Archive/Counter-Archive's Student Researcher network spans across Canada and multiple disciplines. Read more about our Student Researchers and their activities below!
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.
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.
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.
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. She holds 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. Her 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. She also uses experimental filmmaking to explore issues of space/place, loss, bodies, activism, and identity; her recent films deal with the disappearance of spaces for queer women in Toronto and the current opioid epidemic. She is also a member of the Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought, which aims to blur the boundaries between scholarship, art, and activism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.