TFMS: Crossing the Finish Line: Recently Minted Doctoral Scholars

When and Where

Friday, April 15, 2022 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Lani Akande (York University)
Justin Morris (University of Toronto)
Amy Jane Vosper (Trent University)
Emily Barton (Convener)
Roxanne Hearn (Convener)


“Rising from the Dead: Crossing the Finish Line with Women in Horror”

Amy Jane Vosper, Trent University

Dr. Amy Jane Vosper recently completed her PhD in the Cultural Studies department at Trent University. Her thesis was entitled, Women in Horror: On the Screen, In the Scene, Behind the Screams and combines psychoanalytic film theory with original empirical research to examine women’s multidimensional infiltration of the horror genre.


“Nollywood Film Industry: Informal Film Practises and Their Cultural Formations”

Lani Akande, York University

Lani completed his PhD in Cinema and Media Arts from York University last year, 2021. His doctoral dissertation is titled: Nollywood Film Industry: Informal Film Practices and Their Cultural Formations. He has since taught at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with Archive/Counter-Archive and the Regent Park Film Festival.


“Constellated Media: Serial Stars, Feminist Historiography, and Intermedial Hollywood”

Justin Morris, University of Toronto

Justin Morris is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute, where he was a member of the first PhD graduate cohort. His dissertation, Constellated Media: Serial Stars, Feminist Film Historiography, and Intermedial Hollywood, explores mid-twentieth century serial intermediality in Hollywood through case studies focused on three stars: Mary Pickford, Dale Evans, and Pearl White, and their underexplored extra-cinematic careers in television, evangelical media, and Saturday-morning cartoons. His writing has appeared in The Velvet Light TrapDiscourse, and The Soundtrack Album: Listening to Media (Routledge, 2020).

• April 15 2022 • Talks begin 4:00 • Social at 5:30pm•

Zoom link to be distributed 2 hours before event. 

Free event, but registration required.

TFMS partners include:

Brock University, OCAD University, Queens University, Ryerson University, Sheridan College, TIFF Higher Learning, University of Guelph, University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University