Postdoctoral Fellows

Philippe Bédard is smiling in front a bookshelf filled with books

Philippe Bédard

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
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Philippe Bédard completed his PhD in film studies at Université de Montréal, where he wrote a dissertation on the body-camera-space relations of select camera movement technologies throughout film history. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Carleton University, where he worked on the issue of empathy in virtual reality (VR) narratives.

Research Interests: virtual reality; phenomenology; film aesthetics; virtual production; screendance.



Antoine Damiens standing in a Montreal Metro train.

Antoine Damiens

FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow
antoine.damiens [at]

Antoine Damiens is a FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow within the Department of English and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. In 2018, he completed a PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, where he was humbled to be named as the valedictorian for the Faculty of Fine Arts. Damiens' research examines the intersection of academic labor, archival theory, the history queer and feminist (film) theory, and research-curation.

Research Interests: Queer cinema and media; sexuality studies; film festivals; feminist studies.

Amber Rose Johnson

McGill Third Century Postdoctoral Fellow
amberrose.johnson [at]

Amber Rose is a writer, artist, and cultural worker from Providence, Rhode Island (USA) who has recently relocated to Montreal. She is a recent graduate of the English and Africana Studies PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a McGill Third Century Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of English. She is a scholar and practitioner dedicated to Black Study and her primary research foci are contemporary experimental poetry and performance.

Close-up of Dayna McLeod's face wearing a mask with her own face printed on it.

Dayna McLeod

FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow
dayna.mcleod [at]

Dayna McLeod is a current Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture research-creation postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. She earned a PhD from the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University. She is part-time faculty at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University, and at Concordia University at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Her work appears in The Journal of Autoethnography, Theatre Research in Canada, Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, Journal of Aging Studies, Canadian Theatre Review, and Ciel Variable.

Research Interests: videographic criticism; performance art; research-creation; Queer Theory; Transfeminist studies.

Postdoctoral Fellow Cristina Plamadeala

Cristina Plamadeala

FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow
cristina.plamadeala [at]

Cristina Plamadeala is a post-doctoral fellow working on two projects: the first project, a book under contract with Routledge, is a manuscript undertaking a cultural history of the Securitate Archives by situating itself at the crossroads of Romania’s communist past, espionage, institutional life, literature, and art. The book also attempts to draw parallels between two seemingly different worlds—Communist Romania (1945-89) and today’s neo-liberal societies. The second project offers new empirical studies, frameworks, and concepts for studying the crucial importance of dossiers in contemporary ‘surveillance societies.’ This book is also one of the first undertakings of the Dossierveillance Project, which Plamadeala founded in 2019.  

Research Interests: surveillance; history of communism; Eastern European Studies; cultural studies of archives.

Celia Vara smiling

Celia Vara

FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow
celia.vara [at]

Celia Vara is a FQRSC Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication (2019) at Concordia University (Montreal, QC, Canada) and she is a psychologist (Bachellor in Psychology, Universidad de Murcia, Spain). Her MA thesis (“Feminist Video Art in the 70’s in Spain”) won in 2015 the 1st Prize-Award in Gender and Research by Jaume I University in Spain. She has participated in numerous researches and projects on feminism and art in Europe, Canada and the Caribbean. Her research interests include performance, contemporary art, curatorship, and research-creation from a feminist perspective.

Research Interests: performance art; corporeal agency; kinesthesia; research-creation; feminisms.

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