Crossing the Finish Line: Recently Minted Doctoral Scholars - Toronto Film & Media Seminar

When and Where

Friday, April 09, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Event


Social at 4:00pm • Talks begin 4:30pm

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Zoom link will be distributed on the day of the event to registered attendees.


Please join us for a celebration of Ontario-based scholars who have recently earned their doctorate.


The following scholars will present their work

The Place of Imagination: Humphrey Jennings and the Biopoetics of Everyday Life — Scott Birdwise, York

Scott Birdwise defended his dissertation in September 2020 at York University's Cinema and Media Studies program. He has published essays and book chapters on documentary media, Canadian experimental film, animation and philosophy, and the artist and photographer Donigan Cumming. He is currently preparing a research project on dreams and everyday life in Britain in the 1930s and ‘40s. He is also a member of the Spiral Collective.

Contaminated Environmentalism: The Visual Rhetoric of 1970s Ecocinema — Mathew I. Thompson, U of T

Matthew I. Thompson is currently a sessional lecturer teaching at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Brock University. He recently obtained his PhD from the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto with a dissertation entitled “Contaminated Environmentalism: The Visual Rhetoric of 1970s Ecocinema.” His research interests include ecocriticism, environmental justice, science fiction, critical animal studies, and Indigenous futurism. He has publications in the journals SpectatorWorld Picture, and The New Review of Film and Television Studies. He is also an avid vegetable gardener and an amateur naturalist

The Role of Canadian Print Media in Fostering Positive Public Opinion — Amanda Piche, Ryerson

Amanda Piche received her PhD in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University in 2020. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “The Role of Canadian National Print Media in Fostering Positive Public Opinion Towards the Legislation of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada.” Her research is driven by the following main areas of
inquiry: understanding the role the relationship between media (whether traditional or new) and the formation of public opinion have to play in the outcome of Canadian political, social, and cultural events, and; examining the uses of media by marginalized individuals to build community and educate those within and outside of that community.

Shakespearian Drama, Disability, and the Filmic Stare — Grace McCarthy, WLU

Grace McCarthy earned her PhD in English and Film Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in July of 2020. She completed her MA in English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was active in producing a dramatic adaptation of the Patient Griselda Folklore, titled When All Else Fails, for the stage. Her research focuses on disability studies and Shakespeare studies. She has previously published in Early Modern Literary Studies on adaptation and Shakespeare. Her new book, Shakespearean Drama, Disability, and the Filmic Stare will be published by Routledge in late July 2021 and is available for preorder now.



Toronto Film and Media Seminar





Steering Committee for 2020-2021 

Co-chairs: Selmin Kara (OCAD) and Kate J. Russell (UofT) • Faculty members: Kass Banning (UofT); Liz Clarke (Brock); Nathalie Coulter (York); Kathleen Cummins (Sheridan); 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.

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