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Dr. Maria-Carolina Cambre

Associate Professor, Education

Dr. Maria-Carolina Cambre
Julio Colantoni
Office: S-FG 6205  
Faubourg Ste-Catherine Building,
1610 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2002
Website(s): Carolina Cambre
Ethnography Labista
VP Research for RC 57 Visual Sociology
Availability: “You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that ... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it"
(James Baldwin 1979)
ORCID: 0000-0002-0354-6899

Interview / Media

Getting to Know You:

The Conversation:

IVSA Showcase Feature:

Sociologist of the month:

Dean's Awards Excellence:

4th Space interview:

Research Interests

RESEARCH AREAS: Sociology of Education; Visual Sociology; Qualitative Methods; Image Studies; Post-critical pedagogies
"the eye can't see what the brain doesn't know" J.Baldwin

Current & Recent Projects

(2022 SSHRC) Global Collective for Study Abroad Researchers & Administrators (GC-SARA)
(2021 SSHRC)  Emerging Educational Policies in Times of Crisis: Visual Accountability in Mexico and Canada.
(2020 Consulat général de France) Attractivité des chercheurs canadiens Digital Images: Filtering Faces
(2019 SSHRC FAS Explore) Developing Intercultural Communications through Visual Pedagogical Innovation
(2018 FRQ-SC)  Curated Identities: Selfies and Online Ambivalence
(2018 PCYIA)     Emerging Literacies in an Informatic Society
(2017 SSHRC)    Conference on Reframing Goffman
(2016 SSHRC)     Nomadic Pedagogies: More here:

My research program evolves under the rubrics of three broad but overlapping areas:

1. Polymedia literacies/Digital self-display

2. Community/pedagogy/policy  &

3. Image theory/visual methodologies.

"The Wind" (IVSA showcase)
Beginnings (1st prize)
Photo credit:

Teaching activities


ESTU615  Introduction to Research Methods
ESTU642  Special topics: Critical Policy Issues  
ESTU644 Sociology of Education
ADIP549  Project Design
ESTU642 Special topics: Media, Pop Culture & Education
ESTU645 Curriculum Theory & Design

HUMA889 Doctoral Seminar: Representation/s Otherwise (Winter 2018/Winter 2019/ Fall 2020)
EDUC807 Doctoral Seminar:Qualitative Methods
SDBI WSDB498 Feminist Economics


2016 IHMJ316 Introduction to Visual Methods (Doctoral Seminar)
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

2018 Introduction to the Visual Essay (Doctoral Seminar)

Universidad de San Martin, Buenos Aires AR

2019 Introduction to the Visual Essay (Continuing Education Seminar)

Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa MX

Other courses

Advertising and Social Institutions
Investigating Everyday Life: Qualitative Research
Classical Social Theory
Contemporary Social Theory

Society on the small screen: Mobile Cultures
Introduction to Sociology
Mass Media and Society

Student Supervision

Kiley, A.             (2023) Sexuality Curriculum in Quebec: Let’s Talk about Sex

Nazywalskyi, T. (2023) Love Shapes: Eros as a Teaching Posture in Quebec Secondary Schools

Li, X.        (2023) University Student’s Experience of AbruptTransition during the Covid-19 pandemic

McKell, T. (2022) Reflections on Change: The Quebec Anglophone Experience & the Revised History Curriculum
Marsillo, J (2022) Quebec's Language Laws: So Many Bills, Not Enough Sense
Jones, D.    (2021): Education and AI: Opportunities and apprehensions
Elimby, F.   (2021) :     Meditation for transformation: The quest for teachers’ wellbeing
Hoffmann-Kuhnt, B. (2021) :  Women & Homelessness: Vectors of Invisibility (EL Award)
Figueroa, T.        (2020)  Engaging digital literacies through the lenses of the hearing impaired
Aranibar, M. D.  (2020) Street Newspapers: An Educational Tool for Social Change (SSHRC)
Farley, Lauren     (2019) Examining the high rates of private school enrolment in Montreal
Abdel Ghani, M. (2019) Children Vloggers on YouTube: Empowerment or Exploitation?
Qingru Zeng        (2019) A Comparison of Literacies Discourses: WesternCountries and China
Ren, Andao          (2019) Rethinking Educational Traditions in China from a Gender Perspective
Jarman, Megan     (2019) Critical Discourse Analysis in Canadian Policy Education Research
Liu, Xiaoyi           (2018) Using Cultural Identity and Intersectionality Theory to Understand Barriers to Integration of Female Chinese International Students in Montreal
Favvas, Christina  (2018) Analyzing Quebec’s Policy on Educational Success
Kaiah Eaton          (2018) Lead Co-supervisor (Philosophy) Understanding Fanonian Humanism Through National Struggles
Parsons, Victoria  (2017) Inclusive education for students at-risk: The white spaces

Masters (In progress)
Deveaux, E.:   Updating media literacy curriculum: The heuristic possibilities of Internet Memes
Todorova, D.:     TBD
Shahrouyan,SNon-native English teacherswithin a TESOL program: Professional Agency and Identity
St Hilaire, A Evaluating corporate pre-packaged curricula: Alternative Marketing


Publications (selected)

Cambre,C. & Sicotte, G. (2022) “’Mangez-moi’:L’érotisation de la nourriture et des corps dans la foodporn” Special issue of Communication & Langages on #Foodporn

Lavrence, C. & Cambre, C. (2020) “’Do I look like my selfie?’ Filters & the digital forensic gaze.” Social Media & Society 

Cambre, C. & Lavrence, C. (2019) How else would you take a photo?” #SelfieAmbivalence. Cultural Sociology.

Cambre, C. (2019) “Introduction: Visual criminology and the social image/s of crime” in Special Subsection (SSS): Current Sociology

Traue, B., Blanc, M., & Cambre, C. (2019) “Introduction: Visibilities and visual discourses. Rethinking the social with the image Special Issue of Qualitative Inquiry

Cambre, C. (2018) “50 Años de agencia oscilante y distribuida: El virtual de la imagen de Che Guevara.” Traducción Leila Srur* & Ana Inés Heras con permiso del Public Journal of Semiotics (Editor: Jordan Zlatev) In Revista Chilena de Semiótica

Cambre, C. (2016) “Algorithmic love: Quit playin’ games with my <3”in Networking Knowledge: Journal Of The MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 9(6), 8-25. Special Issue: “Together While Apart: Mediating Relationships and Intimacy.” Prieto-Blanco, P. & Schreiber, M., (Eds.)

David, G. & Cambre C. (2016) “Screened Intimacies: Tinder and the Swipe Logic.” In Inter-faces and Me-diated bodies Special Issue of Social Media Society. Warfield, K., Cambre, C., and Abidin, C. (Eds)

Plews, J. L., Breckenridge, Y., Cambre, MC., & Fernandes, G. (2014). Mexican English teachers’ experiences of international professional development in Canada: A narrative sequel. e-FLT. (June) Vol. 11:1, 52-75

Artivists 4 life, Robinson, L., & Cambre, MC. (2013). Co-creatn w uth artivists in Uganda: Authors of our own becoming. in Late-modernity and Agency: Contemporary Youth Cultures in Africa Special edition of Postcolonial Text. 8:3-4, 1-21. Ugor, P. (Ed.).

Cambre MC. (2013). Immanence and collage heuristics. in Deleuze & Guattari special edition of Visual Arts Research. 39:1, Issue 76, 70-89.  j. jagodzinski, J. Wallin, L. Hetrick (Eds.)

Cambre, MC. (2012). The efficacy of the virtual: From Che as sign to Che as agent. The Public Journal of Semiotics, 4(1), 83-107. P. Bouissac (Ed.)


Cambre, C., E. Barromi-Perlman, & D. Herman Jr.(2022) “Introduction:The nomadology of visual pedagogies” in Cambre,C., E. Barromi-Perlman, & D. Herman Jr. (Eds) (2022) Visual Pedagogies: Concepts, Cases & Practices (Brill | Sense Publishers, NL). Pp. 1-16

(2021)“Visual Sociology” Ch. 45 In Krešimir Purgar (Ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Image Studies. Palgrave MacMillan. Pp.735-757.

Jarman, M. &Cambre, C. & (2021) “EvaluatingCritical Discourse Analysis in research: A Canadian Educational Policy Case” In(J.Crossman (UniSA and ICMS) and S. Bordia (ANU) Eds.) Edward ElgarHandbook of Qualitative Research Methodologies in workplace contexts. EE Publishing,Australia.

Abdul Ghani, M. & Cambre, C. (2020) “Ethan’s GoldenYouTube Play Button: The evolution of a child influencer” In (Warfield K, Cambre C, &Abidin C Eds) Mediated Interfaces: The Body onSocial Media. Bloomsbury Publishing. London, UK.

Cambre, C. (2019).Neither Visible nor Hidden:The Structuring of the Sensible Ch. 7 in A. S. Grønstad & Ø Vågnes (Eds.), Invisibilities.Palgrave MacMillan (Springer International Press).

Cambre, C. (Dec. 2019) Crisis of Literacies: How does the Orchid cite the Bee? in Knowings & Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation. In Loveless, N. (Ed.) University of Alberta Press, AB Canada.

Cambre, C. & Lavrence, C. (2018) Encounters that open up problems: A critical path forpost-structuralist inquiry, Chapter 7 in Sociological Theory, Methods, and Perspectives. In Michalski, J. (Ed.) Nova Science Publishers, Inc:Hauppauge, NY. USA.

Cambre, C. & Arshad-Ayaz, A. (2017). Literacies future past: Inwardness as ethical information. In Samek, T. & Shultz, L. (Eds.) Information Ethics and Global Citizenship. McFarland Publishers, Jefferson NC, USA.

Artivists 4 life, Robinson, L., Cambre, MC., (2015). Youth Artivism in Uganda: Co-creators of our own Becoming. In P. Ugor & L. Mawuko-Yevugah (Eds.), Markets, States and Generations: African Youth in the Age of Neoliberal Globalization 75-96 Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Surrey, UK

(2020 Feb 26) “Bye-Bye Selfie, hello Plandid: The paradox of trying” Invited lecture at the School of Journalism & Communication, Seminar on Visual Culture. Carleton University, Ottawa CA.
(2020, Jan 10) The Machinic Face: A schizo-selfie reading. The Guattari Research Group –Toronto. Victoria University College, at the University of Toronto, CA.
(2019 Dec 1-16) “Pedagogy in a Decolonial Hue: Intercultural Communications through Visual Essays”. Instituto de Investigaciones en Educación, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, MX
(2018, Dec 14) The politics of pleasure: A tentative grammar of #foodporn. Colloquium on “#Foodporn: Mobilesof Desire” The aesthetic, economic, and sociol-political stakes of visual representationof food on social networks. Sponsored by: IRCAV, (Institut Recherche sur le Cinéma etl’audiovisuel) , Sorbonne Nouvelle. Paris, FR.

(2017, Aug 28) Marchas ycontramarchas en la construcción de metodología en semiótica critica y visual. La Serie deEncuentros Desde elSeminario al Taller y la Clínica, Plenary Talk on: Sobre Textos, Contextos y Territorios. Sponsored by: Instituto Gino Germani. University of Buenos Aires, Escuela de Humanidades Universidad de San Martin y el Instituto para la Inclusión Social y el Desarrollo Humano. Buenos Aires, AR.

(2017, Sept 3-6) “Polymedia Literacies” Workshop at the European Literacies Network Training School: Assessing Literacy Skills in a Digital World, Coventry University, UK.

(2017, Mar. 8). Neither hidden nor visible: The Whiteness of Dior. Toxic Media Ecologies Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta, CA.(2016, Aug. 19). Conceptos y perspectivas para el análisis visual en sociología. At El Instituto Gino Germani. University of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

(2016, July. 22). A Quantum of Meaning: Parallelism and Transvisuality. At The Space and Culture Research Group at the City Region Studies Centre (CRST) University of Alberta. Edmonton, AB, Canada.

(2015, Mar. 18). The Body of Anonymous & witnessing multiplicity via Deleuze & Guattari Visual Media Workshop Lecture Series 2015. At Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Surrey, BC, Canada. Available at:

(2015, Mar. 14). Ausflüge in die Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten der aktuellen visuellen Methoden (Exploring the challenges and possibilities of current visual methods) At The Working Group on the Image at Universitat Potsdam, Brandenburg, DE

(2014, Sept. 16). Does Anonymous have a gender or species? Contemporary Issues in Communication at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

(2014, Sept. 3). Polymedia literacies and the information society. Centre for Integrated Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Athabasca University, Edmonton, AB Canada.

(2014, April 24). Expériences en sociologie visuelle: Le visage du Che Guevara et l’ambiguïté sexuel. Invited lecture at the Laboratoire d'histoire visuelle contemporaine, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales INHA, 2, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, FR.

(2014, Mar. 22-26). Respondent paper at Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation a Think-Tank with Dr. Donna Haraway (sponsored by: Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, Killam Connection Grant, UAlberta Faculty of Arts, SSHRC, the Canada Research Chairs in Cultural Studies, Design Studies, and Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality, Latitude 53 Gallery, Departments of Art
and Design and Women & Gender Studies, University of Alberta.

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