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Amy Mazowita

Amy Mazowita (she/her) is a SSHRC-funded PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research is focused on representations of mental illness in comics and graphic narratives, and explores how Instagram-based comics may be used as accessible mental health resources. She studies the connections and conversations that form amongst platform users and is interested in how individuals are using ‘the comics scene’ of Instagram as a site for developing networks of self- and collective care. 

Amy is also interested in projects related to the Environmental Humanities and is working on a research-creation project titled “Life of Fire: An Ethnography of Smoke, Flame, Ash, and Earth.” This photo/life-writing series traces the affects and effects of wildfires on the landscape and communities of Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park and is part of the SSHRC-funded “Mobilizing Disability Survival Skills for the Urgencies of the Anthropocene” (MDSSA) project (PI, Arseli Dokumaci).

Amy is a 2023-2024 Concordia Public Scholar, a core member of Concordia’s Access-in-the-Making (AIM) Lab, and the Communications Representative for Concordia’s Communication Studies Doctoral Students’ Association (CDSA). She works as a TA in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia, and is a Contract Editor for Winnipeg-based publishing house Dirty Water Comics.

Participant in the following FMS projects

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PhD Candidate, Communication Studies, Concordia University

2018 – MA, Cultural Studies, University of Winnipeg
2017 – BA, English, University of Winnipeg

In progress
“Life of Fire: An Ethnography of Smoke, Flame, Ash, and Earth” (MDSSA microproject, P.I. Arseli Dokumaci)

“Graphic Care: Social Media-Based Comics as Networked Mental Health Resources” (PhD Project)

Selected Articles
With Arseli Dokumaci, Jessie Stainton, Nicholas Goberdhan, Raphaëlle Bessette-Viens, and Simone Lucas. “Spaced Apart: Autoethnographies of Access Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Space and Culture, vol. 26, no. 3, 2023, pp. 365-382,

"Towards a Network of Graphic Care: The Comics, Comments, and Communities of Instagram.” Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, vol. 249, 2022, pp. 99-114,

“Privileged Witnessing and the Graphic Self in Sarah Glidden’s How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.” Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, vol. 6, no. 1, 2022, pp. 26-44, doi:10.1353/ink.2022.0001

“Graphic Communities: Comics as Visual and Virtual Resources for Self- and Collective Care.” “Comics in and of The Moment” [Special issue]. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, vol. 12, no. 1, 2022, doi:

Edited Graphic Narratives
Reilly, Frances. The Harrowing Tales of La Corriveau, edited by Amy Mazowita and Jamie Michaels, Dirty Water Comics, 2024,