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Patrick Brian Smith

Part-time Professor, Cinema

Patrick Brian Smith, PhD, is a Part Time Lecturer and Researcher in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. His research interests include documentary, spatial and political theory, media forensics and human rights discourse.

His doctoral thesis, Capital, Carcerality, Borders: Documentary Spatiality (awarded in 2020 and funded by a Fonds de recherche du Québec, Société et culture Doctoral Research Award) examined how non-fiction media’s engagements with space and geography serve to expose various forms of political and economic violence.

Teaching activities

FFAR 250 - Keywords: Reading the Arts Across the Disciplines
Tutorial leader with Dr. MJ Thompson, Dr. Anja Bock, and Dr. Tammer El-Sheikh
Fall 2015 - Winter 2020

FMST 211 - Film History to 1959
Part-time Instructor
Winter 2018

FMST 332 - Issues in Independent Cinema: Cinema of Resistance in a Neoliberal Age
Part-time Instructor
Winter 2019

FMST 211 - Film History to 1959 
Part-time Instructor
Winter 2020


Smith, Patrick Brian. “Counter Logistics/Counter Forensics.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Media and Paranoia Special Issue (forthcoming).

Smith, Patrick Brian. Review of Spectacle of Property: The House in American Film, by John David Rhodes. Film Studies 20 (2019): 56-58.

Smith, Patrick Brian. Review of Absence/Landing Sites, by Thomas Kneubühler. Ciel Variable 112 (2019): 88-89.

Smith, Patrick Brian. “Evidentiary Aesthetics: Landscapes of Violence at RIDM 2017.” NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies 14 (2018),

Smith, Patrick Brian, Stephen Connolly and Matthew Gibson. “Visualising Spatial Injustice and Exploitation, Q&A with Alberto Toscano and Miranda Pennell.” Mediapolis 3, no. 2 (2018),

Smith, Patrick Brian and Patrick Brodie. "Documenting Capital: Intersections of Free Trade Zone Architecture and Digital Filmmaking." Pause Button 4 (2017),

Smith, Patrick Brian. "The Politics of Spatiality in Experimental Nonfiction Cinema: Jonathan Perel’s Toponimia." NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies 5, no. 2 (2016): 49-71.

Smith, Patrick Brian. "Working/Slow: Cinematic Style as Labour in Wang Bing’s Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks." In Traditions in World Cinema: Slow Cinema, edited by Tiago de Luca and Nuno Jorge, 180-191. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.                                                                                                                         

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