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Magdalena Olszanowski

Magdalena Olszanowski is an award-winning writer, artist, and educator in Montreal. She received her PhD in Communication Studies from Concordia University where she is now part time faculty. She also teaches at Dawson College. An exhibiting new media and video artist as well as a writer, she has written for CBC, esse, Feminist Media Studies, Visual Communication Quarterly, n+1, nomorepotlucks, and showcased her work at SXSW and ISEA among others. The first phase of her documentary, microfemininewarfare, has been featured at international art festivals. She was CBC’s Featured Columnist for 2022. Currently, she is working on a monograph on feminist internet history, as well as a bildungsroman about a video artist set in 1970/80s Poland. She was born in Warsaw, Poland and now lives in Montreal, Canada with her partner, two children, and neighbourhood cats.      

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PhD, Communication Studies, Concordia


Referred Articles

“Resistance of the Gaze: Women’s Self-Im/Aging” Postgraduate Journal of Women, Ageing and Media, 1(3) 2017: 67-81.

“Feminist Self-Imaging and Instagram: Tactics of Circumventing Sensorship.” Visual Communication Quarterly, 21(2) 2014: 83-95. 10.1080/15551393.2014.928154

“What to ask women composers: feminist fieldwork in electronic dance music.” Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 4(1) 2012: 3-26.

Book Chapters

“Feminist Imaging Practices: Fostering Community on Instagram through the hashtag” in Hashtag Publics (Nathan Rambukkana, Ed.), Peter Lang: New York. (2015): 229-242.

Arts Writing

“Unsorting the Culture of Private Property with 3E” esse arts+opinions 110, Winter 2024 

“Antidotes for a Liveable Future” esse 109, Fall 2023 

The Mother as Anchor for Playesse arts+opinions 107, Winter 2023

Artists in Isolation Feature: Nadège Grebmeier Forget” Momus, 5 May 2020. 

Marie-Michelle Dechamps : Instances, Parisian Laundry. Sept 2018

Feminist Call to Action” YIARA Magazine, Vol. 5 April 2017.

Edited Journal Volumes

Women and Electronic Dance Music, Special Issue of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 9 (1).  Co-editor with Rebekkah Farrugia. 

Performing the Quebec Spring. Transmutations 1(1). Co-Editor with S. Castonguay, J. Spiegel, A. Thain, & S. Xin-Wei. Transmutations II. March 2013.

Out of the Mouth Of ‘Casseroles’ I + II. Special Two-Part Issue of wi: journal of mobile media, 6 (1) +  6(2). Co-editor with Owen Chapman, Alison Loader, and Kim Sawchuk.

Commonpeople journal, Toronto: Sexual and Diversity Studies Department, University of Toronto.


“Ageing (Wo)Men and their World” Nuit Blanche a Montreal, Canada. 

Enclyclopedia Entries

Olszanowski, M. & Barcelos, L. (2019). Muzak. In J. Sturman (Ed.), The SAGE international encyclopedia of music and culture (Vol. 1, pp. 1544-1544). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781483317731.n504

Olszanowski, M. (2019). “Rap.” In J. Sturman (Ed.), The SAGE international encyclopedia of music and culture (Vol. 1, pp. 1790-1791). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781483317731.n594

Olszanowski, M. & Sawchuk, K. (2014). “Picasa” (photo sharing website for Google). (co-author K. Sawchuk). In Golson, G.J. & Harvey, K. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. 10.4135/9781452244723.n401

Interviews and Reviews

“Why would I want to put my art in your museum if I have my own house?” An Interview with Rucyl.” Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 9(1).

“Performance and negotiating hidden disability: an interview with Danielle Peers and Lindsay Eales.” nomorepotlucks 26. 

Laura Portwood-Stacer and Lifestyle Politics and Radical Activism (2013). Books aren’t Dead - monthly series, Fembot Collective. May 2014.

“Locating Mobilities: reviewing state of the art research” wi, 6(1) 2012.

Book Reviews

Olszanowski, M. (2015). Femininity, Time and Feminist Art. Feminist Media Studies, 15(5), 904–906


“With a sky full of wildfire smoke, how do I give my children the carefree summer they deserve?” CBC First Person, 4 August 2023 

"On In-ness: What Cégep Teaching Keeps Teaching Me" MJE Forum, McGill Journal of Education / Revue des sciences de l'éducation de McGill 57(2), 2022.

Caring Between the Lines” CBC Featured Columnist. CBC, 10 April 2022. 

Detention on St-Denis.” n+1. Spring 2012.

Creative Writing

« conduite/behaviour. » A Year of Aging. (Durocher, N., Lamontagne, T. N., & Lafontaine, C., Eds.) 2020.

Flipping the camera screen: The importance of imaging technologies in elder communities ACT (Ageing, Communication, Technologies) In Focus. November 2016. Retrieved from

“Montreal, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams.” open-wi. 1(2). 19 June 2012.

“Bouge Bouge Bouge.” open-wi. 1(1). 2 June 2012.