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A/CA Members at the Film and Media Studies Association of Canada (FMSAC) 2023 Conference

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Congratulations to many A/CA members who are presenting their research at this year's Film and Media Studies Association of Canada (FMSAC) Annual Conference on May 27-29, 2023 at York University in Toronto, Canada, held in conjunction with the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences! Details about the pre-constituted A/CA panels and individual paper presentations are below.
The conference schedule can be found here:


SUNDAY, MAY 28 • 9:00am - 10:30am

D3 (ACW 209) Living Archives and Counter-Archives in Film, Video, and Media Arts in Canada 

Chair: Andrew Bailey (York University)

Daniel Keyes (University of British Columbia Okanagan) "The Centre for Indigenous Media Arts: What Happens to Born-Digital Research when the Director Departs?"

Jennifer VanderBurgh (Saint Mary’s University) "(So) What if the Author’s a Woman? Questioning the Relevance of Gender in Activating Perry’s Nova Scotia Film Bureau Films (1945-69)"

Cléo Sallis-Parchet (York University) "Archival Reflections & Revelations: Excavating the Forgotten Memories of the Women & Film Festival (1973)"

Sara Joan MacLean (OISE/University of Toronto) "Prefiguration and the Promised Land: Deanna Bowen’s Process and Pedagogy"

Worth More Standing Screening and Performance by Lindsay McIntyre and Peter Bussigel

SUNDAY, MAY 28 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm at Artscape Sandbox

For more details and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Margaret Perry: A Life in Film Exhibition
The Alexander Fraser Reading Room at the Archives of Ontario (first floor), curated by Jennifer VanderBurgh (St. Mary’s University) and Carla Taunton (NSCAD University), sponsored by Archive/Counter-Archive (A/CA),
Open on Sunday, May 28th, for Doors Open Ontario and Congress attendees. Regular hours (by appointment): Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, May 27th - September 29th.


MONDAY, MAY 29 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

G6 (Archives of Ontario, George Spragge Classroom, first floor) Making Counter-Archives: Artist-in-Residence as Research Methodology

Moderator: Janine Marchessault (York University) Roundtable Participants:

Jordan King (Artist-in-Residence, The ArQuives and A/CA; Independent Artist)

David Clark (Artist-in-Residence, Nova Scotia Archives and A/CA; Professor, NSCAD University)

Nadine Valcin (Artist-in-Residence, Library and Archives Canada and A/CA; Professor, Sheridan College)


Pratley Lecture in ACW 206 (Saturday, May 27 • 8:30am-10:00am)

Caroline Klimek (York University) "Artist-Run Centres + XR Media: How Canadian Artists are Making Tech Accessible"

The 2023 Pratley Award winner, Caroline Klimek, is a programmer and a PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Arts at York University and a recipient of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Her research examines the impact current Canadian public funding and policy stakeholders have on cultural institutions’ new media programs and exhibitions’ practices. She is published in the Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Shameless Magazine and two forthcoming book chapters.

A4 (ACW 302) Archives (Saturday, May 27 • 10:30am-12:00pm)

Chair: Jennifer VanderBurgh (Saint Mary's University)

Julia Polyck-O’Neill (York University) "Joyce Wieland’s Potential Archive: Media and Remediation in the Feminist Media Archive"

Lola Remy (Concordia University) "Women’s Affective Labour in Experimental Film Archives: Founding and Curating the Harry Smith Archives"

Max Holzberg (Concordia University) "Replaying the Past: Queer Canadian
Documentary Film as a Counter-Archival Process"

Dan Vena, Tamara de Szegheo Lang & Prerna Subramanian (Queen’s University) "Dreamers of the Day: Reimagining New Queer Cinema Through Canadian Lesbian Collaboration"

B4 (ACW 302) Diaspora (Saturday, May 27 • 1:30pm-3:00pm)

May Chew (Concordia University) "Domestic Tableaux: Confession and Narrative Evasion in Diasporic Documentary"

B5 (ACW 303) Roundtable: Queer Coolie-tudes (Saturday, May 27 • 1:30pm-3:00pm)

Chair: Malini Guha (Carleton University)

C1 (ACW 206) Decolonization and Decolonial Practices (Saturday, May 27 • 3:30pm-5:00pm)

Chair: May Chew (Concordia University)

Thomas Gow (Concordia University) "The Nightingale and the Aesthetics of ‘Overcompliance’ in Contemporary Settler Cinemas"

C2 (ACW 204) Global IMAX: Transnational Collaborations in Early Histories of IMAX Architectures and Projections (Saturday, May 27 • 3:30pm-5:00pm)

Roundtable Participants:
Janine Marchessault (York University) 
Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University) 

C3 (ACW 209) Canadian Cinema and TV (Saturday, May 27 • 3:30pm-5:00pm)

Paul Moore (Toronto Metropolitan University) and Jessica Whitehead (Cape Breton University) "The Local Institution of Global Distribution: The Censorship of Diasporic Films in Post-War Canada"

C5 (ACW 303) Authorial Complications (Saturday, May 27 • 3:30pm-5:00pm)

Chairs: Anjo-marí Gouws (York University)
Anjo-marí Gouws (York University) "By Brakhage and the Many Jobs of Jane Wodening: A Reckoning"

D6 (ACW 304) Transparency, Literacy, Criticality: Creative Pedagogies for Digital Media Studies (Sunday, May 28 • 9:00am-10:30am)

Co-Chair: Aaron Tucker (York University)

E1 (ACW 206) Revisiting Canadian Cinema of the 1980s and 90s (Sunday, May 28 • 10:45am-12:15pm)

Roundtable Participants:
Karine Bertrand (Queen’s University)
Jennifer VanderBurgh (Saint Mary’s University)
Mike Zryd (York University)

E2 (ACW 204) Games, Screens, Streams, and Memes (Sunday, May 28 • 10:45am-12:15pm)

Chair: Andrew Bailey (York University)

Andrew Bailey (York University) "A Devious Archive: The Affective Historicity and Paratextual Folkloristics of Black Book"

E3 (ACW 209) Learning and Detourning: Video & Televisual experiments in the Long 1970s (Sunday, May 28 • 10:45am-12:15pm)

Chair: Zoë Druick (Simon Fraser University)

Charles Acland (Concordia University) "New Media/New University: Sir George  Williams University and the Politics of Mid-Century Audiovisual Education"

Axelle Demus (York University) "'I’m Doing it Because It’s Fun!' Hybridity, Play, and Experimentation on Gay and Lesbian Community Television"

Zoë Druick (Simon Fraser University) "Video Freaks and Alternative Networks"

E6 (ACW 304) Modernity, Modernization, Media, and Technology (Sunday, May 28 • 10:45am-12:15pm)

Louis Pelletier (Université de Montréal) "Le 9,5 mm, vecteur de diffusion du cinéma
européen au Canada pendant l’Entre-deux-guerres"

F4 (ACW 302) Film Studies, Pedagogy, EDI, Institutions and Change (Sunday, May 28 • 1:30pm-3:00pm)

Adrian Kahgee (Independent Artist) & Debbie Ebanks Schlums (York University) "Archipelagic Mnidoo-Worlding with Odeimin Runners: From Turtle Island to the Caribbean”

F6 (ACW 304) Archiver le cinéma au Québec : enjeux et modèles (Sunday, May 28 • 1:30pm-3:00pm)

Président de séance: Louis Pelletier (Université de Montréal)
Annaëlle Winand (Université Laval)

G2 (ACW 209) Investigations into Contemporary Cinema (Monday, May 29 • 1.30pm-3.00pm)

Emily Collins (York University)
 "Access, Humour, and Form: Visualizing Sonic Resistance in Time Owes Me Rest Again (2022)"

G3 (ACW 302) AI, Computing, and the Computational Gaze (Monday, May 29 • 1.30pm-3.00pm)

Aaron Tucker (York University) "Re-imagining In the Archives of Woodrow W. Bledsoe, the 'Father of Facial Recognition'”

G4 (ACW 303) Bioscape Time Machine: interactive cinema in the dome (Monday, May 29 • 1.30pm-3.00pm)

Roundtable Participants:
Mary Bunch (York University)
Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning (Queen’s University)

H1 (ACW 206) Screening of Curated Program: Procession (curated by Mary Bunch & John Greyson) (Monday, May 29 • 3.30pm-5.00pm)

In this moment of accelerating visibility and violence, how do queer/trans artists put our worlds on screen? For some, the act of the procession -- gestural, flamboyant, performative, both in the street and home -- can also be a politics of resistance, a poetics of agency. This panel/screening will feature new queer/trans hybrid films that navigate issues of the procession, testing tactics of performance, hybridity, transgression, and the translocal. Following the screening, the artists will talk about their 'processions' with the curators. 

Co-presented by: Cinema & Media Arts, Sensorium, Archive/Counter Archive, Hemispheric Encounters, Sexuality Studies, FMSAC, WGSRF, Viral Interventions, York University's 2022 Queer Summer Institute

H4 (ACW 303) Ecocinema (Monday, May 29 • 3.30pm-5.00pm)

Chair: Mary Hegedus (York University)

Mary Hegedus (York University) "Planet Z and the Nevermore Earth"