Robin Alex McDonald is a writer, independent curator, and PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University in Katarokwi/Kingston, Ontario, where they research contemporary art and visual culture studies; the intersections of art and activism; queer, feminist, and trans theories; museum studies and alternative curatorial methodologies; affect theory; madness and disability studies; and theories of love, collectivity, and “the social.” Robin has taught courses in the Gender Studies Department at Queen’s University, the Fine Arts and Visual Culture Department at the University of Waterloo, and most recently in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Nipissing University.
Robin is a co-founder of Turbines Curatorial Collective and Chipped Off Performance Collective and has worked with the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Artery Gallery, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Queen’s Positive Space Program for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the ArQuives Curatorial Committee (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Curatorial Committee.) They are currently the chair of the board of directors at White Water Gallery in North Bay, Ontario.
Robin’s writing has recently been published in TheatreForum, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, n.paradoxa, nomorepotlucks, Spiffy Moves, Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine (with Elly Clarke, Amanda Turner-Pohan, and Michelle Ty), Syphon, the Graduate Journal for Social Sciences (with Dan Vena), and the edited anthology Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal (with Dan Vena). Their article “Comics, Corn, and the Queer Phenomenology of Depression” is forthcoming in the journal of Literature and Medicine. In 2019, they edited a special issue of Syphon on the topic of incarceration in Kingston, Ontario, and visual cultures of prison abolition activism in Canada.
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