Faculty

Shannon Brownlee (Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie)

Shannon Brownlee teaches film studies in the Dalhousie Theatre Department. She completed her PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the History of Consciousness Department. Prior to this, she received her MA in Film Studies from York University, and her BA in English and Contemporary Studies from the University of King’s College. Her research interests include: film theory; experimental film; queer and feminist cinemas and theories; and psychoanalytic theory. Her current research concerns experimental film translations of various nineteenth century European literary and performance texts.

Simon Kow (Early Modern Studies Programme, King’s College)

Simon Kow teaches social and political topics in the Early Modern Studies Programme at King’s College. He grew up in Britain and Calgary, before moving to Ottawa to take his BA in Political Science. Dr. Kow received both his MA and PhD in Political Science at the University of Toronto, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. In 2001 Dr. Kow began teaching at the University of King’s College as Assistant Professor in the Early Modern Studies Programme; he teaches several classes on the adaptation of early modern philosophy and history to film.

Yuri Leving (Department of Russian Studies, Dalhousie)

Yuri Leving earned his PhD (summa cum laude) in 2002, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and continued his research in visual arts at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His main field of interest is Russian literature, culture and film. Leving is the author of a book, Train Station – Garage – Hangar. Vladimir Nabokov and Poetics of Russian Urbanism (2004), and has published over 60 articles in academic journals in the United States, Canada, Russia, Austria, Israel, and Japan on various aspects of Russian and comparative literature.

Paolo Matteucci (Italian Studies, Dalhousie)

Paolo Matteucci received his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California with a dissertation on Poiesis and Autopoiesis in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Benvenuto Cellini’s Vita, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Petrolio. His interests include early modern and modern Italian literary, visual and material cultures, Italian and European cinema, philosophies of autopoiesis and materiality, literature and space, and political thought.

David Nicol (Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie)

David Nicol teaches theatre and film studies in the Department of Theatre at Dalhousie. He received his MA in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, and his PhD from Birmingham City University. His research interests include early modern drama (his book on the dramatists Thomas Middleton and William Rowley was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012) and the interrelationship of theatre and film. He has taught numerous courses on theatre, film and literature.

Jennifer VanderBurgh (Department of English, St Mary’s)

Jennifer VanderBurgh teaches film and media studies in the Department of English at Saint Mary’s University. Her research interests include Canadian film and television, national media discourses; formal and informal media archives (VHS collections and YouTube); and film/ television and the city. She is writing a book about television shows as artifacts called What Media Remember: Archives and Footprints of Television in Toronto. She is also studying how the cell phone and mobile media changed TV melodramas and crime shows. Jennifer held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Film and Media, Queen’s University (2007-2009), and received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture (York/Ryerson Universities, 2006).

Darrell Varga (Division of Historical and Critical Studies, NSCAD)

Darrell Varga has a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University (Toronto) and is Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies at NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) in Halifax. He is the co-editor of Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and editor of Rain/Drizzle/Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2008). Current research is on concepts of region in Canadian cinema and in the context of globalization. He has published widely on Canadian, American, and International cinema, documentary and experimental practices. Darrell has a background in filmmaking and currently teaches courses in film history, documentary film, and Canadian cinema.