Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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PhD Students

As you’ll see from their bios below, Cultural Studies attracts a diverse group of students. Their scholarly work extends beyond the classroom, and into the world. Our students perform hands-on research in Argentina, China and Turkey, to name a few. They are artists who write plays, create works of art, curate museum spaces and use their artistic practices as their scholarship through research-creation. They win the highest academic accolades, including SSHRC, Fulbright and Vanier scholarships. They engage in community-based research, working with indigenous peoples, artists, students, prisoners and activist groups to bring about social transformation. Get to know a bit about them below!

​Meet Our 2018 Cohort
Hiba Ali
Supervisor: 
Emily Pelstring
Bio: Hiba Ali is a new media artist, writer and musician from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Her digital and sculptural installations and performances focus on the history of objects that are produced from global circuits and their embedded codes, encompassing both the technological and sociological. She conducts workshop around open-source technologies, reading groups about technology, personal and colonial histories. She has worked with black, immigrant, queer, brown, white, old and young populations and community organizing and employs digital technology in ways that empower people. She holds two undergraduate degrees from the School of the Art Institute Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Video, New Media and Animation and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual, Critical Studies. She has a Master in Fine Arts candidate at University of Texas-Austin. She has exhibited and presented her work in Chicago (IL), Toronto (ON), New York (NY), Istanbul (TR), Detroit (MI), London (UK), Riga (LV) and Dubai (UAE).
Ozlem Atar
Email: ozlem.atar@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Petra Fachinger
Bio: Ozlem’s academic background has taken several twists and turns until she was admitted to Queens’s University. She started school at the age of five. After then-5-year-compulsory schooling in her tiny village, she went to her first boarding school. She remembers the library there as the most welcoming place. Between 1994 and 1998, she attended another boarding school training to be a ceramic artist. Sure, she enjoyed being creative, but soon realised that her love of plastic arts would not sustain her. Thus, she directed her attention to one of her several other ambitions and decided to study English in 1998. She received her B.A. (2003) and M.A. (2007) in Foreign Language Teaching. After several years devoted to learning and teaching English, in 2013, she became a full-time Ph.D. student in Communication Sciences at Hacettepe University. And now, she is very excited about joining the Cultural Studies family at Queen’s. Ozlem’s research interests include intercultural communication through film, music and literature, transnational and diasporic women’s fictions, and travel writing. She speaks Turkish (mother tongue) and English, a little German and Spanish.
Daphne Brouwer
Supervisors: Will Kymlicka and Lisa Guenther
Bio: “It’s a universal fantasy, isn’t it?—the animals learn to speak, and at last we learn what they’re thinking, our cats and dogs and horses: a new era in cross-species understanding. But nothing ever works out quite as we imagine. When the Change happened it affected all the mammals we have shaped to meet our own needs. They all could talk a little, and they all could frame their thoughts well enough to talk. Cattle, horses, goats, llamas; rats, too. Pigs. Minks. And dogs and cats. And we found that, really, we prefer our slaves mute.” (Johnson, 2007)
 

The goal of my research is to provide a voice to those animals that surround us in our daily lives, but that are not welcomed into our homes. To built a framework for those liminal animals will not only change our political and cultural system, it also offers a challenge to the academic world to expand its narrow scope. 

Simge Erdogan
Supervisor: Lynda Jessup
Bio: Simge obtained her BA degree (High honours) in History from Bogazici University and her MA degree in Museum Studies from University College London, and earned grants and scholarships from the European Union, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and ISTEK Foundation. After completion of her studies in 2015, she started working as a curator at the first museum of Industry and Science of Istanbul, Turkey, where she worked in a variety of refurbishment, extension and exhibition projects.  Since March 2017, she has been writing articles and developing content for art50.net. Her collaborative projects with UCL Art Museum and Science Museum London are a few examples of the work that she carried out in the area of art and culture since 2011. Her academic and intellectual interests include cultural diplomacy, critical museology, curatorial studies, and museum representation. She is interested in understanding the cultural power of museums and culturally-stimulating experiences that unfold in exhibition spaces. She sees museums as highly cultural and political institutions that shape our perceptions of objects – and hence our ideas of the cultures embedded in them. She hopes to create new forms of research, open up new perspectives and propose new ways of looking at our world by pursuing her PhD in Cultural Studies. 
Christina Fabiani
Supervisor: Jeff Brison
Bio: Christina Fabiani examines the history of body ink in twentieth-century American culture to reveal the fluid boundaries between deviance and normativity.  Her MA thesis, completed at the University of Victoria, uses extensive archival material and an interdisciplinary approach to explain how the meanings of tattoos shifted and to identify factors that influenced the public’s perceptions of body as deviant or acceptable. Her PhD dissertation will continue to demonstrate that tattooing practices created and perpetuated but also destabilized and influenced gender-, race-, and class-based American ideals, and will further expose the nuanced connections of body ink with American culture, the malleability of social conventions, and a complex web of power relations constantly in flux. At Queen's, she is thrilled to work with Dr. Jeff Brison (History) and Dr. Susan Lord (Film & Media). 
Sanita Fejzić
Supervisor: Glenn Willmott
Bio: Sanita Fejzić is an award winning Bosnian-Canadian writer. Her first book, Psychomachia, Latin for “battle of the soul,” was shortlisted for the 2015 Ken Klonsky Novella Prize and is currently on the shortlist for the Canada ReLit Awards. Her first play, The Blissful State of Surrender, was workshopped by the National Arts Centre in March 2018. She is currently looking for a stage to bring her play to life.
Shanna Hagenah
Supervisor: Barrington Walker
Bio: I grew up on a cattle ranch in a small U.S. town. I appreciate the work ethic, nature, and animals from my upbringing. However, traveling the world and working for social justice are my motivators in life. I have lived in Australia, South Korea, and Spain. I was drawn to Cultural Studies through my research on critical pedagogy (teaching in a way that recognizes the classroom as a political site) which emphasizes the need for research and teaching methods that incorporate interdisciplinary praxis in order to disrupt the White/male center of settler-colonial education systems. My research emphases are critical pedagogy, intersectionality, and education systems. I am looking for a roommate this September.
Marshall Hill
Supervisor:
Dylan Robinson
Elvira Hufschmid
Supervisor:
Gary Kibbins
​Bio: I am a multi-media artist, curator and author in the field of processes of Aesthetic Transformation and temporary art spaces. Before moving to Vancouver, BC in 2014, I have been active within the independent project spaces community in Berlin, Germany, where I co-founded the artist collective “Initiative Temporäre Kunsträume” (Temporary art space initiative). My artistic interests include the phenomenology of transient spaces, as well as Aesthetic Transformation processes as a methodology for trans-disciplinary collaboration and learning. As a fellow/affiliated researcher at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts & Sciences (BAS) at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, I currently investigate Aesthetic Transformation Processes between art and physics. With a working class background, I have been a life long activist in my respective communities, most recently as a volunteer in a housing cooperative, a community garden and as a drummer in a Vancouver activist street band.
Research interest: Aesthetic Transformation processes, relational space, transdisciplinarity, temporary art spaces, collaboration
Hannah Burgé Luviano
Co-Supervisors: Margaret Walker and Claudio Palomares Salas
Bio: I am pleased to join the Cultural Studies department as a Ph.D. candidate after earning an M.A. (Ethnomusicology) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours Music) degree from York University.
 

My research at Queen’s will encompass the intersections of mambo music between film, Latin American popular music, and visual culture as created and disseminated by Cuban pianist Dámasco Pérez Prado upon his relocation to México City in 1948.

My experience as a performer in “world music” bands has informed my practice as a contemporary jazz singer and composer. My debut album Green River Sessions, released in 2014, charted on American College Radio and received airplay on more than three hundred radio stations worldwide. I was a featured performer at the Polanco International Jazz Festival in México City.

Alongside composer and bassist Paco Luviano, I hold a co-writing credit for the song, “Espera, Esperanto,” which was arranged by virtuosic pianist Hilario Duran. This piece was included in the Universal Canada release, Kuné; Canada’s Global Orchestra, a debut recording that featured a thirteen-piece group comprised of masterful indigenous and emigrated musicians to Canada.

I’ve been pleased to present on jazz and world music topics at conferences in Canada and the United States. I am a former faculty member at Centennial College in Toronto. My research interests encompass the “gig” economy, Canadian country musicians, evangelical popular music, Latin American popular music, and jazz studies. Recently I served as a category judge for the Juno Awards.

Anthony Lomax
Supervisor:
Dylan Robinson
Bio: Anthony Lomax recently completed his Master’s thesis at York University, which was funded through a CIBC Graduate Fine Arts Scholarship. In this project, he analyzed Mary Lou Fallis and Monica Gaylord’s recording of John Weinzweig’s “Private Collection” through lip-synced performances by four artist/collaborators. Lomax was interested in lip-syncing as a queer method of performed musical analysis, drawing on the work of scholars like Nicholas Cook and Suzanne Cusick. He is excited to begin his PhD research at Queen’s, where he plans to enter the Cultural Studies research-creation stream and compose a song cycle for lip-syncing performer and recording. This research will use a framework of new materialism. He is also undertaking a project exploring how musical scores can be used in “imaginative” ethnomusicology, especially scores created out of synthetic, organic materials other than paper. This project explores music within a context of emplaced, embodied, and multisensorial research.

 

Michelle MacQueen
Supervisor:
Kip Pegley
Bio: Michelle MacQueen is a PhD student in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s University. She’s originally from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University in Wolfville NS, where she completed an undergraduate thesis on Led Zeppelin and the band's performative persona. She completed her MA in Music and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her MA thesis examined the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, and how the band created constructions of Canadianness that reflect Canada as a ‘work in progress.’ She was drawn to Queen’s Cultural Studies program because of its focus on interdisciplinary work and its deep connections between arts, culture, activism, and social change. During her PhD, she aims to continue researching the connections between Canadian music and politics, music’s role in social justice, and music’s ability to spark discussion on politics, identity, and alliances in Canada.
Darcy McNinch
Supervisor:
Michael Doxtater
Bio: Darcy holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Waterloo. After working as an architect in Toronto for several years, he moved to Kingston to start a lavender farm and adopt a small herd of cashmere goats. He is now working as functional space planning analyst at Queen's University.  His Master's thesis analyzes how personal space contributes to the inhabitant’s identity, helps form an understanding of the wider world, and how to interact with it.  He is currently exploring how architecture shapes cultures and communities, specifically looking at how Institutional architecture, created by white settlers, has impacted Indigenous communities within Canada.
Research Interest: Domesticity, Aesthetics and Happiness, Queer Space, avant-garde fashion, Memories and Dreams, Phenomenology, Alchemy, and how all of these contribute to the formation of identity and the psychological implications of habitation in these realms.
  
Sylvia Nowak
Supervisor:
Susan Lord
Bio: Sylvia Nowak is a Toronto-based activist, documentary maker and artist, with an interest in (re-)working archival and found materials. She holds a BFA in Photography and is completing her MFA in Documentary Media, where she produced 206 Carlton a short archival-based film exploring racism and resistance in the city of Toronto, through focusing on one address, one house. She is a research assistant for the Alternative Toronto project, a community archive and historical map of Toronto’s alternative cultures, scenes and spaces of the 1980s and early 1990s.
Jill Price
Supervisor:
Matt Rogalsky
Bio: Jill Price is a curator, educator and artist from Barrie, Ontario who completed an interdisciplinary MFA at OCAD University and received a Bachelor of Education and BFA at Western Univeristy. Focusing on materialism and more specifically the impact of fashion on ecological and human geographies, Price's self-reflexive practice investigates the environmental and psychological shadows cast, woven and covered by the global production, exchange and discarding of textiles on our highly interconnected landscapes. Interested in investigating how textiles have been used as tools of trade, cultural appropriation, colonization, assimilliation, and led to land use change, Price's project based research delves into how non-indigenous fibres, processes and patterns of fabric affect our environment and continue to re-shape or re-establish concepts of Canadian identity.
 

"Looking to the potency of readymades, I am both fascinated and frustrated by the spectacle and agency of the material world. Supported by historical research, my practice combines methodologies of data manifestation and material complicity to reveal the multiple narratives enfolded in the textiles utilized in private and public realms." Jill Price

Ky Pearce
Supervisor: Jackie Davies
Email: 16kgjp@queensu.ca
Bio: Ky (they/them) studies queerness, sex, love, and intimacy as it relates to culture and power.
Craig Rogalsky
Supervisor: Awet Weldemichael
Bio: I am a life long learner, husband, father, soldier, with an interest in violent extremists. I hold a Bachelors of Theology (double major, double minor...that was a stupid idea). I completed a Masters of Intercultural Studies while finishing a 2nd and 3rd tour of duty as a peacemaker in the Middle East (another bad idea). Part time I run the National Professional Library for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Full time; it is my hope, my prayer, my focus, my vision, that with this amazing help from Queens, together we can earn a Nobel Peace Prize for peacekeeping in the Middle East.
Tyler Russell
Supervisor: Jeff Brison
Bio: Interested in infrastructures for preventive diplomacy and conflict mediation, Tyler Russell has spent much of his career inspired by art’s capacity to kindle empathy, build community and provoke change. During his undergrad years, working with NGOs in former Yugoslavia, he gained an appreciation for art’s role in moderating conflict. After graduation, he ran a Korea-Japan Arts Camp and was subsequently invited to work on large-scale contemporary art exhibitions in Asia. Imagining these as sites for intercultural understanding, he saw them utilised as arena for inter-state soft power competition. These experiences informed his Masters thesis Dancing at the End of Pax Americana: Contemporary Art and International Relations in North East Asia. More recently, working for Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, a public art gallery in Vancouver’s Chinatown, he’s become a keen observer of Chinese soft and sharp power strategies. For his PhD, Russell will examine the role of private philanthropy in contemporary Chinese cultural diplomacy. Through this research, he seeks to gain a better understanding of Chinese soft power, while considering broad-based infrastructures for conflict mediation in the emergent era. Russell holds a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and an MA from Tokyo National University of Arts. He completed his post-graduate internship at the Pearson Peacekeeping Training Centre and has worked for organisations including International Ocean Institute, Municipality of Nakatsue, and samuso: space for contemporary art. He’s outgoing Executive Director/Curator of Centre A, incoming Executive Director of Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, BC and 2018 Curator-in-Residence at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei.
Emily Sanders
Supervisor: Susan Lord
Bio: I am a Canadian student fresh out of my MSc in Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh. I did my undergraduate degree at McGill University, where I received my B.A. in North American Studies (another interdisciplinary field) and minored in World Cinemas. I decided to pursue a PhD after writing a brief paper in my second semester of my Masters on rural cinemas and the way they function in their community. My thesis will evolve out of this idea of the various ways independent cinemas interact within their small communities.
Colin Simonds
Supervisor: Ellen Goldberg
Bio and Research Interests: Colin recently completed an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at Queen’s University. For his Masters, he seeks to look at the intersection of contemplative traditions and environmentalism. Specifically, he seeks to understand how an individual’s contemplative practice informs their views on the environment and whether these practices have the capacity to foster ecofriendly lifestyles. His other research interests include Buddhism, mysticism, deep ecology, entheogens, literature, and 20th century counterculture.
Prerna Subramanian
Supervisor:
Trish Salah
​Bio: Prerna Geeta Manian (alias Prerna Subramanian) hails from Korba, Chhattisgarh, India and is a doctoral candidate in the field of cultural production and LGBTQIA+ studies.  She also takes interest in performing arts and writing for social justice. She loves watching television and often uses telly preferences as barometers/ice breakers for her social interactions.Her research interests lie in the field of production of queer/trans/fat bodies in media, film and literary studies.
Edward Thomas
Supervisor:
Barrington Walker
Bio: Edward Thomas' research interests are driven by Queen's 1918 decision to ban black students from admission to its medical school and the opportunity it presents for exploring how institutional power, collective memory and cultural tropes are served by narrative structures. In addition to documentation and analysis, he is also considering the narrative mechanisms by which the affected students' stories were effectively erased from the university's collective memory and the ensuing impact on its institutional culture. What can such narrative mechanisms tell us about the formation of an institutional history, institutional culture, or the cultural exchanges between institutions and their peers? How does narrative mechanism serve or diminish constructs of institutional professionalism, racism, nationalism, ethical conduct or achievement & recognition? Can historiographers improve their understanding of historical intent based on an expansive, systematic model of narrative mechanics?
 

Edward works full-time for Queen's University as an innovation & research development manager at Innovation Park in Kingston, ON. He provides advisory services to disruption-minded scholars, entrepreneurs, executives, administrators and public officials seeking to solve problems, fund R&D, launch startups, solve social problems, expand businesses and attract investment. He was a full-time journalist prior to completing graduate training in chemical engineering at Queen's. During his research & innovation career at Queen's, he has been regularly engaged in proposal development, having designing and co-managed more than $100-million in funded initiatives. Through his consulting practice, he has been working on a systemic model of persuasive writing, based on reverse-engineering of decision-making psychology.

Jake Torrie
Supervisor: Julien Lefort-Favreau

​Bio: My research will focus on the written works of Cyril Lionel Robert James, a 20th century Caribbean intellectual. From his origins as a Marxist public intellectual (Black Jacobins; World Revolution) to his development as a cultural humanist (Beyond a Boundary; Mariners, Renegades, Castaways) and his maturation as a social critic (American Civilization, Modern Politics) I expect to find C.L.R. James' work illuminating and integral to discourses in cultural studies.
 

Personally, I enjoy distance running, culinary arts, literary fiction, cinema, and music. I've played as a drummer in a few rock bands. My masters thesis here at Queen's University was about the political economy of Canadian symphony orchestras. Previously, I've earned an honours bachelor of business administration from Trent University and an honours bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto in political science and peace and conflict studies. My hometowns are Ottawa and Cobourg, Ontario.

Devin West
Supervisor:
Dorit Naaman
​Bio: Devin West is an artist-activist-academic from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Devin is completing a MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.  Devin’s research focus has been female masculinity and the threads of cultural resilience masculine women share.   A thesis interactive installation art exhibit created a space for research participants stories to be experienced and witnessed, and to further engage and encourage a publicly accessible conversation about female masculinity as an embodied gender identity.  Devin’s artistic practice juxtaposes reclaimed colonial objects to challenge public audiences to relate their own sense of gendered resilience to the resilient experience of masculine women.  For their Cultural Studies PhD research, Devin plans to further their artistic practice to shed light on the liminal spaces and magical places of identity in which masculine women dwell. Devin grew up in Northeastern Saskatchewan and had a career in clinical social work prior to a career as a Master Carpenter. Devin tends to be disruptive, everywhere they go.
​Meet Our 2017 Cohort
Sean Callaghan
Supervisor:
Gary Kibbins
 
 
Saira Chhibber
Supervisors: 
Margaret Walker and Susan Lord
Saira holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. She completed a BA Honours in Cinema Studies, with a double minor in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and World Literatures at the University of Toronto (University College).
Her research interests include gender and national identities in Canadian and South Asian cinema and new media; transnational circulation of national cinemas; intersections of horror and ethnicity in contemporary popular cinema and culture; youth culture; popular culture; comic books and visual cultures.
 
Sebastian De Line

Sebastian De Line
Supervisors:
Dylan Robinson and Petra Fachinger
Bio: Sebastian holds an MA in Art Praxis (cum laude) from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, The Netherlands. He/they completed a BFA in Autonomous Fine Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Research Interests: His/their scholarly interests include contemporary art theory; decolonial studies; diffraction methodology; new materialism; relationality; affect; trans studies; queer studies; transfeminism; contemporary art; poetics; and Indigenous ways of knowing.

Yiyi He
Supervisors:
Petra Fachinger and James Miller
 
Rena Karanouh
Supervisors:
Sylvat Aziz and Laura Murray
 
James Kwateng-Yeboah
James Kwateng-Yeboah
Supervisor:
Marc Epprecht
Email: jikk@queensu.ca
James’ research interests are broad, but tend to interrogate new dynamics of religious expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on the interconnectedness between religion and development, migration, civil society and the environment. His current doctoral research explores issues of contemporary African immigrants’ religiosity in Canada with a special focus on African initiated Pentecostal Churches. This study investigates reasons for the proliferation of African Pentecostal communities in Canada, the roles these communities play in the adaptation of new immigrants to their new environment, and the social change they engineer in their home and host context.
Nhi Ha Nguyen
Supervisor:
Molly Wallace
 
Valerie Noftle
​Email:
17vpn@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Karine Bertrand

Building on her three previous graduate degrees in Law (Osgoode Hall), Journalism (Western University) and Political Science (Dalhousie University), Noftle brings a truly interdisciplinary approach to her PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. As an academic and as an artist, Noftle will incorporate the use of photographic images and video in creating innovative methods of research into visual cultural identity among Indigenous communities. With a focus on relationship-building through storytelling, Noftle seeks to facilitate communication and increased understanding among different peoples by creating visual bridges across cultures.

Josh Noiseux
Supervisor:
James Miller
Bio: Joshua Noiseux is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.  He completed his MA at Trent’s Theory, Culture, and Politics program, with a thesis on the American and Israeli militaries’ engagement with Deleuzean philosophy and its implications for their practices of strategy. Joshua’s emerging doctoral research attempts to synthesize various iterations of the concept of “reciprocal presupposition”, “mutual-enaction”, and “co-dependence” across continental philosophy, cognitive science, and Mahayana Buddhism, with specific respect to their participation in the development of non-linear concepts of causality, agency, and ecology. The core hypothesis of the project is that reciprocal models of causality can help provide ecologically constructive ways to think and experience agency as living-together with the world.
Michelle O'Halloran
Email: 
0hmfo@queensu.ca
Efkan Oguz
Efkan Oguz
Supervisors:
Susan Lord and Lynda Jessup
Efkan Oguz obtained his BA degree (Hons) in American Studies from Ege University and recently received his MA in Media and Visual Studies from Bilkent University. During his time at Ege University, he took an interest in new media studies in relation to socio-political settings. In addition to writing several art and literature related articles for magazines, giving conference presentations and partaking in projects/workshops on topics such as cultural heritage and transmedia, he co-translated the book titled Writing the History of “Ottoman Music” (2015), and translated Development in Urban Transportation and Cultural Heritage: A Look at Turkey by Corduas (2016). Blending different aspects of the works in which he was involved, his MA research focused on the discursive reconfiguration of spatiotemporality in museums by means of new media and conceptualization of this transmutation based on Foucauldian literary theories. His PhD research expands on the implementation of new media within the museal context and its socio-cultural connotations with a focus on Ottoman heritage and nationalism.
Laura Phillips
Laura Phillips
Supervisor:
Dylan Robinson
Laura Phillips is from a Canadian settler family with Western European roots. She grew up in the south western Ontario Treaty 2/ Treaty 6 / Treaty 21 (Oneida Nation of the Thames, Chippewas of the Thames & Munsee-Delaware Nations) region of Canada. Prior to becoming a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens, her educational profile includes an undergraduate degree in Classical Studies from Western University; a post-graduate diploma at the University of Oxford; and an MPhil at the University of Bristol. Laura lived in England for 10 years, working at at museums and other cultural organizations. In 2010 she relocated to Doha, Qatar, where she was the Head of Museums Documentation for Qatar Museums until 2013. In 2014 she was appointed as Collections Manager at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Florida and then returned to Canada to take up a consulting position as Collections & Exhibitions Coordinator at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Ouje-Bougoumou Cree Nation, Eeyou Istchee, Quebec. In her PhD Research, Laura hopes to build on her experience in emerging museums, and working with Indigenous communities, to promote self-curation and self-representation as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is implemented internationally, as well as decolonization of museums and museology.
Rohit Revi
Rohit Revi
Supervisor:
James Miller and Angus McBlane (Indian Institute of Technology)
Bio: Rohit is a first year PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies. He completed his Bachelors in Physics at Christ University, Bangalore and then received his Masters in Society and Culture from Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.
Research Interests: Philosophy of Technology, Contemporary Critical Theory.
 
Ben Schnitzer
Ben Schnitzer
Supervisors:
Lynda Jessup and Jeffrey Brison
Email: ben.schnitzer@queensu.ca
Bio: A graduate of the Master of Public Service program at the University of Waterloo, Ben enjoyed a diverse career in the federal government, most recently as a senior policy analyst at the Department of Canadian Heritage, where he helped develop and implement policies and programs impacting the cultural sector. Ben is also an opera singer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba and pursued further studies in Vancouver, Italy and Germany. Ben has performed with organizations in Canada and abroad, such as the Vancouver Opera, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), and the Konzerthaus (Berlin). Ben is excited to bring these varied experiences to his work in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s.
Research Interests: Cultural policy development, international relations, cultural diplomacy, Canadian cultural history, the arts in society.
Victoria Sicilia
Victoria Sicilia
Supervisor:
James Miller
Bio: I am currently a Master’s Candidate in the Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Queen’s University, having recently completed my thesis fieldwork in the Malabar region at the University of Calicut in Kerala, India. My research is centered upon the visible and invisible impacts of gender differentiating ideology for Malayalam women in Kerala. In my doctoral work, I will examine how this ideology has resulted in growing numbers of suicide and violence against women in the region, despite subsequent staggering growth in education and physical health. To do this, I will explore the ways in which various socialization processes, including in residential and educational spheres, have contributed to the inculcation of patriarchal mindsets that are firmly embedded in the foundation of Malabar society. I aim to investigate how these mindsets are intrinsically canonized, creating societal, dominantly male, intransigence. By doing so, my research will explicate how and why women in Kerala possess the highest physical health index in the country, yet, simultaneously hold the lowest mental health index. Indeed the assumption that education congenitally fosters empowerment and freedom of mobility for women upon exploration has little bearing, as issues of violence, suicide, and restriction continue to rise in the Malabar region. My work, therefore, hopes to make a timely contribution to numerous academic disciplines discussing this issue, including political studies, gender studies, and global development studies.
Sarah Garton Stanley
Sarah Garton Stanely
Supervisors:
Susan Lord and Dylan Robinson
Bio: Originally, from Montreal, Sarah now lives and studies in Kingston and works in Ottawa and beyond. A theatre director, dramaturg, creator and conversationalist, Sarah trained at École Jacques Lecoq, the Vancouver Film School and received her BA and MA from Queens University. In 2015 Sarah concluded a first cycle of dramaturgical inquiry as part English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre’s relationship to Indigenous Performance happening in Canada. This happened in collaboration with Yvette Nolan, Corey Payette, Cole Alvis, Joseph Osawabine and countless other leaders and makers across Turtle Island. Along with co-curator Syrus Marcus Ware and other leaders and makers near and far, Sarah just completed work on the 2nd Cycle that culminated in the Republic of Inclusion in Ottawa in June of 2017. Work on the Cycles can be referenced here: https://nac-cna.ca/en/cycle. Sarah is the Associate Artistic Director, English Theatre and creative catalyst at SpiderWebShow, and a former AD of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Research Interests: Intersectionality, Failure Theatre, Performance, Cultural Change, Progressive Policy Frameworks, Conversation, Digital Connections, Space as Character, Iconoclasm, Dilettantism.
Tanzina Tahereen
Supervisor:
Jill Scott
 
Camille Georgeson-Usher
Camille Georgeson-Usher
Supervisor:
Dylan Robinson
Bio: Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Coast Salish/Dene/Scottish scholar and artist from Galiano Island, BC. She did her MA in Art History at Concordia University with research focusing on Indigenous community based artistic practices that bring forward conversations of fear, humour and sexuality as acts of cultural survivance that aim to reduce the rate of suicide in the Arctic. Both her research and artistic practice works through ideas of urban Indigenous identity rooted in melding together street art and hip hop culture, Indigeneity, and care for community. She began developing skills as a painter at a young age, which has now evolved into the world of street art, thinking of street art as a performative practice. Along with two colleagues Cheli Nighttraveller and Isabella Weetaluktuk, the three worked together to create an Indigenous women’s bikers collective called the Uppity NDNs, where they insert their visibility through street art and mobility through the bicycle as Indigenous women in space. She continues her work as an artist in Toronto when time permits, where she also works as the Programs Coordinator at the Inuit Art Foundation.
 
Meet Our ​2016 Cohort
Claude Bock
Claude Bock
Email: 
claude.bock@queensu.ca
​Supervisor: Dylan Robinson
Claude received his BFA from Concordia University and recently completed an MA in Art History at Western University. .His current research examines the intersections and interactions of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous art within Canada. Research interests: ethnocultural art histories and immigrant art within a settler society, the reception of indigenous art in Europe, and methods of disrupting the established art history canon. Claude also works as an independent curator. His most recent exhibit is Selections From the Collection: History, Culture, Legends at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology in London, Ontario held September 2016.
Sydney Hart
Sydney Hart
Email: 16sh40@queensu.ca
​Supervisor: Susan Lord
Sydney Hart is an artist and writer based on unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver BC. He has written criticism for publications such as Esse arts + opinions, C Magazine, Art & Education Papers and Scapegoat Journal, and shown work at venues such as VIVO Media Arts Centre, Skol and CCA Glasgow. From 2011, Sydney worked as a founding co-editor of livedspace, a research and publishing organisation investigating the social production of space in relation to contemporary cultural production. After studying Fine Art at Concordia University in Montréal and Central St Martins College in London, he completed an MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy in London.
Hanbai Han
Email: 
16hh7@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Emily Hill
I am a first year PhD student in Cultural Studies. I am originally from Kunming, China and hold a BA in Anthropology from Sun Yat-sen University and a MA in Ethno-ecology from Yunnan University.
Research Interests: Environmental history research, Ecological Anthropology and China study.
Miles Howe
Supervisor: 
Bob Lovelace
Bronwyn Jaques
Bronwyn Jaques
Email: 
bronwyn.jaques@queensu.ca
Supervisors: Jeffrey Brison and Lynda Jessup
Bronwyn Jaques is a PhD student in the Cultural Studies Graduate Program at Queen's University. Her CGS Doctoral Scholarship-funded research focuses on settler-colonial tourism, cultural diplomacy, and national identity in the North American and local contexts. Professionally, she has undertaken research contracts with the Swamp Ward & Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP), the City of Kingston, and the "In Our Own Words: The Links Between Kingston's Heritage and its Penitentiaries," a community oral history project, for which she won a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Trust award for Excellence in Conservation in 2018. She is also the Project Coordinator for the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI), a research group based at Queen's University. 
Research Interests: Canadian cultural history; ‘culture as tourism’ and dark tourism; the history of national parks and the commodification/nationalization of nature; cultural diplomacy; commemoration and remembrance; modern anti-modernism; national narratives in public spaces; media and advertising; imagined communities; and national mythologies.​
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Geraldine King
Supervisor:
Scott Morgensen
Geraldine King is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek in Northwestern Ontario. Geraldine recently completed an MA in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria, where her primary research was centred on Indigenous erotica as viable nation (re)building praxis. Ms. King is also the Managing Editor of Intercontinental Cry Magazine, a publication of the World Center for Indigenous Studies. As a mother, a dreamer, and a writer who happens to be an academic, Geraldine’s ultimate goal in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University is to encourage thoughtful reclamation of bodies, sexualities, psyches and anti-oppressive governance structures for all Indigenous peoples on the pathways to liberation. 
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Stéfy McKnight
Supervisors:
David Murakami Wood and Susan Cahill (University of Calgary)
Email: stefy.mcknight@queensu.ca
Stéphanie McKnight (Stéfy) is an artist based in Kingston Ontario. Her creative practice and research focus is policy, activism, governance and surveillance trends in Canada. Within her research, she explores creative research as methodology, and the ways that events and objects produce knowledge and activate their audience. Stéfy’s creative work takes several forms, such as installation, performance, site-specific, online and technological curatorial projects, new media and experimental photography. Recent exhibitions include "Park Life" at MalloryTown Landing and Thousand Islands for LandMarks 2017/Repères 2017, "Traces" at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, "ORGANIC SURVEILLANCE: Security & Myth in the Rural" at the Centre for Indigenous Research-Creation and "Hawk Eye View" at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. Stéfy is also co-founder of "Pot-pourri: a collegiate exhibition", a graduate exhibition space for Cultural Studies students. She is curator of the Art and Media Lab at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts and has curated several exhibitions including "Judy Radul, This is Television" in 2015. Stéfy is an active member of the Kingston Arts community as past President of the Modern Fuel Board of Directors, member of CUST Steering Research Creation Committee and has worked at the Kingston Arts Council and Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Stéfy has a BFA from Nipissing University and a MA in Cultural Studies from Queen's University.
Research Interests: surveillance art; contemporary art and cultural objects; creative research as methodology; surveillance in Canada; the War on Terror; North America privacy, policy & security; non-consensual watching of non-human animals; visual and material culture.
Golam Rabbani
Email: 
golam.rabbani@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Margaret Walker
Golam Rabbani is from Bangladesh and has taught literature, language and culture in universities in his country for more than seven years. He studied English (BA Honors and MA) in Jahangirnagar University. As a grantee of Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, he studied literature, linguistics and cultural theories for two years and received his second MA in Literature and Linguistics: English (with Distinction) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 2015. Some of his recently published research articles concentrate on Darwinism in novels, pedophilia and patriarchy in Bangladeshi film, voyeurism in media, hetero-imperialism in films, alienation and segregation in postcolonial texts, naturalism and expressionism in plays and so forth. He has also presented his research papers in many international conferences. His recent conference papers and projects investigated the Ecocritical and Cognitive approaches to Bangladeshi folk literature (Baul Literature) and culture. His PhD research in Queen’s focuses on the study of Ethnomusicology examining the intersections of Baul literature and music with contemporary consumer culture in Bangladesh. He learned Bangladeshi folk music and Indian classical music from Chhayanaut in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Research Interests: Baul Literature, Music and Culture; Cognitive Approaches to Literature; Representation in Media and Films; Postcolonial Literature; American Literature; Literary and Cultural Theory; Drama and Theater.
Galen
Galen Watts
Email:
galen.watts@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Will Kymlicka
Galen is a PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies Graduate Program at Queen’s University. He has a broad and diverse range of academic interests, but his research could be classified as convening at the intersection of political philosophy, religious studies, and social theory. For his Masters, he sought to articulate and analyze how Canadian millennials who self-identify as “spiritual but not religious” conceptualize the relationship between their individual spirituality and their commitments, or lack thereof, to a number of social justice issues. For his PhD, he is continuing to research the basic values, belief-systems, and practices that inform contemporary/self-spirituality among millennials in Canada, in order to discern its social and political implications, broadly understood.
Research Interests: Contemporary/self-spirituality; spiritual but not religious; secularism; religion, culture and society; social and political thought; ethics and values.
Meet Our ​2015 Cohort
Daniel Asante Boamah
Daniel Asante Boamah
Email: 
13ddab@queensu.ca
​Supervisor: Awet Weldemichael
Research Interests: My research interest focuses on the connection between traditional religio-cultural beliefs/practices and environmental problems. Most especially how African Traditional Religion and cultural beliefs/practices inspire (or impede) active environmental ethics.

Julia Chan
Email: 
julia.chan@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Susan Lord
Julia Chan is a writer, editor, creative consultant, and arts administrator with over ten years’ experience in the arts and not-for-profit communities. Her fiction has appeared internationally in subTerrain, LitroNY, The Rusty Toque, The Danforth Review, and others. As a screenwriter, she holds an MFA from York University and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s writing residency program. Her short film In Shadow (directed by Shirley Cheechoo) screened at the Sundance Film Festival, among others. She currently provides creative analysis, grant writing, and editing on a freelance basis, and is pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies.
Research Interests: The intersections of gender, sexuality, and surveillance; visual culture; photography; the gaze; horror film and the uncanny; and race and liminality ​
Alexander Cox-Twardowski
Alexander Cox-Twardowski
Supervisor: 
Richard Ascough
Research Interests: Judeo-Christian apocalyptic literature; religion and film; contemporary Hollywood apocalyptic cinema; hypermasculinity in apocalyptic works; time in apocalyptic works; gender representations in post-1960s Hollywood horror film.

Jamie Jelinski
Email: 
jamiejelinski@gmail.com
​Supervisors: Jeffrey Brison and Sarah E. K. Smith
Jamie Jelinski is an interdisciplinary scholar and PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. He holds an M.A. in Art History from Concordia University (2015) and a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Regina (2013). Using visual and material culture, archival sources, and oral histories, Jelinski’s doctoral research investigates the professionalization of tattooing in Canada from the 1890s to the 1970s. For this work, he is the recipient of the Senator Frank Carrel Scholarship (2015-16), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015-16), and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2016-19). During Fall 2017, with the assistance of a SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2016), he spent several months researching in England while based at the University of Essex’s School of Philosophy and Art History. In Spring 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at NSCAD University, where he taught an undergraduate course on the global histories of tattooing. He also taught a class entitled “Media and the Arts” in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University during Winter 2018. Jelinski’s research contributions includes published and forthcoming articles in Visual Anthropology (Vol. 30, No. 4), Journal of Canadian Studies (Vol. 52, No. 2) and Études/Inuit/Studies (Vol. 40, No. 2).
Research interests: histories of tattooing in Canada; the body and its representation; visual and material culture of cities; visual and material culture of crime; urban social history; archives; 20th century Canadian studies 

Tanya Lukin-Linklater
Tanya Lukin-Linklater
Email: 
15tmll@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Dylan Robinson
Tanya Lukin Linklater's practice spans experimental choreography, performance, video, and text. She is compelled by the interstices of visual art and poetry, pedagogy (learning), Indigenous languages, portrayals of women and children in film, and the body. Tanya’s works have been exhibited at EFA Proejct Space (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago (Chilé), SBC Gallery (Montreal), Western Front (Vancouver), Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Images Festival + Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Museum of Contemporary Native Art (Santa Fe), and elsewhere. Her poetry and essays have been published in C Magazine, Access Gallery, BlackFlash Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, Drunken Boat, Ice Floe, and McLaren Art Centre. Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours) where she received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Louis Sudler Prize for Creative and Performing Arts. She began her doctoral studies at Queen's University in Cultural Studies in September, 2015.
Research Interests: critical positions on Indigenous Art; the interstices of visual art, poetry and performance; race, feminisms, the body, pedagogies, Indigenous knowledges, dance.
 Morgan Oddie
Morgan Oddie
Email: 
8meo@queensu.ca
​Supervisor: Pamela Dickey-Young
Research Interests: Performativity and play; the interaction between cultures of regulation and violence; consensual violence; Bondage/Domination/submission/Sadism/Masochism (BDSM) as ritual.
Susan Fowler Olding
Susan Olding
Email: 
31sef1@queensu.ca
​Supervisor: Petra Fachinger
Research Interests: My project combines lyric and experimental poetry, a lyric essay, and opera to explore questions about trauma, loss, power, identity, and meaning in the context of transnational/ transracial adoption.
Kaziwa Salih
​Kaziwa Salih​
Email: 
kaziwa.s@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Jill Scott and Andrew Woolford (University of Manitoba) 
Kaziwa is a multi- award winning fiction and non-fiction writer, and social and human rights activist
Research Interests: Genocide and War culture, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Kurdish issues generally, Communication and Culture, Socio-political cultural theory, Gender and women issues.
Ellyn Walker
Email:
14eew1@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Dylan Robinson and Carla Taunton
Research interests: decolonial methodologies, cross-cultural relationships, settler-colonial decolonization and redress, solidarity and resistance movements, (re)conciliation, social justice, curatorial practice, contemporary art, Canadian art history, museum studies, artist-run culture, the politics of representation, local black and diasporic histories, Indigenous worldviews, collaboration, social and community engagement.
Meet Our ​2014 Cohort
Craig Berggold 
Email:
12cjcb@queensu.ca
Supervisors: Gary Kibbins and Clive Roberston
Media artist Craig Berggold strives to combine social justice activism with a contemporary art practice. His PhD research examines the visual culture of the precarious and so-called marginalized, who are now the majority, and whose lives are cobbled together with their work and personal lives indistinct and interchangeable. How are the precarious made visible and seen? The precariat work in temporary, intermittent, part-time jobs or internships, are migrant or flexible in their time and mobility, self-invest, often exist in perpetual debt, and with particular note to educated young people globally and women and racialized as a majority of the precarious workforce. Craig is a recipient of a 2016 SSHRC Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship and the 2015-16 Douglas Sheppard Wilson Film Fellowship Award. He is a Teaching Fellow in the Film and Media Department. And, elected four times as the President of Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) local 901- the union representing 2000 academic workers on precarious short-term contracts every semester. His award-winning films Fresh Talk: Youth & Sexuality, Educate Your Attitude: Gay & Lesbian Youth Speak Out!, Pocket Desert: confessions of a snakekiller and Up To Scratch have been broadcast on television and shown in film festivals, museums and community centres around the world. At Simon Fraser University’s Special Collections Library he is the lead researcher for The Canadian Farmworkers Union Archive Project. He has taught at Emily Carr University of Art & Design for a decade and is the co-founder of the Vancouver Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts
Research Interests: the evolving fields of cultural labour studies, militant research, visual culture, precarious as a new class.
Kristian Clarke
Email: 
k.clarke@queensu.ca
Supervisors: Lynda Jessup and Jeffrey Brison
An Art History graduate with an additional Certificate in Cultural Management from Humber College, Kristian worked at Canadian Artists Representation/le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC Ontario) www.carfacontario.ca for 14 years and is now the Senior Projects Manager at Canadian Actors' Equity Association (www.caea.com). Kristian sees himself as a Creative Visionary with particular interests in artist-run advocacy, proposal development, dispute resolution and policy development at municipal, provincial and federal levels. Kristian also serves on the Board for the Canadian Arts Resources Foundation of Ontario [(CARFO) recently rebranded as CANVAS], WorkInCulture, which supports the people who work in the cultural sector through life-long career development and business skills training and Arts Build Ontario which is the only organization in Ontario dedicated to realizing long-term solutions for building, managing and financing the sustainable arts facilities needed in Ontario communities. In his spare time, Kristian can be found swimming with his 10 year-old daughter named Phoibe on Georgian Bay or listening to his wife, Krisztina Szabo, perform one of her many operatic roles. Kristian is a current Phd Candidate in the Cultural Studies Department at Queen’s University.. 
Research Interests: Artist-centred advocacy, cultural policy, Massey Commission.

Yasmine Djerbal
Email: 
11yd7@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Katherine McKittrick
Research interests: Located at the intersection of identity politics, postcolonial/decolonial theories, race studies and affect theories, and engages with questions of immigration and the politics of race, gender and religion in discourses of citizenship. Her previous works focused on gendered violence; Algerian citizenship and the Family Code; North African feminist activism; the Algerian Civil War; Resistance; Political Comic Strips and Islam.

Jennifer Lemche
Supervisor:
James Miller
jennifer.lemche@queensu.ca
Research Interests: Religion, Daoism, Daoism and Ecology, Chinese Religion, China, Religion and Ecology, Environmental Ethics, Sustainability, Environmental Activism, Climate Change
My project explores the contribution of Daoism in discussions of climate change and environmental activism in China. It asks how recent environmental policies and programs promoted by the Chinese Daoist Association, the national Association responsible for overseeing the Daoist community in China, are creating sustainable practices in Daoist temples and communities and to what extent these policies are informing day to day activities. More broadly, my research investigates how discussions of sustainability and climate change are shaping modern Daoism in China.
Jamie McKenzie-Naish
Supervisors: 
Lynda Jessup and Jeffrey Brison
8jm2@queensu.ca
Research Interests: museums as a pedagogical intervention, their relationship to public policy making, and ultimately how policy negotiates and contextualizes individual and community attitudes, engagement, and access.
Bio: My professional background is eclectic and interdisciplinary in nature.  I am a formally trained classroom teacher and an experienced museum educational specialist, with particular skills focus on resource development and program management.  I hold my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Classical History and Anthropology, my Bachelor of Education with Primary/Junior certification, my Master of Arts in Museum Studies, as well as my PRINCE2 project management professional certification (APMG International).   With over 15 years’ experience in both the learning and cultural sectors, I have worked in a variety of formal and informal learning environments, a variety of museum collections and with a variety of learning audiences and groups, both in Canada and the United Kingdom.  My research interests are also interdisciplinary in nature, with a critical focus on cultural and narrative engagements. My current doctoral research explores the intersection of public pedagogy and public policy with a national museum context, and its relationship to conceptual construct of the post-museum.
Spencer Revoy
Supervisor:
David Murakami Wood
Research Interests: critical theories of technology design; new media determinism; the phenomenology of surveillance; the intellectual history and politics of computing culture; the digital as an aesthetic condition of subjective and ecological production; categories of performative force, especially digital articulations of the theatrical; poststructuralism and media archaeology.  
Lindsay Rodgers
Email: 
lindsay.rodgers@queensu.ca 
Supervisors: Jacqueline Davies and Susan Lord
Research Interests: Lindsay’s research considers the ways that stand-up comediennes, when they perform funny versions of the female grotesque, a figure who embodies the excessive, unruly body generally abjected from the dominant social order, facilitate and engage in a process of denaturalizing the terms of the (white) feminine ideal. Through reframing the grotesque form as something to take pleasure in, rather than feel ashamed of or disgusted by, comediennes reorient themselves, and audiences, to their bodies. Research interests include: the female grotesque; abjection; embodied and elicit pleasures; the unruly, excessive body; performativity; affect; humor, laughter, comedy; intersectionality; feminist critical discourse analysis; feminist ethnography. 

Lib Spry
Email: 
lib.spry@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Clarke Mackey
 Lib has a B.A. in Drama from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Vermont. A theatre worker for over fifty years, she is presently researching how to unsettle settlers through the playing of games. Research interests that feed into this work include: popular, applied and vernacular theatre; political theatre and humour; old familiar stories told from the woman’s viewpoint;  the body and voice as primary vehicles in the intellectual process; sound and silence on stage and off; interventions in public and private space.

 Meet Our 2013 Cohort
 

Dian Day
Email: 
dian.day@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Sammi King
Research Interests: food studies; the cultural meanings of food and eating; family and community studies; history of agriculture; sustainability

 

Milad Dokhanchi
Email: 
milad.dokhanchi@queensu.caepicbaz.com (in Persian)
Research Interests: governmentality, history of Shia Islam, Deleuze's Nomadology, Islamic revolution, activist art and multiculturalism
Documentary Films: Multiculturalism Unveiled; New York Underground; Revolution in Motion

 
Robin Alex McDonald
Email: 
robin.mcdonald@queensu.ca
Supervisors: Dr. Allison Morehead (Department of Art, Queen's University) and Dr. Erin Silver (Department of Art History, Visual Art, & Theory, UBC)
Research Interests: visual culture studies; feminist, queer, and trans theories; activist art and art-as-activism; collaborative modes of artistic and cultural production; theories of relationality, collectivity, "love," and the social; affect and emotion.
 
 
Adam Saifer
Email: 
adam.saifer@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Laura Murray
Research Interests: the arts within development histories, policies, and practices; creative economy discourse; the arts and schooling; multiculturalism and Canadian citizenship; sociology of education; marxist, post-colonial, and feminist theory.

Angela Silver
Email: 
angela.silver@queensu.ca
Research Interests: how language inhabits the body and the innumerable ways our bodies perform language; communication systems and their artifacts.
My work uses trans-disciplinary techniques to look critically and poetically at Western societies’ relationship with information and communication and implicitly the meaning embedded there. This research focuses on the residue of language, examining the diverse ways in which it inhabits the body. I re-interpret the artifacts and paraphernalia that accompany our various linguistic systems and writing tools. Re-interpreting obsolete writing artifacts, such as typewriter balls, is a method for me to examine the representation of language and to examine the authority of text. Re-working these systems and their instruments are strategies to examine the material and matter of communication and the profound ways we perform language. By repurposing lapsed or overlooked information devices, I re-engage and adapt informational content and meaning through methodologies that engage the body at scales ranging from the handheld to the infrastructural.

Michelle Smith
Email:
michelle.smith@queensu.ca
Supervisors: Caroline-Isabelle Caron and Frances Leeming
Research Interests: Stop motion Animation; Monster Studies; Film Studies; Visual Studies; Material Culture; Abjection; the Gothic; Popular Culture; The Uncanny; Ugliness; The Sublime; Posthumanism; The Dead, Undead and Zombies; Fairy Tales and the Fantastic 

Dan Vena
Email: 
d.vena@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Eleanor MacDonald
Research Interests: Classical Hollywood; horror cinema; genre theory; monster studies; histories of medicine; psychoanalysis; trans* studies; queer and feminist theory; masculinities studies; visual cultures; popular culture; comic books and graphic novels
Amanda White
Email: 
amanda.white@queensu.ca
Supervisors: Lynda Jessup and Sarah E. K.  Smith
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary and collaborative art practices, art and the environment, art as activism, bioart, posthumanities, issues in agriculture and food, urban ecology, human-plant exchanges and relationships, the real vs. imagined in nature.
​Meet Our 2012 Cohort
Ana M. Ruiz Aguirre
Email: 
12aamr@queensu.ca
Supervisors: Lynda Jessup and Catherine Krull
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Ana M. Ruiz Aguirre is a Cuban writer and researcher, affiliated with the Research Group on Public Diplomacy and the Economy of Culture (PDEC) at Queen’s University. Her doctoral research, for which she received a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship, examines the role of cultural diplomacy in the ongoing negotiation of the U.S.-Cuba conflict, paying particular attention to the multilateral impact of Cuban visual art exhibitions displayed in Canada and Mexico after the legalization of Cuban artwork in the U.S. in 1990.
Research Interests: cultural diplomacy and hegemony; contemporary Cuban visual art; public diplomacy; international art market economy; Latin American art history; U.S-Cuba conflict; post-colonial studies; subaltern studies.
 
 
 
Sunny Kerr
Email: 
sunny.kerr@queensu.ca
Curator of Contemporary Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Queen's University
Research interests: contemporary art; artist-run institutions; performance studies; social practice; neoliberal subjectivity; affective, aesthetic and political economies of aspiration
Zhi Lei
Email:
 zhi.lei@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Petra Fachinger
Research interests: environment and literature; environment and films; ecocriticism; Chinese, Taiwanese, and North American literature and films that discuss environmental issues; Asian diaspora
 
Maya Stitski
Email: 
m.stitski@queensu.ca
My research analyzes the ways that hip hop narratives are critical pedagogical commentaries that engage, complicate, and deepen understandings of political landscapes, subversive histories, racism, economic inequities, heterosexuality, and patriarchy, in Canadian undergraduate classrooms. Reading across black studies, hip hop studies, and hip hop pedagogies, my paper will analyze the ways that hip hop (particularly lyrics and accompanying visual content) undoes colonial and anti-black logics and celebrates subversive and non-normative sexualities in North America. I follow this point to argue that hip hop lyrics are critical pedagogies and undervalued “lesson plans” for Canadian undergraduate classrooms.