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Dissertation: "Sexual Violence and the Lived Experience: Narratives and Perceptions of Women in Lebanon"
"My experiences visiting Lebanon have revealed to me a fundamental lack of social justice for women in this country. With military conflict having touched the country most recently, my personal and academic history has posed questions concerning the relationships between women and power structures within the context of the warzone."
Supervisor: Dr. Ifeanyi Ezeonu
Keywords: music; perception; phenomenology; space; time
Work conducted on temporal processes and the perception of music has tended to focus on the perception of what could be considered as a single flow of musical-time in which a unified stream of conceptions and relationships is experienced. My research engages the questions of both the possibility of concurrent temporalities in music, and their simultaneous perception. The spatialization of given musical gestures allows for the simultaneous awareness of multiple temporal modes within a work, leaving open the possibility for the perception of an apparent temporal contradiction within a single synthesized sound scape.
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Royal
Dissertation: "Critical Psychiatry and Cultural Appropriateness"
"My research confronts the Western/Eurocentric values embedded within the dominant psychiatric paradigm while seeking a more holistic and inclusive philosophy of healing, breakthrough, and liberation."
Keywords: identity; illness/disabilities; visual arts
My research looks at the role that art production has on artists undergoing illness and body trauma and how art production at this precipice may contribute to reorientation after sizeable shifts in understanding. This includes research on embodied identities and the process of reclaiming disoriented bodies by examining subjects who address trauma and illness through art-making.
Supervisor: Dr. Leah Bradshaw
"My research pairs the philosophical underpinnings of the Sublime with an in-depth exploration of regional histories, identities and places. My focus is on iconic sites and whether or not the visual and oral pluralities of these places erode the prospect of the Sublime encounter."
Supervisor: Dr. Keri Cronin
Keywords: culture and social change; cultural studies; film and television studies; literature; culture and political economy; critical animal studies
Supervisor: Dr. Scott Henderson
Dissertation: "Nomadic Transgressions: Globalization, Postcoloniality and Science Fiction"
Keywords: cultural studies; critical theory; science fiction; postcolonialism; critical globalization studies
“My research examines the intersection of postcoloniality, globalization, and technoculture in twentieth century science fiction."
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Danahay
Keywords: adaptations; reboots; intertextuality; intermediality; cultural economy; comic books; film studies; television studies
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Berman
"I am investigating representations of masculinity in the portrayal of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Savantism in popular culture. With sample characters such as Spock, Abed Nadir, and Sheldon Cooper, I engage with Simon Baron-Cohen's assertion of “autism as the idea of the extreme male brain” and Stuart Murray’s contention that “autism as a form of the masculine has led to a metaphorization of the condition” in order to examine the autistic savant as embodied wish-fulfilment for the post-modern man in a technocentric era."
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Danahay
Dissertation: "Mediated Masculinities: The Expression and Alteration of Masculinity in Hollywood Cinema, 1990-2010"
Keywords: cinema studies; masculinities studies; posthumanism; film form; Hollywood cinema
"How does an increasingly visual culture impact and mediate our understanding and perception of masculinity? Specifically, my project examines the implications that the amplified film style of turn of the new millennium American cinema (Bordwell 2006 & Buckland 2009) has on our understanding of masculinities. Therefore, my analysis of masculine crisis films, narratives centred on defeated and disempowered male protagonists (Gates 2006), will identify patterns and commonalities in the specific details of scene, shot, and stylistic elements in film form that express masculinity (Bruzzi 2013)."
Supervisor: Dr. Barry Keith Grant
"My main area of study includes literary and filmic representations of psychopathic and sociopathic personalities, with a particular emphasis on American horror films dating from the 1980s."
Supervisor: Dr. Cristina Santos
Dissertation: "The Traumatized National Body: (Re)Reading Charles I and the English Nation through Civil War Literature"
"I am particularly interested in social theory, and much of my work investigates theoretical constructs of trauma, performance, the body, and identity. As a researcher in both humanities and education, my scholarly interests take me across a variety of disciplines."
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Sauer
Dissertation: "The Larger Stage: Performance space and place within the social, economic and cultural realms in South Africa: performance, praxis and potential."
Keywords: South Africa; theatre praxis; space and place; landscape; performance studies; apartheid; cultural hegemony; socio-political environment; globalization
"My proposed project will interrogate the space of performance within South Africa’s complex cultural, economic and social realities. I will explore contemporary theatre praxis in South Africa, and investigate whose voices are being heard"
Supervisor: Dr. David Fancy
Keywords: conceptualisms; avant-garde literatures and arts; neo-avant-gardes; archives; Canadian literatures and arts; transnational movements in arts and literatures; institutional critique; critical posthumanism; decolonial movements; geohumanities; interdisciplinarity in avant-gardes; Marshall McLuhan; Vancouver; modernisms
"By focusing on his writings and visual art, I examine and interrogate how Coupland’s representations of Vancouver’s sociocultural landscape distill and intersect with contemporary art world narratives in the city and beyond, with an emphasis on how his work converges with the Vancouver avant-garde and current issues and movements of decolonization."
Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Betts
Dissertation: "The Process of Photography as a Somaesthetic Strategy"
"Employing Richard Shusterman’s somaesthetics as a conceptual framework, my inquiry positions the process of photography as an aesthetic, somatic strategy with implications for veterans returning from deployment as part of a journey towards wellness."
Dissertation: "Intersecting Differences in the European Union: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Citizenship, Identity and Group Representation"
"I am proposing to put forth the argument that European integration should be understood in the context a politics of difference because although the European Union (EU) has attempted to foster convergence of its member states, it has developed through a process of both cosmopolitanism and communitarianism."
Supervisor: Dr. Ingrid Makus
Dissertation: "Engaging Post-Industrial Urban Regeneration: Organically emergent forms of civic engagement in Windsor/Detroit"
"My research focuses on communitarian approaches to ethics. More specifically, at Brock I am investigating the critical and proposive potential emergent culturally from needs based non-profit community organizations and artist collectives working in the context of the post industrial cities: Windsor and Detroit.
Supervisor: Dr. Leah Bradshaw