Archive/Counter-Archive's Student Researchers network spans across Canada and multiple disciplines. Read more about our Student Researchers and their activities below!
Nak Alariaq is a first year PhD student studying Art History at Concordia University with a focus on Inuit art from Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin Island Region), Nunavut. She has completed her Master in Arts in Art History and Curatorial Studies from Western University with a focus on Inuit art history in Kinngait, Nunavut.
Hiba Ali is a new media artist, writer, DJ, experimental music producer and curator based across Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Toronto, ON. Her performances and videos concern music, labour and power. She conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technology. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. She has presented her work in Chicago, Stockholm, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland.
Elisa Arca Jarque
Elisa Arca Jarque is a PhD student in Communication and Culture at York University. She holds a Master's degree in New Media and Contemporary Art from Paris 8 University. She has worked as a project coordinator for ePPA Space/ Platform for Audiovisual preservation, a repository for Peruvian video art. At Alta Tecnología Andina (ATA), she conducted research in media arts with an emphasis on Latin America. She coordinated and contributed to the essay collection The future was now: 21 years of video and electronic art in Peru. As a researcher and consultant, she worked for the Directorate of Audiovisual, Phonography, and New Media at the Ministry of Culture of Peru. She is the general coordinator of MUTA- Festival Internacional de Apropiación Audiovisual, a Lima-based found footage festival. Her current research interests include the use of audiovisual media in religious contexts and Latin American media history.
Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is completing a PhD in Communication at Simon Fraser University with a focus on cultural policy and artist-run visual and media arts organizations. In recent years, she has worked as lead researcher/consultant on various sectoral research and community consultation projects commissioned by visual and media arts service organizations. She has served on the boards of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (BC) and VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver) and is currently a board member for Aphotic Theatre (Vancouver). Mariane has exhibited artistic and curatorial projects across Canada and has contributed texts to a number of artistic and scholarly publications.
Emily's work coalesces at the intersection of queer cinema and the queer archive. Her project seeks to understand if it is possible to build queer community trans-historically through the moving image. Theatre spaces and archives, subject to displacement and precarity, have also been venues of world-building and community creation throughout a queer history. Consequently, Emily is interested in the ways meta-narratives are constructed through these disparate but interrelated spaces. It is their hope that this project will focus on women loving women.
Noor Bhangu is a curator and scholar, whose practice employs cross-cultural encounters to interrogate issues of diaspora and indigeneity in post- and settler-colonial contexts. Through curatorial intervention, she hopes to involve politics of history, memory and materiality to problematize dominant histories and strategies of presentation. She completed her BA in the History of Art and her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices at the University of Winnipeg. Her curatorial practice includes projects: Overlapping Violent Histories: A Curatorial Investigation into Difficult Knowledge (2018), womenofcolour@soagallery (2018), Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art (2018), Lines of Difference: The Art of Translating Islam (2019) and Digitalia (2019). In 2018, she began her PhD in Communication and Culture at Ryerson and York University in Tkaronto, Toronto.
Rebecca Cairns is an analogue photographer and a first year student studying in the Photography Preservation and Collections Management program at Ryerson University.
Kyler Chittick is a Ph.D. student in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Cultural Studies at Queen's University, where he is the 2019-20 Douglas Sheppard Wilson Fellow in Film Studies and has also been awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. He holds graduate degrees in Cinema Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto and York University, respectively. His dissertation investigates visual AIDS archives in Canada.
Esmée Colbourne is a writer, musician and first year student studying in the Communication and Culture programme at Ryerson University.
Emily Collins is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary researcher, arts administrator and PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies. She has worked across arts organizations in local and international settings, including the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Festival Scope (Paris), VUCAVU (Toronto), PUBLIC Journal (Toronto), and the Toronto International Film Festival. She holds graduate degrees in Arts and Culture from Maastricht University (Netherlands) and Cinema and Media Studies from York University (Toronto). Situated at the intersection of film and media, sound studies, cultural studies and gender studies, Emily's PhD research considers practices of deep listening, sonic epistemologies and embodied soundscapes. Namely, her project examines how sonic intervention and experimentation within audio-visual works can function as tools of resistance, instruments for disruption and modes of trans-sensory knowledge formation.
Laurel Day is a first year student of graduate studies in Ryerson University's Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management program. She holds a degree in Radio-Television-Film and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her arrival in Toronto, she interned at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, where she designed exhibit cases related to Civil Rights-era photography and time-coded segments of the television news program 60 Minutes for a fiftieth anniversary exhibit. Currently, she is helping Dr. Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof catalog and commemorate Canadian independent filmmakers whose works aired on CBC in the 1960s and 1970s. Through this research, she hopes to highlight the cultural diversity of early Canadian independent cinema and apply such research methods to her own interest: the challenges of preserving works by Eastern European women filmmakers who worked under the Iron Curtain.
Axelle Demus is a PhD student in the joint Communication and Culture program at York and Ryerson University. They hold an MA in Anglophone studies from the Université de Nantes, France, during which she studied the history of activist media production and circulation during the HIV/AIDS crisis in North America. Their PhD dissertation explores the history of queer cable access television in Canada and the intersections of affect, archives, and activism. Axelle Demus’ research interests include queer and feminist media theory and history, television studies, community archives, and alternative media. They also use experimental filmmaking to explore issues of space/place, loss, bodies, activism, and identity; their recent films deal with the disappearance of spaces for queer women in Toronto and the current opioid epidemic. They are also a member of the Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought, which aims to blur the boundaries between scholarship, art, and activism.
Debbie Ebanks Schlums
Debbie Ebanks Schlums is a multidisciplinary artist exploring themes of Jamaican diaspora, Caribbean archiving, migration, and anti-colonial actions through community engagement, materials, and conversation. She was a founding member of the Out of a War Zone and To Lemon Hill Collectives, both addressing the Syrian refugee crisis. She is a of Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council Visual Arts Grants, and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Fellowship. Debbie studied Visual and Critical Studies and Fine Art at the California College of the Arts, and holds degrees in Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. She was Co-Director of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film from 2016 to 2020 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Cinema and Media Arts at York University. She resides in Mulmur, Ontario.
Shannon is a second year student studying Film Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University. Her background in Art History has shaped her current research interests in the preservation of performance art, and will be focusing her research on documentation practices conducted at the Western Front in Vancouver. Most recently, Shannon worked with the Regent Park Film Festival's project Home Made Visible, and has previously interned at VTape and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.
Claire Gray is a research assistant to Professor Karine Bertrand in the Arnait Video Productions case study. She has just finished her MA in Film Studies at Concordia University.
Linda Grussani (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) is a curator and art historian born and raised in the Ottawa area. Currently, she is working full-time towards completing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Over the last decade, Linda had held the position of Curator, Aboriginal Art at the Canadian Museum of History (CMH); Director, Indigenous Art Centre for Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC); and has worked in the Indigenous art department at the National Gallery of Canada. Linda holds both a BA and MA in Art History from Carleton University and is a graduate of CIRNAC’s Aboriginal Leadership Development Initiative (2014-15) and the CMH’s Indigenous Training Programme in Museum Practices (2000-2001). Linda currently sits on the Indigenous Education Council for OCAD University, the Indigenous Collections Symposium Working Group for the Ontario Museums Association, and is a collaborator with the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative.
Sydney Hart is a researcher, artist and PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies programme at Queen’s University. His current research investigates the roles that digital media and visual images play in representing borders and spaces of flows, and specifically how the transnational movements of people and goods are represented at Canadian airports. As a founding co-editor of livedspace, a research and publishing organisation investigating the social production of space in relation to contemporary cultural production, he has edited journal issues and organised screening events. His critical writing on media arts has appeared in publications such as C Magazine, Esse arts + opinions, and Synoptique.
Philipp Dominik Keidl
Philipp Dominik Keidl is a postdoctoral fellow in the Graduate Research Training Program “Configurations of Film” at Goethe University Frankfurt. He holds an MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University in Montreal. His research concentrates on fandom, media and material culture, and moving image preservation and exhibition.
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 Canadian cultural institutions’ new media programs and exhibitions’ practices. She is published in the Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Shameless and forthcoming issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. She helped start the Digital Media at the Crossroads graduate student symposium DM@X-tra, an annual collaborative event focused on key aspects of the digital future of the cultural industries.
Prakash is a media maker and scholar completing a MA in Media Studies at Concordia University, researching the effects of multiple marginalizations on vulnerable communities. Informed by over a decade of community and intervention work, Prakash employs media making, writing, performance, and curation as method to explore embodied knowledges at the intersection of queer, feminist, critical race, and critical disability studies.
Zoë Anne Laks
Zoë Anne Laks is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. Her MA thesis, On Longing for Loss: A Theory of Cinematic Memory and an Aesthetics of Nostalgia, explored affective memory representations in film and proposed an original theory of nostalgia and nostalgic aesthetics. In her dissertation she is researching representations of posthuman memory in film and new media, specifically object-memories and their function as imaginative and non-indexical archives. Her current research interests include film and memory theory, posthumanism, object-oriented philosophies, and media archeology.
Daniel is a PhD Candidate at the Cinema Studies Institute and a member of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. His SSHRC-funded research explores how a subgenre of online gay pornography featuring heterosexual performers claims authenticity through confession, amateur aesthetics, and on notions of straightness that are coded in terms of race and class. His other research and teaching interests include reality television, the queer archive, and pre-AIDS sexual identities.
Treva Michelle Legassie is an interdisciplinary researcher, curator, artist and a PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Legassie’s doctoral research investigates the impacts of artistic interventions on indeterminate landscapes that hold great ecological and cultural value but are seen by some as disposable. She suggests that curatorial interventions on such sites may allow for the revitalization and rehabilitation of indeterminate landscapes. Engaging in curatorial practice as research-creation, her dissertation explores the potential of emplaced arts to activate public spaces on the fringes.
Legassie is one of the co-founders of the Curatorial Research-Creation Collective at Milieux and Assistant Director of the Speculative Life Cluster. Her writing has been published in Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, PUBLIC Journal, The Senses & Society, InterARTive, JAWS and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. She has also curated new media based exhibitions such as Femynynytees (2018), #NATURE (2016) and Influenc(Ed.) Machines and co-ordinated Cheryl Sim’s YMX: Land and Loss after Mirabel.
Elina Lex is an interdisciplinary researcher, media artist, and PhD student in Communications Studies at Concordia University. Working across VR, 360° video, sensory ethnography, interactive documentary and digital archives, she investigates how emergent digital media formats might transform the way cultural information, knowledge, and memory is expressed and exchanged. Her current doctoral research-creation project explores potential applications of VR in the design of future archival interfaces and architectures, examining how they might produce new modalities for diverse communities and audiences to share, preserve, and interpret tangible and intangible cultural heritage material. Elina is an active member of the Immersive Media Lab at the Post-Image cluster located at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology as well as researcher in the Technology: Innovation working group of the Archive/Counter-Archive project.
Alyssa Logie is a graduate student at Concordia University currently pursuing a PhD in Communication under the supervision of Dr. Monika Gagnon. Alyssa received my MA in Media Studies as well as a BA in Media, Information, and Technoculture from Western University. Her research involves the memorialization of genocide, art and trauma, and the politics of memory.
Corina MacDonald is a PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She previously completed a MLIS degree in Library and Information Studies at McGill University, where she researched documentary strategies for the preservation of new media art. Her current research interests include knowledge organization, dissemination, and research infrastructures. Her doctoral project focuses on self-archiving practices and platforms as a site of inquiry for understanding changing conditions of academic labour and value regimes within humanities scholarly communication.
Jean-Pierre (JP) Marchant is a MFA student in Film Production at York University. In a past life, he earned an MA in history, worked as an electoral observer in South America, and sold his soul to the defence and fossil fuel industries. JP’s past films have explored themes such as the malaise of white-collar modernity, local histories, landscapes, and myths. His current work uses a substantial archive of home movies recorded by his parents to interrogate themes such as youthfulness and glamour, migration, rootlessness, working-class respectability, Latino identity, and disappointment.
Michael Marlatt is currently a 2nd year PhD student in the joint York and Ryerson University Communication & Culture program, with experience working as a trained film archivist. He received his MA in 2017 from Ryerson’s Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management program, focusing on film, where he wrote his thesis on the cataloguing and preservation of material related to exhibitions at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. He has experience with numerous film and arts festivals around Toronto including work as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Luminato Festival and as Box Office Manager for TIFF. At the TIFF Film Reference Library and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) he has worked on various cataloguing and film inspection projects. Michael’s academic interests focus on Canadian film history and the archive, especially the relationship between the archivist and historian.
Lala Mouradian is a Master’s student in Media Studies at Concordia University, from where she also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Her research interests include public monuments and cultural memory, memory studies, Armenian history, visual media, and feminist activist practices.
deneige nadeau is a gutter philosopher, an angry dyke and an ivory tower terrorist. s_he recently returned to being an unruly university student in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University. As a first generation scholar/activist, s_he is a reluctant product of the academy: a proud dropout of the social justice institute at the University of British Columbia; holding at a distance an MA in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought from the European Graduate School; and a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
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 incorporates 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.
Alexandra Nordstrom is an MA student in the Department of Art History at Concordia University. Her current research examines how craft practices and Indigenous methodologies can be mobilized together as agents of activism. Alexandra completed her BA in Art History at the University of British Columbia where she was awarded the Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Aboriginal Students.
Melissa Noventa is a dancer and ethnographer originally from Guelph, Ontario. Throughout her career, she has accumulated a wide range of training, performing, teaching experience. Melissa’s work has spanned across commercial, academic, and artistic settings, traversing a wide breadth of dance genres including: classical, contemporary, urban, West African, Latin, and Afro-Caribbean dance forms. Her work has garnered her an eclectic career, allowing her to present her research internationally and perform alongside a formidable list of distinguished artists from Canada and abroad, including some of Cuba’s premiere folkloric ensembles. Currently a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Queen's University, Melissa's research explores themes related to body politics, identity and embodied knowledge as they pertain to Afro-Cuban folkloric performance.
Sylvia Nowak is an artist, activist and scholar based out of Toronto. Working primarily in documentary-based media, her work digs into archives to explore radical histories of resistance. She is a Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and holds a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Documentary Media (both from Ryerson University). Her MFA thesis film, 206 Carlton, a short archival-based film exploring racism and resistance in the city of Toronto has screened at festivals and conferences. She sits on the advisory collective for Alternative Toronto, a community archive and historical map of Toronto’s alternative cultures, scenes and spaces of the 1980s and early 1990s. As well, she is an active zinester and film enthusiast, volunteering at the Toronto Zine Library and working at Bay Street Video.
Michelle is completing a PhD in the Cultural Studies program at Queen's University. With a background in film and animation studies, her research explores fan-made archives of anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese comics and graphic novels) in a transnational context. Currently she works at the Vulnerable Media Lab at Queen's University as a technical assistant, digitizing analog media "marginalized" sources.
Mikhel Proulx researches contemporary art and digital cultures. His research considers Queer and Indigenous artists working with networked media, and he has curated exhibitions across Canada, Europe and the Middle East. He is a Canada Graduate Scholar and a Jarislowsky Foundation Doctoral Fellow in Canadian Art History. Mikhel is a PhD student in the department of Art History at Concordia University, where he teaches media art histories and Queer visual cultures.
Cléo Sallis-Parchet is currently studying in the Film & Media Studies program at York University. For the past five years, Cléo has worked at various arts institutions doing work in educational programming, project management, and community outreach. Her research interest looks at the development of new technologies – virtual, augmented, immersive, participatory – and its impact on the cinematic experience. Furthermore, Cléo is interested in exploring the preservation of media art and the role of the institution in archiving obsolete technologies, ephemeral art, and collective memories.
Hannah is Schallert a media and dance researcher, artist, and administrator. She holds an Honours BFA in Dance from York University, and is currently pursuing her MA research into the movement design and aesthetics of Science Fiction space battles. Hannah’s research interests include animation, experimental film, Science Fiction, media history and philosophy, archives and performance, and expanded understandings of the body and choreography in relation to technology. From 2015-2017 she was a member of the Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technologies student caucus. Hannah’s past artistic work has spanned areas of performance, installation, and dance film. Her current practice centres around found footage, collage, and animation, in addition to continuing to create installation and projection-based pieces with dance artists. Hannah’s work has been presented at festivals and galleries in Toronto, including dance: made in Canada and Beaver Hall Gallery. She is a member of Immer and Roses artistic collectives.
Claudia Sicondolfo is a Vanier Scholar and PhD Candidate in the Graduate Department of Film at York University. Her research projects address: film festivals, screen publics, youth and digital media cultures, decolonizing research methodologies and affect in the creative industries. Her doctoral research project examines educational and community outreach strategies within contemporary Canadian digital screen institutions and digital engagement in film festivals. Her research appears in Public Journal and Senses of Cinema, in addition to various book anthologies. Claudia has worked with educational communities across Canada and has published educational companion curriculum for documentaries.
Kyla Rose Smith is a PhD Candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. Her doctoral research is focused on women's consumer culture, domestic exhibitions, and sponsored film media at World's Fairs and the Toronto Canadian National Exhibition. She is currently completing a project which examines the linkages between multi-media art installations and retail merchandising. Kyla is a member of the editorial collective of Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies. As a student researcher for A/CA, Kyla works for Dr. Charles Acland (Communications, Concordia University) on the Canadian Educational, Sponsored, & Industrial Film Archive (CESIF). The project aims to document the wealth of Canadian non-narrative filmmaking which have been neglected in public record, expanding knowledge of Canadian moving image heritage.
Jess Stewart-Lee is a graduate student in the Film Studies program at Concordia University. After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Cinema Studies and Diaspora & Transnational Studies, Jess wanted to continue her studies in film. She is currently pursuing research into the use of archival media in autobiographical documentary films, with a focus on films by people of colour. She is specifically interested in questions of family history, liminality, and depictions of race on-screen.
Alannah Taylor is a student of the Communications and Culture Masters program at both Ryerson and York University. She is currently working on a research project that focuses on the destigmatization and reeducation of sexual health for the public. Holding a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University in Theatre & Film and Communication Studies, Taylor would like to link these two fields by culminating her research in site specific, testimonial based theatrical work.
Anne-Marie Trépanier is an artist-researcher, editor and MA student in Media Studies at Concordia University, where she previously completed a BFA in Intermedia/Cyberarts. Her research-creation practice focuses on the mediation of experience through language and technology. Her work has been presented in group exhibitions and public screenings at AXENÉO7, Eastern Bloc, Fonderie Darling and other venues in Canada. Her writing has been published in esse, Spirale, Synoptique: Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, Architecture | Concordia and the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Cigale, a bilingual biannual journal dedicated to the production and dissemination of artists’ writings. Trepanier’s current research interests include cyberfeminism, experimental publishing and archiving practices, shadow libraries and documentary practices in the arts.
Muxin Zhang is a first year PhD student in Film & Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. She had curating experience as a student organizer of “Zoom-In,” a screening series and thesis showcase for Columbia University’s Film & Media Studies Class of 2020. Her MA thesis, “Meeting Women of the World: Hollywood’s Ambivalent Encounters with the Vamp Actresses,” analyzes the intersection of popular cosmopolitanism and the stardom of female performers specializing in playing “vamps” in early and studio-era Hollywood. For her PhD studies, she expects to further examine archetypes of cosmopolitan consciousness in the first decades of Hollywood. The broader concern would be how people of different ethnic backgrounds develop “habits of coexistence,” using Kwame Anthony Appiah’s phrase, and how cinema as a mass cultural institution can be regarded as a space for such negotiations of identity.
Theo Xenophontos is currently pursuing his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. He also holds a BA from the University of Toronto, having majored in both Cinema Studies and English, while minoring in History, in addition to a MA in Cinema and Media Studies from York University. His research interests include archive theory, film history, historiography, experimental film and video, and media archaeology.