Fall Updates

It has been a busy summer packing up in Montréal and beginning a new life in Ottawa. Plus applying for Permanent Residence in Canada is pretty much a full time job in itself… But that did not keep me from marching in the Ottawa Pride Parade with POWER and volunteering with Ottawa’s Gay Men’s Health Initiative, MAX.  And now I’m volunteering with InsideOut Ottawa as the queer film festival gets underway November 10-12, 2017.

Working my research-based post-doc with the AIDS Activist History Project under the direction of Gary Kinsman and Alexis Shotwell has picked up now that the fall semester is in full swing. My main focus is indexing the oral history transcripts collected by the project thus far, but I’ve also been working on a blog series for AAHP called “From the Video Vault” exploring Canadian AIDS activist video from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. I also co-organized a workshop for Pervers/Cité at the Archives Gaies du Quebec teaching participants about how the AAHP does their oral history work and how we are trying to mobilize our research.

I’ve also just submitted a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship application through the Communication and Media Studies department at Carleton University under the supervision of Sheryl Hamilton. I’ll find out in February 2018 if this two year gig researching the Toronto: Living With AIDS cable access series that was distributed on Roger’s and MacLean Hunter cable networks in Toronto from 1990-1991 comes through.

In the mean time I have been taking gigs indexing academic books in film/media studies. I highly recommend checking out Lee Greiveson’s Cinema and the Wealth of Nations Media, Capital, and the Liberal World System for an example of cultural Marxism done right. I’ll be indexing Aubrey Anable’s Playing with Feelings: Video Games and Affect next.