Student profile

Ashton Kinley

Ashton was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, and achieved his Bachelor of Arts with a combined major in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies and The University of British Columbia in Kelowna, British Columbia. He is currently completing his MA in Film Studies at Concordia University in Montréal. His creative work, which includes poetry and experimental digital filmmaking, focuses on the relationship between identity and place, specifically by interrogating genealogies of shared sociocultural histories. His research explores the intersections of prairie Canadian regional and settler colonial theories in western Canadian mediascapes, and seeks to challenge the hegemonic and iconographic narratives that articulate sensations of national belonging. Outside of academia, Ashton is an enthusiastic consumer of popular culture, and enjoys sharing his love of pop music with his friends on road trips across Canada. He is fortunate to have lived in communities on both coasts, and always enjoys exploring the new places he has come to call home.

Supervisor: May Chew

Thesis Title: (Un)Mapping the West: Regional Flows in Prairie Canadian Media

Research Interests:

  • Western Canadian regionalism
  • contemporary Canadian cinema
  • queer cinema
  • place-based identity politics
  • settler colonial theory


CULT 100 - Introduction to Cultural Studies - (University of British Columbia - Okanagan)
FMST 200 - Introduction to Film Studies - (Concordia University)
FMST 391 - Sexual Representations in Cinema - (Concordia University)
FFAR 298 - Special Topics in Fine Arts: Documentary and Social Justice - (Concordia University)


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