Members

Directors

Owen Chapman

Owen Chapman

Associate Professor

Critical Disabilities Mobile Media Research Creation Sound

Owen Chapman’s work addresses the place of sound in everyday life. He is an Associate Professor in Sound Production and Scholarship in the department of Communication Studies at Concordia University where he is also the Graduate Program Director of the M.A. in Media Studies. He is co-director of the Participatory Media Cluster, part of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia. He is also co-director of the Mobile Media Lab at the same institution. His writings have appeared in scholarly and critical publications including the Canadian Journal of Communication, Esse, Media-N, Organised Sound and No More Potlucks. His audio work involves both live and studio-based creation and has been featured internationally in video soundtracks, contemporary dance projects, solo performances and site-specific installations. He is currently the managing editor of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media. His research-creation projects have been funded by the Canada Council, the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQ-SC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Giuliana Cucinelli

Giuliana Cucinell

Assistant Professor

Empathy Education Frontline Workers Virtual Reality Workplace Relations

Dr. Giuliana Cucinelli is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Technology Program in the Department of Education at Concordia University, and the co-director of the Community and Differential Motilities cluster for Concordia University's Institute for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology. She is also a research affiliate of the Mobilities Lab at Concordia University.

Faculty

Associate Professor

Education Technology Innovative Pedagogy Maker Culture Participatory Action Research

Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson is an Associate Professor of Education, Graduate Program Director for the MA in Educational Technology and the Graduate Diploma in Instructional Technology at Concordia University, and holds a Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture. She is Associate Director of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and Director of the Milieux makerspace initiative.

Carolina Cambre

Carolina Cambre

Assistant Professor

Critical Policy Studies Image Studies Policy Analysis Polymedia Literacies Qualitative Methods Sociology of Knowledge and Information Trans-semiotic Visual Sociology

Associate Professor

Documentary Environmental Justice Ethics Gender Participatory Sustainability Water Youth

Liz is a documentary maker and professor interested in new approaches to community collaborations and documentary as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns.  Years of experience in community media and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies fuel her ongoing explorations of new media as art, advocacy, and as a catalyst for critical pedagogies. Liz teaches media production and research-creation in Communications Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Her films/educational campaigns on timely issues such as water privatization (The Water Front) refugee rights (Mapping Memories), gender rights (En la Casa), gender & environmental justice (Hands On) and climate disasters and solutions (The Shore Line) have won international awards, been integrated into educational curricula and influenced decision makers. Liz has been on the board of Cinema Politica for over a decade as is an active member of the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Liz provides training to human rights, labor, and women's organizations in interviewing, media production, digital storytelling, and media advocacy.  She is the co-Author with Steven High and Edward Little of Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice (UBC Press, 2017).

Associate Dean of Research, Professor

Active Ageing Ageism Collaborative Research Mobile Media

Kim Sawchuk, Principal Investigator of the ACT team,  is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies- Faculty of Arts and Science. Sawchuk has been writing on age, ageing and its cultural impact since 1996. She is most well-known for her research on “seniors and cell phones” conducted with Dr. Barbara Crow of York University as well her research-creation work in Critical Disability Studies. Sawchuk is a co-founder of the Mobile Media Lab (York-Concordia) located in Concordia’s Department of Communication Studies. She has just completed a six-year term as the editor of the Canadian Journal of Communications (www.cjc-online.ca) and she is the co-editor of Wi: journal of mobile media (www.wi-not.ca). In addition to her academic research, in 1996 Sawchuk co-founded of StudioXX, a feminist research and media arts centre in Montréal.

Associate Professor

Community Engagement Documentary Filmmaking Hate Speech Multimedia Improvisations

Venkatesh is a filmmaker, and an interdisciplinary and applied learning scientist who investigates the psychological, cultural and cognitive factors impacting the design, development and inclusive adoption of digital media in educational and social contexts. Venkatesh avails of a vast network of local, national and international collaborators, and works on a series of novel - yet focused - research and research-creation activities including: evaluating innovative techno-pedagogical practices which foster critical dialogues rooted in citizen education and digital literacy within secondary and post-secondary classroom contexts; developing digital media applications to sensitize and prevent online hate speech amongst the general public; and curating live artistic performances which promote resilience to online hate using sounds, texts and visuals collected via mobile and social media. Venkatesh's research program looks at the unique intersection between the areas of learning sciences, public pedagogy and digital media, especially in building interdisciplinary collaborations for projects related to the socio-cultural impacts of the increased use of mobile and social media in the broad context of citizen education.

Associate Dean of Research, Professor

Active Ageing Ageism Collaborative Research Mobile Media

Kim Sawchuk, Principal Investigator of the ACT team,  is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies- Faculty of Arts and Science. Sawchuk has been writing on age, ageing and its cultural impact since 1996. She is most well-known for her research on “seniors and cell phones” conducted with Dr. Barbara Crow of York University as well her research-creation work in Critical Disability Studies. Sawchuk is a co-founder of the Mobile Media Lab (York-Concordia) located in Concordia’s Department of Communication Studies. She has just completed a six-year term as the editor of the Canadian Journal of Communications (www.cjc-online.ca) and she is the co-editor of Wi: journal of mobile media (www.wi-not.ca). In addition to her academic research, in 1996 Sawchuk co-founded of StudioXX, a feminist research and media arts centre in Montréal.

Carolina Cambre

Carolina Cambre

Assistant Professor

Critical Policy Studies Image Studies Policy Analysis Polymedia Literacies Qualitative Methods Sociology of Knowledge and Information Trans-semiotic Visual Sociology

Associate Professor

Education Technology Innovative Pedagogy Maker Culture Participatory Action Research

Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson is an Associate Professor of Education, Graduate Program Director for the MA in Educational Technology and the Graduate Diploma in Instructional Technology at Concordia University, and holds a Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture. She is Associate Director of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and Director of the Milieux makerspace initiative.

Associate Professor

Community Engagement Documentary Filmmaking Hate Speech Multimedia Improvisations

Venkatesh is a filmmaker, and an interdisciplinary and applied learning scientist who investigates the psychological, cultural and cognitive factors impacting the design, development and inclusive adoption of digital media in educational and social contexts. Venkatesh avails of a vast network of local, national and international collaborators, and works on a series of novel - yet focused - research and research-creation activities including: evaluating innovative techno-pedagogical practices which foster critical dialogues rooted in citizen education and digital literacy within secondary and post-secondary classroom contexts; developing digital media applications to sensitize and prevent online hate speech amongst the general public; and curating live artistic performances which promote resilience to online hate using sounds, texts and visuals collected via mobile and social media. Venkatesh's research program looks at the unique intersection between the areas of learning sciences, public pedagogy and digital media, especially in building interdisciplinary collaborations for projects related to the socio-cultural impacts of the increased use of mobile and social media in the broad context of citizen education.

Associate Professor

Documentary Environmental Justice Ethics Gender Participatory Sustainability Water Youth

Liz is a documentary maker and professor interested in new approaches to community collaborations and documentary as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns.  Years of experience in community media and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies fuel her ongoing explorations of new media as art, advocacy, and as a catalyst for critical pedagogies. Liz teaches media production and research-creation in Communications Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Her films/educational campaigns on timely issues such as water privatization (The Water Front) refugee rights (Mapping Memories), gender rights (En la Casa), gender & environmental justice (Hands On) and climate disasters and solutions (The Shore Line) have won international awards, been integrated into educational curricula and influenced decision makers. Liz has been on the board of Cinema Politica for over a decade as is an active member of the Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Liz provides training to human rights, labor, and women's organizations in interviewing, media production, digital storytelling, and media advocacy.  She is the co-Author with Steven High and Edward Little of Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice (UBC Press, 2017).

Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor

Art Education Curriculum Mobile Media Peer-networked Learning

Juan Carlos Castro (PhD, University of British Columbia ’10, MAT Maryland Institute College of Art ’00, BFA - Photography, ‘99) is Undergraduate Program Advisor and Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His research focuses on the dynamics and qualities of knowing, learning and teaching art through social and mobile media as understood through complexity thinking, network theory, and mobility studies. His current research examines how mobile media coupled with visual creative production networks knowledge in urban environments to create educational and civic engagement with teens and young adults. He is currently Principle Investigator for the Social Sciences and Humanities Council Insight funded project; MonCoin: Investigating mobile learning networks to foster educational engagement with at-risk youth (2015-2018) and the Fonds de recherche Société et culture, Établissement de Nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs project; L’enseignement des arts visuels et médiatiques en contexte d’apprentissage mobile pour le renforcement de l’engagement social et de la motivation scolaire des adolescents (2015-2018).

Nadia Naffi

Nadia Naffi

Full-time Faculty

Online Learning Online Propaganda Youth

Dr. Nadia Naffi is a full-time Faculty Member in Educational Technology at Concordia University. She is one of the inaugural Concordia Public Scholars, a winner of the SSHRC Storytellers competition (2017), a “Ma Thèse en 180 secondes” laureate, a Concordia University Newsmaker of the Week. Because of her involvement with the national and international media, she obtained the Graduate Research Communicator of the Year Award (2017). She is interested in the empowering and liberating aspects of disruptive pedagogies afforded by maker culture. She is an expert in social inclusion, social integration and social media and specializes in the design of online and offline synchronous and asynchronous training, as well as in interactive learning in a problem-based learning approach.

Shannon Hebblethwait

Shannon Hebblethwait

Associate Professor

Agency Aging ICTs Leisure Participatory Action Research

Dr. Shannon Hebblethwaite is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University and the Director of engAGE  Concordia Centre for Research on Aging. She holds degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo and in Family Relations from the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on intergenerational relations and social inclusion, exploring the impact of leisure on well-being in a variety of contexts, including older adults, three-generation families, first-time mothers, and individuals with disabilities. She collaborates with scholars in political science and communication studies and she has engaged therapeutic recreation practitioners as co-authors on a number of research projects, conference presentations, and research manuscripts. Shannon is the Associate Director of the Centre de recherche et d'expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS). She also leads the Agency in Ageing: Collaborative Creativity and the Digital Arts in Later Life stream of the Aging, Communication, Technology (ACT) partnership grant.

Associate Professor

Art and Politics Documentary Human Rights Middle East

Tim Schwab is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montréal where he teaches film, video and sound production and documentary studies.  He has produced and directed numerous documentaries including THE BURNING BARREL, winner of the Distinguished Achievement in Documentary award from the International Documentary Association, and the acclaimed Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary BEING OSAMA, broadcast on television networks worldwide.  His feature documentary CINEMA PALESTINE was released 2014 and has played in over a dozen film festivals in North America, the UK and the Middle East.

Associate Professor

Art Education Curriculum Mobile Media Peer-networked Learning

Juan Carlos Castro (PhD, University of British Columbia ’10, MAT Maryland Institute College of Art ’00, BFA - Photography, ‘99) is Undergraduate Program Advisor and Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His research focuses on the dynamics and qualities of knowing, learning and teaching art through social and mobile media as understood through complexity thinking, network theory, and mobility studies. His current research examines how mobile media coupled with visual creative production networks knowledge in urban environments to create educational and civic engagement with teens and young adults. He is currently Principle Investigator for the Social Sciences and Humanities Council Insight funded project; MonCoin: Investigating mobile learning networks to foster educational engagement with at-risk youth (2015-2018) and the Fonds de recherche Société et culture, Établissement de Nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs project; L’enseignement des arts visuels et médiatiques en contexte d’apprentissage mobile pour le renforcement de l’engagement social et de la motivation scolaire des adolescents (2015-2018).

Nadia Naffi

Nadia Naffi

Full-time Faculty

Online Learning Online Propaganda Youth

Dr. Nadia Naffi is a full-time Faculty Member in Educational Technology at Concordia University. She is one of the inaugural Concordia Public Scholars, a winner of the SSHRC Storytellers competition (2017), a “Ma Thèse en 180 secondes” laureate, a Concordia University Newsmaker of the Week. Because of her involvement with the national and international media, she obtained the Graduate Research Communicator of the Year Award (2017). She is interested in the empowering and liberating aspects of disruptive pedagogies afforded by maker culture. She is an expert in social inclusion, social integration and social media and specializes in the design of online and offline synchronous and asynchronous training, as well as in interactive learning in a problem-based learning approach.

Shannon Hebblethwait

Shannon Hebblethwait

Associate Professor

Agency Aging ICTs Leisure Participatory Action Research

Dr. Shannon Hebblethwaite is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University and the Director of engAGE  Concordia Centre for Research on Aging. She holds degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo and in Family Relations from the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on intergenerational relations and social inclusion, exploring the impact of leisure on well-being in a variety of contexts, including older adults, three-generation families, first-time mothers, and individuals with disabilities. She collaborates with scholars in political science and communication studies and she has engaged therapeutic recreation practitioners as co-authors on a number of research projects, conference presentations, and research manuscripts. Shannon is the Associate Director of the Centre de recherche et d'expertise en gérontologie sociale (CREGÉS). She also leads the Agency in Ageing: Collaborative Creativity and the Digital Arts in Later Life stream of the Aging, Communication, Technology (ACT) partnership grant.

Associate Professor

Art and Politics Documentary Human Rights Middle East

Tim Schwab is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montréal where he teaches film, video and sound production and documentary studies.  He has produced and directed numerous documentaries including THE BURNING BARREL, winner of the Distinguished Achievement in Documentary award from the International Documentary Association, and the acclaimed Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary BEING OSAMA, broadcast on television networks worldwide.  His feature documentary CINEMA PALESTINE was released 2014 and has played in over a dozen film festivals in North America, the UK and the Middle East.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Samuel Thulin

Samuel Thulin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Cultural Studies Disability Arts Mobile Media Mobilities Research Music Research Creation Sonic Geography Sounds Studies

Samuel Thulin is a researcher and artist working at the intersection of mobilities research, communication and media studies, and sound studies. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University working in Milieux’s Participatory Media cluster. He recently completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Mobilities Research and the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University. Through his academic and artistic work he investigates how relationships to place, space, and location are entangled with multiple (im)mobilities and with developments in mobile communication technology. Thulin has written about and created artworks exploring: mobile listening and mobile production; confluences of cartography and auditory culture; locative media and contested senses of place; the situatedness of mobile practices; and creative and emergent methodologies.

Student Members

Aimee Louw

Aimee Louw

MA Candidate

Crip Theory Critical Disabilities Studies Decolonization Mobility Wheeling

Aimee Louw is an MA Candidate in Media Studies, writer, activist, radio host and media-based researcher currently living in Montreal, Quebec, unceded Mohawk territory. Her media practice spans topics of accessibility, sexuality and feminism, through the multimedia Underwater City Project, sex-education blogging and research and through her current video-based research on embodied experiences in urban settings in Canada. Aimee campaigns for accessible transit and cultural spaces with the organization, Accessibilize Montreal, of which she is a co-founding member. She is a member of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group at Concordia University. Motivated by the power of collaborative research, her current multimedia work focuses on the intersections between accessibility and anti-colonial practices.

Supervisor: Kim Sawchuk
Co-supervisor: Matt Soar

Nathalie Duponsel

Nathalie Duponsel

PhD Student

21st Century Skills Informal Learning intrinsic Motivation Maker Culture

Nathalie Duponsel is a doctoral student specializing in Educational Technology in the Department of Education. She is a teacher interested in the benefits of incorporating DIY and maker activities, as well as more diverse technology, into the classroom to develop STEAM concepts and 21st century skills in students. Her focus is on K-8 in-school and out-of-school learning and developing programs to get girls more interested and involved in STEAM related activities.

Supervisor: Ann-Louise Davidson

Darian Stahl

Darian Stahl

PhD Student

Chronic Illness Empathy Medical Humanities Patient Care Printmaking Research Creation

Darian Goldin Stahl is a Printmaker and Bookmaker currently residing in Canada. She is a PhD student in Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, and was recently awarded Canada’s prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarship for her research potential. Darian received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in 2015, and her BFA in Printmaking at Indiana University Bloomington in 2011. She first studied printmaking at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy in 2008. Darian’s arts-based research focuses on the health humanities, patient narrative, and chronic illness.

Supervisor: Kim Sawhuck

Luciano Frizzera

Luciano Frizzera

PhD Student

Algorithmic Media Big Data Media Studies Mediation Theory Mobile Media Smart City Visualization

Luciano Frizzera is a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at Concordia University focusing on the political economy of new forms of digital technology, and the different ways which algorithmic media has been changing interaction everyday life in urban spaces. He holds a Master’s degree in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, and his academic background spans a diverse range of disciplines and mediums: media studies, graphic design (print and digital), visualization, web design, project management, urban studies, digital humanities, and sociology.

Supervisor: Owen Chapman

Geoffroi Garon

Geoffroi Garon-Épaule

PhD Student

21st Century Skills Digital Badges Lifelong Learning Maker Culture

Geoffroi Garon-Épaule is a doctoral candidate (UQAM-Concordia) specializing in Organizational Communication and Educational Technology. His focus on the use of digital badges (#Openbadges) to digitize skills, recognizes non-formal learning and structure learning pathways in the maker's movement. He is a researcher in open innovation strategies (communities of practice, Living Lab, Fab Lab) and lifelong learning. He’s also a practitioner in digital badge system project across many organizations.

Pamela Tudge

Pamela Tudge

PhD Student

Critical Design Food Waste Materiality Participatory Media

Pamela Tudge is currently a part-time lecturer in Concordia’s Fine Arts Department and a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program. Tudge teaches, We are What we Eat, a food and culture course that examines contemporary food practices through creative projects that interrogate food-based issues. Her writing and teaching for over 15 years has spanned food studies, environmental science, new media and social movements. Her current projects employ experimental methodologies in critical design to explore cultural understandings of domestic food practices and particularly waste from food. Before coming to Concordia, Tudge worked in several universities leading and facilitating research programs such as McGill’s GeoThink, a national Geospatial web and interactive media based climate change initiative. Previous projects include Cultivating Change a DIY media mapping series, in collaboration with food activists and farmers in British Columbia.

Supervisor: Liz Miller

Magda Olszanowski

Magda Olszanowski

PhD Student

Ageing and Image Technologies Digital Arts Electronic Music Gender Studies Internet Studies Media Studies Photography and Image Technological Devices Studies Visual Methodologies

Magdalena Olszanowski is an artist, teacher in Media Arts at John Abbott College and PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is also a Researcher/Image Production/Photo Coordinator at ACT (Ageing, Communication, Technology). Her work on gender, electronic music and sound and image technologies, with a particular focus on women’s expression as in ected by censorship, can be found in journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Visual Communication Quarterly and Dancecult.  She is also currently working on microfemininewarfare, a documentary featuring women electronic music composers.

Supervisor: Kim Sawchuk

Ashley McAskill

Ashley McAskill

PhD Candidate

Atypique Community Arts Disability Neurodiversity Performance Slowness Tenderness Theatre

Ash McAskill is a disability and theatre researcher, and an emerging slow theatre practitioner completing her last year of her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Her work explores Canadian theatre landscapes that include and are produced by neurodiverse artists. She believes in creative and academic pedagogies that honour slowness and tenderness between all human beings. She is a Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FQRSC) recipient and has shared her work in alt. theatre journal, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Theatre Research in Canada, and the Canadian Theatre Review. She is the current coordinator of Concordia University’s Critical Disability Studies Working Group, a disability-arts project between the UK and Quebec called Vibrations, and the Participatory Media Cluster. Other research interests include gender and beauty practices, the spectacle of public performativity, feminist media studies, and performance art.

Supervisor: Lorna Roth

Nora Lamontagne

Nora Lamontagne

MA Student

Ageing Material Studies Memory Studies Relationality Weaving

Nora is a writer and a Master’s student in Media Studies under the supervision of Dr. Kim Sawchuk. Her research revolves around older adults’ negotiation of digital communication practices in a context where old and new, tradition and technologies co-exist. Her interests in cultural memory and neglected or overlooked cultural heritage has lead her to focus on Cercle des fermières, an organization of crafts(wo)manship over 100 years old and composed in majority of elder women. Nora is the recipient of the Ageing, Communication and Technology Masters Fellowship (2016). She loves stories, images and people.

Supervisor: Kim Sawchuk

Magda Olszanowski

Magda Olszanowski

PhD Student

Ageing and Image Technologies Digital Arts Electronic Music Gender Studies Internet Studies Media Studies Photography and Image Technological Devices Studies Visual Methodologies

Magdalena Olszanowski is an artist, teacher in Media Arts at John Abbott College and PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is also a Researcher/Image Production/Photo Coordinator at ACT (Ageing, Communication, Technology). Her work on gender, electronic music and sound and image technologies, with a particular focus on women’s expression as in ected by censorship, can be found in journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Visual Communication Quarterly and Dancecult.  She is also currently working on microfemininewarfare, a documentary featuring women electronic music composers.

Supervisor: Kim Sawchuk

Pamela Tudge

Pamela Tudge

PhD Student

Critical Design Food Waste Materiality Participatory Media

Pamela Tudge is currently a part-time lecturer in Concordia’s Fine Arts Department and a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program. Tudge teaches, We are What we Eat, a food and culture course that examines contemporary food practices through creative projects that interrogate food-based issues. Her writing and teaching for over 15 years has spanned food studies, environmental science, new media and social movements. Her current projects employ experimental methodologies in critical design to explore cultural understandings of domestic food practices and particularly waste from food. Before coming to Concordia, Tudge worked in several universities leading and facilitating research programs such as McGill’s GeoThink, a national Geospatial web and interactive media based climate change initiative. Previous projects include Cultivating Change a DIY media mapping series, in collaboration with food activists and farmers in British Columbia.

Supervisor: Liz Miller

Nora Lamontagne

Nora Lamontagne

MA Student

Ageing Material Studies Memory Studies Relationality Weaving

Nora is a writer and a Master’s student in Media Studies under the supervision of Dr. Kim Sawchuk. Her research revolves around older adults’ negotiation of digital communication practices in a context where old and new, tradition and technologies co-exist. Her interests in cultural memory and neglected or overlooked cultural heritage has lead her to focus on Cercle des fermières, an organization of crafts(wo)manship over 100 years old and composed in majority of elder women. Nora is the recipient of the Ageing, Communication and Technology Masters Fellowship (2016). She loves stories, images and people.

Supervisor: Kim Sawchuk

Aimee Louw

Aimee Louw

MA Candidate

Crip Theory Critical Disabilities Studies Decolonization Mobility Wheeling

Aimee Louw is an MA Candidate in Media Studies, writer, activist, radio host and media-based researcher currently living in Montreal, Quebec, unceded Mohawk territory. Her media practice spans topics of accessibility, sexuality and feminism, through the multimedia Underwater City Project, sex-education blogging and research and through her current video-based research on embodied experiences in urban settings in Canada. Aimee campaigns for accessible transit and cultural spaces with the organization, Accessibilize Montreal, of which she is a co-founding member. She is a member of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group at Concordia University. Motivated by the power of collaborative research, her current multimedia work focuses on the intersections between accessibility and anti-colonial practices.

Supervisor: Kim Sawchuk
Co-supervisor: Matt Soar

Luciano Frizzera

Luciano Frizzera

PhD Student

Algorithmic Media Big Data Media Studies Mediation Theory Mobile Media Smart City Visualization

Luciano Frizzera is a Ph.D. student in Communication Studies at Concordia University focusing on the political economy of new forms of digital technology, and the different ways which algorithmic media has been changing interaction everyday life in urban spaces. He holds a Master’s degree in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, and his academic background spans a diverse range of disciplines and mediums: media studies, graphic design (print and digital), visualization, web design, project management, urban studies, digital humanities, and sociology.

Supervisor: Owen Chapman

Darian Stahl

Darian Stahl

PhD Student

Chronic Illness Empathy Medical Humanities Patient Care Printmaking Research Creation

Darian Goldin Stahl is a Printmaker and Bookmaker currently residing in Canada. She is a PhD student in Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, and was recently awarded Canada’s prestigious Vanier Graduate Scholarship for her research potential. Darian received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in 2015, and her BFA in Printmaking at Indiana University Bloomington in 2011. She first studied printmaking at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy in 2008. Darian’s arts-based research focuses on the health humanities, patient narrative, and chronic illness.

Supervisor: Kim Sawhuck

Nathalie Duponsel

Nathalie Duponsel

PhD Student

21st Century Skills Informal Learning intrinsic Motivation Maker Culture

Nathalie Duponsel is a doctoral student specializing in Educational Technology in the Department of Education. She is a teacher interested in the benefits of incorporating DIY and maker activities, as well as more diverse technology, into the classroom to develop STEAM concepts and 21st century skills in students. Her focus is on K-8 in-school and out-of-school learning and developing programs to get girls more interested and involved in STEAM related activities.

Supervisor: Ann-Louise Davidson

Ashley McAskill

Ashley McAskill

PhD Candidate

Atypique Community Arts Disability Neurodiversity Performance Slowness Tenderness Theatre

Ash McAskill is a disability and theatre researcher, and an emerging slow theatre practitioner completing her last year of her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Her work explores Canadian theatre landscapes that include and are produced by neurodiverse artists. She believes in creative and academic pedagogies that honour slowness and tenderness between all human beings. She is a Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FQRSC) recipient and has shared her work in alt. theatre journal, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Theatre Research in Canada, and the Canadian Theatre Review. She is the current coordinator of Concordia University’s Critical Disability Studies Working Group, a disability-arts project between the UK and Quebec called Vibrations, and the Participatory Media Cluster. Other research interests include gender and beauty practices, the spectacle of public performativity, feminist media studies, and performance art.

Supervisor: Lorna Roth

Geoffroi Garon

Geoffroi Garon-Épaule

PhD Student

21st Century Skills Digital Badges Lifelong Learning Maker Culture

Geoffroi Garon-Épaule is a doctoral candidate (UQAM-Concordia) specializing in Organizational Communication and Educational Technology. His focus on the use of digital badges (#Openbadges) to digitize skills, recognizes non-formal learning and structure learning pathways in the maker's movement. He is a researcher in open innovation strategies (communities of practice, Living Lab, Fab Lab) and lifelong learning. He’s also a practitioner in digital badge system project across many organizations.

Affiliated Researchers

Jacqueline Wallace

Jacquie Wallace

External

Creative Economy Creative Process and Methodologies Design and Disability Inclusion and Accessibility Media and Gender Visual Culture

After a lengthy career in creative industries, Dr. Wallace returned to the academy—shifting from professional practitioner to engaged researcher. Her dissertation research examined women, entrepreneurship and micro-economies of craft in the digital era, including an ethnography of Etsy.com—the Brooklyn-based global marketplace for handmade goods. Wallace’s research and commentary on Etsy’s recent IPO has been featured by CBC Radio, Le Devoir, Montreal Gazette and Muse Magazine. She continues to publish on the intersections of cultural production, gender and the promises and prohibitions of creative work. More recently, her focus has expanded to look at design and dis/ability, questions of inclusion and accessibility and motherhood narratives relative to raising a child with difference. She is an Associate Researcher with Concordia’s Participatory Media research cluster.  Wallace has also served as a founding board member of the Fembot Collective, a scholarly collaboration promoting research on gender, new media, and technology.

Previous Collaborators

Bojana Krsmanovic [PhD Student | 2017] • Olivia McGilchrist [PhD Student | 2017] • Souheila Moussalli [PhD Student | 2017] • Taliesin Herb [BA Student | 2017] • Eric Powell [PhD Student | 2016-2017] • Manuelle Freire [PhD Student | 2016-2017] • Yara Ayoub [PhD Student | 2016-2017] • Danica Evering [MA Student | 2016-2017] • Gabriela Kostova [MA Student | 2016-2017] • Junesse Christianns [MA Student | 2016-2017]