Panelist Bios



Samuel Adelaar

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Samuel Adelaar is a second year MA student in the cinema and media studies program at York University, whose chief research interest is the relationship between James Benning’s digital films and the representability of time in a network society.


Benjamin Anderson

Simon Fraser University (Burnaby BC, Canada)

Benjamin Anderson is a PhD student in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where his research centers on counter-hegemony, labour and social movements, and alternative media.  He is specifically interested in the use of alternative and autonomous media for ideological resistance.  He earned his MA at Johns Hopkins University where he researched rhetoric and speech in the American labour and socialist movements of the early 20th century.  In addition to his studies he serves as a research assistant at the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology.


Amber Christensen

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Amber Christensen is currently a second year master’s candidate in the cinema and media studies program at York University in Toronto. Her thesis research is focused on the curatorial practices of the now defunct herland feminist film and video festival and engages with feminist and queer archival research practices and theory.  She holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia.  As well, she is an emerging curator of moving image, and has programmed for the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, Regional Support Network, Vtape and is currently a member of the Pleasure Dome Curatorial Collective in Toronto.


Daniel Cockburn

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Daniel Cockburn is a writer, director, and videomaker. He graduated from York University in 1999 with a BFA in Film & Video Production.  In 2009 (forgive the decade-long lacuna), the exhibition group Pleasure Dome presented an international tour of a retrospective of his short works, and he was a resident of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin filmmaker residency.  In 2011-2012 he was Guest Professor at HBK Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, Germany.  His lecture-performance All The Mistakes I’ve Made played internationally 2009-2013, and in spring 2015 he will present a sequel — All The Mistakes I’ve Made, part 2, natch — at IMPAKT (Utrecht, Netherlands) as a guest of the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE).  Cockburn’s first feature-length motion picture, You Are Here, played Locarno, Toronto, and Rotterdam; it won top prize at the European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück 2011), and has been compared to the work of Charlie Kaufman, Jorge Luis Borges, and Philip K. Dick.  His second feature The Engineers is in development at the Canadian Film Centre, and he is currently an MFA candidate in the Department of Film at York University.


Joseph DeLeon

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA)

Joseph DeLeon is a Screen Arts & Cultures PhD student at the University of Michigan. His research interests include media history, amateur/DIY media production, and digital labor. He graduated in 2014 with an M.A. in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University.


Eli Horwatt

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Eli Horwatt is a Ph.D. candidate with research and teaching interests in experimental film & video, conceptual art, found footage, and piracy. His dissertation examines the relationship between post-minimal art, institutional critique, and cinema. Recent publications include “On The Clock and Christian Marclay’s Instrumental Logic of Appropriation,” in Framework (2013) and “Speak, Memory, Cinema,” in Kerry Tribe: Speak / Memory (exhibition catalogue for The Power Plant, Toronto, 2012). He is part of the programming collective Pleasure Dome, a nomadic experimental film & video micro-cinema.


Katerina Korola

University of Chicago (Chicago, USA)

Katerina Korola is a graduate student at University of Chicago’s PhD in Cinema and Media Studies. Her interests include moving image exhibition practices, post-war architecture and urbanism, and spatial narratives in cinema.


Cody Lang

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Cody Lang is a first year PhD student in the Cinema and Media studies department at York University. He completed my BA in Sociology and Economics and my MA in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Cody has also written for several online film magazines and co-edit an online film magazine based out of Edmonton called Intercut Film Magazine.


Vincent Marquis

Courtauld Institute of Art (London, UK)

Vincent Marquis is an art historian, writer and curator based in Montreal. He received an M.A. with Distinction in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014, and a B.A. with Distinction in Art History and Philosophy from McGill University in 2013. His main field of research is contemporary visual culture, and in particular: engagements with time and temporality in video and installation arts; so-called “participatory” and “political” arts; queer visual culture; and theories of urban planning and architecture. Vincent’s writings have appeared in Canadian publications such as Invitation, Canvas, and Hirundo. He has held several editorial positions in Canada and the UK (notably within Critical Contemporary Culture, Postliminium, and Canvas) and has been involved in curatorial projects at both McGill University and the Courtauld Institute.


David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa

University of Western Ontario (London, Canada)

David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa is PhD student in Comparative Literature at the University of Western Ontario. He has taught Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies courses in the United States for more than five years. His research interests include 20th & 21st Century Latin American fiction and film, Basque literature, and horror film. He has three Master’s degrees in English, Spanish, and film studies. Currently, he is working on his doctoral dissertation on the film adaptations of Gabriel García Márquez’s fiction.


Malcolm Morton

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Malcolm Morton teaches Film Studies at Nipissing University, and is a PhD Candidate in York University’s Cinema and Media Studies program, where he is working on a dissertation about the aesthetics of spectacle in contemporary cinema. He received his MA in 2010 from the same program, for a Master’s thesis about oppositional liberal ideologies in popular Hollywood films during the George W. Bush administration. His critical work has been published in CineAction, and he has given conference papers on issues pertaining to auteurism, digital cinema, and fan cultures. His research interests include animation, British and Japanese cinemas, Pre-Code Hollywood, film and history, and speculative documentary, among many others.


Jessica Mulvogue

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Jessica Mulvogue is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. Jessica’s dissertation examines representations of environmental catastrophe in interactive new media works. She is interested in discourses of futurity, planetarity, technology, affect, and play. Recent and forthcoming publications include “The Rhythms of Daniel Cockburn” (Time Being: The Moving Images of Daniel Cockburn) and “Playing with Reality: Activism in Canadian Interactive Documentary” (Oxford Handbook of Canadian Cinema).


Erin Nunoda

University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

Erin Nunoda is a first year M.A. student who is cross enrolled in the Cinema Studies Institute and the Sexual Diversity Studies Department at the University of Toronto. Her primary areas of interest are star culture, queer ethics and media for/by teenage girls.


Kalli Paakspuu

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Dr. Kalli Paakspuu studied film production at UBC and is currently researching photography’s recuperative role in the intergenerational trauma of war, displacement and loss – a subject of her doctoral research at the University of Toronto. At the Canadian Film Centre she was a creator ofWorld Without Water, an interactive new media installation exhibited at the Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver in 2010. The co-creator of the Genie winning comedy, I Need a Man Like You to Make My Dreams Come True, Kalli’s films have been broadcast on CBC, PBS, TVOntario Knowledge Network, Bravo and Access. Films: Shchedryk(2014), Les Mers Rouges (2007) When East Meets East (1997), Goodbye Two Day Weekends (1987),Maypole Carving (1981), October Alms (1978),Passage (1978). Shchedryk is a piece from 1921 – The War Against Music, a feature documentary about two Ukrainian composers in development. Dr. Paakspuu is contract faculty at York University.


Casey Reid

Humber College (Etobicoke, Canada)

Casey Reid has been an instructor at Humber College in the Film and Media Production program since 2011 where she teaches Film Theory, Film Studies and Film History. Casey also teaches at the School of Language and Liberal Studies at Fanshawe College. Casey received her MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and her research interests include digital identity, sexuality, online cinema and depictions of failure online.


Jeffrey Speirs

University of Regina (Regina, Canada)

Jeffrey Speirs received his Bachelor of Arts in history and social and political thought from York University, and is currently completing his Master’s at the University of Regina. His interests are political theory, political narratology, Marxism, liberalism, and ancient philosophy. Jeffrey has received the Joseph Armand Bombardier Master’s scholarship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Sarah Stang

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Sarah Stang is a first year MA student in the Cinema and Media Studies program at York University. She grew up in a small city in Southern Alberta then moved to the temperate paradise of Victoria, British Columbia where she completed her undergraduate work in History at the University of Victoria. She punctuated each year of her studies with trips around the world, which taught her an appreciation for other cultures and languages. During her undergraduate degree, she discovered her passion for studying film and other cultural productions, and started exploring the intersections between film and history. Not knowing exactly what to do with herself after graduation, she moved to Italy in order to broaden her horizons and experience something new. Sarah lived there for two years, during which she traveled extensively and learned Italian, which she can now speak and write fluently. She lived in the city of Turin, the birthplace of Italian cinema, television, and radio, which allowed her to delve into the rich history of Italian media and entertainment. Sarah returned to Canada to further her education and expand upon her work in film history.


Tyson Stewart

Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada)

Tyson Stewart is a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Human Studies at Laurentian University. His research interests concern the representation of politics and identity in film and video, especially as it relates to Derrida’s concept of hauntology. Tyson holds a Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies from York University. His essay “The Romance of the Intellectual in Godard: A Love-Hate Relationship” was published in The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) in 2014.


Carmen Victor

York University & Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)

Carmen Victor is affiliated with the Joint York/Ryerson Program in Communication and Culture where she is currently pursuing a PhD. She serves on the boards of YYZ Artists Outlet and UAAC and has recently published written work in Seismopolite: Journal of Art & Politics. She has upcoming international presentations of her research at the 3rd International Conference on Photography & Theory in Cyprus and in early 2015 at the College Art Association Conference in New York.


Jakub Zdebik

Ohio University (Athens, USA)

Jakub Zdebik is Assistant Professor of Art History at the School of Art and Design at Ohio University.  He received his PhD from The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario.  He published a number of articles on contemporary art and aesthetic philosophy in RACAR: Canadian Art ReviewEnglish Studies in CanadaSemiotic Review of BooksDeleuze Studies, the Brock Review among others. His book Deleuze and the Diagram was published by Continuum Press in 2012.

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