Critical Disabilities and Media Practices - Toronto Film & Media Seminar

When and Where

Friday, October 23, 2020 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Event


Prof. Mary Bunch (York University)
Prof. Eliza Chandler (Ryerson University)


Extending Reality (XR) with Disability Worldmaking Prof. Mary Bunch

Mary Bunch is an Assistant Professor In Cinema and Media Arts at York University and a Tier II Canada  Research Chair in Vision, Disability and the Arts. She earned her PhD in Theory and Criticism at Western University in 2011. Dr. Bunch’s teaching and research interests include interdisciplinary and collaborative critical disability, feminist, queer studies and critical theory, research creation and arts-based methodologies.

Critical Inclusions: Disability Arts and the Politics of Access and Representation— Prof. Eliza Chandler, Ryerson

Eliza Chandler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. Chandler’s research brings together disability arts, disability studies, and activism, including her co-directorship of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life. Chandler is on the board of directors for the Ontario Arts Council and is a practicing curator.

Convened by  Anjo-mari Gouws (Post-Doctoral Fellow, York University) and Janine Marchessault (Professor, York University)

This event will be on zoom with ASL interpretation available.

Please RSVP to with your name and institutional affiliation for the Zoom link and passcode.


 23 October 2020• Social time 4:00; Talks begin 4:30 •

Steering Committee for 2020-2021 Co-chairs: Selmin Kara (OCAD) and Kate J. Russell (UofT) • Faculty members: Michael Baker (Sheridan); Kass Banning (UofT); Liz Clarke (Brock); Nathalie Coulter (York); Malini Guha (Carleton); Mark Lipton (Guelph); Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s); Janine Marchessault (York); Katherine Spring (WLU); Elizabeth Wijaya (UofT) • Grad student members: Lani Akande (York); Roxanne Hearn (WLU); Cyrus Sundar Singh (Ryerson); Aaron Tucker (York); Émilie von Garan (UofT) • Postdoctoral members: Jessica Whitehead (UofT) • TIFF: Keith Bennie.

The goals of the Seminar are:

• Encouraging intellectual and collegial discussion among the Cinema and Media Studies scholars in the region.

• Encouraging in-depth scholarly discussion and critical debate.

• Showcasing diverse research methodologies and research fields that address a wide range of cinematic technologies (film, television, video, new media, and other forms of moving image and sound screens).

• Aiming to model collegial and professional academic discourse for graduate students entering the field.