Robin Alex McDonald is a cultural worker, writer, and PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
Their academic and artistic interests span queer, feminist, and trans theories; visual culture studies; museum studies and alternative curatorial methodologies; affect theory; theories of collectivity, relationality, love, and “the social;” and activist art/art-as-activism. Their dissertation project investigates queer and trans artist collectives active in New York City and Toronto from 1970 to the present as sites at which the social has been (and continues to be) reimagined against the affective and social structures of neoliberalism.
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 is the current co-chair of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ Curatorial Committee. Their writing is has recently been published in TheatreForum, Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture, the Graduate Journal for Social Sciences (with Dan Vena), n.paradoxa, nomorepotlucks, Spiffy Moves, Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine (with Elly Clarke, Amanda Turner-Pohan, and Michelle Ty), 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.