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Katerina Symes

Thesis supervisor: Professor Krista Lynes
Thesis title: The Pedagogy of Queer Crossover Television

Katerina Symes is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She holds a BA in Sociology (University of Alberta), a Master’s in Media Studies (Concordia University), and a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching (Concordia University).

She is currently an instructor in the Department of Humanities at Vanier College, and she is a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship. Her research has been published in the Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory and Feminist Media Studies.

Her current project “The Pedagogy of Queer Crossover Television” examines how online-streaming platforms have contributed to the proliferation of LGBTQ+ representation (e.g., Orange Is the New Black, Transparent, etc.).

Peer-reviewed publications:

  • “Her Story: Educating a Mainstream Audience.” Transmedia and Public Representation: Transgender People in Film and Television. Peter Lang. (Forthcoming, October 2021).
  • “Orange Is the New Black: Menstruation, Comedy, and the Unruly Feminine.” Menstruation Now: What Does Blood Perform? Demeter Press: Feminist Publishing on Mothering, Reproduction, Sexuality and Family. 2019.
  • “Orange Is the New Black: The Popularization of Lesbian Sexuality and Heterosexual Modes of Viewing.” Feminist Media Studies, vol. 17, no. 1, 2017, pp. 29-41.
  • “Cyborgs and Virtual Bodies” (co-authored with Krista Geneviève Lynes). The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory. Mary Hawkesworth and Lisa Jane Disch (Editors). Oxford University Press, 2016.
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