Current PhD Students

Scott Birdwise's research interests include documentary film and film theory, film and philosophy, ethnographic film, biopolitics, and experimental film and video. He is currently researching the role of documentality—the conjunction of documentary and governmental practices and discourses—in the politics and representation of everyday life and the body, specifically in four national/institutional/critical practices (England, Canada, France, USA).

Cliff Caines is a Canadian filmmaker whose work incorporates documentary, experimental and installation approaches. Through a combination of research and creation, Caines’ doctoral work in the Cinema and Media Studies program at York University explores the cultural and epistemological significance of digital imaging technologies in the context of the Canadian Arctic. His research focuses on the role of the digital image in the Arctic; from colonial, military, scientific, and indigenous perspectives as manifest in imaging technologies ranging from IMAX to satellite telemetry.

Clint Enns graduated with a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Manitoba and another Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies from York University.  His research interests include: the art of the accident and glitch art, experimental and early computer animation, and mathematics in art. His writings and interviews have appeared in Millennium Film Journal, Incite! Journal of Experimental Media and Spectacular Optical.

Chloe H. Johnson is the author of various book chapters on popular music, identity and gender politics, and contemporary arts and media cultures. Her current research focuses on participatory art, network cultures, sound art, media ecologies, and the cultural politics of affect and aesthetics.

Chase Joynt's research is situated strategically on the conceptual borderlines between critical theory and art production; and addresses a significant gap in scholarly inquiry into the role of practice-based research as it relates to the lives and identities of transgender people. His doctoral research examines a growing archive of moving-image personal narrative projects generated by transgender people, and proposes a direct link between the impact of the public autobiographic form and the creation of broader community support and connection.

Jeremy Mathers is interested in documentary film history and theory, cultural policy, the National Film Board of Canada, and the use of film by science, industry, and the state. His research considers the mediation of nuclear energy through over fifty Canadian documentary films that have been produced since 1942. He entered the Cinema and Media Studies program in 2013 with an MA from the Joint Program in Communication & Culture between York and Ryerson universities and a BA in Film Studies and Canadian Studies from The University of British Columbia.

Cameron Moneo's doctoral work evaluates the critical and productive roles humour has played in experimental or avant-garde film and video. His research objectives are as follows: (1) To establish humour as an important corollary of the “radical aspiration” (per Annette Michelson) in experimental moving image arts, forging links to extant theories of humour and the comic and suggesting new avenues of humour opened by the film and video avant-gardes. (2) To provide the first extensive study of humour in experimental film and video, appraising a diverse array of figures, works, and contexts. (3) To mend the gaps in recent literature on humour in the arts by situating humorous experimental video and, perhaps more urgently, film in the larger patterns of twentieth- and now twenty-first century art.

Jessica Mulvogue has earned a B.A. in Drama and Theatre at McGill University and an M.A. in Film Studies at University College London. Jessica's research broadly looks at the interrelations between performance and cinema. Her areas of interest include: theatricality in contemporary art (film/video, photography, installation); performance theory and film theory; spectatorship; and the politics of performance. Her doctoral thesis examines the use of the tableau vivant in both cinema and contemporary art practices.

Tamas Nagypal's research interests include Lacanian psychoanalysis, film noir, late capitalist masculinities, and the philosophy of film. His dissertation work focuses on how the ideology of cynicism constructs new hegemonic masculinities in contemporary neo-noir. He has an essay in the forthcoming edited collection Zizek and Media Studies: A Reader. Tamas has a BA and MA in philosophy from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary and an MA in gender studies from Central European University, Budapest.

Genne Speers has a BFA in Art History and Film Studies with a Minor in Printmaking from Concordia University, Montréal and a Masters in Cinema and Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Genne has worked on projects at the BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted, UK and UNESCO, Paris, France. Her research interests include: traditional and counter archival theory, critical theory and experience, and regimes of perspective in documentary practice. Genne is also the print maintenance specialist at CFMDC in Toronto and has worked on the technical team for several film festivals including; Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs and Inside Out LGBT Film Festival."

Prior to obtaining an MA degree in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, Radojka Vrabac successfully completed two bachelor programs at the Academy of Arts Novi Sad in Serbia: Film and Theatre Directing and Classical Piano Performance (which included Sergei Rachmaninoff's magnum opus, Piano Concerto No. 3). Her research interests include the study of early film, experimental and documentary cinema, semiotics and philosophy of film and media. Besides her academic work, Radojka is an award-winning filmmaker with background in documentary, single-take experimental, and short-fiction filmmaking.