Associate Chair, Undergraduate Advisor for Speech Communication - Assistant Professor
Professor Shana
(519) 888-4567 x. 35157
Location: ML 234

Shana MacDonald's research examines intersectional feminism within social and digital media, popular culture, cinema, performance, and public art. An interdisciplinary scholar situated between film, media, communication and performance studies, she is the PI for SSHRC funded Insight Development Grant 'The Personal is Aesthetic: The Formal Politics of Feminist Film and Media" (2018-2020). Dr. MacDonald is also an internationally curated artist-ressearch who explores the community-building potential of practice-based research through her work with the qcollaborative, a feminist design lab dedicated to developing new forms of relationality through digital technologies and public performance. Her research-creation projects are committed to finding new aesthetic forms and platforms to publicly circulate and amplify intersectional lived experiences and histories. Recent projects include the HeforShe funded “Let Us Speak” social media research campaign (Fall 2018), the recent “Intersectional Feminist Placemaking” workshop in Montreal (2018) and “Reconstruction,” a participatory performance at Night\Shift: placehacking festival (2016). She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture (2013), an MA in Cinema and Media Studies (2005) from York University, and a BFA in Image Arts (2001) from Ryerson University. 

Follow Dr. MacDonald's SSHRC funded social media campaign on Instagram @aesthetic.resistance (click on the image below)

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Recent Work

““Vital acts of transfer: Affective economies and embodied knowledge in #MeToo,” in Performing #MeToo: How Not to Look Away, edited by Judith Rudakoff (Intellect Books, 2019)

“How to Break Up with Patriarchy: Jessica Jones as Feminist Anti-hero” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 30.1 (Summer 2019).

“Reimaging Public Space in Expanded Cinema Exhibition,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies Special issue on ‘Expanded Cinema in Canada,’ 27.1 (Fall 2018).

“The Psychogeographies of Site-Specific Art,” Media Theory Journal 1.2 (June 2018).

“Shary Boyle Engaged Artistry” in Sculpting Cinema. Eds. Solomon Nagler et al. (Toronto: Pleasure Dome/Canada Council, 2018).

“The City (as) Place: Performative Re-mappings of Urban Space Through Artistic Research” in Performance As Research: Knowledge, Methodology, Impact.  Eds. Melanie Dyer et al. (New York: Routledge, 2016)


Courses taught

  • DAC 303 – Digital Storytelling
  • SPCOM 339 – Media, Images and Communication
  • SPCOM 101 – Theories of Communication
  • SPCOM 220 - Performance Studies
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