Unspoken Territories: An evening with filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw

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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 20186:00PM - 8:00PMMedia Commons Theatre,
3rd floor of Robarts Library
130 St. George Street
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Sometimes outrageous, often funny and always insightful, poet/pedagogue Marusya Bociurkiw’s films and books create an alternative diaspora archive, built on hybridity, intersectionality and the desire to speak to that which has been unspoken.Her body of work – 10 films and 6 books unique to the fields of Slavic Studies and Slavic literature – rewrite the Ukrainian settler narrative and create new queer and intersectional feminist imaginaries that cross ethnic, transnational, and identitarian boundaries. Bociurkiw will show clips from her films and will share footage from her current project, “Post-Revolution.”

Marusya Bociurkiw is associate professor of media theory and co-director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought , which promotes research-creation and graduate study in the areas of media studies, critical theory, Aboriginal, feminist, and queer studies, and media activism. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia, an M.A.in Social and Political Thought from York University, and a B.F.A from NSCAD University. Dr. Bociurkiw’s academic research is broadly concerned with the intersections of affect, nation and technology, and their gendered, queered and racialized ramifications. She is also a media artist, writer, blogger and scholar whose media works and books about the sexuality, ethnicity , food, and culture have been screened and read all over the world. Her films and videos are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, The National Archives, and various universities and libraries. A longtime media activist, she founded Emma Productions, a feminist media collective in the 1980’s and is currently engaged in documenting that history. She is the writer/director of nine films and videos, including “Unspoken Territory”, a history of racial profiling in Canada, and “What’s the Ukrainian Word For Sex: A Sexual Journey through Eastern Europe.”


Olga Kesarchuk


Marusya Bociurkiw
Filmmaker; Associate Professor of Media Theory, Ryerson University; Director of the Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought

Marta Baziuk
Director of the Holodomor Education and Research Consortium, CIUS, Toronto

Main Sponsor

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

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