Sharon Sliwinski is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work forges a bridge between the fields of visual culture, political
theory, and the life of the mind. Her first book, Human Rights In Camera (2011), explored the visual politics of human rights. She has contributed broadly to the field of photography studies, most recently co-editing Photography and the Optical Unconscious (2017). Sliwinski’s most recent work investigates the social, political, and cultural significance of dream-life, which is represented in her book Dreaming Dark Times (2017) and The Museum of Dreams.
Apart from her affiliation in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, 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. In 2017, she 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. She serves on the editorial boards of Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies and has been a long-time member of the research collective known as the Toronto Photography Seminar. Sliwinski 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)
Reviewed in the Huffington Post
> Photography and the Optical Unconscious, co-edited with Shawn Michelle Smith (Duke University Press, 2017)
> Mandela's Dark Years: A Political Theory of Dreaming (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: is a collaborative online hub for 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
Full list of publications here.