PhD Student, Communication Studies, Concordia University
2013 – SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship Recipient
2013 – MA Media Studies, Concordia University
2010 – Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Alberta
Katerina Symes is a doctoral student in the PhD Communication program at Concordia University. Her work engages with feminist and queer theories, sexuality and gender, and questions of spectatorship, desire, identity, and identification. She is currently developing a theory of spectatorship to account for the process by which female spectators (as psychic and social subjects) identify with and desire the figure of the lesbian on television. Her most recent work aims to probe the idea of “excessiveness” in relation to spectatorial positioning. Her areas of research include: Television Studies; Film Theory; Feminist and Queer Theory; Psychoanalytic Theory; Media and Cultural Theory; Popular Culture.