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Public scholar: Amy Mazowita

How are individuals using social media-based mental health comics as resources for self- and collective care?

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Amy Mazowita (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research is focused on representations of mental illness in auto/biographical comics and is situated at the intersections of communications and media studies, comics studies, and critical disability studies. Amy's doctoral project explores how Instagram-based comics may be used as accessible mental health resources. She studies the connections and conversations that form among platform users and is particularly interested in how these individuals are using ‘the comics scene’ of Instagram as a site for developing networks of self- and collective care.

Amy's doctoral research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She is a core member of Concordia’s Access-in-the-Making (AIM) Lab, a member of Concordia’s Feminist Media Studio, and the communications representative for Concordia’s Communication Studies Doctoral Students’ Association.

Amy is also working on an environmental humanities project titled “Life of Fire: An Ethnography of Smoke, Flame, Ash, and Earth.” This research-creation photo series is part of the SSHRC-funded “Mobilizing Disability Survival Skills for the Urgencies of the Anthropocene” project (PI, Arseli Dokumaci).


Communication Studies




Arseli Dokumaci

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