Discussion on media and activism with filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw, associate professor of media theory and co-director of the Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought at Ryerson University,
The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought promotes research-creation and graduate study in the areas of media studies; critical theory; aboriginal, feminist, and queer studies; and media activism. Dr. Bociurkiw holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. in social and political thought from York University, and a B.F.A from NSCAD University. Her academic research is broadly concerned with the intersections of affect, nation, and technology and their gendered, queered, and racialized ramifications.
She is also a media artist, writer, blogger, and scholar whose media works and books about sexuality, ethnicity, food, and culture have been screened and read all over the world. Her films and videos are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the National Archives, and various universities and libraries. A longtime media activist, she founded Emma Productions, a feminist media collective in the 1980s and is currently engaged in documenting that history. She has written or directed nine films and videos, including "Unspoken Territory," a history of racial profiling in Canada, and "What’s the Ukrainian Word for Sex: A Sexual Journey through Eastern Europe."
Her visit is co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Unit, the Communication Department, and the Faculty-Student Association Founders Fund.
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