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Dr. Troy Michael Bordun

Instructor, Art History

Dr.  Troy Michael Bordun
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TroyMichael Bordun is a contract instructor in Art History at Concordia University, English and Film Studies at Bishop’s University, andSociology and CulturalStudies at Trent University. Bordun’s recent work on art cinema includes Genre Trouble andExtreme Cinema: Film Theory at the Fringes of Contemporary ArtCinema(Palgrave MacMillan,2017), a recent article in Mise-en-scène, an article in Cinephile, a chapter in ScreeningScarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre, Stardom (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020),and forthcoming work in ReFocus: The Films of Carlos Reygadas(Edinburgh University Press). He has published articlesand reviews on sf cinema in Science Fiction Film and Television, CineAction,and Science Fiction Studies. His publication in the field of porn studies can be found in Celebrity Studies, Porn Studies, and Synoptique. Bordun was a co-director of Trent FilmSociety. His programs included a summer of global sf cinema and two three-dayexhibitions, on non-narrative cinema and the history of pornography up to 1972,respectively. 

Teaching activities

Courses taught at Concordia

Fall 2019
ARTH 384 Theories of Representation

Summer 2019
ARTH 398 Art and Society

Fall 2018
COMS 425 Advanced Seminar in Cultural Studies
SOCI 475 Men and Masculinities

Winter 2018
COMS 415 Advanced Topics in the Photographic Image



In preparation and forthcoming

2020    Invited book review, Utopia and Reality: Documentary, Activism and Imagined Worlds,edited by Simon Spiegel, Andrea Reiter, and Marcy Goldberg, Science Fiction Studies [in progress]

2020    Transnational Cinemas and the Transformation of Genre [ongoing; book proposal inprogress]

2020    “Domino’s Philosophy of Luck,” The Journal of Popular Culture [under review]

2018    “Touching Films: Carlos Reygadas, Melodrama, and Haptic Visuality,” ReFocus: The Films of Carlos Reygadas, ed. Silvia Álvarez-Olarra, University of Edinburgh Press [forthcoming]


2017    Genre Trouble and Extreme Cinema: Film Theory at the Fringes of Contemporary Art Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 978-3-319-65893-3


Book Chapters

2020    “On the off-screen voice: falling in love with Her,” Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre and Celebrity, eds. Janice Loreck, Whitney Monaghan, and Kirsten Stevens, Palgrave Macmillan, 99-120


2020    “Art, Porn,and Schlock: Fifty Shades of Grey and the Perplexed Film Critic,” Cinephile 14.1: 14-19

2019    “In Defence of Love: Tsai Ming-liang’s The Hole and The Wayward Cloud,” Mise-en-scène 4.2:24-35

2019    “‘We live in the past with Kari:’ Memory, Fandom, and Online Porn,” Celebrity Studies, 27 May: 1-16

2018    “‘ONE DOLLAR GETS YOU IN!’: historical resonance and online solo girls circa 2005,” Porn Studies, 13 June: 1-19

2016    “Death by Hanging Contra The Battle of Algiers by way of Rancière,”The Scattered Pelican 1.2: 5-20

2016    “Sex is Metaphysical: Catherine Breillat’s Pornographic Films,” Cine-Excess 2 [online]

2016    “On the Off-screen Voice: Sound and Vision in Spike Jonze’s Her,” CineAction 98: 57-64

2015    “Seeing Horror, Imagining the Horrible,” Off-screen19.9 [online]

2015    “Onscreen and Off-screen Flesh and Blood: Performance, Affect, and Ethics in Catherine Breillat’s Films,” Studies in European Cinema 12.2: 132-43


Other publications

2018    “Bill and Betty and Olive: A 21st Century Melodrama” [Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, critical film review], Mise-en-scène 3.2: 46-52

2018    “An End of an Era? Michael Haneke’s Happy End”[critical film review], Off-screen 22.3[online]

2016    “Porn in the Art Gallery: Collecting a Genre” [forum], Porn Studies 3.3:317-319

2016    “What becomes of Endings on Film? Elysium, Mad Max: Fury Road, Snowpiercer” [symposium], Science Fiction Film and Television 9.1: 76-79

2015    “Where Have the Good Old Naughty Days Gone? Curating an Exhibition of Moving-Image Pornography” [exhibition report], Synoptique 4.1: 138-150

2015    “Abuse of Weakness” [critical film review], CineAction 96: 36-38

2013    “Georges Bataille, Philosopher of Laughter”[conference proceedings], Good Laugh, Bad Laugh, Ugly Laugh, My Laugh, 15th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, Western University, March 1-3,


Book Reviews

2019    “HegemonicMasculinity is Back,” [invited book review, Masculinity in ContemporaryScience Fiction Cinema: Cyborgs, Troopers and Other Men of the Future, byMarianne Kac-Vergne], Science Fiction Studies 46.3: 636-639

2019    “No HumanError,” [invited book review, Understanding Kubrick’s 2001: A SpaceOdyssey, ed. James Fenwick], Science Fiction Studies 46.2: 409-412

2018    “Revisiting Paul Schrader’s Transcendental Style in Film,” Off-screen, Oct. 9 [online]

2018    “An Alternative to Haptic Cinema: Philippe Grandrieux: Sonic Cinema, by Greg Hainge,” Senses of Cinema 87 [online]

2017     “‘Whose place is this?’: The Architecture of David Lynch, by Richard Martin,” Senses of Cinema 84 [online]

2017    “The End of Extreme Cinema Studies” [invited review essay on Mattias Frey’s Extreme Cinema: The Transgressive Rhetoric of Today’s Art Film Culture (2016) and Aaron Kerner and Jonathan Knapp’s Extreme Cinema: Affective Strategies in Transnational Media (2016)], Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 44.1: 122-136

2016    “Lost Souls: The Soul of Film Theory by Sarah Cooper,” Senses of Cinema 78[online]

2016    “Film Programming: Curating for Theatres,Festivals, Archives [by Peter Bosma]” [web exclusive], Cineaste 41.2

2015    “Review:Douglas Keesey (2012) Contemporary Erotic Cinema,” Film-Philosophy 19: 105-07

2014    “Films for the Senses: Realism of the Senses in World Cinema: The Experience of Physical Reality, by Tiago de Luca,” Senses of Cinema 73 [online]


Filmmaker Interviews

2018    “This Gay Erotic Thriller Takes Toxic Masculinity to Task” [Drew Lint, M/M], Slutever, November 7

2018    “Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber discuss their debut Cam (2018),” Off-screen,November 11 [online]

2018    “Two new women-led films explore desire and gender” [Yoko Yamanaka, Amiko; Jenn Wexler, The Ranger], Slutever, August 24 [online]

2018     “Fantasia Film Festival Coverage: Interview with cast and crew of The Ranger (2018),” Off-screen, July 25 [online]

2018    “This film about camming tears down the sex industry’s red tape” [Mazzei and Goldhaber, Cam], Slutever, July 22 [online]

2018    “5Questions with Filmmaker and Pornographer Bruce LaBruce,” Slutever, June26 [online]        

2015    “Dylan Cree: Taking the serious comically,” Arthur Newspaper, October 7 [online]

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