Working Papers - Winter 2011

Join us at:
Of Swallows, their deeds, and the winter below, 283 College Street, Toronto.

Monday February 28th, 7:00pm
“New York/New York – New American ‘Smart’ film and its Nostalgic New York Cities”
Tom Dorey
PhD Candidate, Communication and Culture, York/Ryerson University

New York City has, since some of the earliest American films, played and continues to play a variety of versions of itself in the cinema, varying in historical and geographical veracity and fitting the desires of any number of directors. With their films The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and
The Squid and the Whale (2004), Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach present two contrasting versions of a nostalgicized New York City. This paper focuses on the construction and navigation of these directors’ New York Cities, interrogating the narrative roles fulfilled by each.

Tuesday March 15th, 7:00pm
“User Unknown: 4Chan, Social Media and Online Politics”
Lee Knuttila
PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies, York University

Over the last eight years, has grown from a message board in which a few dozen friends traded Japanese animation to one of the fifty top accessed websites, the origin point for a huge number of popular memes and home to the self-designated group ‘Anonymous’. Highly problematic for its racist, sexist and homophobic discourse, the website has also orchestrated mass protests and using unique online tactics, taken down major government and corporate websites. In “User Unknown”, Lee Knuttila will work through 4Chan, Anonymous, social media and the ties between the Internet and Liberalism.

Monday March 28th, 7:00pm
Local History and Site Specificity in Bridge of One Hair
Maggie Hutcheson
PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies, York University

This paper discusses Bridge of One Hair (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto, 2007), a community theatre project that explored site-specific memories, local histories and contemporary relationships in the Dundas/Islington area of Etobicoke. Bridge of One Hair was the result of a partnership between Montgomery’s Inn, a City of Toronto museum, and Jumblies Theatre, a community arts company specializing in long-term residencies in Toronto neighbourhoods. The paper examines the project’s artistic methodology and, drawing on critical theories of place, participation, and community, reflects on the challenges of researching and presenting place-based history in the transnational city.


Hosted by the Visible City Project + Archive & York University

Visible City: Project + Archive is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of CanadaCanada Research Chairs, York Research, Ontario Innovation Trust, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.