Apart from her appointment in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, Sharon Sliwinski is a core member of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism and an affiliate in the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Resolution. Sliwinski's research focuses on the intersections of visual culture and political theory, and the visual politics of human rights in particular. She has contributed widely to photography studies, where her work often takes a psychosocial approach. Her most recent research explores the political significance of dream-life.
In 2017, Sliwinski was elected to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She currently holds the 2017-19 Rogers Chair in Journalism & New Information Technology.
Sliwinski serves on the editorial board of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development and the advisory board of Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. She has been a long-time member of the research collective known as the Toronto Photography Seminar. She received her PhD from the Social and Political Thought Program at York University in 2005.
> Dreaming in Dark Times: Six Exercises in Political Thought (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)
> Photography and the Optical Unconscious, co-edited with Shawn Michelle Smith (Duke University Press, 2017)
> Mandela's Dark Years: A Political Theory of Dreaming (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015)
The book is also freely available on Manifold, an open-source online platform. Reviewed in African Studies Quarterly
> Human Rights In Camera (University of Chicago Press, 2011)
Winner of the Charles Taylor Book Award from the American Political Science Association. Reviewed in Times Higher Education, Journal of Human Rights, Photography and Culture, College Art Association Reviews, and Choice Reviews.
> The Museum of Dreams: a collaborative website exploring the social and political significance of dream-life
Recent Articles & Chapters
> Evocative Objects: A Sexual Violence Primer, Humanity, Vol. 4 no. 3 (2016): 477-480
> Before the Law, In Activestills: Photography as Protest in Palestine and Israel, Eds. Vered Maimon and Shiraz Grinbaum (London: Pluto Press, 2016), Pp. 206-213
> Sexuality in the Time of War, or, How rape became a crime against humanity, In The Flood of Rights, Eds. Thomas Keenan, Suhail Malik, Tirdad Zolghadr, (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016). Watch the conference presentations here
> The Face of Our Wartime, Photography and Culture Vol. 8 no. 2 (November 2015): 233- 241
> Inventing Human Dignity, In The Routledge Companion to Human Rights and Literature, Eds. Alexandra Moore and Sophie McClennan (London: Routledge, 2015), Pp. 174-184
> That Incorrigible Disturber of the Peace, The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice, No. 1, Ed. Carin Kuoni and Chelsea Haines, (New York: Vera List Center for Art and Politics & Duke University Press, 2015), Pp. 14-22
> The Freedom of Thought, in Dream-life if Nowhere Else: Freud, Foucault, and Euripides, American Imago, Vol. 71 no. 3 (2014): 229-251
Full list of publications here.