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Eileen Mary Holowka

PhD Candidate, Communication Studies, Concordia University

2017 – MA English Creative Writing, Concordia University

2015 – BA Honours English Literature, University of Winnipeg

Eileen Mary Holowka is a writer and PhD candidate currently studying feminist social media practices around chronic pain and ‘invisible’ illnesses. She has worked in both theatre and games, as with Place des ALTs, a playable art project for Montreal’s largest ever public art event, KM3. Her most recent project, circuits (2018), is a digital narrative about the difficult act of narrating sexual trauma within institutional spaces and can be played for free online:



  1. Khalili-Mahani, N., B. De Schutter, M. Mirgholami, E.M. Holowka et al. “For Whom the Games Toll: A Qualitative and Intergenerational Evaluation of What is Serious in Games for Older Adults.” The Computer Games Journal.
  2. “The Post and the Grab: Instagram Memes and Affective Labour.” Youth Mediations and Affective Relations. Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. “Between Artifice and Emotion: The ‘Sad Girls’ of Instagram” Leadership, Popular Culture, and Social Change. Edward Elgar.


  1. circuits.


Exhibited work:

  1. THE MUSEUM, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Interactive narrative game.
  2. Place des ALTs. Place des Festivals, Montreal, Quebec. Live and app-based.
  3. Walking Date. London, England. Live action.