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Amy Mazowita

Present—PhD Student in Communication Studies, Concordia University

2018—MA Cultural Studies, University of Winnipeg

2017—BA English, University of Winnipeg

Amy Mazowita (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at Concordia University. Her current research is situated at the intersections of Communication and Media Studies, Comics Studies, Critical Disability Studies, and Mad Studies, and is focused on representations of mental illness in auto/biographical comics. Amy’s doctoral project considers the specific verbal-visual affordances of the comics medium, explores how graphic texts are used to visually disrupt normative perspectives of stigmatized mental health conditions, and examines how comics are being used as agential modes of self-expression. Amy’s research is also interested in how readers of print and web comics are engaging with graphic mental illness narratives, and in how readers of graphic texts are using ‘the comics scene’ as a site for self- and collective care.

Amy is supervised by Prof. Arseli Dokumaci, Canada Research Chair in Disability Studies and Media Technologies and the Coordinator of the forthcoming Access in the Making (AIM) Lab. Amy is a member of the AIM Lab’s executive board and works as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Communication Studies.

With Callison, C., Rifkind, C., Sinclair, N. J., Ballantyne, S., Odjick, J., and Daigneault, T. (2019). Introduction: “Indigenous comics and graphic novels: An annotated bibliography.” Jeunesse: Young Peoples, Texts, Cultures, 11(1), 139-155,

With Daigneault, T. (Métis), Rifkind, C., and Callison, C. (Tahltan). (2019). Indigenous comics and graphic novels: An annotated bibliography. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 11(1), i-xxxvi,