Thank you for visiting the website of pAGES, the Association of Graduate English Students in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media at the University of Manitoba. At pAGES we are committed to involving our graduate students in larger university initiatives and encouraging interdisciplinary research connections. Our members include representatives of ETFM to the Graduate Student Association of the University of Manitoba, a creative writing group, a film-screening initiative, and a theatre representative. We host an annual colloquium in January that invites the showcasing of new creative work and critical research, as well as various other events for ETFM students. We make it our priority to bring together varying research fields and interests under the banner of pAGES, and to use this platform to support our student collective and make their insights available to a wider public.
So welcome weary traveller of the interwebs, to the pAGES page, where we invite you to learn about the research interests of some of our current ETFM graduate students.
Ifeoluwapo Adeniyi is a PhD student in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in literature from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. In 2017, she completed a master in creative writing at Kingston University, London, United Kingdom. Ifeoluwa is the author of acclaimed novel, On the Bank of the River. She is a research assistant with the Centre for Globalisation and Cultural Studies under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Diana Brydon. Ifeoluwa’s doctoral research, which is supervised by Dr. Hee-Jung Serenity Joo, examines contemporary African science fiction. Her general research interests include African literature, postcolonial and diaspora studies, African science and speculative fiction, and women’s writing.
Ademola is in the fourth year of his PhD program at the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. He obtained his first and second degrees in Literature from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He worked at The Nation Newspaper as an arts correspondent and later at Kings University, Nigeria, as an assistant lecturer. He is also a research assistant at the Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies, University of Manitoba. His research interest borders on the intersections of mass violence and literature, as well as African studies. His doctoral dissertation research examines representations of the African child soldier in literature. Ademola is animated by issues of rights and justice. He enjoys teaching and editorial work. Biking excites him.
Lulu Akhanamoya is an M.A. student with an interest in Early Modern literature and the paintings of the Northern Renaissance. Her interdisciplinary thesis focuses on the English Wool trade and its aesthetic impact on the plays of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe in relation to the paintings of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden. She is working with Dr. Glenn Clark.
Jessica Bound is an M.A. student in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She received her B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in June 2018, majoring in English and minoring in French. Jessica is interested in all things speculative fiction but is especially passionate about the fantasy genre. Currently, Jessica is working on her SSHRC-funded creative writing thesis under the supervision of Dr. Warren Cariou--a young-adult fantasy novella that explores the psychological effects of loss, grief, and trauma related to chronic illness and bodily difference on the development of the self. The research portion of her thesis will focus more broadly on the link between fantasy and mental health in young adults. Outside of her academic work, Jessica actively volunteers for Project Safe Audience, a harm-reduction initiative based out of Winnipeg, and aside from reading and writing as much as possible, her other hobbies and interests include video games, vegetarian cooking, and music festivals.
Melanie is a PhD candidate at the Department of English, Theatre, Film, & Media. Being originally from Germany, she holds a bachelor’s degree in British and American Studies and a master’s degree in Literatures and Cultures in English from the University of Konstanz. Prior to her studies, she worked for several years as a newspaper editor and a journalist for print, TV, and online media. Melanie is grateful to be given the chance to come to the University of Manitoba and to work on Indigenous literatures in general and residential school literature in particular. Her thesis focuses on the intersections between residential school testimony, storytelling, and relationships. Melanie’s research interests include Indigenous and Canadian literatures as well as theories of resurgence, memory, identity, and community in literary and various cultural contexts.
Kirsty Cameron is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Manitoba, a SSHRC Canada Graduate scholar, a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellow, and has been awarded the CD Howe Fellowship in Creative Writing from the U of M Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. Kirsty’s undergraduate work was in Creative Writing and Theatre, with minors in Gender and Women’s Studies, and Philosophy. Kirsty holds a MA in English from the U of M.
In February, 2017, Sarasvati Productions produced an excerpt of Kirsty’s short play, Jump or You’ll Die Laughing: A Tragicomic Short for the Endlessly Heavy Hearted, which was written in partial fulfillment of her MA creative writing thesis. Kirsty’s short stories have appeared in Prairie Fire literary magazine. She recently published an article in the Spring, 2017 edition of the University of Manitoba Teaching Life magazine, drawn from her experience of co-facilitating the writing-workshop portion of the 2016/17 DEFT Film Production course.
Kirsty has also worked as a crisis intervention/suicide prevention counsellor for Klinic Community Health, and has co-facilitated Klinic’s volunteer counselling skills training course. Kirsty is currently preparing to teach an introductory level creative writing class at Brandon University, scheduled for the second term of the 2017/18 academic year.
Piu Chowdhury is an MA student in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She has graduated with a BA from the Department of English and Humanities (DEH) of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) with the Named Scholarship,” and nine Vice-Chancellor’s Honors List Scholarships. While being a student she worked as a Peer Tutor in ULAB’s English Zone and Writing Lab and also worked as a Teaching Assistant (TA) at the Department of English and Humanities (DEH). Piu was an editor of the magazine, MUSE (Mouthpiece of ULAB students of English) and the Vice-President of “Paper Canoe-ULAB Literary Society”. Apart from this, she was a Research Assistant (RA) for a translation of a book named Oedipus Jokhon Colonus E (Oedipus at Colonus). She also worked as a Research Assistant (RA) at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), ULAB. Piu published a number of articles and poems in a few University magazines like “Cinepedia” and “MUSE”. One of her poems, “Bizarre is the New Normal” was selected and published in “Golpokotha’s” second “Emerging Bangladeshi Writer’s Anthology”, from the EMK center. She is very enthusiastic about looking into different issues from different perspectives. Her BA thesis, “Alterity and African American Fiction: A Case Study of The Bluest Eye” dealt with not only literature but also focused on issues related to gender and race.
She has published two books, The Thoughts of an Insomniac Owl and Inside the Mind of The Lemon Poet, which not only has a range of poetry with different styles but also has a collection of heartfelt letters and tales along with some mysterious stories.
Annah is an MA student in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She graduated with a BA (Hons.) at the University of Manitoba, with a major in English and minor in Film Studies. Her general interests include design, environmentalism, and art history. Annah is currently researching the roles and representations of disability in apocalyptic science fiction films, specifically the trend of "contagious" disability and pandemic in these films. She is also excited to be working as an intern for Mosaic Interdisciplinary Critical Journal this year.
Gina Dascal is an English, Theatre, Film & Media PhD student at the University of Manitoba. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg, in which she explored the aesthetics of Horror media in convergence with issues of identity and representation. She also holds an Honour BA in Creative Literature by Diego Portales University in Chile, where her thesis entitled The Comics Medium in the Americas as an Identity Quest was awarded a grant by the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT).
Gina’s current research focuses on representations of Bisexuality and Queer culture in visual media, within the Horror genre and specifically on film. She is interested in the power of imagery and the ways in which it can affect pre-established social categories and prescriptions, especially when dealing with themes and subjects that are often relegated to the periphery of the dominant socio-cultural paradigm.
Lauren is an English, Theatre, Film & Media MA student at the University of Manitoba. She received her BA in English with a minor in Art History from the University of Manitoba in 2014. Lauren works for the federal government specializing in archival preservation and records management. Her areas of interest combine sociological theories of space and place, architectural studies, and hauntings and violence within the domestic sphere. In addition to her academic studies, Lauren works as a local typographer and artist in Winnipeg.
Joel Ferguson is a first-year PhD student of English literature at the University of Manitoba. He holds a MA in English from Concordia University and a BA in the same from the University of Winnipeg. His Master’s thesis was published as the poetry collection The Lost Cafeteria (Signature Editions, 2020), which was nominated for the Gerald Lambert Memorial Award.
Ferguson’s research focuses on representations of rural and small-town life in 19th and 20th century British and Canadian literature and the construction of gender, race, and class within national and settler-colonial narratives. His other interests include Creative Writing, English and German Romanticism, the figure of the flâneur and peripatetic writing, Latin American literature, and literary modernism. He lives in Winnipeg with his partner and their three cats.
Amy-Leigh (she/her) is an English, Theatre, Film & Media PhD candidate at the University of Manitoba. She holds an MA in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta and a BAH in English from the University of Winnipeg. In addition to her academic work, she is a part-time elementary school librarian and a youth art programming volunteer. Her dissertation project follows figurations of girlhood in twentieth-century American literary and cultural representations of farming and meat production. Looking to the intimacies between farmed animals and girls, she tends to questions of reproductive rights and race, disposability and deviancy, and queer attachments and interspecies futures. Other research interests include critical animal studies, black feminist thinking, queer theory, modernist literature, and performance and dance studies.
Virginia is a first year PhD student in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. Her research will explore ageism in the media and employ an interdisciplinary approach. She completed her BA (hon.) in Theatre at the University of Winnipeg with a concentration in directing and was awarded the gold medal for highest achievement in Theatre. In 2020, in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media at the University of Manitoba, she successfully defended her MA creative thesis — The Far-off Edge of Things — a play concerning the intersection of disability and climate change. The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture awarded her the 2019/2020 C.D. Howe Fellowship in Creative Writing for her work. Recently, The Far-off Edge of Things was chosen to be read at the “First Scene Challenge” on Zoom at The Playwright’s Guild of Canada and a workshop is planned at The Manitoba Association of Playwrights. During her fifty-year hiatus from academia, Virginia was owner of McCullough’s Hardware, a teacher at Springfield Hutterite Colony, a weaver of hand-dyed rugs, a soap maker at Virginia’s Soap Limited, and a performing Celtic musician (the bronze branch). Outside of her studies, she is a primary caregiver to her husband, a maker of Eh+ Canadian Granola, a mother and grandmother. She hopes to launch her new kayak next summer.
Golnaz Heidar Jamshidi holds a B.A. in English Literature and Language and an M.A. in English Literature from Lorestan University. Her Master's thesis probed cultural, economic and political aspects of Neocolonialism theory in a Nigerian modern play, King Baabu, by a Nobel laureate, Soyinka. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in English, Theater, Film, & Media at University of Manitoba. Her research interests are; Postcolonial Literature, Postcolonial Theories, Modern and Contemporary literature: 20th and 21st Century, Neocolonialism, Persian Literature, Iranian Women writers, American literature, Indigenous Literature, Comparative Literature and Drama. Currently she is working as a Student Research Assistant at the Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies. She has recently joined the Academic Learning Centre as a tutor at the UofM.
Jessie is an M.A. student in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. In 2018, Jessie received her B.A. (Hons.) in English from the University of Manitoba. Her research interests include critical theory of social media, video game studies, feminist theory, materialism, and posthumanism. Since receiving her B.A., Jessie has worked as a Teaching Assistant and in accessibility while toiling over a personal YouTube channel. Encompassed by her love of art and media is a penchant for anime, City-Pop, souls-like games, and fan fiction by amateur graphic novelists.
Natalie is an MA student in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) and a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba. Her interests encompass both creative writing and literary analysis, particularly modernist fiction, narrative poetry, short stories, and fragments. She is interested in theories of identity and social constructions of the self. Her poetry explores the dark and lethargic, the secret and obsessive. She aims to capture the beauty in decay, the sublime in the grotesque. In addition to her academic pursuits, Natalie is a mother, marathoner, creative writer, painter, and vegan. In her spare time, she enjoys restoring old solid wood furniture.
Emily is a PhD candidate in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She completed her Master of Arts English Literature degree at Queen’s University and her Bachelor of Arts English Specialist degree at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation is on mental illness narratives and antipsychiatry in 1960s literature. To indulge her passion for teaching, she currently works as a writing tutor and Cite Right tutor with the Academic Learning Centre.
Heidi is a Phd student at the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. Heidi has worked professionally as a director, dramaturg, actor, and administrator. Heidi’s research will be focused on Contemporary Canadian theatre for social change and human rights related theatrical practices. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg teaching in the Department of Theatre and Film.
Sabrina is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She obtained undergraduate degrees in both Commerce and the Arts, with a major in English and a minor in Classics. She received her MA from the University of Manitoba and her SSHRC-funded thesis, entitled "Changing Clothes: Female Dress and the Widening Sphere in the Fiction of L.M. Montgomery," allowed her to link two of her great loves: historical clothing and L.M. Montgomery. Sabrina's other research interests include women's writing of the nineteenth century, girls' literature of the early twentieth century, historical dress, and gender. Her dissertation will explore the female role in nation-building as it is connected to mobility in such popular novels as Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables, and A Little Princess. Sabrina is an active member of pAGES and is currently co-president. She is also a graduate representative of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada.
Kasey Morgan is an MA student supervised by Dr. Erin Keating. She received her BA in English with a minor in Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 2017. Her thesis examines the construction of literary celebrity in the proto-autobiographical paratexts of the works of Aphra Behn and Delarivier Manley in the late Restoration and early eighteenth-century. Kasey has presented her work at various colloquia and conferences throughout her BA and MA, including the Aphra Behn Europe Society Biennial Conference (2018), CSECS (2018), the Alternate Histories Research Cluster Symposium (2018), QUEUC (2016), and several pAGES colloquia. In addition to her studies Kasey has served as a co-GSA representative and M.A. representative for pAGES and has been actively involved on the UMGSA council for two years.
Vanessa Nunes is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Manitoba, a SSHRC Doctoral Scholar, and a Research Assistant at the Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies. Her dissertation examines literary and cinematic links between Brazil and Canada, focusing on the depiction of such iconic spaces as Rio’s favelas, the Amazon, and Northern Canada. She has recently co-edited with Dr. Diana Brydon “Canada, Brazil, and Beyond,” a special issue of Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies.
Vanessa has attended the University of Winnipeg for her BA in English and MA in Cultural Studies, where her work has been awarded a Gold Medal for Accomplishment in a Major, a Manitoba Graduate Scholarship, and a Graduate Student of Highest Distinction Medal, among other distinctions. Vanessa also holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in her home country, Brazil. Before turning to academia, Vanessa has worked for several years as a reporter and columnist for one of Brazil’s leading daily newspapers.
Grace Paizen is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She received her BA in English and her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She specializes in the scientific masculinities of gendered technology in literature and science of the long nineteenth century, specifically Romantic and Victorian literary representations that compare women to cyborgs, automata, and machines. Her dissertation will dissect how Western scientific practices contribute to violence against women and machines and how these practices are explored, perpetuated, and challenged in nineteenth-century literature. Her other academic interests include fashion, the fashion model, cultural studies, popular culture, and celebrity. Grace is currently co-president of pAGES.
Timothy is a PhD candidate in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media, where his is writing his dissertation under supervisor Dr. Brenda Austin-Smith, and teaching film in the department. He received both his B.A. and his M.A. from the University of Manitoba. His Masters thesis, for which he received the Professor Sidney Warhaft Memorial Award, dealt with the use of allusion and homage in the films of American director Wes Anderson. In his dissertation, Timothy looks at notions of persona construction and the role of the celebrity author as it relates to Ernest Hemingway and the frequent Hollywood cinematic adaptations of his work and appropriations of his personality. Timothy has presented papers relating to his research at conferences all over North America, and in Europe.
Gozi hails from Imo State, Nigeria, and has a BA from the University of Nigeria where he studied Theatre and Film Studies. He also studied at the Goethe University of Frankfurt where he bagged an MA in Anglophone Literatures, Cultures, and Media specializing in Transcultural Anglophone Studies. His MA thesis sleuths the concept of national identities in multicultural societies and the reconciliation policies in Australia and Canada. He intends to go into journalism, public relations, and content development. He likes cycling and is a bodybuilding enthusiast even though he is an amateur bodybuilder.
Kerri is an MA student in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She completed her BA at the University of Manitoba in 2006, where she majored in Film Studies. Prior to continuing her studies, she has worked in the documentary film industry at Merit Motion Pictures on a number of award-winning productions. Kerri’s area of interest is film studies, with a focus on all things television. When Kerri isn’t focused on TV, she’s likely working on a theatre production or watching hockey.
I am an MA student in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Film Studies from the University of Winnipeg. Since then I have completed my Pre-Masters course work in English at the University of Manitoba in preparation for my MA. My research interests include: Old and middle English, Medieval Literature, and Early Modern Literature. I have a deep love of most, if not all, literary and film genres and am specifically fascinated by auteurs. I am an avid filmmaker and creative writer. Many films I have worked on have been screened at film festivals throughout Manitoba. I try to spend my free time with family and friends, particularly fishing and hiking the beautiful landscapes and lakes of Manitoba and Ontario. However, being a new father, finding any free time right now is a difficult task.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Central China Normal University and an M.A. degree in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts from Brock University. My research interests include postmodern theories, culture studies, and film history. I have two papers that examine recently screened films published in academic journals: “Feminist Analysis of Gendered Discourses in A Quiet Place.” Movie Literature (Chinese Journal). “Shoplifters: The Tale of an Anarchic Family.” Film Criticism. Currently, I am writing both my research project, which is focused on Robin Wall Kimmerer’s and Deleuze’s theories, and my graduate thesis, which is focused on Ann Hui’s films. My proposal of the former project was awarded a C.D. Howe Foundation Fellowship.
2020 pAGES and EFTSA Colloquium, HUMAN, ANIMAL, LIMINAL
Friday, January 31, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, St. John’s College Cross Common Room 108
Throughout history, stories exploring the relationship between humans and animals have been a constant theme. Often anthropocentric in nature, these stories navigate human anxieties about their place in the natural world. In recent years, automation and artificial intelligence have further complicated humanity's conception of itself as distinct from nature. How do we see literature and culture reflecting, challenging, and/or exploring humanity, animality, and everything in between? This was the question explored at the 2020 colloquium.
2019 pAGES and EFTSA Colloquium, Climates of Change
Friday, February 1, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cross Common Room, 108 St. John's College, University of Manitoba
While climate change is the biggest challenge that humanity is facing, human history is littered with changes both big and small. From the French Revolution and the Civil Rights Movement to recent social upheavals such as the #MeToo movement and the upswing in the prominence of nationalism, the effects of such changes have been far reaching and impactful. Participants in this colloquium were invited to reflect on, explore, and examine issues of change in its various iterations including, but not limited to:
• political changes, revolutions, rebellions, elections, protests
• metamorphoses, transformations, evolutions
• literary innovations, developments in genre
• historical and projected changes
• personal development, new identities, transitions
2018 pAGES and EFTSA Colloquium, Outsiders and Aliens
Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cross Common Room, 108 St. John's College, University of Manitoba
In recent years, we have seen a rise in the politics of division which has led to increased instances of white power rallies, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism, and the proliferation of racial, social, and political categorization. Instances of polarization have gained social traction, bringing to light the prominence of insider versus outsider mentalities and various cases of alienation. Societies throughout the world have navigated these issues in various ways and will continue to do so. How do we see anxieties about alienation manifested in artistic and cultural expressions and real-world experiences? The colloquium explored this question.
2017 pAGES Colloquium, Communities: Wrenching / Repairing
Friday, February 3, 2017 8:30am-5:00pm Cross Common Room, 108 St. John’s College, The University of Manitoba
On February 2-3 2017, pAGES once again collaborated with our undergraduate cohort EFTSA to organize a very successful and well-attended colloquium at which many students and faculty were able to showcase their work. This year the colloquium was aligned with the Sidney Warhaft Memorial Lecture by Dr. David Eng, resulting in participants benefitting from both Dr. Eng's inspiring keynote Warhaft lecture and his engaging graduate seminar.
The colloquium call for papers stated: 2016 witnessed communities wrenched apart and/or formed around the election of an American president on a platform of divisive politics, around the shooting deaths of unarmed black people, around the ongoing war in Syria, around the blocking of the DAPL pipeline, and even around the strike at the University of Manitoba last fall. Throughout history, communities have been built and torn down through narratives of trauma, belonging, and resistance to change or to the status quo. In these uncertain times, how might we think about communities of the past, present, or future and how they narrate their existence through literature, film, theatre, and other media?
Sponsored by The Department of English, Film, and Theatre, and The University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association
2016 pAGES Colloquium, In Public/s
The keynote lecture for pAGES' annual colloquium, for the first time hosted in collaboration with EFTSA, took place at the UM Institute for the Humanities on January 28, at 4:00 pm in 409 Tier. Dr. Dina Georgis of the University of Toronto spoke on "The Aesthetic as Potential Space and Radical Hope." Situated in the fields of postcolonial and queer studies, Dr. Georgis’ work draws on psychoanalytic concepts to think through how political cultures are responses to the affective remains of the past. Her work engages how narrative and art articulate the conditions to engage the past and imagine new futures. Her book, The Better Story: Queer Affects from the Middle East (SUNY, 2013), considers the emotional dynamics of political conflict, the stories and subjectivities they produce, and what it means to make an ethical relationship to conflict.
The colloquium took place January 29th from 9:00 - 4:00 in the Cross Common Room (Room 108) of St. John's College. A full program can be found at https://inpublics2016.wordpress.com/friday/
2015 pAGES Colloquium
Making Sense(s): Interdisciplinary Considerations of Sense, Senses, Sensing, and the Sensational
Featuring Guest Scholar and Participant:
Dr. Andrew Burke, Associate Professor, University of Winnipeg
January 23, 2015 Cross Common Room 108 St. John’s College The University of Manitoba
Download colloquium program here.
Presented by the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities, University of Manitoba Graduate Student Association, and Department of English, Film, and Theatre