FIMS Profile

Dr. Susan Knabe
Associate Dean, Undergraduate
Associate Professor

FIMS & Nursing Building Room Suite 2050
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88497

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4081
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
  • About Me

  • Research

  • Publications

  • Honours & Distinctions

  • Theses Supervised

About Me: Jointly appointed to the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

Areas of Interest:

Critical Theory and Cultural Studies; Sexuality, Gender and Popular Culture; Feminist Theory; Queer Theory; Representation, Subjectivity and Embodiment, particularly in response to AIDS and the Holocaust; AIDS and Cultural Production; Sexuality and Citizenship (focus on race, class and ethnicity); Medicalization and the Media; Media and Resistance

Selected Publications:

"Coincidences and Likely Stories: Perverse Desire and Viral Exchange in the 'Origin' of AIDS," Colonialism and Commerce: Economies of Representation, 1790-2000, ed. Leigh Dale and Helen Gilbert (forthcoming from Ashgate);

"Corporeal Resistance/Corporeal Reconciliation: Body and Language in Kiss of the Fur Queen," Connections: Non-Native Responses to Native Canadian Literature, ed. Coomi Vevaina and Hartmut Lutz.

"Viral Migrations: Fairy Tales of Family and Nation, Death and Disease," Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (special edition on Queer Theory)

Honours and Distinctions:

Awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence for PhD thesis (Macquarie University);

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship;

Governor General’s Gold Medal for Master’s Thesis (Trent University)

Work In Progress:

"An Inadequate Knowledge of the Duration of Other Bodies": Tracing the Affective Legacy of Genocide in AIDS Cultural Production; Moral Pan(dem)ic: Deviance and Disease in Canadian Medical Discourses on AIDS; Indigenous Film and Media in an International Context (edited collection with Wendy Pearson)

Allison, Kristen Leslie. Resistant Vulnerability in The Marvel Cinematic Universe's Captain America
Master of Arts in Media Studies, February 2019
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Mitra, Saumava. Local-Global Tensions: Professional Experience, Role Perceptions and Image Production of Afghan Photojournalists Working for a Global Audience
Phd in Media Studies, October 2017
Supervisors: Jacquie Burkell and Susan Knabe
Griffin, Darcy. (Not) One of the Boys: A Case Study of Female Detectives on HBO
Master of Arts in Media Studies, September 2017
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Spence, Jennifer. Labours Of Love: Fan Labour, Cultural Products, and the Monetization of Fandom
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2014
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Raymond, Justin. Born Again Hard: Transgender Subjectivity in Paul Chadwick's Concrete
Master of Arts in Media Studies, April 2012
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Armstrong, Breanne. Watching You, Watching Me: Representations of Female Fans and Fan Communities in Academia, News Media and Popular Culture
Master of Arts in Media Studies, August 2011
Supervisor: Susan Knabe
Rogers, James. Killer Vacations' and 'Murder Music: The Discourses of Gay Identity, Consumerism, and Race in the Gay-Dancehall Confrontation
Master of Arts in Media Studies, May 2010
Supervisor: Susan Knabe