Research: Marusya Bociurkiw is associate professor of media theory and co-director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought , which promotes research-creation and graduate study in the areas of media studies, critical theory, Aboriginal, feminist, and queer studies, and media activism. Dr. Bociurkiw’s academic research is broadly concerned with the intersections of affect, nation and technology, and their gendered, queered and racialized ramifications. She is currently working on a documentary about the women of Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution.
Creative practice: She is also a media artist, writer, blogger and scholar whose media works and books about the sexuality, ethnicity , food, and culture have been screened and read all over the world. Her films and videos are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, The National Archives, and various universities and libraries. A longtime media activist, she founded Emma Productions, a feminist media collective in the 1980’s and is currently engaged in documenting that history. She is the writer/director of nine films and videos, including “Unspoken Territory”, a history of racial profiling in Canada, and “What’s the Ukrainian Word For Sex: A Sexual Journey through Eastern Europe.”
Authorship: Her monograph, Feeling Canadian: Television Nationalism & Affect, was published in 2011 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She is the author of four literary books including the award winning food memoir Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl (Arsenal Pulp Press) Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in many academic, arts and activist journals and books., including the peer-reviewed Canadian Journal of Communication and Canadian Woman Studies Journal.
Accolades: She was the 2013 recipient of the Deans’ Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award at Ryerson. In 2014, she was artist-in-residence at Can Serrat International Artists’ Centre in Spain, and a research fellow at the Heinrich Boll Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine.