Faculty of Information & Media Studies


Sharon Sliwinski
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director (Thesis Programs)

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4030
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88473

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506

Sharon Sliwinski is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies and a core member of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism. She received her PhD from the Social and Political Thought Program at York University in 2005. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersections of human rights and visual culture, psychoanalysis and political theory, and on questions of sexuality and violence. Her most recent research explores the social and political significance of dream-life.

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.

> 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)

> 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.

Digital Projects
> 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).

> 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.