PhD Alumni Profiles

gradapertureAntoine Damiens
Thesis: Festivals, Uncut: Queer/ing Festival Studies, Curating Queerness (2017)

Antoine discovered Foucault’s History of sexuality at 16, lost on a “TV” related shelf in a rural bookshop in northern France. He didn’t understand a lot of what Foucault was saying at the time, but he kept reading. He liked the sound of it. He studied both in France, in social sciences, (“culture, communication, institutions”) and within the University of California system (UC Riverside; undergrad. media and Cultural Studies / Women’s Studies, UC Irvine, grad. Visual Studies). He became obsessed with the weird creatures known as “heterosexuals” – subject he wrote his M.A. thesis on. After all these years, Antoine still doesn’t understand fully what the heck Foucault was talking about.

At Concordia, Antoine focuses on queer film festival as a site and as a sight of knowledge. His research interests include everything related to festivals, perverse heterosexuality, feminist epistemologies and to the translation of images. Antoine is also curating and volunteering in several festivals. He participates to the organizing of the Queer Palm, Cannes’ LGBTQ award.


Tziallas Evangelos
Thesis: Between the Gothic and Surveillance: Gay (Male) Identity, Fiction Film, and Pornography (1970-2015) (2015)


jordanJordan Gowanlock
Thesis: Research and Development of Nonlinear Simulation in the VFX and Animation Industries (2017)

Background: I have a BA in Film Studies form Western University in London Ontario and a MA in Film Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, where I was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship. I am currently in the second year of the PHD program at MHSOC. I have presented talks at the Arthemis/ Grafics  2011 Impact conference and at the FSAQ 2013 Graduate Colloquium.

Research Interests: My research concerns the relationship between film theory and special effects, with a focus on recent automatic or procedural computational techniques. I am interested in the industrial discourses that surround these techniques, but the overall goal of my work is to formulate media theories for these techniques which can be compared to traditional film theory.


Joel Hughes
Thesis: Film Exhibition at Indian Residential School, 1930-1969 (2016)


Dru Jeffries
Thesis: The Comic Book Film as Palimpsest (2014)

Background: I did my B.A. in English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (2007) and my M.A. in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto (2008). I have an article on Batman (1989) and convergence culture in CineAction and a forthcoming article on figuration in 300 (2006) in Quarterly Review of Film and Video.

Research interests: Classical film theory, remediation, Mikhail Bakhtin, Andre Bazin, formalism, film style, adaptations, 3-D, new media, convergence, comics studies, animal rights. My dissertation elaborates on the poetics of the comic book film as intermedial object.


Andrée Lafontaine
Thesis: Sink or Swim in Liquid Modernity: The Chronotope of the Modern Woman in Early 1930s Hollywood (2014)


PoppyPapagena Robbins
Thesis: City-Symphonies-in-Reverse: Urban Historical Consciousness through the Baroque Moving Image Archive (2017)

Growing up on the windy, fog-laced hills of San Francisco, Papagena longed to see the end of the block (through the heavy fog, this often proved difficult), and beyond. In her early twenties, she made her way down the Pacific coast to the sunny, redwood-forested UC, Santa Cruz campus, where she ultimately received her BA in Philosophy (2002), focusing on hermeneutics and Critical Theory. After a brief career as an English teacher in Corsica, she made her way to the Cultural Analysis program at the University of Amsterdam, where she received her research MA (cum laude) in 2006.

In 2008, she arrived in Montreal to begin her doctorate at Concordia. In 2010, she was awarded an FQRNT (Quebec provincial funding agency) fellowship for International students for her continuing research on the role of subjectivity and reflexivity in documentary film. In 2010 and 2011, she redesigned and taught the third-year undergraduate course, Nonfiction Film Since 1956.

Currently, she is completing her dissertation on millennial, archival, North American city films. Her research interests include: historiography through the moving image; archive-based filmmaking; subjective and essayistic nonfiction film; Critical Theory, especially Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault; and liminality and hybridity in documentary.

In addition to her scholarly work, Papagena curates special programs for the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in Northern California. These programs are designed with the objective of allowing marginalized documentary forms to be seen and discussed within the festival setting. Past and current topics include: Experimental documentary; “Gothumentary”; Archive-based documentary; and Hybrid-documentary.

As a member of the first cohort of PhD students at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Papagena has been excited to see the program grow, and wishes the best to all current and future doctorate students.


me at lumiere du mile endAdam Szymanski
Thesis: Minor Cinemas of Melancholy and Therapy (2017)

Adam Szymanski (MA and BA Film Studies, Western University) is a PhD student whose current research is focused on the aesthetics of melancholy in contemporary global art cinema cinema and the political implications of such an aesthetics in the era of cognitive capitalism. Adam has published on Félix Guattari and the theory of minor cinema in Kinephanos and on Walter Benjamin and fashion photography in Film, Fashion and Consumption. Adam is publishing co-ordinator of the Immediations SSHRC Partnership Grant, works in the Inflexionseditorial collective and is an active member of the Senselab.

Adam is the recipient of SSHRC, FQRSC and OGS doctoral fellowships.


Samantha Wilson
Thesis: Aesthetics of Astonishment and Contemplation in the Sublime View: Nature Tours and Early Scenic Filmmaking in Great Britain (2016)

Background: Samantha completed her Bachelor degree at Trent University with a double major in Philosophy and Cultural Studies and a specialization in Image, Sound and Performance. She focused primarily on political theory and ethics. She chose to broaden her understanding of analytic philosophy by attending University of St. Andrews where the focus of her thesis was on intrinsic value in environmental ethics.

Research interests: After completing her MLitt Samantha has remained engaged with environmental theory and is currently completing research on the formal depiction of the natural landscape in 19th century photography and early cinema, and the shifting philosophical conception of the sublime. Her other research interests include: Avant-garde and Experimental film; Indigenous media; film and photographic technology; Romantic landscape painting; British 18th and 19th century aesthetics; and, Critical Theory, specifically the Frankfurt School and Marxism.


Kristopher Woofter
Thesis: Shoot the Dead: Horror Cinema, Documentary, and Gothic Realism (2016)

Background: Kristopher has a B.A. in cinema and literature from Denison University and an M.A. in literature from Concordia University. He has published on the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (2010), and on the Gothic discourse in recent documentary in the journal TEXTUS: ENGLISH STUDIES IN ITALY (vol. 25, no.3 2012). Forthcoming publications include a chapter on the recent film, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, for A JOSS WHEDON READER (Syracuse University Press, 2014). He is currently co-editing a scholarly collection that re-evaluates horror cinema’s “lost decade,” the forties. Kristopher also teaches literature and film in the English Department at Dawson College in Montréal, and is a co-founder of Montreal’s Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. He serves as a co-chair for the Horror Area of the Popular Culture / American Culture Association, and is a charter associate and secretary of the Whedon Studies Association. He is also a programmer for the Montreal Underground Film Festival.

Research interests: Kristopher’s current research interests in cinema, television and literature include the horror genre, the Gothic, documentary, mock-documentary, pseudo-documentary and new media. He holds an FQRSC doctoral research fellowship for his current research on horror and realism from silent cinema, to forties “Gothic realism” to the recent mock-documentary “reality horror” film.