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Dr. Adam Szymanski

© Rachel MacKnight
McGill University Montreal, Canada
Junior Fellow
Marie S. Curie FCFP Fellow
September 2019 - August 2020

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  • Concordia University, PhD, Film and Moving Image Studies
  • The University of Western Ontario, MA, Critical Studies in Global Film Cultures
  • The University of Western Ontario, BA, Honours Specialization Film Studies

Selected Scholarships and Awards

  • Concordia University Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Prize in Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2018
  • FRQSC Postdoctoral Scholarship, 2017
  • Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema Advisory Board Award, 2016
  • SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship, 2013
  • FRQSC Doctoral Research Scholarship, 2013

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • Nocturnal Fabulations: Ecology, Vitality and Opacity in the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Open Humanities Press. 2017.
  • “The Neuroplastic Paradox.” Inflexions: Journal of Research Creation 10 (Fall 2017): 82-98.
  • “Entering the Event, Through the Unconscious.” Inflexions: Journal of Research Creation 8 (April 2015): 190-201.


The Production of Subjectivity in Psychotherapeutic Uses of Film

This research project will investigate, situate and conceptually reconfigure two interrelated developments in the history of cinema and the history of cinema studies: a) The institutional adoption of psychological and psychiatric programs which use the cinema for its supposed psychotherapeutic potential; and b) Film theory’s longstanding concern with the production of subjectivity. Putting these two historical developments into dialogue makes it possible to ask critical research questions about how mental health initiatives which use the cinema conceive of subjectivity, and in what ways orphaned perspectives from the history of film theory can alternatively model the psychological transformations which take place during the cinematic experience.