Marusya Bociurkiw

Associate Professor
RCC 106

Marusya Bociurkiw is professor media theory in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto. She's also a media artist, award-winning writer, and blogger. She received  her Ph.D. In Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on cultural studies, from the University of British Columbia. She has an M.A. in Social & Political Thought from York and a B.F.A. from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.  Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in many academic, arts and activist journals and books: notably, in Canadian Journal of Communications and in the edited collection, Programming Reality: Perspectives on English Canadian Television. She is the author of four literary books, and has been producing films and videos in Canada for the past fifteen years. Her films have screened at film festivals, art house cinemas and universities around the world. Her latest book is on Canadian Television, Feeling Canadian: Nationalism, Affect and Television (Wilfred Laurier University Press: 2011). Marusya's research interests include Canadian television, affect theory, nationalist discourses, community cable, media activism, sexuality & gender studies.

Recent Publications: 


  • Feeling Canadian: Affect, Nationalism & Television Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2011.
  • Comfort Food for Breakups: The Memoir of a Hungry Girl Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver. 2007.
  • The Children of Mary Inanna Publications, Toronto. 2006. Novel.

  Articles & Book Chapters:

  • “Making Do With Icons”, Anti-Hero Trinity Square Video Exhibition Catalogue, March 2010. Print.
  • “Wild Thing: HDTV and the Demasculinized Male Viewer”, In Media Res, Digital Television Theme Week, October 5-9, 2009. []. Online.
  • “Put on your bunny ears, take your TV around the block: Old and New Discourses of Gender and Nation in Mobile, Digital, and HDTV” Canadian Journal of Communications, Vol 33 (2008) 537-544. Refereed. Print.
  • “Whose Child Am I? The Quebec Referendum and Languages of Affect and the Body”, in Druick, Zoe and Kotsopoulos, Anastasia eds., Programming Reality: Perspectives on English Canadian Television, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2008. 129-145. Print.
  • “It’s Not About the Sex: Racialized Queerness in ‘Ellen’ and ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’”, Canadian Woman Studies Journal, Winter 2005. 176-181. Refereed. Print
  • “Homeland (In) Security: Roots and Displacement from New York to Toronto to  Salt Lake City”, Reconstruction: An Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Journal, Summer 2003, Vol. 3 #3.