Image Description: Colour photo of a light-skinned woman, leaning casually on a railing, head tilted slightly back in a wide smile. Behind her water stretches to a visible shore which rises into mountains.

Alexandra Martin

Alexandra Martin is a current postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University (Tiohtià:ke/Montreal). She is engaged with research-creation, and will be showcasing her work at the Feminist Media Studio next year (2025). Her research interests include contemporary violence, visual culture, representations of war in the media, militainment, and affect. Based on a visual ethnography, her doctoral dissertation examined the performance of war in mock Middle Eastern villages built for military training purposes in the United States. She is currently developing an exhibition about these imaginative geographies and their (neo)colonial roots. The project is supervised by Krista Lynes, and supported by a postdoctoral research-creation fellowship from FRQSC. Alexandra also works as an archives consultant for Tshakapesh Institute regarding cultural heritage restitution, she also works in Nunavik in a health center. Alongside her academic pursuits, she is a photographer, a dancer and a family caregiver.

Participant in the following FMS projects

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Current Postdoctoral Fellow – Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University (2023-2025)

2020 – PhD Sociology, Université de Montréal
2011 – MA Museology, Université de Montréal
2008 – BA Anthropology, Université de Montréal

Martin, A. (2019). « "Believe it or not, this is Afghanistan!" : La mise en scène "culturelle" de la guerre dans les entraînements militaires aux États-Unis », Thèse de doctorat, Université de Montréal

Martin, A. (2018). « Esthétique de la guerre contemporaine : entre aide humanitaire et interventionnisme militaire », Cycles sociologiques, vol.2, no.1.

Martin, A. (2012). « The Aesthetic of violence through dance and theatre: Looking at Aparna Sindhoor’s Encounter », Alt.Theatre: Cultural Diversity and the Stage, vol. 9, no. 3, p.31-34.

Martin, A. (2012). MoAD, The face of African Diaspora: Old and New Photographs of African Diaspora, Ciel variable, hiver 2012, no. 90, p. 22-31.

Martin, A. (2011). « Célébrer la diversité au Museum of the African Diaspora: la question de l’(auto)représentation culturelle au sein de l’espace muséal contemporain », Diversité urbaine, vol. 11, no. 2, p. 91-112.

Martin, A. (2011). « Quai Branly Museum and the aesthetic of otherness », St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies, vol. 15, p. 53-61.

Documentary theater on eating disorders. Writing and directing the play T.A.: L’Économie du désir, presented at the MAI (Montréal, Arts interculturels) as part of the Montreal Fringe Festival (June 2015).