Concordia University

Dr. Thomas Waugh, PhD

Professor (Film Studies), Cinema
Research Chair in Documentary Film and in Sexual Representation
Director of Concordia University HIV/AIDS Project


Thomas Waugh, born the year of Aag,  Le dément du lacJean-Jeunes, Feeling of Hostility,Louisiana Story, Rope, and La Terra Trema, is Concordia ResearchChair in Sexual Representation and Documentary. His research publications andteaching on documentary have touched on Quebec direct cinema, Joris Ivens, theNational Film Board of Canada, independent work from India, and committed cinema.His interests in sexual representation span queer film and video, pornographyand homoeroticism in moving image media as well as photography and graphic art,Canadian and Quebec cinema, and HIV/AIDS. Waugh's books include theanthologies, Show Us Life: Towards aHistory and Aesthetics of the Committed Documentary (1984) , Challenge for Change: Activist Documentaryat the National Film Board of Canada (with Michael Baker and Ezra Winton,2010), The Perils of Pedagogy: The Worksof John Greyson (with Brenda Longfellow and Scott MacKenzie, 2013), and I Confess: Constructing the Self in theThird Sexual Revolution (with Brandon Arroyo, forthcoming 2017); thecollections The Fruit Machine: TwentyYears of Writings on Queer Cinema (2000) and The Right to Play Oneself: Looking back on Documentary Film (2011);the monographs Hard to Imagine: Gay MaleEroticism in Photography and Film from their Beginnings to Stonewall(1996), The Romance of Transgression inCanada: Sexualities, Nations, Moving Images (2006), Montreal Main (2010), and TheConscience of Cinema: The Works of Joris Ivens 1912-1989 (2016; and the edited art books Outlines:Underground Gay Graphics From Before Stonewall (2002),  Lust Unearthed: Vintage Gay Graphics fromthe Dubek Collection (with Willie Walker, 2004), Gay Art: A Historic Collection (scholarly edition, with Felix LanceFalkon, 2006), and Comin' At Ya! TheHomoerotic 3-D Photographs of Denny Denfield (with David L. Chapman, 2007).Waugh’s current research interests are an interdisciplinary approach toconfessionality. He is also co-editor with Matthew Hays of the series of 19monographs Queer Film Classics (Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver). He has beendirector of the Concordia Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS since 1993.


PhD (Columbia University)

Research interests

Documentary cinema, sexual representation,  queer studies, Canadian cinema, AIDS representation, queer film and video, Joris Ivens, Indian cinema.

Montreal Main (2010)
The Right to Play Oneself: Looking back on Documentary Film (2011)
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