Associate Professor Professor Shana MacDonald
(519) 888-4567 x 45157
Location: ML 234

Dr. Shana MacDonald is Associate Professor in Communication Arts and the current President of the Film Studies Association of Canada.

Her SSHRC funded interdisciplinary research is situated between film, media and performance studies, and examines intersectional feminism within social and digital media, popular culture, cinema, performance, and public art. Dr. MacDonald is a convenor of the qcollaborative (qLab), a feminist design lab dedicated to developing new forms of relationality through technologies of public performance. Through the lab Shana co-runs the online archive Feminists Do Media (Instagram: @aesthetic.resistance) and Feminist Think Tank gatherings at the GI.  She has published in Feminist Media Studies, Feminist Media Histories, Media Theory Journal, and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies, and is lead author on the forthcoming book Networked Feminist Activisms (Lexington Press, forthcoming). 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 or on Twitter @shanamacPS

Feminists Do Media Social Media Page

Recent Work

“Turning (it) Up: #MeToo and the Poiesis of Hashtag Feminism,” co-author Brianna I. Wiens, Feminist Media Studies. Online. (2020)

“What do you (really) meme?: Pandemic memes as social political repositories” Leisure Sciences Special Issue: Leisure in the time of coronavirus. Online. (2020): 

“Flipping the Script on Consent: Re-centering Young Women’s Sexual Agency in Teen Comedies” in Screening #Times Up: Exploring Rape Culture in Hollywood Film, edited by Lisa Funnell and Ralph Beliveau (in press).

““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, 2021)


Courses taught

  • SPCOM 210 - Key Concepts in Media and Culture
  • SPCOM 339 – Media, Images and Communication
  • SPCOM 101 – Theories of Communication
  • ARTS 130 - What Do You Meme?
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