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.”
During the 2018-2019 academic year, Robin will be teaching courses in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Nipissing University (Robinson-Huron Treaty territory / traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg people), as well as editing a special issue of Syphon, an arts and culture publication produced by Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, on the visual/material cultures of prison abolition activism in Canada.
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.) Their 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), and the edited anthology Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal (with Dan Vena). Their articles “Comics, Corn, and the Queer Phenomenology of Depression” and “‘You’re Saying That’s a Real Person Underneath?’ The Horrors of the ‘inorganic’ in Jaume Collet-Serra’s House of Wax (2005)” (with Dan Vena) are forthcoming in the journal of Literature and Medicine and the Graduate Journal for Social Sciences, respectively.
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