Tired/Wired: Boredom and Activity in Quarantine - Toronto Film & Media Seminar

When and Where

Friday, December 04, 2020 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Online Event


Jaimie Baron, University of Alberta
Julian Jason Haladyn, OCAD University
Jon Petrychyn, University of Waterloo


Join us for a panel on the boredom and activities of quarantine.

Ignoring my iCal: Temporal Unravelings during the Pandemic — Jaimie Baron, University of Alberta

Jaimie Baron is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the author of The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History (Routledge, 2014) and Reuse, Misuse, Abuse: The Ethics of Audiovisual Appropriation in the Digital Era (Rutgers, 2020). She is the founder, director, and co-curator of the Festival of (In)appropriation, a yearly international festival of short experimental found footage films and videos. She is also a co-founder of Docalogue, an online space for scholars and filmmakers to engage in conversations about contemporary documentary, and the Docalogue book series published by Routledge Press.

Chantal Akerman in the Time of COVID — Julian Jason Haladyn, OCAD

Julian Jason Haladyn is an art historian, cultural theorist and Assistant Professor at OCAD University. He is the author of The Hypothetical (2020), Duchamp, Aesthetics, and Capitalism (2019), Aganetha Dyck: The Power of the Small (2017), Boredom and Art: Passions of the Will To Boredom (2014) and Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés (2010), and co-editor, with Michael E. Gardiner, of the Boredom Studies Reader (2016). Currently he is completing a book on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Horny on Main: Sex, Social Media, and Pandemic Sexual Sociability — Jonathan Petrychyn, Waterloo

Dr. Jonathan Petrychyn is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Digitality in the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research is situated generally at the intersection of sex, media, and social justice and seeks to explore the ways media technologies and institutions shape sexual publics. His research has been published in Senses of Cinema, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Leisure Sciences, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, and Journal for Media History.

Register for free.

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.