the commodification of violence. The generic theme that sustains his research is the relationship amongst crime, social inequality and culture.

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Nima Naghibi

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: nnaghibi@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2140
Office Location: JOR-1018
Office Hours: By Request

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. (Guelph); Ph.D. (Alberta)

Nima Naghibi is an Associate Professor of English at Ryerson University, specializing in postcolonial and feminist studies. She is the author of Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Western Feminism and Iran (Minnesota Press, 2007), and is working on her second monograph with the support of a SSHRC Standard Research Grant. Her current project is on the diasporic Iranian women’s autobiographical expression in memoirs and documentary film. This project, which draws on the intersecting fields of autobiography, diaspora, memory, nostalgia and trauma theory, focuses on the notable surge in autobiographical forms produced by Iranian women, and proposes that the trauma of the 1979 Iranian Revolution has created new possibilities for Iranian women’s subjectivities.

Research Interests
Postcolonial and Feminist Literatures and Theories; Autobiography; Documentary Films; Affect Theory; Studies in Memory and Nostalgia.

Selected Publications
Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Western Feminism and Iran. University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

“Revolution, Trauma, and Memory in Iranian Women’s Autobiographies.” Radical History Review. Volume 2009. Issue 105. Fall 2009.

“Seeing ‘Beneath the Veil’: Saira Shah and the Problems of Documentary.” History, Film, and Cultural Citizenship: Sites of Production. Eds. Tina Mai Chen, David S. Churchill and Thomas Lahusen. Routledge, 2007.

Co-authored with Andrew O’Malley. “Estranging the Familiar: ‘East’ and ‘West’ in Satrapi’s Persepolis.” English Studies in Canada. 31.2/3. (June/September 2005): 1-27.

Bad Feminist or Bad-Hejabi? Moving Outside the Hejab debate." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 1:4 1999: 555-571.

“Five Minutes of Silence: Voices of Iranian Feminists in the post-revolutionary age." Postcolonizing the Commonwealth: Studies in Literature. Ed. Rowland Smith. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier UP, 2000.

Nicole Neverson

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address:  neverson@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2603
Office Location: JOR-316
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Carleton), M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D (McMaster, Sociology)

Teaching Interests
Sociology of sport; popular culture and mass media; media representation

Professor Neverson’s academic training is firmly grounded in socio-cultural aspects of mass media and representation. The courses she instructs regularly engage current events and issues as a source of inquiry and analysis with the aim of demonstrating the relevant links between theory, practice, and the lived social world. Before arriving at Ryerson, Professor Neverson instructed at McMaster University, Trent University, and the University of Waterloo.

Research Interests
Representation of subjectivities in the mass media; socio-cultural aspects of sport and gender; use of force technologies and policing

Dr. Neverson’s research is grounded in the areas of mass media analysis and socio-cultural aspects sport and gender. Her most recent publication examines the complex narratives constructed around race and class via trash talk in the sport of track and field. Another recent work examines the intersection of new media, sport, and gender in Canada via the curtailed digital television network WTSN (Women’s Television Sports Network). In addition to her research interests in sport and media, Dr. Neverson is currently working on three projects: the first is an on-going collaborative study that examines Taser use in Canada, the social construction of ‘risk’ and risk narratives; the second, an examination of alternative media perspectives of the Canadian Caribbean diaspora in relation to the Toronto District School Board’s Afri (Afro)-centric school, and the third, a collaborative project exploring the integration of critical pedagogy in teaching and learning at Ryerson.

Selected Publications
2012 - With Oriola, T, and C. Adeyanju. ‘They should have just taken a gun and shot my son‟: Taser deployment and the downtrodden in Canada. Social Identities.18, 65-83.

2011 - Neverson, N. and G. Knight. “Trash talk and reflexive ‘otherness’: Maurice Greene, Michael Johnson and class within race.” In D. Adair (Ed.) Sport, ‘race’ and ethnicity: Narratives of diversity and difference. (174-194). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology (FIT).

2010 - “Build it and the women will come? WTSN and the advent of Canadian digital television.” Canadian Journal of Communication, 35, 27-48.

2010 - With Oriola, T, and C. Adeyanju. “Don’t tase me bro’: Taser adoption and its consequences in Canada.” Journal of Social Criminology, 3, 109-139.

2007 - With Adeyanju, C. “‘There will be a next time’: Media discourse of an ‘apocalyptic’ vision of immigration, racial diversity, and health risks.” Canadian Ethnic Studies, 39, 79-105.

2007 - With Knight, G., P. Donnelly, and M. MacNeill. “The weight of expectation: Cathy Freeman, legacy, reconciliation and the Sydney Olympics – a Canadian perspective.” International Journal of the History of Sport, 24, 1243-1263.

Jason Nolan

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Jason Nolan Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: jnolan@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7030
Office Location: Bell Trinity 103N
Office Hours: On Request

B.A. (York), B.Ed. (Toronto), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Jason Nolan is autistic. He's director of the Responsive Ecologies Lab & EDGE Lab, and a professor in Early Childhood studies at Ryerson University. Present projects include "C/AMIGObot, a creative autonomous mobile interactive generative-music object robot" and user-intiated design with disabled children in Bolivia.  His work has appeared in journals such as Information, Communication & Society, Canadian Children, New Media & Society, Surveillance and Society, and Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. He is co-editor of The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments (2006). His current research is funded by SSHRC, CFI, MRI, OCE.

Research Interests

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Jonathan Obar

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: York University
E-Mail Address: jaobar@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33873
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Room 3015
Office Hours: TBA

Research Interests:  Communication Policy, Information Policy, Digital Media and Civil Liberties, Digital Activism, Big Data and Privacy, and Network Neutrality

Mona Oikawa

Field of Study: Politics and Policy, Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: oikawa@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 44014
Office Location: Atkinson College, 320
Office Hours: **ON LEAVE** Fall 2017

B.A. (York); M.A.(Toronto); PhD (Toronto)

Professor Oikawa is Associate Professor of Social Science in the Atkinson School of Social Sciences. She is a faculty member in the BA program in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity. She teaches the undergraduate courses, Ethnic Communities in Canada and Theory in Colonialism, Race and Indigeneity. Her research interests include critical race studies, the Internment of Japanese Canadians, sexuality studies, and cultural studies. Mona is currently working on the research project, "Racial Formations in a Settler Society: Japanese Canadians' Relationship to Colonialism," funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is also a published poet.

Research Interests
Critical Race Studies, Cultural Studies.

Selected Publications
Cartographies of Violence: Women, Memory, and the Subject(s) of the "Internment." (Forthcoming, University of Toronto Press).

Resist!: Essays Against a Homophobic Culture. (Ed.) with Dionne Falconer and Ann Decter. Toronto: Women's Press, 1994.

Out Rage. (Ed.) with Dionne Falconer, Rosamund Elwin, and Ann Decter. Toronto: Women's Press, 1993.

All Names Spoken. (with Tamai Kobayashi). Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1992.

"Dis-Orienting the Gaze: Re-viewing Images of Japanese Canadian Women in Internment Narratives." Canadian Journal of Communication. (In revision.)

"Connecting the Internment of Japanese Canadians to the Colonization of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada." Aboriginal Connections to Race, Environment and Traditions, edited by R. Riewe and J. Oakes, 17-26. Winnipeg: Aboriginal Issues Press, University of Manitoba, 2006.

"Cartographies of Violence: Women, Memory and the Subject(s) of the 'Internment.'" Canadian Journal of Law and Society 15, 2 (December 2000): 39-69.

Reprinted in Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society, edited by Sherene H. Razack, 72-98, 268-272. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2002.

Current research projects/journals
Racial Formations in a Settler Society: Japanese Canadians' Relationship to Colonialism (SSHRC funded); Unmapping the Hasting Park Incarceration Site.

Tokunbo Ojo

Field of Study: Politics and Policy, Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: tojo@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33755
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Room 3027
Office Hours: TBA

Research Interests
Global Media Industries; International Communications; Media & International Development; Journalism Studies; Media Governance and policy; Media Globalization

Andrew O'Malley

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address:  aomalley@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2626
Office Location: JOR-1031
Office Hours: TBA

BA, McGill University; MA, University of Toronto; PhD, University of Toronto

Professor O'Malley is an associate professor in the Department of English, specializing in children’s and popular cultures.  He is the Director of the Children’s Literature archive, and is the author of two monographs: The Making of the Modern Child: Children’s Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Century (Routledge 2003) and Children’s Literature, Popular Culture, and Robinson Crusoe (Palgrave 2013).

Dana Osborne

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: dosborne@arts.ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6147
Office Location: Languages, Literatures & Cultures JOR-522
Office Hours: TBA

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Ruth Panofsky

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Ruth Panofsky Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: panofsky@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6150
Office Hours: By Appointment

B.A. (Carleton); M.A. (York); Ph.D. Literature (York)

Dr. Ruth Panofsky is Professor of English and also teaches in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.  She is affiliated with Ryerson University’s Modern Literature and Culture Centre (as a Research Associate) and Centre for Digital Humanities (as a member).  Dr. Panofsky is also a member of Editing Modernism in Canada, an international collaborative project housed in Dalhousie University’s Department of English, and editor of Parchment: Contemporary Canadian Jewish Writing.

Ruth Panofsky is a Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto and has served as visiting professor of creative writing at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.  She has received fellowships and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Bibliographical Society of Canada.  In addition, she has received the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry (2008) and the PROSE Award for Literature (2015).

Ruth Panofsky recently completed the first critical edition of the collected poetry of Miriam Waddington.  Her current SSHRC-funded project is a study of women in English-language book publishing in Canada, 1900-2000.  Dr. Panofsky has published widely in the field of book history and print culture in Canada.  In addition to scholarly works, she has published two books of poetry; her articles, book reviews, and poems have appeared in scholarly periodicals, literary journals, and major Canadian newspapers.

Research Interests:
Canadian Publishing History; Authorship Studies; Textual Scholarship; Canadian Jewish Literature; Holocaust Literature

Selected Publications:
Editor.  The Collected Poems of Miriam Waddington: A Critical Edition.  Canadian Literature Collection.  Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2014.

The Literary Legacy of the Macmillan Company of Canada: Making Books and Mapping Culture.  Studies in Book and Print Culture.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

At Odds in the World: Essays on Jewish Canadian Women Writers.  Toronto: Inanna Publications, 2008.

Laike and Nahum: A Poem in Two Voices.  Toronto: Inanna Publications, 2007.

The Force of Vocation: The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman.  Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2006.

Lifeline.  Essential Poets Series 107.  Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2001.

Adele Wiseman: An Annotated Bibliography.  Toronto: ECW Press, 1992.

Editor.  Adele Wiseman: Essays on Her Works.  Writers Series 7.  Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2001.

Editor.  Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman.  Co-edited with John Lennox.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Sarah C. Parsons

Field of Study: Media & Culture/ Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: sparsons@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77426
Office Location: CFA 265
Office Hours: CFA 265


B.A. (Queen’s); Ph.D. Art History and Women’s Studies (UC Santa Barbara)


Professor Parsons’ research focuses on North American photography, gender, race and ethics. These themes come together in her current book project that traces the historical relationship between photography and privacy. She is also part of a collaborative, SSHRC funded project called The Family Camera Network that explores the relationship between photography and the idea of family (http://familycameranetwork.org).

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

2017 S. Parsons ed. Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Photography After Photography: Gender, Genre, and History. Durham: Duke University Press.
Author, Preface: “May the Bridges We Burn Light the Way,” ix – xxv (17 pages)

2017 S. Parsons and Jennifer Orpana eds. “Special Issue: Seeing Family,” Photography & Culture 10:2 (Summer 2017).
Co-author, Editorial: “Seeing Family,” 95 – 98.

2009 S. Parsons, ed. Emergence: Contemporary Canadian Photography. Toronto: Gallery 44 and Ryerson University.
Author, Introduction, 10 - 14.
Articles and Essays

2016 “William Notman’s Studio as a Space of Performance,” in Hélène Samson and Suzanne Sauvage ed., Notman: Visionary Photographer. Paris: McCord Museum, Montreal and Editions Hazan, 2016: 76 – 83.

2014 “William Notman: Life & Work,” The Art Canada Institute, Series editors: Mark Cheetham and Sara Angel. (http://www.aci-iac.ca/content/art-books/19/Art-Canada-Institute_William-Notman.pdf)

2012 “Privacy, Photography, and the Art Defense,” Revealing Privacy, Margherita Carucci ed. Peter Lang Publishers: 105 - 118.
2009 “Sontag’s Lament: Emotion, Ethics, and Photography,” Photography & Culture 2:3 (Fall 2009): 289 – 302.

2008 “Public/Private Tensions in the Photography of Sally Mann,” History of Photography 32:2 (Summer 2008): 123 – 136.
In Progress
In Press: “Race and Gender in Photography Studies,” (9000 words) Handbook of Photography Studies, Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming 2019.

Jamin Pelkey

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: jpelkey@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 3454
Office Location: POD-469D
Office Hours: TBA

Nalini Persram

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: persramn@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 46012
Office Location: YCISS, 744 Kaneff Tower
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. Music (Regina); B.A. (Victoria); M.A. International Relations (East Anglia); PhD International Politics (Wales Aberystwyth)

Nalini Persram is Associate Professor of Social and Political Thought in the Department of Social Science, and a member of the York Center for International and Security Studies. She is a member of the graduate programs in Communication and Culture, Humanities and Social and Political Thought. She has published in the areas of feminist theory, international political theory, Caribbean society and culture, and postcolonialism. Prior to her appointment at York University, she was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; she also taught, for a year, Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.

Research Interests
Postcolonialism; empire and Western thought; subjectivity and survival; feminism; Caribbean culture and resistance (Guyana); and international political theory.

Selected Publications
Postcolonialism and Political Theory, Nalini Persram (ed.) (Lexington Books, hb 2007, pb 2008).

Sovereignty and Subjectivity, Jenny Edkins, Nalini Persram, Véronique Pin-Fat (eds) (Lynne Rienner, 1999).

“The Clash and 'Civilisation': Representation, Rhetoric and Popular Legitimacy,” co-authored with Francesco Cavatorta and Shiera El-Malik, in Lise Garon (ed.), Et puis vint le 11 septembre... Remise en question de l'hypothèse du choc des civilisations (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2003).

“wartimeviolence: pulping fictions of the subaltern,” in Vivienne Jabri and Eleanor O'Gorman (eds), Women, Culture and International Relations (Lynne Rienner, 1999).

“In my father's house are many mansions: the nation and postcolonial desire,” Heidi Safia Mirza (ed.), Black British Feminism: A Reader (London: Routledge, 1997).

Entry on "Subaltern" for SAGE'S Encyclopedia of Political Theory, forthcoming October 2009.

“The Importance of Being Cultural: Nationalist Thought and Jagan’s Colonial World,” Small Axe: A (Caribbean) Journal of Criticism Special Issue: Guyana, The Present against the Past, #15 March 2004: 82-105.

“The Attack on Iraq from a Postcolonial Perspective,” European Political Science War Symposium, no. 3.1, Autumn 2003: 13-18.

“Guerrillas, Games and Governmentality,” Small Axe: A (Caribbean) Journal of Criticism “Politics/Nation” Special Issue #10, September 2001: 21-40.

“Politicizing the Féminine, Globalizing the Feminist,” Alternatives 19(3), 1994: 275-313.

Lila Pine

Field of Study: Technology in Practice, Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: lpine@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6848
Office Location: RCC-106
Office Hours: TBA

B.A., Psychology and Political Science, Mount Saint Vincent University; M.F.A., Film and Video Production, York University;PhD. Candidate, Media and Communication, European Graduate School

Professor Pine is a New Media artist and Indigenous thinker of Aboriginal (Mi’kmaq) descent. Lila is the Principle Investigator of The Evolving Stories Studio for which she received a CFI/OIT and Resarch/Creation SSHRC grant. Her current research project, in collaboraiton with Dr. Joanne DiNova (School of Professional Communication),  M’Naa-Giigda: Imag(in)ing Indigeneity in Language seeks to reclaim Indigenous languages while restoring Indigeneity in language. Lila teaches New Media production and theory, as well as cross-cultural communication. She received her MFA from York University in Toronto and PhD from the European Graduate School.

Elizabeth Podnieks

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: lpodniek@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6547
Office Location: JOR-1040
Office Hours: TBA

Elizabeth Podnieks is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Joint Ryerson/York Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. Her teaching and research interests include Modernism, Motherhood Studies, Life Writing, Popular/Celebrity Culture, Scholarly Editing, and Digital Humanities. She has published on a range of figures from Modernists Emily Coleman, Virginia Woolf, Anaïs Nin, and Zelda Fitzgerald to Perez Hilton, Angelina Jolie, and celebrity mom bloggers. She is a member of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI); and is the Area Chair for the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s Motherhood/Fatherhood Area. At present she is working on a monograph about representations of motherhood in modernist auto/biography and journalism; and developing a project to digitize and mark-up papers in the Emily Holmes Coleman archive housed at the University of Delaware Library. She is also editing a collection of scholarly essays entitled Pops in Pop Culture: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and Modern Parenting, contributing a chapter on paternal memoir.

Selected Publications
“‘Sponges of Secret Sorrows’: Introducing the Stories in Under a Glass Bell.” Introduction. Under a Glass Bell by Anaïs Nin. Swallow Press/Ohio UP, 2014. Vii-xxv.

Emily Holmes Coleman. Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed Stephen Ross. Forthcoming. Web.

Rough Draft: The Modernist Diaries of Emily Holmes Coleman, 1929-1937. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.

Mediating Moms: Mothers in Popular Culture. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2012.

“Basketball, Skating, and Scholarship: Or How to do Research from the Bench, the Rink, and the Car.” In Academic Motherhood in a Post-Second Wave Context: Challenges, Strategies and Possibilities. Ed. D. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein and Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2012. 394-413.

Biography and Motherhood; Celebrity Mothering; Modernism and Mothering; Motherhood and Popular Culture. Encyclopedia of Motherhood (3 Vols). Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2010.

Textual Mothers/ Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010.

Hayford Hall: Hangovers, Erotics, and Modernist Aesthetics. Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks and Sandra Chait. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2005.

Daily Modernism: The Literary Diaries of Virginia Woolf, Antonia White, Elizabeth Smart, and Anaïs Nin. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2000.

Murray Pomerance

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: mpomeran@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6154
Office Location: JOR-301
Office Hours: TBA

M.A. (SUNY Buffalo)

Since 1973, Murray Pomerance has taught more than 50 courses at Ryerson University in such subjects as media and society, Hollywood and society, and popular culture at the undergraduate level. Within the Joint Programme in Communication & Culture, Professor Pomerance has created unique seminar classes that examine representation, structure, meaning, performance, and other aspects of film. For 10 years he was also cross-appointed to Film & Photography at Ryerson. He served as Chair of the Sociology Department between 1997 and 2006. In 1995, Murray Pomerance created the Media Studies Working Group with John Sakeris and he has co-chaired conferences on intellect and ideology in media culture, the representation of youth in film and television, and on media and guns. He is also a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and of the Film Studies Association of Canada. His fiction has been published in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, New Directions, The Boston Review, Descant and other places. Murray Pomerance has been the recipient of an O. Henry Award and appears in Best Canadian Stories 2004.

He is editor of the “Techniques of the Moving Image” series at Rutgers University Press and the "Horizons of Cinema" series at SUNY Press, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the "Screen Decades" and “Star Decades” series at Rutgers University Press. He is a member of the editorial board of the "Contemporary Cinema" series at Editions Rodopi, Antwerp and the journal In Short.

Research Interests
Cinema Studies; Sociology of Narrative; Hitchcock, performance theory, celebrity.

Selected Publications
The Man Who Knew Too Much (BFI, 2016)

Moment of Action: Riddles of Cinematic Performance (Rutgers, 2016)

Marnie (BFI)

The Eyes Have It: Cinema and the Reality Effect (Rutgers)

Alfred Hitchcock’s America (Polity)

The Horse Who Drank the Sky: Film Experience Beyond Narrative and Theory. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home. Edited by Murray Pomerance.London: Wallflower Press, 2008.

Popping Culture, 5th ed. Edited by Murray Pomerance and John Sakeris. Boston: Pearson Education, 2008.

City That Never Sleeps: New York and the Filmic Imagination. Edited by Murray Pomerance. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007.

Cinema and Modernity. Edited by Murray Pomerance. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006.

From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Edited by Ernest Mathijs and Murray Pomerance. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi, 2006.

American Cinema of the 1950s: Themes and Variations. Edited by Murray Pomerance. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, forthcoming.

Johnny Depp Starts Here. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005.

Savage Time. Ottawa: Oberon Press, 2005.

Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth. Edited by Murray Pomerance and Frances Gateward. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2005.

An Eye for Hitchcock. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004.

BAD: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen. Edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004.

Enfant Terrible! Jerry Lewis in American Film. Edited by Murray Pomerance. New York: New York University Press, 2002.

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood. Edited by Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2002.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls: Gender in Film at the End of the Twentieth Century. Edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.

Magia D'Amore. By Murray Pomerance. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1999.

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Christopher Powell

Field of Study: Politics & Policy/ Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: chris.powell@ryerson.caFaculty Photo Christopher Powell
Phone Number:
 (416) 979-5000 ext. 7202
Office Location: JOR-308
Office Hours: By Appointment

Christopher Powell
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and has recently joined the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.  His research interests are in radically egalitarian social change. To this end, Dr. Powell currently is investigating the emergent dynamics of cooperative decisionmaking. His other research interests include the circulation of shame through social networks; the challenges of social cooperation across radically different cultural frames of reference; and relational theories of self, society, and knowledge.  Before coming to Ryerson in 2013, Dr. Powell spent ten years at the University of Manitoba, where his primary research was in the field of genocide studies. In Barbaric Civilization: A Critical Sociology of Genocide, Dr. Powell argues that modern genocides, including cultural genocides of Indigenous peoples, are neither a symptom of social breakdown nor even an effect of hegemonic ideologies but a systemic product of the material relations of force on which modern sovereignty is founded. Dr. Powell’s work continually interrogates the interplay of dualities — the material and the ideational, the nomothetic and the idiographic, the objective and the subjective — in order to overcome those dualities and develop new possibilities for theory and practice.

Selected Publications
Refereed Books
Powell, Christopher and François Dépelteau, eds., (2013) Conceptualizing Relational Sociology: Ontological and Theoretical Issues. New York: Palgrave.

Dépelteau, François and Christopher Powell, eds., (2013) Applying Relational Sociology: Relations, Networks, and Society. New York: Palgrave.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
Powell, Christopher and Amarnath Amarasingam, (forthcoming, 2016) “Atrocity and Genocide in Sri Lanka” in Scott Murray, ed., Understanding Atrocity, University of Calgary Press.

Powell, Christopher (2016) “Revitalizing the Ethnosphere: Global Society, Ethnodiversity, and the Stakes of Cultural Genocide.” Genocide Studies and Prevention, v. 10(1), pp. 44-59.

Powell, Christopher (2015) “Transcendence or Struggle: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Narratives of Human Rights” in Adam Muller, Karen Busby, and Andrew Woolford, eds., The Idea of a Human Rights Museum. University of Manitoba Press.

Powell, Christopher and Julia Peristerakis (2014) “Genocide in Canada: A Relational View” in Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Laban Hinton, eds., Colonial Genocide and Indigenous North America. Duke University Press. Pp. 70-94.

Powell, Christopher (2013) “Radical Relationism: A Proposal” in François Dépelteau and Christopher Powell, eds., Conceptualizing Relational Sociology: Ontological and Theoretical Issues. New York: Palgrave.  Pp. 187-207.

Powell, Christopher (2013) “Contradiction and Interdependency: The Sociologies of Karl Marx and Norbert Elias” in François Dépelteau and Tatiana Savoia Landini, eds., Norbert Elias and Social Theory. New York: Palgrave. Pp. 91-107.

Powell, Christopher (2013) “How Epistemology Matters: Five Reflexive Critiques of Public Sociology” Critical Sociology, v. 31(1), pp. 87-104.

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: i2pruska@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2236
Office Location: IMA-314
Office Hours: TBA

B.A.A., Ryerson University, Media Arts; M.A., York University, Communication and Culture; Ph.D., York University, Communication and Culture

Professor Pruska-Oldenhof is an award-winning experimental filmmaker and the assistant professor at School of Image Arts. She teaches both the undergraduate and graduate courses in the Faculty of Communication and Design. Izabella’s films have screened at numerous international film festivals, cinematheques, galleries, and art centres in Canada and abroad. In 2008, one of her films was screened at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris and a retrospective screening of her works was featured at the 10th Festival des Cinémas Différent de Paris in France. Izabella’s films have received the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, NFB, and LIFT. Her interests as an artist and as a scholar concentrate on the feminine aesthetics, specifically in the avant-garde cinema and body art.

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Markus Reisenleitner

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York UniversityFaculty Photo Markus Reisenleitner
E-Mail Address:
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 66983
Office Location: Vanier College, 237
Office Hours: TBA

M.A., Ph.D. (University of Vienna)

Before joining York's Division of Humanities in 2006, Markus Reisenleitner taught at the University of Vienna, the Vienna campus of the University of Oregon's International Program, the University of Alberta, and Lingnan University in Hong Kong, where he was Head of the Department of Cultural Studies from 2004-2006.

Research Interests
Visual and textual interpretations of global cities; European urban culture; history, memory and nostalgia in popular and digital culture.

Selected Publications
Ingram, Susan, and Markus Reisenleitner. Wiener Chic: A Locational History of Vienna Fashion. Bristol: Intellect, 2014.

Abbas, A. (2013/1997) Hongkong: Kultur und die Politik des Verschwindens. Translated by Susan Ingram and Markus Reisenleitner. Vienna: Löcker.

Reisenleitner, M. “Accounting for Scholarship in the University 2.0: Knowledge Production and Dissemination under the Conditions of Global Knowledge Economies.” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 49.1 (2013): 9-14.

Reisenleitner, Markus. “Sodom und Gommorha” (1922), “I Love Vienna” (1991), “Before Sunrise” (1995) (with Susan Ingram). World Film Locations: Vienna. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2012. 12-13, 94-95, 98-99.

Reisenleitner, Markus. “Under the Bridges/ Unter den Brücken” (1944-45), “Octopussy” (1983), “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004), “Thunder Perfect Mind” (2005). World Films Locations: Berlin. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2012. 36-37, 74-75, 96-97, 110-111.

Reisenleitner, Markus. “Translating the Past, Digitally: Nostalgia, the City and the Digital Image in Peter Jackson’s King Kong (2005) and Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008).” Historical Textures of Translation: Traditions, Traumas, Transgressions. Eds. S. Ingram and M. Reisenleitner. Vienna: Mille Tre, 2012. 175-183.

Reisenleitner, Markus. “Gibson Country: Global City-Spaces in the North-American Imaginary of Pattern Recognition and Spook Country.” The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism. Eds. Brigitte Glaser and Jutta Ernst. Heidelberg: Winter, 2010. 231–42.

Lutter, Christina, and Markus Reisenleitner. Cultural Studies: eine Einführung [Cultural Studies: an Introduction]. 6 ed. Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2009 [1999].

Morris, Meaghan, Markus Reisenleitner, and Caroline Turner, eds. Interasia Cultural Studies Special Issue: Urban Imaginaries in the Asia-Pacific. Vol. 9:4: Routledge, 2008.

Morris, M., M. Reisenleitner and C. Turner (eds.). (2008). Urban Imaginaries. Spec. Issue of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 9(4): Routledge.

Reisenleitner, M. (2007). There's No Place Like Charmed: Domesticity, the Uncanny, and the Utopian Potential of the City. Investigating Charmed: The Magic Power of TV. K. Beeler and S. Beeler. London; New York, L.B.Tauris: 143-165.

Reisenleitner, M. (2007). Beyond Bildung: The "Disciplinarity and Dissent" of Cultural Studies in the Global Managerial Academy. Hyphenated histories: articulations of Central European Bildung and Slavic studies in the contemporary academy. A. C. Gow. Leiden; Boston, Brill: 19-41.

Ingram, S. and M. Reisenleitner (2006). "Polarizing Avalon: The European Virtuosity and Global Virtuality of Mamoru Oshii's Filmic Imaginary." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 4(2): 129-138.

Lutter, Christina, and Markus Reisenleitner. Cultural Studies: eine Einführung [Cultural Studies: an Introduction]. 6 ed. Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2009 [1999]. (in German).

Recent Papers
The Schindler-Chase House and L.A. Modernist Architecture”
(“Meeting the Urbanization Challenge”, 11-12 October 2013, Los Angeles)

“Musealizing Art, Style and Fashion Avant-gardes: Curatorial Practices and Cultural Memory in Vienna’s Museum of Applied Arts”
(Conference ASAP/5: Arts of the City, Wayne State University, Detroit, 3-6 October 2013)

“A Peripheral View of Theory Effects and/on Comparative Literature in the Global Academy”
(ACL(x) / E(x)amine, Pennsylvania State University, 27-28 September 2013)

“‘Thunder Perfect Mind’: The Gnostic Flaneur Does Berlin”
(Conference EUPOP 2013: International Institute for Popular Culture, University of Turku, Finland, 31 July-2 August 2013)

“Placing Fashion in the City with Zero History”
(Conference “Literary London 2013”, University of London, London, 17-19 July 2013)

“Old and New Guards: Fashion in Vienna’s Museums.”
(Fashion Research Group, Ryerson University and York University, 26 June 2013)

“Pedagogy, Visualized: Transforming the Foundation Classroom Lecture for Moodle”
(Teaching in Focus Workshop, Teaching Commons, York University, 23 May 2013)

“Musealizing Art, Style and Fashion Avant-gardes? Curatorial Practices and Cultural Memory in Vienna’s  Museum für Angewandte Kunst”
(Transnational Memory Workshop, Memorial University, NL, 2-4 May 2013)

“How App-osite: Fashioning the City on Mobile Devices”
(ACLA Annual Meeting, Toronto, 5-7 April 2013)

Danielle Robinson

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: drobin@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-5137 ext. 22282Faculty Photo Danielle Robinson
Office Location: 325 Accolade East
Office Hours: TBA

B.S. (Vanderbilt); M.A. (Northwestern); Ph.D. (California, Riverside)

Danielle Robinson
is a dance scholar who researches the cross-cultural movement of Afro-Diasporic popular dances within the Americas. Her research has been recognized with awards from the Society of Dance History Scholars, Institute for Jazz Studies, the Congress on Research in Dance, and the American Theatre focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. In addition, during 2011-12, she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chichester (UK), sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.

Dr. Robinson's book, Modern Moves: Dancing Race during the Ragtime and Jazz Eras (Oxford University Press, 2015), examines how notions of modernity were embodied in early 20th century social dancing and the nascent dance industry that supported it. Her articles on ragtime, jazz and swing dancing in the United States have been published in Dance Theatre Journal (UK), Dance Research Journal (US), Dance Chronicle (US), Dance Research (UK), and Research in Dance Education (UK).

Professor Robinson is currently co-leading a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project in Bahia, Brazil with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). This project explores samba de roda, a dance and music complex with roots in Afro-Brazilian slave cultures, which was recently recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage. The project will culminate in a co-authored book, Roots Sambas: Collaborations and Conflicts in Dancing, Music and Culture, that explores the potential for decolonizing cross-cultural research. Articles from this research project appear in Bodies of Sound: Studies Across Popular Music and Dance (Ashgate, 2013) and Choreographic Dwellings, Practicing Place (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014)

Dr. Robinson joined the faculty in York University’s Department of Dance in 2005. She is cross-appointed to the Graduate Programs in Theatre and Performance Studies and Communication and Culture and is a Fellow of York’s Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean; Winters College; and the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples. Between 2012 and 2015 she served as the MA Coordinator for the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at York.

Research Interests
Dance Ethnography, Cultural Studies, Dance History, Critical Race Theory, Social Dance Reconstruction, Multicultural Dance Education, Popular Dance Practices, African Diaspora within the Americas, Latin American Dance Cultures

Selected Publications
2015 Modern Moves: Dancing Race during the Ragtime and Jazz Eras, Oxford University Press.

2015 Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, (popular dance entries editor) Routledge.

2014 “Chula in the City: Traditions, Translations, and Tactics in Brazilian Samba de Roda,” with Jeff Packman. Choreographic Dwellings, Practicing Place, Eds. Sarah Rubidge, Gretchen Schiller, and Maira Spanghero. Palgrave-MacMillan.

2013 “Authenticity, Uplift, and Cultural Value in Bahian Samba Junino,” with Jeff Packman. Bodies of Sound, Eds. Sherril Dodds and Susan Cook. Ashgate.

2011 Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies—Dancing the Popular, (guest editor of this special peer-reviewed issue) Society of Dance History Scholars. 30.1.

2011 “Reconstructing Ragtime,” Proceedings for the Society of Dance History Scholars, Annual Conference at York University.

2010 “Ugly Duckling: The Refinement of Ragtime Dancing and the Mass Marketing of Modern Social Dance,” Dance Research. 28.2.

2010 “From Inclusion to Integration: Intercultural Dialogue and Contemporary University Dance Education,” with Eloisa Domenici, Research in Dance Education. 11.3.

2009 “Performing American: Ragtime Dancing as Embodied Minstrelsy,” Dance Chronicle. 32.1

2006 “Oh, You Black Bottom! Appropriation, Authenticity, and Opportunity in the Jazz Dance Teaching of 1920s New York,” Dance Research Journal. 38.1/2

Shirley Roburn


PhD in Communication Studies, Concordia University
MES, Environmental Studies, York University
BA in Communication Studies, Concordia University

Professional Leadership

Member, Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada Executive, 2016-2018
Board President, Centre for Community Organization (CoCo), 2008-2010
PhD Student Representative, Concordia Communication Studies, 2007-2009
Executive Director, Yukon Conservation Society (YCS), 2005-2006

Community Contributions

Reviewer for Imaginations Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 2017
Reviewer for ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 2016
Reviewer for special issue of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, 2015-2016

Wade Rowland

Field of Study: Politics and Policy, Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: wade@waderowland.com
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 20468
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 3018
Office Hours: TBA

M.A. Philosophy of Science (Trent); Ph.D. Communication and Culture (York)

Current interests include philosophy of science and technology, particularly as it relates to communication; critical realism and the Frankfurt School of social theory; communication ethics and the foundations of normative values; Rationalism and the roots of Modernism; political economy of public broadcasting; the modern business corporation and its values. A general theme of my research and teaching is in finding the ethical and public interest principles in technology and its application.

Research Interests
Communication, ethics, critical realism, technology.

Selected Publications
Publishers, 2006 (third edition). 474 pp. An extended essay on the cultural impact of communications technologies from the phonetic alphabet to Web 2.0. Third edition includes additional material introducing main themes of scholarly inquiry into communication and culture.

Greed, Inc.: Why Corporations Rule Out World and How We Let It Happen. Toronto, Thomas Allen Publishers, 2005; New York, Arcade Publishers, 2006. Published in French as Cupidité Inc.: La Soif des Enterprises. Montreal, Editions Hertubise HMH, 2005. Also published in Korea. An examination of the nature and social impact of the modern business corporation, in the context of critical moral theory. Based on my 2004 doctoral dissertation.

Books - Chapters
Proceedings of the ATINER Conference on Media, Marathon, Greece, May 2007 (publication scheduled Nov., 2007): “Institutional Hurdles to Ethical Behaviour in Media: challenges posed by the modern business corporation’s role in mass media and its professions.” 10 pp.

Secrets of Angels and Demons: The Unauthorized Guide to the Bestselling Novel (Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer, eds), New York, CDS Books,2004. 389 pp. An extended interview with the editors as an “acknowledged expert” on the relationship between Galileo and Urban VIII. 10 pp. The book’s intent is to bring scholarship to bear on a work of popular fiction.

Other Books - trade publications
Galileo’s Mistake: The Archaeology of a Myth. Toronto, Thomas Allen Publishers, 2001; New York, Arcade Publishing, 2003, in paper, 2004. An inquiry into the epistemological roots of the dispute between Galileo and the Church. A work of popular scholarship based on my 2001 MA thesis of the same title.

Ockham’s Razor: A Search for Wonder in an Age of Doubt. Toronto, Key Porter Books, 1999. Maclean’s best seller. An exploration of the roots of morality in the context of journey through Cathar country in southern France.

Books Edited
Connected Intelligence: The Arrival of the Web Society, Derrick de Kerckhove. Toronto, Amsterdam, Kogan Page, 1997. Edited and provided an introduction to this work of popular scholarship by the head of the McLuhan Program on Technology and Society, University of Toronto. (Published in ten languages.)

Academic journals / peer-reviewed publications
International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, “A Modest Proposal” (for a class-action suit against commercial television for producing an addictive and injurious product).April, 2005. 5 pp.

International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, “Gresham’s Law in Commercial Broadcast Media.” Pending. 20 pp.

Social Epistemology, “Recognizing the Role of the Modern Business Corporation in the ‘Social Construction’ of Technology.” April, 2005. 20 pp.

Journal of Business Ethics, Volume 71, Number 1, March 2007 , pp. 103-105(3). A review of Bernard Hodgson, ed., The Invisible Hand and the Common Good.

Journal of Business Ethics, Sept. 2008 (accepted), ”Reflections on Metaphor and Identity in the Cyber-corporation.”

Other publications / trade periodicals
Journalistic work has been published in more than a score of publications from the Globe and Mail and New York Times to the Canadian Literary Review and Science Forum. Most of this work adapts academic scholarship for popular audience. This includes a number of book reviews, most recently of David F. Noble’s Beyond the Promised Land: The Movement and the Myth, Toronto, Between the Lines, 2006. Published in Canadian Literary Review, April, 1996.

Current research projects/journals -
Books in progress

Media Ethics (textbook), based on Ph.D. dissertation on Communication and Culture, York University, Toronto, 2004, entitled Ethics of Artificial Persons: Structural Impediments to Ethical Behaviour in Modern Information Media. An examination of the ethical responsibility of persons, real and artificial, in the context of the business corporation as manifested in twenty-first century market capitalism, with special attention to the institutions and practitioners of communications media.

Love and Gravity in a Time of Crisis (literary non-fiction) Coping with inconvenient truths in the context of “the post-modern moral crisis.” Popular scholarship on critical normative realism and the problems of modernism. Toronto, Thomas Allen.

Link to expanded Personal Website: www.waderowland.com


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Leslie Sanders

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: leslie@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 66604
Office Location: Atkinson 706
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Toronto)

Professor Leslie Sanders works in African American and Black Canadian literatures. She is the author of The Development of Black Theater in America (l988), a general editor of the Collected Works of Langston Hughes, and the volume editor for two volumes of plays and other performance works. Aside from publications on Hughes, she has published on such Black Canadian writers as Austin Clarke, Dionne Brand, Nourbese Philip, Claire Harris, George Elliot Clarke, Maxine Tynes and Djanet Sears. She is a founder of the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada and webmaster for African Canadian Online (www.yorku.ca/aconline).

Research Interests
2008 Organizing committee: Symposium in Honour of Barbara Godard

1995-2005 With Arnold Rampersad (Stamford University), Steven Tracy (University of Massachusetts at Amherst), Dolan Hubbard (Morgan State University), editor of The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. 18 Volumes. University of Missouri Press. Individual editor for two volumes of plays (Volumes 5 and 6)

1997--African Canadian On-line, development, coordination, webmaster.

2004 Guest editorial board, “Women in the Black Diaspora” issue of CWS/cf , 23.2 (Winter 2004)

2002 Chair, Organizer, and Commenter, “Hughes and Sexuality” Langston Hughes Centennial Conference, Yale University.

2001 with Rinaldo Walcott, organizer, Canadian Association of American Studies, Toronto, 2001.

2000-2007 Ontario Representative, Canadian Association of American Studies

2000 "Diaspora and Desire in the Writings of Dionne Brand" University of Mainz, Germany; invited talk

1999-2007 Editorial Board, Modern Drama

2005-Editorial Board, New Dawn: a Journal of Black Canadian Studies

Selected Publications
2007 Editor, Fierce Departures: The Poetry of Dionne Brand,” Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2009.

2004 Editor, Gospel Plays, Operas, and Late Dramatic Works. Volume 6. The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. University of Missouri Press.

2002 Editor, Mulatto to The Sun Do Move: Plays to 1942. Volume 5. The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. University of Missouri Press.

Introductions, and Chapters in Books
“Dionne Brand, “ Border Crossings: A Sourcebook on Caribbean Writers in Canada. Eds. Hyacinth Simpson and Frank Birbalsingh. Coconut Creek, Florida: Caribbean Studies Press. (Invited; forthcoming).

“What the Poet Does for Us” in .” No Language Is Neutral: Essays on Dionne Brand. Eds. Dina Georgis, Katherine McKittrick and Rinaldo Walcott. WLP, in press.

“Four Black Film Documentary Moments.” in Multiple Lenses - Voices from the Diaspora located in Canada. Ed. David Divine. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007: 196-204.

“Reason Not Justice: Introduction to Andrew Moodie, The Real McCoy. Playwrights Canada Press, 2006: iii-v.

Entries for Andre Alexis, Austin Clarke, Dionne Brand, George Elliott Clarke, M. Nourbese Philip, Djanet Sears, Maxine Tynes. Encyclopaedia of the African Diaspora, in press.

“Greasy ties and cold sores”: Austin Clarke’s Canadian Experience. Surviving the Crossing: Essays on Austin Clarke, Rinaldo Walcott, ed. Toronto: Garamond Press. in press.

“History at Negro Creek: Djanet Sears’s Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, in Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Volume 2. Djanet Sears, ed. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2004: 487-489; rpt., Djanet Sears, Adventures of a Black Girl in Seach of God. Playwrights Canada Press, 2004.

"Responsibility and Respect in Critical Pedagogy";"Adult Students" ;"English-as-a-Second-Language Students" in Voices from the Classroom: Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. ed. Janice Newton, Jerry Ginsberg, Jan Rehner, Pat Rogers, Sue Sbrizzi, John Spencer. Garamond Press, 2001: 54-57, 93-95, 95-96.

"White Teacher, Black Literature, with afterword" in Talking About Difference: Encounters in Culture, Language, and Identity, Second Edition, Carl James and Adrienne Shadd, Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2001: 168-176.

“Othello Deconstructed: Djanet Sears Harlem Duet” in Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Volume 1. Djanet Sears, ed. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2000: 557-559.

“Impossible to Occupy: Andre Alexis’ Childhood.” in Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism. ed. Rinaldo Walcott. Toronto: Insomniac, 2000: 169-187.

“Anti/Modern Spaces: African Canadians in Nova Scotia.” In Floating the Borders: New Contexts in Canadian Criticism, ed. Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: TSAR Press, 2000: 106-121.

"American Scripts, Canadian Realities: Toronto's Show Boat," rpt. In Pop Can: Popular Culture in Canada. Eds. Linda Van Luven, Priscilla Walton. Toronto: Prentice Hall, 1999: 13-26.

The History That Is To Be: Colina Phillip’s ?Making Change.” In Re/Visioning: Canadian Perspectives on Black Education in the Late Twentieth Century. V. D'Oly and C. James, eds. Captus. 1999.

Refereed journals
At the full and change of CanLit: an interview with Dionne Brand,” with Rinaldo Walcott. Canadian Woman Studies, 20:2 Summ'00: 22-26.

”The Mere Determination to Remember: M. Nourbese Philip's Stop Frame. West Coast Line #22, 31:1, (Spring/Summer, 1997): 134-142.

Solicited Articles
Entry for Claire Harris, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 334, Gale Press, 89-95.

Rahul Sapra

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: rsapra@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6140
Office Location: JOR 1025
Office Hours: TBA

M.A., M.Phil (Delhi); Ph.D. (Queen's)

Dr. Rahul Sapra completed his M.A. and M. Phil in English at the University of Delhi, where he also taught as tenured faculty. He completed his PhD at Queen’s University in 2004, where he was also honoured with a Teaching Fellowship from 2004 to 2005. While in India, he completed a course in film studies from the prestigious Film and Television Institute in Pune. He also works as a journalist and has published for The Statesman and Encyclopedia Britannica. His book The Limits of Orientalism: Seventeenth-Century Representations of India explores early-modern European representations of South Asia. The book exposes the ahistorical and essentialist tendencies in the works of theorists such as Edward Said, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Kate Teltscher and others. The book has been praised for making “a useful contribution to the revisionist assault on Said's Orientalism” (Times Literary Supplement). His current research deals with Shakespearean drama in India and challenges the Postcolonial and Poststructuralist readings which negate and misrepresent the impact of Shakespeare in India. He has also conducted a joint-workshop on Shakespearean theatre for over one hundred students for the well-known Shakespeare Society of St. Stephen’s College in Delhi University, and another workshop on Indian Shakespearean Cinema for Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (New Delhi). He is the Subject Editor for the Film Section of Routledge’s Online Encyclopedia on Modernism (Forthcoming), and he is also on the Advisory Board of the ACT magazine published by Atelier Theatre (New Delhi).

Research Interests
His research interests include Renaissance literatures, Shakespearean Drama, Literary Theory, Postcolonial Studies and Third-World Cinema.

Selected Publications
The Limits of Orientalism: Seventeenth-Century Representations of India.
(Forthcoming: University of Delaware Press).

“Orientalism or Capitalism: Hastings and the Rhetoric of Empire”. Collection on Significant Events and People of British India. Victoria: Monash Asia Institute, 2008. 19-30.

“Shakespeare’s Intellectual Background: A Postmodern Perspective”. Collection of Essays on Shakespeare’s Intellectual Background. Delhi: Viva, 2008. 276-290.

“Akbar’s Dream: Religious Toleration and English Transculturation in Mughal India”. Modern Philology, University of Chicago Press, 2007 (Co-Authored with Dr. Paul Stevens). 379-411.

“The Favourable Representations of the Mughals in the English Travel Narratives”. Renaissance and Reformation. University of Toronto, 2006. 5-36.

Carmen Schifellite

Field of Study: Politics & Policy

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: cschifel@soc.ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2667
Office Location: JOR-319
Office Hours: TBA

B.S. Biology and Psychology (Georgetown University); M.A. Sociology and Equity Studies (Toronto, OISE/UT); Ph.D. Sociology and Equity Studies (Toronto, OISE/UT)

Professor Schifellite brings a critical sociology of knowledge perspective to his teaching and highlights the ways in which scientific and everyday forms of knowledge are constructed, legitimized and transformed. In doing so he emphasizes the importance of epistemological issues as they inform the social construction of both sociological forms of knowledge and other discipline-based forms of knowledge. In his courses, he also emphasize the importance of understanding the ways in which hegemonic discourses are constructed within science, the social sciences and in everyday social and political life.

Professor Schifellite has just finished a comprehensive study titled Biology After the Sociobiology Debate that focuses on genetic, evolutionary and epistemological issues arising from the sociobiology debate and their impact on six introductory biology textbooks written over the past twenty years. One of Professor Schifellite’s current projects is an interrogation of the concept of biological “traits” and its connection to the possible development of a consumer-based eugenics movement. A second research project is a case study of two related and radical medical treatments for chronic illness, one of which was developed in the early 20th century and the other in the early 21st century, and the impact of digital technologies on the accelerated spread of the latter.

Research Interests
Sociology of Science Knowledge; Knowledge Production in the 21st Century; Media Studies; Epistemological Issues in Science and Engineering Education

Selected Publications
2011 Biology After the Sociobiology Debate: What Introductory Textbooks Say About the Nature of Science and Organisms. New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group.

2011 With nine co-authors*. “Using Epistemological Challenges to Teach About Modest Epistemologies.” In the composite* article titled: “Multiple Perspectives on Engaging Future Engineers” in The Journal of Engineering Education. 100(1); 44-84.
*In this centennial issue, the editors sought to create an article in which ten people were asked to submit pieces that would then be put together into one larger piece with ten subsections.

2009 “Time magazine publishes intentionally darkened mug shot of murder suspect O. J. Simpson on its cover,” pp. in 810-812, R. Kent Rasmussen, ed., Great Events from History: Modern Scandals. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

2008 “Critical Criminology and 21st Century ‘Liberal’ Eugenics”. In The Critical Criminologist. 18(2); 13-17.

2002 “Professing Modest Claims in Education.” Professing Education. 1(1); 9-11.

Community Activities
Professor Schifellite is the organizer and a member of the Greater Toronto Area Marshall Protocol Support Group and he serves on the board of the Marie and Claire Schifellite Foundation

Catherine Schryer

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: cschryer@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: 416-979-5000 ext. 5328
Office Location: RCC-366
Office Hours: TBA

Alan Sears

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: asears@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4599
Office Location: JOR-325
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Carleton); M.A. (Carleton); Ph.D (Warwick, Sociology)

Introductory courses; work; sexuality and theory.

Alan’s teaching focusses on courses that introduce students to social scientific inquiry and use those methods to investigate the world around us. He believes students can help each other learn, as they share the results of their inquiry. He has designed a course where senior students learn about learning by helping first-years students in their own process of investigation. He has won a number of teaching awards, including the President’s Award at Ryerson in 2010.

Research Interests
Sexuality; Theory; Social Movement; Work; Education

Alan has written or co-written three books and a number of articles and chapters focussing on social change, inequality and ways of knowing. His academic research is connected to his activist engagements in movements for social justice. He is currently working on a book on democracy in the age of neo-liberalism with James Cairns and another on rebuilding radical activism in the age of austerity.

Selected Publications
2012 Cairns, James and Alan Sears, The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century. University of Toronto Press.

2010 Sears, Alan and James Cairns. A Good Book in Theory: Making Sense through Inquiry (second edition) University of Toronto Press.

2010 Sears, Alan and Mary Jo Nadeau “The Palestine Test: Countering the Silencing Campaign.” Studies in Political Economy, Spring 2010 Volume 85 pp.7-34.

2006 Hall, Alan; Forrest, Anne; Sears, Alan; Carlan, Niki; “Making a Difference: Knowledge Activism and Worker Representation in Joint OHS Committees.” Industrial Relations/Relations Industrielles, 61(3) pp. 408-436.

2005 Sears, Alan, “Queer Anti-Capitalism: What's Left of Lesbian and Gay Liberation?” Science and Society 69(1), pp.92-112.

2003 Sears, Alan. Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in a Lean State. Garamond Press.

1999 Sears, Alan "The Lean' State and Capitalist Restructuring: Towards a Theoretical Account," Studies in Political Economy 59: 91‑114.

Community Activities
Alan is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers’ Assembly and participates in Stop the Cuts and many other movements. His activist writing is published in the New Socialist webzine, the Bullet, Briarpatch and other places.

Mitu Sengupta

Field of Study: Politics and Policy/ Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: sengupta@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4183
Office Location: JOR-806
Office Hours: TBA

John Shields

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: jshields@politics.ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6167
Office Location: JOR-720
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Windsor); M.A. (Windsor); Ph.D. Political Science (British Columbia)

Professor Shields joined the Department of Politics and School of Public Administration in September 1988, after teaching in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. His PhD in Political Science is from the University of British Columbia and was awarded in 1989. He holds the rank of Full Professor and teaches courses on Canadian politics and government, public administration and public policy, the politics of restructuring, labour-government relations, the political economy of communication and culture, and the political economy of the nonprofit and voluntary sector. He is also the Associate Director of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement - Toronto (CERIS).

Research Interests
Canadian political economy; labour market policy; immigrant economic integration; the welfare state; public sector restructuring; globalization, the political economy of the nonprofit sector, labour studies and industrial relations.

Selected Publications
Susan Silver, Sue Wilson and J.M. Shields, "Job Displacement and the Full-time Worker: Does Gender Matter?", Special Issue: Women's Labour Rights ... Benefiting Women, Canadian Women's Studies, Winter 2004-05.

Ted Richmond and John Shields, "NGO Restructuring: Constraints and Consequences", Canadian Review of Social Policy, No. 53, Spring/Summer, 2004, pp. 53-67.

"No Safe Haven: Markets, Welfare and Migrants", Immigrants, Welfare Reform and the Poverty of Policy. Philip Kretsendemas and Ana Aparacio, eds. (New York: Praeger, April 2004), pp. 35-60.

Ted Richmond and John Shields, "Third Sector Restructuring and the New Contracting Regime: The Case of Immigrant Serving Agencies in Ontario", Policy Matters, No. 3 (Toronto: Joint Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement - Toronto (CERIS), February 2004), pp. 7.

Allison Bottomley, Joy Constaedt, Monica MacDonald, Colin Mooers, Karen Poetker, John Shields, Etoile Stewart," New Workplace Commons: 401 Richmond - A Study of Innovative Support for Cultural and Social Enterprises in Both the Not-for Profit and For-Profit Sectors". Commissioned by the City of Toronto, Culture Division; Ontario Ministry of Culture; and Canadian Heritage, December 2003, 106 pages.

B. Mitchell Evans and John Shields, “The Third Sector: Neo-liberal Restructuring, Governance and the Re-making of State-Civil Society Relationships”. In The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration. Christopher Dunn, ed. Oxford University Press, Toronto, 2002.

Restructuring and Resistance: Canadian Public Policy in the Age of Global Capitalism. Edited by Mike Burke, Colin Mooers and John Shields. Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood, 2000.

Andrew Molloy and John Shields, “Globalization, Unemployment and the Redistribution of Working Time: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives”. Power in a Global Era. Ed Cohn, Stephen McBride and John Wiseman, eds., Macmillan & St. Martins Press, London & New York, 2000.

Shrinking the State: Globalization and Public Administration "Reform". By John Shields and B. Mitchell Evans. Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood, 1998.

Dismantling a Nation : The Transition to Corporate Rule in Canada, 2nd edition. By Stephen McBride and John Shields. Halifax,

John Shields, “Flexible Work, Labour Market Polarization, and the Politics of Skills Training and Enhancement” in T. Dunk, S. McBride and R. Nelsen (eds.), The Training Trap: Ideology, Training and the Labour Market, Fernwood Publishing, Halifax, 1996.

John Shields and Bob Russell, “The Welfare State and the New Labour Market Relations: The Case of Part-Time Workers” in Andrew F. Johnson, Stephen McBride and Patrick J. Smith (eds.), Continuities and Discontinuities: The Political Economy of Social Welfare and Labour Market Policy in Canada, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1994.

John Shields and Harley D. Dickinson, “Health For Sale: The Political Economy of Occupational Health and Safety” in B. Singh Bolaria and Harley D. Dickinson (eds.), Health, Illness, and Health Care in Canada, Harcourt Brace and Company Ltd., Toronto, 1994.

John Shields, “The Capitalist State and Farm Labour Policy” in David Hay and Gurcharn S.Basran (eds.), Rural Sociology in Canada, Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1992.

Regulating Labour: The State, Neo- Conservatism and Industrial Relations. Edited by Larry Haiven, Stephen McBride and John Shields Toronto: Garamond Press, 1991.

Jeremy Shtern

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: jshtern@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 3301
Office Location: RCC-309
Office Hours: TBA

BAh in Film Studies (Queen's); MSc in New Media, Information and Society (London School of Economics and Political Science); PhD in Communication (Université de Montréal)

Jeremy Shtern is assistant professor and a founding faculty member in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University. Dr. Shtern’s research focuses on transformations in the structure and governance of communication industries and creative work as they reorganize around globalization and digital technologies. Among other contributions, he is co-author of two books: Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada (UBC Press, 2010, with Marc Raboy) and Digital Solidarities: Communication Policy and Multi-stakeholder Global Governance The Legacy of the World Summit on the Information Society (Peter Lang, 2010, with Marc Raboy and Normand Landry). Current research examines big data and the political economy of the social media advertising industry. With Charles Davis (Ryerson), Dr. Shtern is also conducting research into how the labour market dynamics of Canada's screen media production industry impact cultural diversity on screen and the creative and economic opportunities available to the professionals behind it. Dr. Shtern sits on the executive board of the Canadian Communication Association (CCA), is co-chair of the Communication Policy Task Force of the International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and is the founding editor of the Policy Portal of the Canadian Journal of Communication (CJC).

Yvonne Singer

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Yvonne Singer Media & Culture, Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: ysinger@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77411
Office Location: CFA 240
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. English Literature (McGill); M.F.A. (York)

Professor Singer
was born in Budapest, Hungary. She received a BA in English Literature at McGill and an MFA Honours from York University. She also did additional studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Singer is a Professor at York University in the Department of Visual Art and Art History and the former Graduate Program Director in visual arts. Her community activities have included juror for public sculpture commissions, board membership on the Toronto Arts Council, C International Art magazine and the Koffler Centre for the Arts.

Professor Singer is a practising artist with an active national and international exhibition record. Her installation works employ multi-media techniques, often with cryptic texts to articulate cultural and psychological issues of disjuncture and perception. Singer is particularly interested in the intersection of public and private histories. Recent exhibitions include Picturing Wellness, McMaster Musuem of Art, The Game of Life;1 step forward, 10 steps backwards, art souterrain and Nuit Blanche, Montreal, jst wrds at the Cambridge Galleries, I do, I undo, I redo, at Critical Mass, Port Hope, IIIIwawawant at the Convenience Gallery and the Gladstone Hotel, just in time(or hanging by a thread), Loop Gallery, Toronto.  In 2011, Singer was invited by curator, Dr. Sarat Maharaj to present work at Goteborg International Contemporary Art Biennial, Goteborg, Sweden. She is the recipient of several grants including a Canada Council Travel Grant.

Website: www.yvonnesinger.com

Exhibitions to note just in time (or hanging by a thread), Loop Gallery,Toronto/jst wrds, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario / The Game of LIfe; one step forward, 10 steps backwards/ art souterrain, Montreal/The Trouble with Translation/, touring Germany, France and Canada, /Picturing Her: Images of Girlhood, McCord Museum/, Montreal, Quebec/ The Veiled Room/, ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany.

Research Interests
Five key research words: memory, history, identity, perception, psychoanalysis

Selected Publications
2013 jst wrds, curator Iga Janik, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ont.

2013 I do, I undo I redo, Identity Project, Curator, Aurelie Collings, Critical Mass: a Centre for Contemporary Art, Port Hope, Ontario

2013 The Game of Life, 1 step forward, 10 steps backwards, art souterrain, Montrea

2012 a fleeting conversation, LED display board, art souterrain and nuit blanche, Montreal

2011 IIIIwawawawant, KWT Contemporary, Toronto

2010 IIIIIwawawawant, neon, convenience gallery, Toronto

2010 Gone Missing, video and neon installation, Loop Gallery, Toronto.

2010 “Yvonne Singer : convenience gallery”, R.M. Vaughan, the Globe and Mai

2010 “Burnt Book” Titles 6, Musée d'art de Joliette, PQ,Titles 7, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie,On

2009 “random objects: random thoughts”, review by Sarah Aranha, C magazine International Contemporary Art, September 2009

2009 Random Objects, Random Thoughts ,curator, Cheryl Sourkes, Akau Gallery, Toronto

2008 Signs of Life an intimate portrait of someone I don’t know, Loop Gallery, Toronto

2008 “Signs of life; an intimate portrait of someone I don’t know,” review by Dan Adler, Artforum online

2007 “The Trouble with Translation” ;15 artist pages, Pro Forma: Language/Text/Visual Art, volume 3, editor Jessica Wyman, published by YYZ Book

David Skinner

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: York University
E-Mail Address: skinnerd@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33853
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Room 3019
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (SFU); M.A. (Concordia); Ph.D. Communication (SFU)

Professor Skinner joined the Communication Studies Program in the Division of Social Science at York University in July 2002. Before coming to York he was the founding chair of the Bachelor of Journalism at Thompson Rivers University and taught undergraduate communication courses at five Canadian universities. David is currently researching and writing in the fields of media policy, media reform, and independent media in Canada.

Research Interests
Political Economy of Communication, Media and Communications Policy, Alternative and Community Media, Media Democracy

Selected Publications
Kirsten Kozolenko, Patricia Mazepa, and David Skinner (Eds.) (2012) Alternative Media in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press

Gasher, Mike, David Skinner & Rowland Lorimer. (2012) Mass Communication in Canada,
Seventh Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Skinner, David, James Compton, and Mike Gasher (2005) (Eds.), Converging Media, Diverging Interests: A Political Economy of News in the United States and Canada. Lexington Books.

Book Chapters and Articles
Cross, Kathleen & David Skinner. “Media Activism in Canada: the Cases of Media
Democracy Day, OpenMedia.ca, and, ReImagineCBC.” In Strategies for Media
Reform: International Perspectives.  Des Freedman, Jonathan Obar, Cheryl
Martens and Robert McChesney (Eds.) Fordham University Press. (Under review)

Skinner, David, Kathleen Cross, and Robert Hackett. “Media reform as a
Foundation for Better Journalism.” In Deliberation, Diversity and Dollars:
Public Strategies for Journalism. Mike Gasher and Collette Brin (Eds.)
University of Toronto Press. (Forthcoming)

Skinner, David, Kathleen Cross, and Robert Hackett. (2014) “Media reform as a Foundation for Better Journalism.” In Deliberation, Diversity and Dollars:  Public Strategies for Journalism. Mike Gasher and Collette Brin (Eds.)  (Under review)

Skinner, David and Gregory Taylor. (2014)“Chapter 2: Digital Media and Public or State-Administered Broadcasters. ” in Johnathan Obar and Gregory Taylor (eds.) Mapping Digital Media: Canada,  Open Society Foundation.

Skinner, David.  (2014) “Media on the Margins?” In Leslie Regan Shade (Ed.). Mediascapes:  New Patterns in Canadian Communication, 4th Ed. Toronto: Thomson Nelson. pp. 344-363.

Skinner, David. (2012) “Sustaining Alternative Media.” In Kirsten Kozolenko, Patricia Mazepa, and David Skinner (Eds.) Alternative Media in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press. pp. 25-45.

Skinner, David. (2010) “Community Media in Canada.” In John Downing (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media, Sage Publications.

Skinner, David, Scott Uzelman, Andrea Langlois, and Frederic Dubois. (2009) “Independent Media Centres in Canada: Three Case Studies.” In Dorothy Kidd, Clemencia Rodriguez, and Laura Stein (Eds.). Making Our Media: Mapping Global Initiatives Toward a Democratic Public Sphere, V.1. Hampton Press.

Skinner, David.(2008) “Broadcasting in Canada.” In David Ward and Anthony McNicholas (Eds.). Television and Public Policy: Change and Continuity in an Era of Liberation. Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, New Jersey. pp. 3-26.

Skinner, David. (2005)  “Divided Loyalties: The Early Development of Canada’s ‘Single’ Broadcasting System.” Journal of Radio Studies. 12 (1) pp. 136-155.

Skinner, David, Mike Gasher, and James Compton. (2001) “Putting Theory to Practice: A Critical Approach to Journalism Studies” Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. Sage Publications, v. 2(3) pp. 341-360.

Don Snyder

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: dsnyder@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6852
Office Location: VIC-810
Office Hours: TBA

B.A.(Yale); M.A. Photographic Studies (Goddard College)

Professor Snyder has an extensive interest in photographic history and curation. Before joining the Ryerson faculty, he held an appointment as the first Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts, where he established the Gallery's exceptionally active photography exhibition program. At Ryerson, he founded the Ryerson Gallery, an exhibition space in the downtown arts district at 80 Spadina Avenue, and was instrumental in the founding of Function, the School's annual publication of student work, essays and interviews. He has taught in the Communication and Culture program, and in Ryerson's graduate programs in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management as well as the Documentary Media MFA program. Particular interests are critical directions in photography and photographic practice since the sesquicentennial year of 1989.

Research Interests
Contemporary Photography / Curation / Critical Writing.

Selected Publications
Contributor to "Proliferation des ecrans /of Screens", eds. Louise Poissant and Pierre Tremblay, Presses de l'Universite du Quebec in partnership with Ryerson University, 2008.

Current research projects/journals
Epilogue for "Storyteller: Waiting for Words", by Michael Schreier, to be released fall 2008.

Links to Personal Websites

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Philippe Theophanidis

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: York University, Glendon Campus
E-mail: theop@yorku.ca
Phone: (416) 736-2100, ext. 88470
Office Location: 2275 Bayview Ave.
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. Comparative literature & Cinema Studies (Université de Montréal); M.A. Cinema Studies (Université de Montréal); Ph.D. Communication (Université de Montréal)
I’m interested in thinking communication and media studies at the margins of the frameworks within which they usually operate, and at the intersection of other fields, such as philosophy, aesthetics and politics. Incommunicability for example is at once an issue pertaining to politics and aesthetics. The research topics I work with are, consequently rather diversified: I find them in contemporary politics, but also in cinema, in literature, in visual culture, etc. Currently, I’m examining the concept of media in light of problems of space and community (as someone once wrote, method is digression). I’m also Project team lead with the new Glendon Digital Media Lab. A glare that is blindness in the early afternoon. I write online at aphelis.net
Research Interests
Philosophy and epistemology of communication, critical theories and practices, politics and aesthetics.
Selected Publications
“Media Hysteresis. Persistence Through Change”, co-authored with Ghislain Thibault, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 12, 2017
“Defiling Immundity: On Being Properly Improper”, Keep It Dirty, vol. a., “Filth”, 2016
“Emergence and ontogenetetics: towards a communication without agent”, co-authored with Sarah Choukah, Social Science Information, vol. 55, no. 3, 286-299, 2016
“Caught in the Cloud: The Biopolitics of Tear Gas Warfare”, The Funambulist Papers 2, New York: Punctum Books, 2015.
“We have gone bankrupt. The Greek crisis and the problem of community”, Chronos magazine, Issue 17, 2014.
“En son absence, devenir un autre. Enjeux de la mise en forme du sujet dans le mythe de Robinson”, Robinson à la conquête du monde: du lieu pour soi au chemin vers l’autre, ed. Charles Perraton, Étienne Paquette, Pierre Barrette, Montreal: Presses de l’Université du Québec / Cahiers du Gerse, 2006.
“Wong Kar-Wai ou l’esthétique-fiction”, co-authored with Etienne Paquette, Cinémas: Journal of Film Studies, Vol 15, No 2-3, pp. 63- 86, 2005.

Sophie Thomas

Faculty Photo Sophie ThomasField of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: sthomas@english.ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2677
Office Location: JOR 1041
Office Hours: TBA

BA (SFU), MA (U of T), D.Phil (Oxford).

Sophie Thomas joined the English Department at Ryerson as an Associate Professor in 2009, after previous posts at the University of Sussex in the UK and the University of Toronto. She teaches courses in the areas of Romanticism, visual culture and critical theory, and is currently serving as Graduate Program Director for the MA in Literatures of Modernity. Her research focuses on the crosscurrents between visual culture and literary texts in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and her 2008 study Romanticism and Visuality: Fragments, History, Spectacle focuses on a variety of "sites" of seeing, and on the impact of new visual media on the literary and historical imagination. She has published articles on a variety of topics related to Romanticism and visual culture, and is currently undertaking a SSHRC funded research project on objects, collections and museums in the Romantic period: The Romantic Museum: Antiquity, Memory, Modernity.

Research Interests
Romanticism and visual culture; 18th and 19th century visual technologies; word and image; museum history; aesthetics and critical theory.

Selected Publications
“Representing Paris: History and Actuality at the London Panoramas,” in Romantic Circles, Praxis Series, Theresa Kelley and Jill Casid, ed., Visuality’s Romantic Genealogies (University of Maryland, 2014).  http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/visualities/praxis.visualities.2014.thomas.html

“Feather Cloaks and English Collectors: Cook’s Voyages and the Objects of the Museum,” in Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory in a Global Context: From Consumerism to Celebrity Culture,” ed. Ileana Baird and Christina Ionescu (Ashgate, 2013).

“Distraction and Display: The Curiosity Cabinet and the Romantic Museum,” Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things, ed. David Banash and Kevin Moist (Rowman & Littlefield/Scarecrow Press, 2013).

“Displaying Egypt: Archaeology, Spectacle, and the Museum in the Early Nineteenth Century,” The Nineteenth Century Archaeological Imagination, ed. Alex Warwick and Martin Willis. Special issue of Journal of Literature and Science 5:1 (Fall, 2012).

“Poetry and Illustration” The Blackwell Companion to Romantic Poetry, ed. Charles Mahoney (Blackwell, 2011).

“The Location of Vacancy: Pompeii and the Panorama,” Romantic Localities: Europe Writes Place, ed. Christoph Bode and Jacqueline M. Labbe (Pickering and Chatto, 2010).

“Teaching Romantic Literature with Visual Culture,” Teaching Romanticism, ed. Sharon Ruston and David Higgins (Teaching the New English Series; Palgrave Macmillan with the English Subject Centre, London, 2010).

“Ekphrasis and Terror: Shelley, Medusa, and the Phantasmagoria,” Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth Century Literary and Visual Cultures, ed. Luisa Calè and Patrizia Di Bello (Palgrave, 2010).

“‘Things on Holiday’: Collections, Museums, and the Poetics of Unruliness,” European Romantic Review 20:2 (April, 2009).

Romanticism and Visuality: Fragments, History, Spectacle (New York: Routledge, 2008)

Temenuga D. Trifonova

Faculty Photo Temenuga TrifonovaField of Study: Media & Culture, Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: temenuga@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33582
Office Location: CFT 215
Office Hours: TBA

Temenuga Trifonova is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Arts. She has previously taught at the University of New Brunswick and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Trifonova is the author of Warped Minds: Cinema and Psychopathology (Amsterdam University Press, 2014), European Film Theory (Routledge, 2008) and The Image in French Philosophy (Rodopi, 2007). She has published in The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Film Theory, Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, SubStance, Film and Philosophy, Space and Culture, The European Journal of American Culture, Studies in European Cinema, Rivista di Estetica, CTheory: Theory beyond the Codes, Cineaste, Studies in Eastern European Cinema, CineAction, Studies in Comics, Quarterly Journal of Film and Video, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Postmodern Culture, Scope, Kinema, Senses of Cinema, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, and in several edited collections.

B.A. (American University in Bulgaria); M.A. (Emporia State University); Ph.D. (SUNY Buffalo); M.F.A. (University of California)

Research and Teaching Interests
Film Theory, Philosophy of Film, Film Criticism, European Cinema, Film and Photography, Theories of Modernity, The Cinematic City, Neuroaesthetics and Neurocinematics, Film and Literature, Aesthetic Theory, Film and Psychopathology, Medium Specificity, Film Remakes, Theory and Practice of Screenwriting, Contemporary American Cinema, Creative Writing

Fellowships and Artists Residencies

American Academy in Rome, Visiting Scholar, July 2015

Creative Writing Artist Residency, Istanbul, June 2015

Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, France, July 2013

Fondation des Treilles Screenwriting Residency, France, June 2013

Artist in Residence, Pushkinskaya10 Art Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 2013

Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Department of Cinema, University of Bologna

Creative Work

La mort en la mineur (short film) – winner of the First Prize in the Film Contest Cinéma Premiers Crimes organized by the Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris, France (2015)

L’Uomo EURazionale (short film), Mamma Roma e i Suoi Quartieri Film Festival, Rome, Italy, 2015

Participant in Transpositions, group exhibition of participants in the St. Petersburg Art Residency at the Art Centre Pushkinksaya-10, St. Petersburg Museum of Nonconformist Art, July 25 – August 30, 2015

Rewrite (novel), Vancouver: NON Publishing (2014)

Man of Glass (feature film, 2012), winner of the Cinematic Vision Award at the 2013 Amsterdam Film Festival; the film screened at the Deboshir International Festival of Independent Cinema in St. Petersburg, Russia (December 19-22, 2013) as part of the Canada in Focus program, and at CinemAvvenire in Rome (June 5, 2014)

Group photography exhibition, Black Cat gallery, Toronto, December 11-31, 2014

Solo Photography Exhibition at 2186 Dundas Gallery, Toronto, February – March, 2014

Crime and Punishment: Raskolnikov in Hollywood, International Artist Residency at Pushkinskaya 10 Art Center, St.Petersburg, Russia, May 1- 31, 2013

Group photography exhibition, EAGL gallery Berlin, February – March, 2013

Writer for the experimental theater project ALTBAU, Theater am Tisch, Berlin, April – October 2013

Against Nature, feature script, semi-finalist in the 2010 British Feature Screenplay Competition; shortlisted for the Courage and Fortitude Award in the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenwriting Contest

8 x 8 group photography exhibition, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh 2013

Noir (digital video), International Documentary Challenge 2010, April 2010

Selected Publications

R: Refereed publications

Warped Minds: Cinema and Psychopathology (Amsterdam University Press, Film Culture inTransition series, 2014)

R European Film Theory, AFI Film Readers Series (London & New York: Routledge, 2008)

R The Image in French Philosophy (Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2007)

R Rewrite (novel), Vancouver: NON Publishing, 2014

R Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime (edited collection, forthcoming in 2017 from Routledge)

Articles in Scholarly Journals and Edited Collections
“The Rhetoric of Madness in Realist Film Theory” in The Major Realist Film Theories, ed. Ian Aitken, Edinburgh University Press (May 2016)

R “Spotlight on Matteo Garrone,” ECU (European Independent Film Festival), June 2016

R “La Nouvelle Manga et Cinéma,” Alternative Francophone, September 2016 (forthcoming), in French

R “Neurocinematics: Reading the Brain/Film through the Film/Brain,” in Cinema & Cie: International Film Studies Journal, Italy, vol. XIV, No.22/23. A translation of this article into Slovenian is forthcoming in The Journal for the Critique of Science, Imagination, and New Anthropology (http://www.ckz.si) (forthcoming Fall 2016)

R “Man of Glass,” Special Issue ‘Scriptwriting as Creative Writing Research’ of TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Vol.18. No3, April 2015

R “От нейроэстетики н нейросинематике: Читая мозг/филм через фильм/мозг,” Philosophy of Contemporary Art Conference Proceedings, November 13-15, 2015, 6th Ovsiannikov International Aesthetic Conference, Moscow, Russia

R “Medium Specificity and Authorship: The Writer’s Screenplay and the Writer-Director’s Screenplay,” Journal of Screenwriting 6.3 (2015)

R “European Film Theory” and “Siegfried Kracauer,” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (ed. Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland, 2013)

R “From Allegorical Expressionism to Declined National Cinema” in East, West and Centre: Reframing post-1989 European Cinema, ed. Todd Herzog and Michael Gott, Edinburgh University Press (Traditions in World Cinema series), pp.127-147,January 2015

R “Cinematic Photography,” in Photography and Cinema: 50 years of Chris Markers’ La jetée, edited by Margarida Medeiros, Teresa Mendes Flores, and Joana Cunha Leal, Cambridge Scholars Press (2015), pp.103-122

R “The Production of Space from the Nouvelle Vague to the Franchise City Film,” Space and Culture, Volume 16, Issue 1, February 2013, 60 - 72

R “Agency in the Conspiracy Thriller,” SubStance, October 2012

R “Nouvelle Manga and Cinema,” Studies in Comics 3.1, August 2012

R “The Twilight of the Index,” Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, No. 2, 2011

R “Michael Haneke and the Politics of Film Form” in The Cinema of Michael Haneke: Europe Utopia, ed. Benjamin McCann and David Sorfa, Columbia University Press, 2012

R “Film and Skepticism: Stanley Cavell on the Ontology of Film,” Rivista di Estetica #46, (1/2011)

R “Between the National and the Transnational: Bulgarian Post-Communist Cinema,” Studies in Eastern European Cinema, Vol 2, Issue 2, July 2011, pp. 211-227

RPensiero Debole: Weak National Cinema,” Studies in European Cinema 8:1, pp.7-20. August 2011

R “The Aesthetics and Politics of the Yakuza Sequel: Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill (1967) and Pistol Opera (2001)” in Genre in Asian Film and Television, eds. Angelina Karpovich and Felicia Chan, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Nominated for the SCMS Best Essay in an Edited Collection Award

R “Multiple Personality and the Discourse of the Multiple in Hollywood Cinema,” The European Journal of American Culture, volume 29, number 2 (2010)

R “Photography and the Unconscious: The Construction of Pathology at the Fin de siècle,” CTheory: Theory beyond the Codes, 9/9/2010

R “Cavell on Film and Skepticism,” The Aesthetic Dimensions of Visual Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010, pp. 135-146

R “Code Unknown: European Identity in Cinema,” Scope, June 2007

R “Stoned on Mars: Home and National Identity in Bulgarian Post-Communist Cinema,” Cineaste, Special Supplement on Balkan Cinema, June 2007, Ed. Dina Iordanova (invitedcontribution)

R “Distracted Cinema: Kracauer and Realist Film Discourse,” EXCAVATIO: International Review for Multidisciplinary Approaches and Comparative Studies related to Emile Zola and his Time, Naturalism, Naturalist Writers and Artists, Naturalism and Cinema around the World. Volume XXII, 2007

R “John Ford’s Funeral Oration: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” Senses of Cinema # 45, 2007

R “Cinematic Cool: Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai,” Senses of Cinema #39, 2006

R “Orson Welles’ The Trial,” Senses of Cinema #38, 2006

R “Mind and Body Snatchers: The Evolution of the Sci Fi Film Genre,” Film and Philosophy, volume 9, 2005

R “Anti-Theatre on Film,” Scope, Issue #3, November 2005

R “The Fantastic Redemption of Reality,” Quarterly Journal of Film and Video 23.1 (2005)

R “Special Effects: Simulation in Cinema,” Kinema: A Journal for Film and Audiovisual Media, No. 21, Spring 2004

R “A Nonhuman Eye: Deleuze on Cinema,” SubStance # 104, Vol.33, no.2, 2004

R “Is There a Subject in Hyperreality?” Postmodern Culture, Volume 13, Number 3 (2003)

R “Schiller’s On the Aesthetic Education of Man: The Origins of the Postmodern Sublime in the Ethical Evaluation of the Aesthetic,” Kritikos, Volume 1, December 2004

R “The Question of the Appendix: The Kantian and the Inhuman Sublime,” International Studies in Philosophy Volume XXXV/2 (2003)

R “Matter-Image or Image-Consciousness: Bergson contra Sartre,” Janus Head, Spring 2003/6.1

R “Time and Point of View in Contemporary Cinema,” CineAction #58, 2002

R “The Poetry of Matter: Bergson and Stevens,” The Wallace Stevens Journal, Volume 26, Number 1 (Spring 2002)

R “Saving Nietzsche’s Anti-egalitarianism from Postmodernism,” book review of Fredrick Appel’s Nietzsche contra Democracy (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1999), theory@buffalo #6, 2001

R “The Gaze of Blanchot through the Lens of Heidegger,” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Volume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2000)

Julie Tomiak

Field of Study: Politics & Policy

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: julie.tomiak@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 6637
Office Location: Sociology, JOR-302
Office Hours: TBA

Elizabeth Anne Trott

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: etrott@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: 416-979-5000 ext. 6163
Office Location: JOR-410
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Toronto); B.Ed., OSSTC (Toronto); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. Philosophy (Waterloo)

Teaching and Current Interests: Betty teaches undergraduate and graduate philosophy courses, a graduate course for Communication and Culture, and in the past has taught an undergraduate course to the students in Architecture. At present she is teaching the philosophy of Human Nature and preparing a paper on idealism and the self for future conference at Oxford. Research interests include metaphysics, aesthetics and design, education and Canadian philosophy.

Research Interests
Canadian philosophy; philosophy of education; philosophy of art and design; multiculturalism; metaphysics; culture.

Selected Publications
1981 The Faces of Reason, An Essay on Philosophy and Culture in English-Speaking Canada, 1850-1950. Leslie Armour and Elizabeth Trott. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 548. Reprint 1995, 1998.

Papers in Refereed Journals (selected)
2013 “Kant’s Legacy: Murder as Art”, Journal of Ultimate Reality and Meaning, Vol 32 nos. 2-3-4, 2009.

2012 " Freedom of Speech and Political Correctness," Science and Esprit, 64/2, 179-192.

2011 “The Evolving Absolute,” Science and Esprit, 63/1, 1-18.

2007 “Saving the Wilderness: When Beauty is Not Enough.” Maritain Studies,Vol. XXIII, 53-63.

2006 “T. H. Green, Democracy and Education”, co author Darin Nesbitt, Paideusis, Vol.15, no. 2, 61-78.

2002 “Permanence, Change and Standards of Excellence in Design,” Design Studies May, Vol. 23, no. 3, 321-331.

2001 “Western Mindscapes: A Philosophical Challenge,” The American Review of Canadian Studies, Winter, No. 4, 639-649.

Chapters in books (selected)
2010 “Is the Absolute Obsolete, Idealism in Transition in the Philosophy of Leslie Armour,” Anglo American Idealism, Ideas and Thinkers, Eds. James Connelly& Stamatoula Panagakou, Peter Lang Press, 35-52.

2009 “ John Watson and the Foundations and Applications of Moral Philosophy” The Moral, Social and Political Philosophy of the British Idealists, ed. William Sweet, Imprint Academic Press, 269-288.

2008 “Bosanquet, Aesthetics, and Education: Warding Off Stupidity with Art.” Bernard Bosanquet and the Legacy of British Idealism, ed., William Sweet, University of Toronto Press, 113-126.

2004 “Designing Metaphysics,”.Approaches to Metaphysics, ed., William Sweet, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 317-326.

Monique Tschofen

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Monique Tschofen Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: monique.tschofen@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext.6137
Office Location: JOR 1005
Office Hours: TBA

B.A.; Ph.D. Comparative Literature and Film Studies (Alberta)

Professor Tschofen joined Ryerson in 1999 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English after teaching at Athabasca University and the University of Alberta. She has been a visiting researcher at NYU, Harvard, and Columbia. Her publications in the areas of new media, visual culture, and 20th and 21st century literature and art, include textbooks on film and literature, literature and multimedia, and literary hypertext as well as edited collections of essays on filmmaker Atom Egoyan.

Research Interests
Visual culture; word image interactions; digital culture; theory.

Current Research
Monique Tschofen is currently working on a project that considers art and literature as theory, and continues to write about the relationships between verbal and visual arts.

Selected Publications
The Digital Thought-Image: Caitlin Fisher’s New Media Philosophy. Theory, Culture and Society. Forthcoming.

My Life Without Me. Routledge Encyclopedia of Films. Eds. Sabine Haenni, John White, Sarah Barrow. London: Routledge, 2014.

The Adjustor. Routledge Encyclopedia of Films. Eds. Sabine Haenni, John White, Sarah Barrow. London: Routledge, 2014.

Drawing Out A New Image of Thought: Anne Carson's Radical Ekphrasis. Word and Image 29.2 (2013): 233- 243.

'Agents of Aggressive Order': Letters, Hands, and the Grasping Power of Teeth in the Early Canadian Torture Narrative." MediaTropes 1.1 (2008): 19-41.

Speaking A/Part: Modalities of Translation in Atom Egoyan's Work." London Journal of Canadian Studies 21 (2005/6): 29-48.

Tschofen, Monique and Jennifer Burwell, eds. Image and Territory: Essays on Atom Egoyan. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006.

"Leading the Blind: Visuality in Robert Lepage's Le Confessionale." 24 Frames. Ed. Jerry White. Wallflower Press, 2005.

"'First I must tell about seeing'": (De)monstrations of Visuality and the Dynamics of Metaphor in Carson's Autobiography of

Tschofen, Monique, ed. Kristjana Gunnars: Essays on her Works. Toronto: Guernica Press. 2004.

"Vision and Revision in Anne Carson." FN:Function. 2002.

"Repetition, Compulsion and Representation in Atom Egoyan's Films." North of Everything: English-Canadian Cinema: 1980 to 2000. Eds. William Beard and Gerald White. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002. 166-183.

Ozgur Turetken

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: turetken@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext. 2481
Office Location: TRS-2-016
Office Hours: TBA

Dr. Turetken’s main area of research interest is the organization (typically through text analytics techniques)and presentation of information to support decision making. Recently the specific type of information he has worked with has been social media and big data and the decision domain is in individual decision making in consumer, social, and political domains.

Research Interests
Human computer interaction, decision support, text analytics, technology adoption and use

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Livy Visano

Field of Study: Politics and Policy/ Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address:  lavisano@yorku.ca
Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 ext. 66317
Office Location: Atkinson College, 318
Office Hours: By appointment

Leah Vosko

Field of Study: Politics and Policy

University: York University
E-Mail Address:  lvosko@yorku.ca
Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 ext. 33157
Office Location: 618 Kaneff Tower
Office Hours: By appointment

B.A. (Trent); M.A. (Simon Fraser); Ph.D. (York)

Leah F. Vosko is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Political Economy of Gender &Work at York University where she teaches courses on public policy, women and politics, and labour and employment and conducts research on labour market insecurity in Canada in international context.  She is the author and editor of numerous scholarly books, volumes and articles.

Her latest book, Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment (2010), is published with Oxford University Press, UK and her recent co-edited collection, Liberating Temporariness?: Migration, Work and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity, published by McGill-Queen’s University press, appeared in Spring 2014. Professor Vosko’s current research focuses partly on access to labour rights and protections among temporary migrant workers. She is also Principal Investigator of “Closing the Enforcement Gap: Improving Protections for People in Precarious Jobs,” a SSHRC Partnership Grant concerned with employment standards enforcement, and three research and teaching databases funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation – the Gender and Work Database (GWD), the  Comparative Perspectives Database (CPD), and the Global Employment Standards Database (GESD).

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Kim Wahl

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: kwahl@ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext: 7066
Office Location: KHW-59G
Office Hours: TBA

Stephanie Walsh-Matthews

Field of Study: Media & Culture

University: Ryerson University
E-Mail Address: swalsh@arts.ryerson.ca
Phone Number: (416) 979-5000 ext: 7357
Office Location: JOR-117
Office Hours: TBA

Professor Walsh Matthews joined Ryerson and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in 2007. She earned her B.A. in Lettres françaises at the University of Ottawa, then achieved a Specialist Degree in Semiotics and Communication Theory at Victoria College (University of Toronto) followed by an Interdisciplinary and Collaborative M.A. in Semiotics. Pursuing her studies in French Literature, she completed an M.A. in French Studies at St. Michael's College (University of Toronto) and her Ph.D. at the Department of French Studies, University of Toronto. Her doctoral dissertation, "Le Réalisme magique dans la littérature contemporaine québécoise" uses genre and sociocritical theories and approaches.

Dr. Walsh Matthews has been Program Director for ACS since 2011.  She teaches ACS 106, Introduction to Language, a first-year course that introduces students to the fundamental nature of language and communication and ACS 500, Ideas that Shape the World V, presenting students to concepts such as postcolonialism, postmodernity, and other post-war cultural theories. She also teaches courses on semiotics, French Caribbean literature, translation, and Franco-Canadian literature and culture. She is an Executive Member of the Semiotic Society of America, and is the author of several chapters and articles on magical realism, published both in Canada and abroad. She also publishes articles in semiotic journals and is leading a research consortium on Robotics and ASD.

Wendy Wong

Field of Study: Technology in Practice

University: York University
E-Mail Address: wsywong@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77435
Office Location: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building 4008
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design); M.A. (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design); Ph.D. (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design)

Wendy Siuyi Wong has established an international reputation as an expert in Chinese graphic design history and Chinese comic art history. She is the author of Hong Kong Comics: A History of Manhua, published by Princeton Architectural Press, four books for Chinese readers, and numerous articles in academic and trade journals. She served as Chair of the Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts from 2006 to 2009, and as Associate Director of the York Centre for Asian Research from 2005 to 2009 at York University in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Wong was a visiting scholar at Harvard University from 1999 to 2000 and the 2000 Lubalin Curatorial Fellow at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York, USA. In 2009 and 2010, she was a visiting research fellow at the Department of Design History, Royal College of Art, and she served as a scholar-in-residence at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Dr. Wong was invited as the keynote speaker at the Women’s Manga Research Project and Hong Kong Arts Centre Joint International Symposium, held at the Comix Home Base of the Hong Kong Arts Centre in March 2014. Because of her expertise in Chinese graphic design history, she was invited as a contributor to The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design, published in 2012. She is currently a contributor to the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, and acts as a regional editor of the Greater China region for the Encyclopedia of Asian Design; both are major projects to be published by Bloomsbury Publishing. In addition, Dr. Wong has served as an Editorial Board member of Journal of Design History since 2012.

Research Interests
East Asian Design, Visual culture history, Chinese comics history, Transnational studies, Transmedia studies. Design culture; Chinese graphic design history; poster design

Link to personal website: http://wsywong.info.yorku.ca

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Joyce Zemans

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Joyce Zemans Politics and Policy

University: York University University Professor Emeritus
E-Mail Address: jzemans@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100 ext. 77905
Office Location: Shulich N318
Office Hours: TBA

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. Art History (Toronto)

Honorary doctorates: University of Waterloo, the Nova Scotia of Art and Design, and Concordia University; Honorary Fellow of the Ontario College of Art and Design.


Professor Zemans is University Professor at York University and a member of the Order of Canada. She is the recipient of the Canadian Conference of the Arts’ Diplome d’honneur and the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilee Awards for her contribution to the arts and culture in Canada.

Zemans is the director of the MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration in the Schulich School of Business. From 1988 to 1992, she was the Director of the Canada Council for the Arts. She served as the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University (1985-88).

Professor Zemans’ research focuses on art history, museum and gallery practice (including curatorial work), and cultural policy with specific reference to the Canadian experience.

Zemans’ art historical research has focused on early twentieth century Canadian art with special reference to the development of abstraction in Canada and the work of Canadian women artists. Art history and museum studies publications include “Where are the Women? Updating the Ac/Count,” RACAR, Fall 2013, Vol. 28, No. 1, Fall 2013, with Amy Wallace (Note: this article updates the findings of “A Tale of Three Women : The Visual Arts in Canada / A Current Account/ing,”RACAR, vol. XXV, 1998 published 2001); “Making Painting Real: Abstract Painting in English Canada” in The Visual Arts in Canada, Oxford Press, 2010; “The Links: Meditations on the Human Condition,” in Sorel Etrog, Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery and the Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2009. Museums After Modernism: Strategies of Engagement, Co-Editor with Griselda Pollock, London, Blackwells, 2007; “What Would the Group of Seven Say?” and “Establishing the Canon: Nationhood, Identity, and the National Gallery’s First Reproductions Programme of Canadian Art,” in Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art, John O’Brian and Peter White, eds. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007”; The Canon Unbound,” The Journal of Canadian Art History, Vol. XXV/2004; The Revenants: Long Shadows: The Paintings of Tony Urquhart, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, 2002; and “Envisioning Nation: The Sampson-Matthews Project in the Post-War Years,” The Journal of Canadian Art History, Vol. XXI/1 & 2, 2000 (published 2001).

In the field of cultural policy, her work includes “Policies and programs of support for senior artists” IFACCA: D’Art Research report, D’Art Topics in Arts Policy, no. 28, December 2007 (www.ifacca.org/topic/models-of-support-for-senior-artists/);
“Advancing Cultural Diversity Globally: The Role of Civil Society Movements,” presented at Global Flows, Dissent and Diversity: The New Agenda, Montreal, May, 2004, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies (www.robarts.yorku.ca/; “Overview of the Arts and Cultural Sectors in Canada, International Cultural Policy: The Canadian Case, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo [in Japanese] 2002; “When Will Tomorrow Begin? The Chretien Era: An Assessment,” Canada Watch, Vol. 9. Nos 3-4, (February 2004);
“Canadian Cultural Policy in a Globalized World: A Canadian Case Study,” at the International Cultural Policy Forum, organized by the Cultural Council of Berlin, Dec 12 -14, 2002, Berlin; “Japan and the United States: a comparative cultural policy analysis,” in A Comparative View of Japanese and American Cultural Policy, (eds. Joyce Zemans and Archie Kleingartner, Sage Press, 1999), pp. 30-59, and Where is Here? Canadian Cultural Policy in a Globalized Environment, Robarts Centre (1996).

Current research includes “Canada: From Soft to Hard Power: The Changing Culture of Public Diplomacy” book chapter, and “A Hundred Musicians: Youth Arts Policy in Canada”.

Zemans is a member of the editorial advisory committees of The Journal of Arts Management and the Law, Washington, D.C. and The Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, University of South Australia.

Research Interests
Twentieth century Canadian art with a special focus on the art of women; cultural policy (Canadian and comparative); curatorial practice and arts administration. She has written a series of articles examining the role of reproductions in framing the notion of Canadian art for the Journal of Canadian Art History as well as curating exhibitions on the work of women artists and is the author and co-author of two key articles in RACAR examining the status of Canadian women artists.

Selected Publications
Jock Macdonald: Life and Work, Art Canada Institute, 2016.

"International Cultural Relations: Canada Odd Man Out," In Margaret Wyszomirski (Editor), Barnett Symposium, Spring 2012, (publication forthcoming on international comparisons to cultural engagement).

Making Painting Real: Abstract Painting in English Canada" The Visual Arts in Canada, Oxford Press, 2010.

"Establishing the Canon: Nationhood, Identity, and the National Gallery's First Reproductions Programme of Canadian Art," in Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art, John O'Brian and Peter White, eds. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007.

Museums After Modernism: Strategies of Engagement, Co-Editor with Griselda Pollock, London, Blackwells, 2007.

"The Canon Unbound," The Journal of Canadian Art History, Vol. XXV/2004: 150-179.

Making Change: A History of the Laidlaw Foundation, Co-Editor with Nathan Gilbert, ECW Press, Toronto, 2001.

"Envisioning Nation: The Sampson-Matthews Projec tin the Post-War Years," The Journal of Canadian Art History, Vol. XXI/1 & 2, 200 (published 2001): 96-140.

Les Revenants: Long Shadows: The Art of Tony Urquhart, University of Waterloo, (2002) Comparing Cultural Policy: A Study of Japan and the United States, (Co-editor and author), AltaMira/Sage, (1999).

"Japan and the United States: a comparative cultural policy analysis," in A Comparative View of Japanese and American Cultural Policy, (eds. Joyce Zemans and Archie Kleingartner, Sage Press, 1999), pp. 30-59.

Where is Here? Canadian Cultural Policy in a Globalized Environment, Robarts Centre (1996).

Michael Zryd

Field of Study:Faculty Photo Michael Zryd Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: zryd@yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100, ext. 22173
Office Location: Centre for Film & Theatre 236
Office Hours: by appointment

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. (NYU); Ph.D. (NYU)

Professor Zryd is an Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies and currently Graduate Program Director, Film (Cinema & Media Studies MA & PhD). Current major research projects include a conceptual reconstruction of Hollis Frampton's Magellan and an institutional study of the development of cinema and media studies in Canada and the United States (1960s-present). Zryd has curated or co-curated Hollis Frampton Magellan retrospectives in Toronto, New York, Karlsruhe, and London, and has lectured in Canada, United States, Germany, Spain, UK, and Argentina.

Zryd co-founded, with Prof. Robin Blaetz (Mt Holyoke College), the Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group www.cmstudies.org/?page=groups_experimental at SCMS www.cmstudies.org/, and, with Prof. Sharon Hayashi (York University), the Toronto Film Seminar. He has served as the archivist of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) and on the SCMS Board of Directors 2008-11; as President of the Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC) 2005-06; and as Chair of the board of directors of the Images Festival 2004-05.

At York, Professor Zryd has taught courses on film history, theory and aesthetics; methodology, experimental film and media, American cinema, early cinema, and the musical. In 2011, he was awarded the Faculty of Fine Arts Senior Faculty Teaching Award, and became a York Fellow of Massey College in 2014. He is a member of Sensorium (Centre for Digital Arts and Technology) and Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.

Research Interests
Experimental and avant-garde cinema and media (including video art, installation, and new media) with foci on its institutional infrastructures and ecologies, and the history of its intersection with the academy and the art world.
Hollis Frampton’s Magellan project (1972-1980)
Experimental media artists Craig Baldwin, Su Freidrich, Philip Hoffman, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas, Midi Onodera, Ruth Ozeki, Michael Snow, Stan VanDerBeek, Joyce Wieland
history of cinema and media studies as a discipline
media in higher education
documentary film theory
American genre cinema
American populism in film and media
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Selected Publications

“Toronto as Experimental Film Capital: Screenings, Schools, and Strong Personalities.” Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists’ Film and Video. Edited by Chris Gehman. Toronto: Images Festival & Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, 2013. 90-110.

“Magellan” [DVD essay]. In A Hollis Frampton Odyssey. New York: Criterion Collection, 2012.

“’The Rise of A Film Generation’: Film Culture and Cinephilia.” In Blackwell History of American Cinema. Eds. Roy Grundmann, Cindy Lucia, and Art Simon. Blackwell Press, 2012.

“Experimental Film as Useless Cinema.” In Useful Cinema, edited by Charles Acland and Haidee Wasson, 315-336. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2011.

With Haidee Wasson. “Roundtable: History of Canadian Film Studies.” Ciné-Forum section. Canadian Journal of Film Studies 20, no. 1 (2011): 117-137.

“Stan VanDerBeek: From Classroom to Artist in Residence to the World.” In Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom, 108-116. Houston: Contemporary Art Museum and Cambridge: MIT List Visual Center, 2011.

“Professor Ken.” In Optic Antics: Ken Jacobs, edited by Michele Pierson, David James and Paul Arthur, 249-261. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Experimental Film and the Development of Film Study in America.” In Inventing Film Studies, edited by Lee Grieveson and Haidee Wasson, 182-216. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008.

“Hollis Frampton’s Magellan.” In Buffalo Heads: Media Study, Media Practice, Media Pioneers: 1973-1990. Karlsruhe: ZKM and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008.

“A Movie A Day and other Film Calendars.” [DVD essay]. Midi Onodera Collected Works. 2008.

“Avant-Garde Films: Teaching Wavelength.” Cinema Journal 47, no.1, In Focus section, “Teaching Difficult Films, 2007.

“Poetry and Process: Three Films by Philip Hoffman.” [DVD essay] Spotlight Series: Philip Hoffman. Toronto: Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, 2007.

“The Academy and the Avant-Garde: A Relationship of Dependence and Resistance.” Cinema Journal 45, no. 2, February 2006, 17-42.

With Nicola Galombik. “The Brig: The Paradox Of Resistance and Recuperation.” CineAction 69 (2006): 40-49.

“History and Ambivalence in Hollis Frampton’s Magellan.” October 109 (Summer 2004): 119-142.

“Found Footage Film as Discursive Metahistory: Craig Baldwin’s Tribulation 99.” [revised English version of essay first published in Montage/av 11.1]. The Moving Image 3.2 (Fall 2003): 40-61.

“Hybrid as Allegory.” In The Films of Jack Chambers, edited by Kathryn Elder, 59-65. Cinematheque Ontario Monographs Series. Toronto: Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2002.

“A Report on Canadian Experimental Film Institutions 1980-2000.” In North of Everything: English Canadian Cinema Since 1980, edited by William Beard and Jerry White, 392-401. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002.

“Ironic Identity Frames and the Autobiographical Documentary: Ruth Ozeki Lounsbury’s Halving the Bones (1995) and My Year of Meats (1998).” Literary Research/Recherche littéraire 18.35 (Spring Summer 2001): 120-132.

With Brian Wall. “Vampire Dialectics: Knowledge, Institutions and Labour.” In Reading the Vampire Slayer: An Unofficial Critical Companion to Buffy and Angel, edited by Roz Kaveney, 53-77. London & New York: Taurus Parke, 2001.

"Deception and Ethics in ?O, Zoo! (The Making of a Fiction Film).” In Landscape with Shipwreck: First Person Cinema and the Films of Philip Hoffman, edited by Karyn Sandlos and Michael Hoolboom, 42-55. Toronto: Images Festival of Independent Film & Video and Insomniac Press, 2001.

“Scale.” Public 19/20 (2000): 57-59 (in vol. 2 of special issue entitled “Lexicon: 20th Century A.D.).

“‘There Are Many Joyces’: The Critical Reception of the Films of Joyce Wieland.” In The Films of Joyce Wieland, edited by Kathryn Elder, 195-212. Cinematheque Ontario Monographs Series, no. 3. Toronto: Toronto International Film Festival Group, 1999.

Detlev Zwick

Field of Study: Politics & Policy/ Media & Culture

University: York University
E-Mail Address: dzwick@schulich.yorku.ca
Phone Number: (416) 736-2100, ext. 77199
Office Location: Schulich Buildning, N324
Office Hours: TBA