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2020-2021 Working Papers Series

A/CA is seeking participants for the 2020-2021 Working Papers Series
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PhD candidate Jenn E. Norton presenting her arts-based research at the Working Papers Series at Free Times Café on 02/04/2020


PhD candidate Lisa Sloniowski presenting her dissertation research on feminist & porn library collections at Free Times Café on 11/29/2019



Archive/Counter-Archive's Working Papers Series (WPS) is a collegial forum where graduate students are given an opportunity to present their thesis or dissertation research in-development to colleagues and faculty. The Working Papers Series is hosted by York University and takes place in Toronto. The Series is an excellent forum to receive input/feedback about research in progress.

Previous WPS topics have included: Porn and feminist archives / library collections, the archives of queer film festivals on the Canadian Prairies, and archival remediation through art and VR.

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Presentations must focus on thesis/dissertation research in development
  • If you are pursuing a PhD, you need to have defended your comprehensive exams and be a PhD candidate (ABD)
  • Masters or Master of Fine Arts students pursuing terminal degrees are eligible
  • Archive/Counter-Archive is a project dedicated to activating and remediating Canadian audiovisual archives created by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBT2Q+ community, and immigrant communities. Your research must fit A/CA’s mandate and be related to audiovisual archives or library collections
  • Priority will be given to graduate students who are part of the A/CA network and/or students whose research focuses on Canadian audiovisual heritage

If you are interested, send a short summary of your research (250 words or less) to kmo@counterarchive.ca.


Speakers present for 45 minutes-1 hour on their work, followed by a 20 minute Q+A. Working Papers is delivered in a casual setting with refreshments and snacks. Previous iterations have been hosted by Free Times Cafe and The Victory Club. 

A/CA is hoping to launch the Working Paper Series at Free Times Cafe again in Fall 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the series may be re-worked to a virtual format.

Stay tuned for updates.