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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Marusya Bociurkiw

Technology in Practice

University   York University
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Phone Number   416-979-5000 x7447
Office Location   RCC-106
Office Hours   Wed 1:30-2:30


MA: Social & Political Thought, York University

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, UBC


Marusya Bociurkiw is assistant professor media theory in the School of Radio and Televison Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto where she teaches courses on news and current affairs, Canadian television, and gender theories of time-based and digital media. Her research is broadly concerned with the intersections of affect and nation and technology and their gendered, queered and racialized ramifications. She is the author of 5 books, the most recent of which, Feeling Canadian: Television Nationalism & Affect was published in 2011 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She is the author of four literary  books including Comfort Food for Breakups, an award winning literary memoir, and Halfway to the East, a collection of poetry. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in many academic, arts and activist journals and books.  She has been producing films and videos in Canada for the past fifteen years and those works have screened at film festivals and in cinemas on several continents.

Research Interests

My research is broadly concerned with the intersections of affect and nation and technology and their gendered, queered and racialized ramifications. Also: Canadian television; digital media; the archive; activist and community based cultural practices.

Selected Publications

Feeling Canadian: Affect, Nationalism & Television

Wilfred Laurier University Press. 2011.


Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl

Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver. 2007.


The Children of Mary

Inanna Publications, Toronto. 2006. Novel.


Halfway to the East

Lazara Press: Vancouver: 1999. Poetry.


The Woman Who Loved Airports

Press Gang Publishers: Vancouver: 1994. Short stories and narratives.

Articles & Chapters in Books:

“Becoming Diaspora”, in Grekul,Lisa, Ledohowski, Lindy eds., Poet Pedagogues:  Reflections on 120 Years of Ukrainian-ness in Canada, Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, Forthcoming, 2012. Invited Chapter, refereed.


"Mapping the Ephemeral Media Archive: Feminists, Cameras and Cablevision” Canmaer, Gerda, & Druick, Zoe eds., Cinephemera: Moving Images at the Margins of Canadian Cinema History, Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press. In Press. (Publication Spring 2012).


“Making Do With Icons”, Anti-Hero Trinity Square Video Exhibition Catalogue, March 2010.


 “Wild Thing: HDTV and the Demasculinized Male Viewer”, In Media Res, Digital Television Theme Week, October 5-9, 2009. [].


Put on your bunny ears, take your TV around the block: Old and New Discourses of Gender and Nation in Mobile, Digital, and HDTV” Canadian Journal of Communications, Vol 33 (2008) 537-544. Refereed.


 “Whose Child Am I? The Quebec Referendum and Languages

 of Affect and the Body”, in Druick, Zoe and Kotsopoulos, Anastasia eds., Programming Reality: Perspectives on English Canadian Television, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2008. 129-145.


“It’s Not About the Sex: Racialized Queerness in ‘Ellen’ and ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’”, Canadian Woman Studies Journal, Winter 2005. 176-181. Refereed.


“Homeland (In) Security: Roots and Displacement from New York to Toronto to  Salt Lake City”, Reconstruction: An Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Journal, Summer 2003, Vol. 3 #3. Refereed.

"Other Tongues:  Language and Hybridity in Recent Canadian Video Art." In Boos, Srephen, and Glowacka, Dorota eds., Between Ethics and Aesthetics:  Crossing the Boundaries.  Albany:  SUNY Press, 2002. 293-300. Invited Chapter.


"Queer Becoming Corporate, Corporate Becoming Queer: An Ethology":, Queen: A Journal of Rhetoric and Power, Vol 2.1 "Power and Recolonization", Winter 2002. Refereed.



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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
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