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Directors

Associate Professor, English
Darren Wershler is the Concordia University Research Chair in Media and Contemporary Literature and Co-Director of the Media History Research Centre. He is currently writing THE LAB BOOK: Situated Practices in Media Studies (with Jussi Parikka and Lori Emerson), and a book on Minecraft (with Bart Simon).

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Fenwick McKelvey's work has appeared in numerous journals, including Television and New Media, the International Journal of Communication, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, the Canadian Journal of Communication, Global Media Journal, and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. He is coauthor of The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics. His book Media Daemons is currently under contract with the University of Minnesota Press.

Professor, Communication Studies
Charles R. Acland is co-director of the Media History Research Centre. He is the author of Swift Viewing: The Popular Life of Subliminal Influence and coeditor, with Haidee Wasson, of Useful Cinema. He is co-director of Project Arclight, with Eric Hoyt

Advisory Board

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs (FAS), English
Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Studies

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Jeremy Stolow teaches and conducts research in 'religion and media', with a particular focus on technology and religious imagination. He has conducted research on the history of Jewish Orthodox print culture, 19th C Spiritualism and electricity in the circum-Atlantic world, and the history of New Age and occult uses of photography. jeremystolow.com

Associate Professor, History
Professor (Film Studies), Cinema

Faculty Members

Professor, Communication and Art History, McGill University
Darin Barney is the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies at McGill University. He is the author of several scholarly works, including One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic (2007 Hart House Lecture); Communication Technology: The Canadian Democratic Audit (UBC Press: 2005); The Network Society (Polity Press: 2004); and Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology (University of Chicago Press 2000). He is co-editor of several books and journal editions, including The Participatory Condition (University of Minnesota Press: 2016, with Coleman, Ross, Sterne and Tembeck). Barney’s current research focuses on materialist approaches to media and communication, infrastructure and radical politics.

Professor, Communication Studies
William Buxton has received a Rhodes Scholarship, two DAAD (German Exchange) Fellowships, a Shastri (Canada-India) Fellowship, and was scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center. He has taught at Laurentian University, University of New Brunswick, Simon Fraser University, and Concordia University (since 1990).

Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, McGill University
Michael Cowan is Reader in Film Studies and former William Dawson Scholar at McGill University, where he co-founded the Moving Image Research Laboratory and the Program in World Cinemas. His work, which has won awards and recognition from the SCMS, BAFTSS, the Kraszna Krausz Foundation and the Cinegraph Society (Willy Haas Award), focuses on German and European media and modernity, with emphases on film and media history, film theory, experimental film, non-theatrical cinema and visual culture. He is particularly interested how different ideas about moving images take form within the context of changing media ecologies, governmentalities of vision, forms of knowledge, and broader questions of social and economic organization.

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Stephen Monteiro's primary focus has been popular visual culture, particularly as it pertains to screens and their use. His current project considers the role of gender in mobile-media interfaces and practices by drawing links to historical relationships among women, labor, and computing. His previous work has focused on marginalized or specialized twentieth-century moving-image forms and practices (e.g. home movies and drive-ins) and their impact on modern and contemporary art. He teaches media and culture at Concordia University and has also taught at the American University of Paris.

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Louis Pelletier holds a PhD in Communication from Concordia University, and has completed a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral research on early fiction film production in Quebec. He is research coordinator of the Canadian Educational, Sponsored, and Industrial Film project, and has published on silent cinema, film exhibition, Quebec cinema, and industrial films in the Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Film History, Cinémas, and The Moving Image.

Associate Professor, Film Studies
Marc Steinberg is the author of Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and Naze Nihon wa “media mikkusu suru kuni” nano ka (Why is Japan a “Media Mixing Nation”?) (Tokyo: KADOKAWA, 2015). He has published essays on media objects, franchising and the animated image, and is co-editing a volume on Media Theory in Japan (Duke UP, forthcoming 2017).

Professor, Film Studies
Catherine Russell is the Film Studies Department Chair at Concordia University. She is the author of four books, including Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video (Duke, 1999); The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanese Modernity (Duke, 2008); Narrative Mortality: Death, Closure and New Wave Cinemas (Minnesota, 1995). She has also published several articles on Barbara Stanwyck and is currently working on a manuscript on Walter Benjamin and archival film practices. catherinerussell.ca

Associate Professor, Communication and Art History, McGill University
Jonathan Sterne is the James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He is author of MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke 2012), The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction (Duke, 2003); and numerous articles on media, technologies and the politics of culture. He is also editor of The Sound Studies Reader (Routledge, 2012). His new projects consider instruments and instrumentalities; mail by cruise missile; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception. sterneworks.org.

Professor, Communication and Art History, McGill University
Will Straw is the author of Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 1950s America, and the editor of numerous volumes, including Circulation and the City (with Alex Boutros), and Formes urbaines (with Anouk Bélanger and Annie Gérin). His current research focuses on the place of media within the 24-hour daily cycle, networks of production and circulation within fan cultures and media treatments of crime.

Cinema Studies
Luca Caminati's research deals with post-colonial theory and orientalist discourses in post-WWII Italian cinema and media, with a specific interest in non-fiction film and media arts. In 2009-2010 he was the recipient of the Paul Mellon/National Endowments for the Humanities "Rome Prize", a residential fellowship awarded by the American Academy in Rome. His current SSHRC-funded project, titled Traveling Auteurs: the Geopolitical Afterlife of Postwar Italian Art Cinema, investigates the "Third World" documentary films of Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Bernardo Bertolucci. He is currently serving as associate editor for the journal Italica.concordia.academia.edu/LucaCaminati

Student Members

A PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University, Alison Reiko Loader studies old optical technologies and makes media installations—playing with insects, lenses, plants, projectors and assorted ephemera. With a past that includes game design in Tokyo and directing at the National Film Board of Canada, she teaches part time in Concordia’s Design, Computation Arts and Film Animation programs, as well as the 3d Animation and CGI program at Dawson College in Montreal.

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Elise Cotter is completing her MA in Media Studies at Concordia University. Her research focuses on the formulation and branding of “Canadian identity.” She is also a Research Assistant for the Media History Research Centre and the Student Representative for Concordia’s MILIEUX Institute. Before her masters, Elise worked at Historica Canada, the largest independent organization devoted to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and citizenship.

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Kalervo A. Sinervo is a PhD candidate in Concordia's Interdiscplinary Humanities Program. His work touches on many aspects of media theory and history, including intersectionalities between media forms in pop culture franchises, the materiality of adaptation, and authorship concerns in the realm of intellectual property. Kalervo is a researcher with TAG at the Milieux Institute, works with IMMERSe game studies research network, and serves as VP Communications for the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics. Tweet at him @kalervideo.

Marianne is a second year MA student in Media Studies at Concordia University. She has a BA in Communication and Political Science from University of Montréal. Her research seeks to understand the relationship between technology, media and politics.

Robert Hunt is a second-year master’s student in media studies. His thesis research analyzes the ways digital media producers employ emotion and user data in their attempts to capture audience attention online. Prior to graduate school, Robert worked at the University of Chicago Press.
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Treva Michelle Pullen is a curator, artist, critical theorist and PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. Pullen holds an MA in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories – specialization in New Media – from OCAD University and a BFA from OCAD University with a major in Criticism and Curatorial Practice and a studio minor in Drawing and Painting. She has worked as a full-time curator at a Toronto-based gallery and independently curated exhibitions such as #NATURE (2016), Threshold (2015), Influenc(Ed.) Machines (2014), Flux (2013) and Flux II (2013). As a graduate student she has presented her research at conferences such as Concordia University’s Graduate Humanities Conference (2015 and 2016), York University’s Department of Art History Graduate Symposium (2016) and ISEA (2015).

Zach Melzer is a Ph.D. candidate in Film & Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. His research combines media studies with urban studies, human geography, and critical policy studies in order to investigate the regulations and infrastructures of moving image technologies and cultures in public urban spaces. He is currently focusing primarily on Piccadilly Circus (London), Times Square (NYC), Yonge-Dundas Square (Toronto), and Quartier des Spectacles (Montréal).

MHRC Members