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 second year PhD student in the Department of English, Theatre, Film and 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 first 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 proofreading. With the coming of Spring (2018) he has been finding biking exciting.
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 will be working with Dr. Glenn Clark.
Jessica is a first year MA student in the department of English, Theatre, Film and Media. She received her BA from the University of Manitoba in June 2018, majoring in English and minoring in French. She is interested in all things speculative fiction, particularly the genres of fantasy and science fiction, and is currently working on writing her first novel. Aside from reading and writing, her other hobbies include video games, vegetarian cooking, and playing the guitar.
Melanie is a third-year PhD candidate at the Department of English, Theatre, Film, and 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. She is also fortunate to work as a research assistant for Dr. Warren Cariou. 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.
Gina Dascal is an English, Theatre, Film and 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.
Page Jähne is a first year MA student in the Department of English, Theatre, Film and Media. She completed her BAH in Theatre at the University of Winnipeg, with a concentration in directing. During her practicum, she solo directed/produced Beckett’s Rough for Theatre II, and assisted director Robb Paterson’s production of The Jungle Book at MTYP. Her play Triangulum was recently workshopped at the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and she is working toward eventual production. In addition, her first short story publication, “Jesus Saves,” will appear this summer. Before returning to her studies,Virginia wove rugs and showed at galleries, produced a Celtic album, in Gaeilge and English, (vocal, bodhran and harp), and performed stories and music as a Folklorama headliner. In her capacity as owner of Virginia’s Soap Limited for twenty-five years, she created soap for Disney World Marketplace and stores across Canada. A polymath of nothing, her interests include all aspects of creative writing, and in particular, observing the myriad microcosmic details in the narratives that encompass the human experience.
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 Theater, Film, and Media Studies 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.
Emily is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Manitoba. 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 research area is primarily disability studies, especially mental illness narratives, and its intersection with speculative fiction and postmodern American literature.
Heidi is a Phd student at the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media Studies. She holds an MFA in directing and was a awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC) for her studies at the University of Calgary. Heidi has worked professionally as a director, dramaturg, actor, and administrator. Selected directing credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time (Canadian Premiere, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre / Citadel Theatre), He’d Be Your Mother’s Father’s Cousin, Shoplifters, Ladies Foursome (Theatre Baddeck), Di and Viv and Rose (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Ruins), Myth of the Ostrich (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), The New Canadian Kid (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), and The Secret Annex (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). She was the Assistant Artistic Director of the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival at the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba. Heidi’s research will be focused on Contemporary Canadian theatre for social change and human rights related theatrical practices and literature. She currently teaches Theatre at the University of Winnipeg 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 a second year MA student supervised by Dr. Erin Keating and funded by a SSHRC CGS-M. She received her BA in English with a minor in Psychology from the University of Manitoba in June 2017. Her thesis examines the construction of 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 annual pAGES colloquia and QUEUC at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, QC. She looks forward to presenting at the upcoming Aphra Behn Europe Society 2018 Conference (June 2018) and the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference in October 2018.
In addition to her studies, Kasey serves as a co-GSA representative for pAGES, and will also be their MA representative in the upcoming year.
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 second-year PhD student in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre. She received her BA in English and her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She specializes in Romantic and Victorian literary and cultural representations of women. Her other academic interests include fashion, the fashion model, Queer and feminist theory, popular culture, and celebrity. At present, Grace is writing a book chapter positing that Romantic female suicides triggered by Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther linked female hysteria to fan culture, establishing the manic, fainting, screaming young woman as the poster child of today’s fan culture. Her dissertation will focus on how the illustrated Victorian novel perpetuated the cultural myth of the fashion model as the ideal woman. 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.
Jeremy R. Strong is a PhD candidate in the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media at The University of Manitoba, where he studies twentieth and twenty-first century literature and film in its intersections with public policy. He is particularly interested in apocalyptic, dystopian and disaster narratives that depict the future through logical extrapolation and in any policy that is written in a similar fashion, as well as policy documents and literary texts that when read in tandem for their socio-historical context unveil shifting attitudes within Canadian culture. Strong focuses closely on the human body as the site where the realms of art and legislation meet, and therefore currently works with many post-structuralist notions related to biopolitics and identity theory, such as Michel Foucault’s notion of biopower and Giorgio Agamben’s concept of homo sacer. Strong is keenly interested in the emerging field of critical posthumanism for the productive discourses it allows literary criticism to engage in about identity, including but not limited to individual, collective, local, national and global senses of self.
Strong is also a creative writer, and most recently produced a post-apocalyptic novel as one component of his MA. He has also published two articles that investigate the zombie as significant cultural artefact and has recently finished work editing an inter-disciplinary volume of essays on the apocalyptic. He was born and currently resides in Winnipeg, where he lives with his wife Jessie and three children Samantha, Quin, and Ora.
Melanie Dennis Unrau is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Manitoba, a Sir Gordon Wu Scholar, a research assistant at the Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies, and a former SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar. Her dissertation focuses on Canadian petropoetics—in particular the poetry of oil work and the role of oil as a shaper (poet) of worlds and cultures. Her poetry collection Happiness Threads: The Unborn Poems (The Muses’ Company, 2013) was nominated for two Manitoba Book Awards. She is a co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada and Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and a former editor of Geez magazine, where she is now poetry editor.
Kerri is a first year 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 a new first year 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 posthumanism, culture studies, film history. I have two papers that examine recently screened films will be 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. (will be posted in September).
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