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Public scholar: Fanny Gravel-Patry

Fanny Gravel-Patry

Why are women turning to Instagram to care for their mental health?

Fanny Gravel-Patry (she/her) is a PhD candidate and lecturer in Concordia's communication studies department. She holds a BA and MA in Art History from Université de Montréal. She studies mental illness, media practices of care and digital visual culture.

Fanny's dissertation looks at the Instagram practices of women living with mental illness and their use of the app as a tool for care. Her work was recently published by Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal in a special issue on digital images. In addition to her research, Fanny has been the communications officer of the Communication Doctoral Student Association since 2019 and she is an active member of the Feminist Media Studio. Her doctoral research is supported by Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC) and Concordia University.

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