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Sorouja Moll

Sorouja Moll has a PhD in Humanities (Concordia) specializing in the fields of Communication, English, and Art History.

She also holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Guelph. As an interdisciplinary communication scholar, her research-creation practice undertakes a multimodal critical discourse analysis of all forms of media including adaptations of Shakespeare in Canada, and an intersectional approach to nineteenth-century archival and narrative-based communication structures and applications, and their present day manifestations in, among other areas, nation, memory, and identity. Moll’s areas of research include the oral histories of mixed-race identity; Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationship re-building practices and education as meaningful and sustainable; and creating spaces in which transgression, enunciation, ambiguity, and emancipation can be explored through performance, creative writing, and research practices.

Her book, All the Rage: The Trial of Louis Riel & Nineteenth-Century Canadian Media, is a critical discourse analysis of the circulating press during the trial of the Métis leader and its present day implications. The book is under contract with UBC Press. She was also a collaborator on The Mush Hole Project (2016), a site-based performance and artist installation work at Canada’s first residential school which responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee's Final Report and its Call to Action. The collaborative project is preparing for a publication to document the event.

Recent Publications

Moll, Sorouja. (2018). “The Spectre of Louis Riel: Opera, Archive, and The Silent Witness.” Canadian Theatre Review. 174: 52-55. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. 

Moll, Sorouja. (Forthcoming). “‘I can't leave’: The Iconography of Hysteria and Heroines.” Marvel’s Jessica Jones Project. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press.

Moll, Sorouja. (2016). “Writing Names: UnSilencing the Number of Missing and Murdered Women in Canada.” Canadian Theatre Review. 168: 94-99. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Moll, Sorouja. (2019). “Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare.” Stanford University Global Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare. Stanford University. Editor Dr. Patricia Parker.

Research Creation

2019. Mad Meg: Remember your name in domestic violence. Public art performance and advocacy installation. University of Waterloo.

2018-2020. Research Dramaturge. “1939: A Play Within a Play.” Stratford Festival. Playwrights Jani Lauzon and Kaitlyn Riorden.

2017. "Writing Names Project." Never the Less She Persisted: An International Women's Day Event. City of Kitchener City Hall.

2016-present. Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Counter Memory Art Installation in collaboration with the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC). Annual Installation.

2016. Integrated Knowledges Summit: Truth and (Re) Conciliation Project. Principal Investigator. The Summit was designed to generate creative solutions of immediate societal challenges and to develop opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers across disciplines to meet and collaborate. SSHRC Connections Grant.

2016 Mush Hole Project. Site Specific Art and Performance Installation. Principal Co-Investigator with Naomi Johnson (Woodland Cultural Centre), and Andrew Houston (University of Waterloo). A collaborative site-specific art and performance installation at Canada’s first residential school to explore its legacy. 32 artists over 3 days: Sept 16,17, and 18.

2015-2016. The Breadbox: Oral Histories of Mixed Race Identity in Canada. Principal Investigator. Research Project. University of Waterloo/SSHRC Seed Grant.

2007. What Means This Shouting? Produced by the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project and co-directed by Marion Gruner and Sorouja Moll.


What Means This Shouting? is a short documentary that explores adaptations of Shakespeare's plays by First Nations peoples in Canada. Its focus is Death of a Chief, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius CaesarDeath of a Chief was co-adapted and co-directed by Yvette Nolan and Kennedy (Cathy) MacKinnon for Native Earth Performing Arts (Toronto), the largest First Nations theatre group in the world. One of Nolan and MacKinnon's adaptations involves re-casting most of the male characters in Julius Caesar as female.

University of Waterloo

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