Meet the talented collaborators behind EFECT!

Paula Gardner

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Carrie Rentschler

Carrie Rentschler is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and an Associate of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University. She is the author of Second Wounds: Victims’ Rights and the Media in the U.S. (Duke UP, 2011), and co-editor of Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place (Berghahn Press, 2016). Her current research examines the history of the bystander as an agent of social change, feminist social media responses to sexual violence, campus activism against rape culture, and the role media infrastructures play in social movement activism. She is a member of FemTechNet and FemBot, two feminist collectives whose members collaboratively teach, research and develop new models of open-access teaching and scholarly publication, respectively.

Maureen Engel

Maureen Engel is Assistant Professor and Director of Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, and Director of the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in Arts. Formally trained as a textual scholar, her background is in cultural studies, queer theory, and feminist theory.  Her principal research area is the spatial humanities, and the intricate relationships that inhere in and develop from the concepts of space, place, history, and narrative. In addition to her work on EFECT, she is currently developing the SSHRC-funded locative media app Go Queer, and is a co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Between the City and the River digital historical atlas project. She is an active member of HASTAC and FemTechNet.

T.L. Cowan

T.L. Cowan is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies (Digital Media Cultures) in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto. Before moving to the University of Toronto, T.L. was a Presidential Visiting Professor in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University, and Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies at The New School. T.L.’s research focuses on cultural and intellectual economies and networks of minoritized digital media and performance practices. This work includes a first monograph on intermedial performance, poetry and digital culture, entitled Poetry’s Bastards and a second, on the translocal methods of trans- feminist and queer cabaret in Montreal, Mexico City and New York City, entitled Sliding Scale, both nearing completion.

T.L. is also the Primary Investigator on a collaborative digital research-creation project called the Cabaret Commons: an online archive and anecdotal encyclopedia for trans-feminist and queer artists, audiences and researchers, and is writing a co-authored book entitled Checking In: Feminist Labor in Networked Publics & Privates with Jasmine Rault. Recent publications include articles and chapters in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (2016); Queer Dramaturges: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (Palgrave 2015); Transgender Studies Quarterly (2014); ephemera: theory and politics in organization (2014); and Ada: Gender, New Media, and Technology (2014). T.L.’s work on trans- feminist and queer digital pedagogies is forthcoming in “Women Digitizing Revolution: Race, Gender and The Technological Turn” (2017 special issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies edited by Anna Everett and Lisa Nakamura) and the collection MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education (U of Chicago P, 2017 edited by Elizabeth Losh).

T.L.’s scholarly practice moves between page, stage, and screen; recent notable commissions for her creative-critical work include the PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg and Queens Museum in New York City.

Maria Belén Ordóñez 

Maria Belén Ordóñez is Assistant Professor (Limited Appointment) of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University in Toronto. She is a collaborator in developing and teaching curriculum for FemTechNet (, an internationally distributed network of feminist artists, scholars, and activists, teaching and doing research in feminist science, media, art, and technology. Through unofficial channels of public pleasure, desire, affect and corporeal politics, M. Belén Ordóñez’ research broadly explores alternative sexual citizenships, the destabilization of heteronormativity and the formation of publics. Her ethnographic research has been based in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver where she has engaged with the affective impacts of events in disparate locations such as media headlines, queer identified spaces of pleasure and activism and contested zones of censorship and regulation. Her research has included the investigation and tracking of affect in Canadian legislative challenges dealing with sex, sexuality, censorship, and morality. She uses feminist/queer methodologies and multi-sited ethnography to think and write about the emergence and undoing of public events. Recent publications include, Doing/Writing Queer Research at the Margins. In eds. Richard J. Gilmour and Robin Ganev. We Were Here: Queers Write about their Mentors. Biblioasis  2016 and Circuits of Power, Labour and Desire: The Case of Dominique Strauss-Khan eds. Pavan Kuman Malreddy and Birte Heidemann In Reworking Post Colonialism: Globalization, Labour and Rights. Palgrave, 2015. M. Belén Ordóñez teaches feminist theory, multi-sited and experimental ethnography, popular culture, and body politics.

Kascindra Ida Sadie Shewan 


Kascindra Ida Sadie Shewan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. She holds a MA in Women’s Studies from Western University, and an Honours BA from Western University in Women’s Studies and Comparative Literature. Her research interests include feminist theory, art as a means of testimony to trauma, sexualized violence, and theories of citizenship. Her dissertation, titled Traversing the Limits of Discourse of Citizenship in Sexualized Violence Prevention Strategies, investigates how neoliberal discourses of ideal Canadian citizenship work to limit the efficacy of consent-based and ‘fighting’ approaches to sexualized violence prevention.

Prateeksha Singh

Prateeksha is a multi-disciplinary designer, who is passionate about using art as a medium for public engagement. She draws inspiration from her varied background- personally, she is a black & white photographer, has lived in eight countries and speaks four languages, and professionally has corporate (Certified Public Accountant, U.S), start-up/non-profit/social enterprise, academic and entrepreneurial experiences to draw from. She currently has a design consultancy, mpathy, and attends OCAD University, pursuing a MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.

Valerie Fox