PhD & Visiting Scholar

Siying Duan

International Postdoc Fellow

Areas: New Media Arts, Chinese Aesthetics, Comparative Aesthetics

Siying Duan has recently completed her Ph.D. study in Art Theory at Shanghai Film Academy, Shanghai University. She is now research assistant of professor Laura U. Marks. She also serves as the producer of the podcast channel “Elephant says” at the platform Creative Disturbance. Siying has visited the University of California, Irvine (UCI), University of Manchester and University College Cork (UCC). She has been served as board member for Body of Knowledge conference and has reviewed manuscript for Leonardo journal. Her study of interests includes new media arts and aesthetics and her publications include several articles on Chinese Media Art research, comparative aesthetics, and art psychology.

Matt Horrigan

PhD (Special Arrangement)

In past or concurrent lives Matt Horrigan has been known to collect paycheques as a sound designer, movie technician, stagehand, session drummer, truck driver, traffic flagger, construction worker and "window cleaning specialist." With a composer's ear for ASMR and a Production Assistant's nose for free snacks, it's all about the hedonism, really.

Real talks: Matt's here to learn everything there is to know about the history of BC music venues since 1964.

Yani Kong

PhD (Special Arrangement)

Areas: Critical Theory, Philosophy, Art History, Visual Culture, Cultural Studies.

Yani Kong is PhD candidate and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow studying contemporary art history and theory at the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA), Simon Fraser University. Kong is the managing editor for the Comparative Media Arts Journal based out of SCA, and an instructor and TA in art history and communication. Under the supervision of Laura U. Marks, her current project explores contemporary artworks of emergency and the capacity for encounters with such works to give rise to ethical life. 

Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman

PhD (Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies)

Areas: Site-based aesthetics; Performance; Critical ethnic studies; Memory studies.

Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Claudette Lauzon at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. His practice-based dissertation, Walking in Ethnocidal Places; Durational Aesthetics and Jewish Ruin, enacts and contextualizes three research-intensive interventions that use walking and site-study to work through minor histories of race-making, imperial violence, and diasporic materiality. The project that prompted the dissertation, Lost in Jüdischer Friedhof Weißensee, a six-month performance with/in the largest active and intact Jewish cemetery in postwar Europe, is an object of study in Sa'ed Atshan and Katharina Galor's The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press 2020). He holds an MFA in Literary Art from Brown University and is the Interdisciplinary Editor of Protocols.

Photo by Nina Berfelde

Photo: Disfiguring Identity

Jordan Strom

PhD Candidate

Jordan Strom is Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Surrey Art Gallery. He has curated solo exhibitions by Sarindar Dhaliwal, Cao Fei, Brendan Fernandes, Ryoji Ikeda, among others. Recent group exhibitions have addressed South Asian song and dance (Spectacular Sangeet, 2013, co-curated with Naveen Girn), contemporary artist self-portraiture (Scenes of Selves, Occasions for Ruses, 2012), and the proto-cinematic (Vision Machine: Etienne Zack and Marianne Nicolson, 2012). Jordan has worked on previous curatorial exhibitions and projects for the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Presentation House Gallery, Republic Gallery and Dadabase. From 2004 to 2008, Jordan worked as editor at Fillip, a journal of contemporary art. He holds a Master of Arts, Art History (Critical Curatorial Studies) from the University of British Columbia.

Hongyan Sun

Visiting Scholar

Hongyan Sun is a PhD candidate at the Communication University of China and an emerging expert on puppet animation. She received a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to spend a year at SFU studying under professor Laura U. Marks.

Daisy Thompson

PhD (Special Arrangement)

Areas: Dance, Choreography.

Daisy Thompson trained in dance at The Laban Centre, London, and has recently completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at SFU. In 2009, Daisy was chosen for the Dance Beyond Borders young choreographers program in Hamburg. In 2010, she was selected by The Southbank Centre, London for the DanceWEB scholarship to participate in the ImpulseTanz festival, Vienna. In 2011, Daisy performed for Trisha Brown in Walking on the Walls, Planes and Floors of the Forest, at the Barbican Centre, London. She has danced for Henry Montes, Eva Kargzac and Lizzi Kew-ross amongst others, and performed for visual artist’s Angela Bruguera and Pablo Bronstein. Daisy is currently engaged in dance makings and has created four works during her time in Vancouver to date.

Farshid Kazemi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Farshid Kazemi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. His research interests combine an interdisciplinary and theoretical approach to Film and Media Studies/Film Theory, Iranian Studies, and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on Iranian cinema and second wave psychoanalytic film theory titled: The Interpreter of Desires: Iranian Cinema and Psychoanalysis. He has published several articles and book chapters on Iranian cinema, psychoanalytic film theory/feminist film theory in journals such as Camera Obscura. His book on the film A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night will be published by Auteur/Columbia University Press in 2020.