Contact

e: rjekanowski@mun.ca

+1 (709) 864-8298

 

About Me

I’m an interdisciplinary scholar working across the Environmental Humanities and Film and Media Studies. My research focuses on entanglements of visual culture, industry, and environments in North America, historically and in the times-to-come. Other interests include Canadian cultural studies, media infrastructure, petrocultures and energy studies, research creation, and speculative futures. I hold a Ph.D. in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University, supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

 

At present, I’m a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. I live and work as a visitor of settler descent on the traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq, Beothuk, Innu, and Inuit. 

 

My practice as an educator, researcher, and community organizer is deeply informed by my relationships to place and a commitment to social and environmental justice. At Memorial, I teach courses on Canadian and Indigenous cinema, decolonization, science fiction, and social justice movements. I’m currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled Cinemas of Extraction: Land, Resources, and Settler Imaginaries. This project builds upon my doctoral dissertation, which received the 2020 Dissertation Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

 

I serve on the Board of Directors for Eastern Edge Gallery, an artist-run centre, and do grassroots organizing in St. John’s with the Social Justice Co-operative and Solidarity with the Labrador Land Protectors. I’ve also collaborated with Reading to Decolonize, a public education series based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). I’m invested in using public education and the arts to support energy justice, Indigenous sovereignty, and anti-racist social change.

 

Follow me on Twitter @stalebreadzine to see my craftwork and other projects.

 

Education

BA Honours with International Studies Certificate, Queen’s University (Ontario)
MA, Concordia University (Québec)
PhD, Concordia University (Québec)

 

Professional Affiliations and Service

Exec. Member-at-Large and Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism and Equity Working Group of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC)
 
Editorial Advisory Board of Media+Environment, an online journal of transnational ecomedia research published by University of California Press