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Here in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University I teach in the BA in Art, Cinema, and Performance Studies, the MA in Comparative Media Arts, the MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Ph.D. by Special Arrangement. My students are both scholars and artists (often the same person). I teach students how to think about art by drawing close to it and attending to their affective, perceptual, and finally conceptual responses. I teach artists to choose theoretical approaches that shed light on their practice. Teaching art-friendly ways of thinking, I pursue the delicate task of translating the experience of a work of art into the medium of writing.

Courses Fall 2017
CA 821, Research Methods in Comparative Media Arts
CA 824, Colloquium in Comparative Media Arts

Courses Spring 2018
CA 436/CA 824, New Approaches in Moving-Images Studies

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Students, and other monads, in “Arts and Philosophies of the Fold,” spring 2015. Photo: Laura Marks

Graduate supervision at Simon Fraser University
Supervisor, Daisy Esegbona Thompson. Ph.D. by Special Arrangement. In progress.
Supervisor, Yani Kong. Ph.D. by Special Arrangement. In progress.
Supervisor, Andrew Czink, Ph.D. in Liberal Studies. “Philosophy of Embodied Musical Practices.” In progress.
Supervisor, Tyler Fox, Ph.D. in Interactive Arts and Technology. “Transductive Praxis in BioArt: Relational Ontology and Aesthetics of Nonhuman Experience.” Defended, May 2015.

Supervisor, Azadeh Emadi, Ph.D., Auckland University of Technology, School of Art and Design. “Pa Dar Hava (Feet in the Air)—an unfolding of a Middle Eastern space of exile via moving image art.” Defended, August 2014.
Supervisor, Aleksandra Dulic, Ph.D., School for Interactive Art and Technology. “Fields of Interaction: From Shadow Play Theatre to Media Performance.” Defended, May 2006.

Senior supervisor, Asmaa Al-Issa, MFA. In progress.
Senior supervisor, Jeffrey Langille, MFA. “How Is It That There Is Always Something New?” Defended, October 2014.
Senior supervisor, Alize Zorlotuna, MFA. “Queering Islamicate Aesthetics.” Defended, September 2013.
Senior supervisor, Sydney Koke, MFA. “Holographic Universe.” Defended, September 2013.
Senior supervisor, Edith Artner, MFA, “Surfbox Sitting on a Liquid Platform: A Note on Sensory Motility, or the ‘Architecture of Landing.’” Defended, September 2011.
Senior supervisor, Natalie Sorenson, MFA, “The Life’s Work of Murphy Piltdown.” Defended, April 2010.
Senior supervisor, Emily Rosamond, MFA, “Chewing Chewing Chewing Social Space.” Defended, October 2007.
Senior supervisor, Amanda Christie, MFA. “Sensuous Machines: Embodied Mechanics of Cinematic Performances.” Defended, May 2007.
Senior supervisor, Jacky Sawatzky, MFA. “The RGB Project.” Defended, December 2004.
Senior supervisor, Sabita Majid, MA in History. “Bollywood’s Diasporan Audience.” Defended, May 2008.
Supervisor, Deborah Edmeades, MFA.
On the Validity of Illusion (and Its Attractions).” Defended, September 2014.
Özgün Eylül İşcen, MA in Interactive Art and Technology, “Migrating Embodied Experiences: The Convergence of Sensory Ethnography and Experimental Documentary.” Defended, May 2014.
Supervisor, Juan Manuel Sepulveda, MFA. “The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park.” Defended, May 2014.
Supervisor, Charlene Vickers, MFA. “My Breath, My Gravity: My Anishinabe Indexical Opens, Pops and Riffs.” Defended, September 2013.
Supervisor, Hamidreza Jadid, MFA. “Temporary Marriage.” Defended, September 2013.
Supervisor, Helma Sawatzky, MA in Communication. “Unfolding Presence: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Photography.” Defended, September 2011.
Supervisor, Adrian Buitenhuis, MFA, “HWY 99.” Defended, November 2008.
Supervisor, Sharon Kahanoff, MFA., “The Here to Gathered.” Defended, September 2008.
Supervisor, Donna Szoke, MFA. “Optics Out of Shadows: The Presence of Absence.” Defended, March 2007.

Supervisor, Maria Federova, MA in Interactive Art and Technology. “
Performing Political: Precarious Aesthetics of Digital Video in Capturing Activist Performance.”Defended 2015.

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Recent graduate examination
Tammer El Sheikh, " Strategies of refusal: art and cultural politics in the work of Edward W. Said and Hassan Khan," Department of Art History & Communication, McGill University, 2013
Tereza Stehlikova, "Tangible Territory: Inviting the Body into the Experience of Moving Image," Ph.D. in Animation, Royal College of Art, London, 2012
Ilona Hongisto, “Soul of the Documentary: Expression and the Capture of the Real,” Ph. D. dissertation, University of Turku, Finland, 2011
Kjetil Rodje, “Seeing Red: Blood Images in American Cinema, 1958-1969, Ph.D. dissertation, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, 2011
Nour Dados, “Lost and Found in Beirut: Memory and Place in Narratives of the City,” Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Communication, University of Technology Sydney, 2010