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Located in the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University, The Studio blurs the boundaries between art, activism, and scholarship.

Located in the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University, The Studio blurs the boundaries between art, activism, and scholarship.

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  1. 1. The Studio. Congress 2017 I Ryerson University Blurring BoundariesMedia, Activism, Scholarship
  2. 2. Artivism Meets Scholarship The Studio works to blur the boundaries between media artmaking, activism, and theoretical /scholarly investigation. We are: filmmakers, designers, scholars, media artists, students and teachers in the areas of: media studies, cultural studies, critical race/ feminist/disability and queer theory, and arts-based social justice work. We do: community-based research, symposia, a speakers’ series, scholarly publication, and the promotion of social justice content for Canadian broadcast & cultural industries. 

  3. 3. Inside & Outside the Classroom FOCUS AREAS MEDIA & ART PRACTICE Mentor, support, and exhibit student, faculty and community work dedicated to activist media, art, and/or design COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Create intersectional spaces for publics to debate, discuss, and interact with activist media producers and objects GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP Convene scholars, artists, and activists to foster a critically informed discourse about the relationship between activism, scholarship, and art-making CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT Promote the development of critically informed activist media pedagogy
  4. 4. Then & Now HISTORY 2012 Marusya Bociurkiw launches Ryerson’s first media activist speakers’ series, “Pre/occupy Theory”, featuring Skawennati, Dorothy Kidd, and Alison Hearn. This popular series becomes the impetus for forming The Studio. 2013 The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought is officially launched as an FCAD research hub. The Studio-related course, RTA 893 Social Justice Media, becomes part of Ryerson curriculum. Students in the course also attend and write about, the Studio’s yearly speakers’ series. 2014 A full slate of programming is developed. A panel discussion on police & state violence featuring Rinaldo Walcott, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, and Abdi Osman kicks off an annual speaker series.
  5. 5. 2017 Arnait Video, an Arctic women’s media collective presents at the annual Speaker Series. Marusya Bociurkiw initiaties a new course, RTA 521: #Activism. The Studio Working Group is formed. The Studio partners with London South Bank University’s Centre for Research in Digital Storymaking and Guelph University’s Centre for Art and Social Justice. 2016 The first annual symposium on theories & practices of the archive: De/Materializing Bodies: Activist Media Archives. Over 60 scholars from across North America attend. Raven Sinclair launches her film, A Truth To Be Told: The 60’s Scoop in the Splatsin Community, as part of the symposium. 2015 Third Annual Speaker Series, “Means of Production” launches, featuring Raven Sinclair, Deanna Bowen, Eliza Chandler & others. Marusya Bociurkiw premieres the film, This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights & the War in Ukraine.
  6. 6. The Working Group LEADERSHIP Prof. Eliza Chandler Artist Abdi Osman Chad Story Prof. Marusya Bociquw Prof. Wendy McGuire Kiké Roach Honorary Member Prof. Raven Sinclair Jonathan Petrychyn
  7. 7. The Centre for Art and Social Justice Theory & Practice PARTNERS
  8. 8. February 2, 2015 Special screening of the documentrary Migrant Dreams, followed by conversation with with Dir. Min Sook Lee, and Chris Ramsaroop from Justicia for Migrant Workers.
  9. 9. September 29, 2016 Prof. Eliza Chandler presents findings from her research on representations of disability in media.
  10. 10. November 10, 2016 Street nurse and activist Cathy Crowe in conversation with Dr. Alex Abramovich.
  11. 11. November 12, 2016 Participants take part in The Studio’s first annual symposium, Activist Media Archives: De / Materializing Bodies.
  12. 12. Winter 2017 The Studio hosts the annual Winter Speakers’ series exploring the theme, “Mapping Media Activism: Collectives and Collaborations.” MEDIA ACTIVISM MAPPING COLLECTIVES COLLABORATIONS 2017 WINTER SPEAKER SERIES Eaton Lecture Hall Room RCC204 80 Gould Street First Tuesday Feb – April 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Presented by The Studio for Media Activism Critical Thought February 7 PANEL DISCUSSION Resisting Erasure, Rising Up, and Raising Voices March 7 WORKSHOP Mapping Safe Crip Spaces April 11 VIDEO TALK Inuit Women’s Voices For more information, visit studioformediaactivism.com or follow us on Twitter at @ryersonstudio Event is FREE and wheelchair accessible. 2017 WINTER SPEAKER SERIES MAPPING Transmedia Zone Second Floor 80 Gould Street WORKSHOP March 7 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Presented by The Studio for Media Activism Critical Thought Event is FREE and wheelchair accessible. Mapping Safe Crip Spaces An interactive event with disability activist and artist Maayan Ziv, moderated by Dr. Eliza Chandler
  13. 13. The Studio. StudioForMediaActivism.ca Connect with us on Facebook (fb.com/studioformediaactivism) and follow us on Twitter (@ ryersonstudio).

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