Faculty

Bruce Barber (Division of Media Arts, NSCAD)

Bruce Barber teaches film studies at NSCAD. He is an internationally known artist, writer and curator and Professor in Media Art, Historical and Critical Studies. He received MFA degrees from the University of Auckland and NSCAD U and a PhD in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School. His interdisciplinary studio work has been represented in major international biennales, with solo and group exhibitions in cities on four continents.

Shannon Brownlee (Department of Theatre, 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.

Sylvia D. Hamilton (School of Journalism, King’s College)

Sylvia D. Hamilton is a multi awarding Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her documentary films as well as her publications, public presentations and extensive volunteer work with artistic, social and cultural organizations on the local and national levels. She held a Distinguished Chair (Nancy’s Chair) in Women’s Studies at Mount St. Vincent University from 2001-2004. She first came to King’s in 2004-2005 as a Visiting Professor in the School of Journalism and the Contemporary Studies Program.

Estelle Joubert (Department of Music, Dalhousie)

Estelle Joubert completed her DPhil as a Clarendon scholar at the Universtiy of Oxford in 2007 and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Toronto from 2007-09.  Her research explores the intersections of musicology and political history, including representations of states and rulers in opera, issues of national identity in music, and musicological paradigms of the Habermasian public sphere.  Current smaller research projects include explorations of sound and cinematic technique in Branagh’s The Magic Flute.

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 (Department of Theatre, 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.

Jerry White (Departments of English and Theatre, Dalhousie)

Jerry White is Canada Research Chair in European Studies at Dalhousie. He has edited two books on Canadian cinema, recently published a book on film, television and video in the North Atlantic, has a book on John Berger and Alain Tanner forthcoming from University of Calgary Press, and has just finished a book on Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville.

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