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Monika Gagnon, PhD

Professor, Communication Studies

Office: L-CJ 4415 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2563
Availability: Tuesdays 12:30–2:00 pm
and by appointment


PhD, Communication, Simon Fraser University

MA, Social & Political Thought, York

BA, Communication Studies, Concordia


Concordia University Research Fellow (Person & Society) 2017–18

Teaching activities

COMS 835 PhD Pro-Seminar

COMS 605 Media Research Methods

Current research projects

In Search of Expo 67

In Search of Expo 67, a major exhibition of 19 works by Québec and Canadian artists at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, investigates the most innovative, experimental and provocative dimensions of this international world fair as well as its artistic, social and political contexts. Largely founded on archival research, these new works are created in dialogue with the spirit of 1967, challenging some of its underlying presumptions and showcasing its incredible degree of invention. Original large-format and multi-screen films will be programmed by CINEMAexpo67 in the MAC's blackbox. Co-curated by Monika Kin Gagnon and Lesley Johnstone. Opens June 21 and runs through October 8 2017.

Cheryl Sim, Un Jour, One Day (2017) production still
Photo credit: photo: Danica Evering

Selected publications

Essays and book chapters

“All-embracing Circlevision360: Canada 67 at Expo 67’s TelephonePavilion,” Reimagining Cinema: Filmat Expo 67, eds. Monika Kin Gagnon and Janine Marchessault (Montreal: McGill-Queens UP,2014). 218–233.

“Posthumous Cinema and Creative Archiving: Charles Gagnon’s R69 and Joyce Wieland’s Wendy and Joyce,” inCinephemera, eds. Gerda Cammaer and Zoë Druick (Montreal: McGill Queen’s Press, 2014).

“Amplifying Threat: Reasonable Accomodations and Quebec’s Bouchard-Taylor Commission (co-authored with Yasmin Jiwani),” in Shifting the Ground: Nation-state, Indigeneity, Culture, eds. Smaro Kamboureli and Robert Zacharias (Guelph: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2012).

“The Christian Pavilion at Expo ’67: Notes from Charles Gagnon’s Archive”, in Expo 67: Not Just a Souvenir, eds. Rhona Richman Kenneally and Johanne Sloane (UofT Press, 2011).

“Living Archives at the First Nations Garden, Montreal Botanical Garden,” Public 41 (Summer 2010). Co-edited special issue on Gardens with Erin Despard.

“Posthumous Cinema: On [Archiving] Charles Gagnon’s R69,” in Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (Montreal: Spectral Films, 2009.

“The Persistence of Spectatorship: the Racialized and Ethnicized Gaze,” in Precarious Visualities: new perspectives on identification in contemporary art and visual culture, eds. Christine Ross, Olivier Asselin, Johanne Lamoureux (Montreal: McGill-Queens UP, 2008).

“Cinematic Imag(in)ings of the Japanese Canadian Internment,” in Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen, ed. Elaine Chang (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2008).

“Tender Research: Field Notes from the Nikkei Internment Centre,” Canadian Journal of Communication 31.1 (Spring 2006).

“The Capacity of Cultural Difference (with Scott Toguri McFarlane),” for the “Minister’s Forum on Diversity and Culture,” Dept of Canadian Heritage, April 2003, Ottawa and “Cultures, Diversity and Everyday Life,” with Council of Europe, May 2002, Montréal.


Co-edited with Janine Marchessault. ReImagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67. Anthology with essays, interviews, and filmmaker portfolios; with Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Colin Low and others. Book manuscript in progress.

With Richard Fung, 13 Conversations About Art and Cultural Race Politics. Montreal: Artextes Editions, 2002. Translated into Territoires et Trajectoires. Adapted and translated by Colette Tougas. Montreal: Artextes Editions, 2006.

Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press/Artspeak/ KAG, 2000.

Art-related essays

“Posthumous Collaboration (for Nancy Shaw),” in Prefix Photo 20 (Fall 2009).

“(Media) ‘History from Below’: From the Snaphshot to the Home Movie in Jamelie Hassan’s
Installations, in Jamelie Hassan: At the Edge of Words (London ON: Museum London, 2009).

“The Enchantments of Richard Fung’s Unsettling Landscapes (after JMW Turner),” in Richard Fung
(Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2008).

“Duels, Dualities and Intertextuality in the Media Works of Stephen Foster,” for Stephen Foster (exhibition brochure), Auckland: MIC Toi Rerehiko, 2007.

“Book and Exhibition Review: Janet Cardiff: The Walk Book and Her Long Black Hair,” Senses and Society 2.1 (July 2007): 259-263.

Upcoming and recent conference papers

“Posthumous Cinema,” Life & Death: A Conversation, Society for Cultural Anthropology, Providence RI, May 10-13

“Unfinished Films in the Multimedia Archive,” Visible Evidence 18, NYU, August 2011

“Creative Archiving in the Multimedia Archive: Animating ‘Canada and the Films of Expo 67,’” (with Mary Elizabeth Luka), Re-Animating the Archive, UCLA, Los Angeles, Nov 2010

“Reconstructing Two Immersive Multimedia Pavilions from Expo ‘67: The Christian and Telephone Pavilion,” Media in Transition 6, MIT (Cambridge MA), Apr 2009

“Posthumous Cinema: Unfinished Films and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s White Dust from Mongolia,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (SCMS), Tokyo, May 2009

“Reconstructing Two Immersive Multimedia Pavilions from Expo “67: The Christian Pavilion and the Telephone Pavilion,” Media in Transition 6, MIT Boston, April 2009

“Posthumous Collaboration/Posthumous Cinema: Memory, Afterlife and Moving Images,” ISEA Singapore, July 29 2008

“Posthumous Collaboration: In Honour of Nancy Shaw,” Canadian Communication Studies Association Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, June 5 2008

“The Cinematic Imaginary at Expo “67,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of Saskatchewan, May 30 2007

Archival Film Projects

Archival Film Projects

Charles Gagnon: 4 Films, producer, catalogue editor and writer (Montreal: Spectral, 2009). Premiered at Festival internationale des films sur l’art (FIFA), March 25 2009. Screened at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from October 2010–January 2011.

Reviews of Charles Gagnon: 4 Films and R69 [unfinished/inachevé]

        “FIFA 2010: The Flicks to Pick,” Canadian Art [online edition], March 18 2010.
        Scott McKenzie, “Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (review),” The Moving Image 10.2 (Fall 2010): 167–170.

        Christian Roy, “Readings: Charles Gagnon,” Ciel Variable 89 (automne 2011): 88.

Archiving R69 (2011). Korsakow Film (interactive database film). Hosted at Screened at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema FNC/Lab October 2012.

Happy Birthday (2010). Black-and-white 16mm film with optical sound. 6 minutes. Made at the Film Farm Retreat 2010, Mount Forest, ON.

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