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Julia Polyck-O’Neill

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Visual Art & Art History / Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, York University

Research Associate, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies

Postdoctoral Affiliate, Archive/Counter-Archive

2021 – PhD Interdisciplinary Humanities, Culture and Aesthetics, Brock University


Julia Polyck-O’Neill is an artist, curator, critic, poet, and writer. A former visiting scholar at Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts London), lecturer at the Obama Institute at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (2017-18), and international fellow of the Electronic Literature Organization, she is currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Visual Art and Art History and the Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University (Toronto) where she studies digital, feminist approaches to interdisciplinary artists’ archives. Her writing has been published in Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (The Journal for Aesthetics and General Art History), English Studies in Canada, DeGruyter Open Cultural Studies, BC Studies, Canadian Literature, and other places. Her poetry chapbooks include Material (Model Press), and Everything will be taken away (above/ground press).


“Reconsidering the Photographic Encounter: Materiality, Conceptualist Photography, Sublimation, and the Subject.” Eds. Christian Berger and Annika Schlitte, special issue of Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft (The Journal for Aesthetics and General Art History) no. 19, 2021, pp. 393-412.

“Lisa Robertson’s Archive: The Feminist Archive, Singular and Collective.” Ed. Jason Wiens, special issue of English Studies in Canada “Pedagogies of the Archive” vol. 44, no. 2, June 2018, pp. 75-100.

“Contesting Vancouver: Case Studies in a Cultural Imaginary.” Introduction to Special Issue on “The Concept of Vancouver.” Canadian Literature no. 235, Winter 2017, pp. 6-11. With Gregory Betts.

“Survivance, Signs, and Media Art Histories: New Temporalities and Productive Tensions in Dana Claxton’s Made to Be Ready.” BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly no. 195, Autumn 2017, pp. 129-144.


Books Chapters:

“Reimagining Representational Codes in Data Visualization: What Contemporary Digital Humanities Might Learn from Visual Arts-Based Disciplines.” Future Horizons: Digital Humanities in Canada. Eds. Paul Barrett and Sarah Roger, University of Ottawa Press, forthcoming.

“Vancouver’s Monuments to Capital: Public Art, Spatial Capital, and Luxury.” Canadian Critical Luxury Studies: Re-centring Luxury. Eds. Jessica Clark and Nigel Lezama, Intellect Books, in press.

“Words With(out) Syntax: Reconsidering Concrete Poetry: An Exhibition in Four Parts.” Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries. Eds. Gregory Betts and Christian Bök, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2019, pp. 79-94.


Edited Scholarly Journals:

Canadian Literature. A Special Issue on “The Concept of Vancouver”. Co-edited and Introduction with Gregory Betts. No. 235, Winter 2017. Published Fall 2018.


Scholarly Podcast Episode:

“Lisa Robertson and the Feminist Archive.” The SpokenWeb Podcast S3, E2, November 2021.