Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Gender Matters Speaker Series

March 20, 2019: "Feminist Media and Performance Studies: Contemporary Currents"

Speakers: Keren Zaiontz (Assistant Professor, Film and Media, Queen's) , Emily Pelstring (Assistant Professor, Film and Media, Queen's) and Jean Bruce (Associate Professor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University). 

Wednesday, March 20 2019
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room A311 (wing closest to Dunning Hall)

Jean Bruce is Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Faculty of Communication and Design, and an associate professor in the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, where she teaches courses in film theory, communication and cultural studies, visual culture and television. Research areas include: melodrama across media; reality television; advertising and consumer culture. As part of her SSHRC-funded scholarly work, Jean has organized international symposia and published research on Canadian cinema and television. She recently completed a book on the National Film Board of Canada’s ground-breaking film, Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives and co-edited a special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies that examines gender and property on real estate reality TV shows in the post-financial crisis era.

Emily Pelstring is faculty in the Film and Media department, where she teaches media production. She is a practicing artist whose work takes the form of live performances, music, videos, animations and installations. For this panel, she will introduce one of her current projects, Sistership TV, a livestreamed show created in collaboration with Jessica Mensch and Katherine Kline.  Sistership TV takes place in a speculative reality that is absurd, irreverent and terrifying, inhabited by animal kin and monstrous creatures, haunted by other-dimensional entities, and erupting with the repressed archetypes of classical myth. 

Keren Zaiontz is Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Department of Film and Media and Cultural Studies. Her research is broadly focused on the politics of contemporary art and performance. For Gender Matters, she will share an excerpt from a piece she recently co-authored with Natalie Alvarez entitled, “Feminist Performance Forensics.”