Effective immediately and for the foreseeable future, all scheduled thesis defences will be conducted remotely via videoconferencing using the Zoom software application at their already scheduled date and time.
When studying for a doctoral degree (PhD), candidates submit a thesis that provides a critical review of the current state of knowledge of the thesis subject as well as the student’s own contributions to the subject. The distinguishing criterion of doctoral graduate research is a significant and original contribution to knowledge.
Once accepted, the candidate presents the thesis orally. This oral exam is open to the public.
This is a practice-based project that critically and creatively explores the figuration of the mother-daughter dyad through a situated feminist research-creation approach. This project understands research-creation as a knowledge-making practice, which interweaves critical theoretical analysis with creative processes of representation. This mode of knowledge-making enables both the production of an original video work as the centrepiece of the project, as well as a critical reflexive breakdown of the process of creation as part of a written component. Working from the interdisciplinary domain of communication and feminist media studies and drawing from a history of feminist film theory and video making, this thesis project engages with debates related to the writing and reading of gendered experience. This project contributes to a cultural history of representations of the mother-daughter dyad in and through self-reflexive film and video making. Specifically, this examination is put into practice through the production of a situated autoethnographic video of a mother-daughter relationship.