“ASMR Role-Plays: Porno-Dialectics in the Pharmacopornographic Era,” Jillian Vasko, University of Toronto
Jillian Vasko is a filmmaker and PhD candidate at the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. In 2014 she graduated from McGill University with a Hons. BA, majoring in English (specializing in Cultural Studies) and History. She completed a Master of Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in 2017. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation research reconceptualizes contemporary notions of ‘value’ and ‘labor’ as they structure prevailing accounts of the relation between bodies, media, and capital. Jillian’s research interests include Affect Theory; New Media; Labor; Reality TV; the Internet; Performance Studies; Global New Wave Cinemas; and the Cold War. She is devoted to anti-colonial, intersectional, and creative methodologies.
“Identity Work: The All-American Jock in Online Gay Pornography,” Daniel Laurin, University of Toronto
Daniel Laurin is a PhD Candidate at the Cinema Studies Institute and a member of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Sexual Diversity Studies at the Bonham Centre at the University of Toronto. His SSHRC-funded dissertation, “Straight Guys: Heterosexual Masculinity in Gay Pornography,” explores the history of straight performance in gay pornographic film and video since the beginnings of the genre and considers the co-implications of sexual identity, amateurism, and authenticity. His work has appeared in AG: About Gender and in the edited collection I Confess: Constructing the Sexual Self in the Internet Age, edited by Thomas Waugh and Brandon Arroyo. His upcoming project, under contract at Rutgers University Press, is the second edition of Bigger Than Life: The History of Gay Porn Cinema from Beefcake to Hardcore with Jeffrey Escoffier.
“A Time to Work and a Time to Heal: The Role of Labour-Time in I May Destroy You (2020),” Hannah Van Buuren, York University
Hannah van Buuren (she/her) earned her BA in Motion Picture Arts at Capilano University and, more recently, her MA in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. Her SSHRC-funded masters research analyzed representations of victims/survivors of sexual violence in contemporary television series, focusing on what opportunities they provide for healing and processing of trauma. Her current doctoral research investigates how film production programs in Canadian universities fail to prepare students to work in an industry that has historically operated in a culture of normalized sexual assault and misconduct, and how systemic genderbased violence manifests at the level of student films. Her areas of interest include feminist film theory, feminist filmmaking and subjectivity, industry cultures and policies, and trauma studies.
Toronto Film and Media Seminar
Steering Committee for 2022-2023
Co-chairs: Em Barton (York) and Kate J. Russell (UofT) • Faculty members: Kathleen Cummins (Sheridan); Desirée de Jesus (York); Malini Guha (Carleton); Mark Lipton (Guelph); Gabriel Menotti (Queens); Paul Moore (TMU); Taien Ng-Chan (York); Katherine Spring (WLU); Elizabeth Wijaya (UofT) • Grad student members: Roxanne Hearn (WLU); Mary Hegedus (York); Patrick Marshall (UofT); Cleo Sallis-Parchet (York) • Postdoctoral members: Jon Petrychyn (TMU); Jessica Whitehead (Cape Breton University) • 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.