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Magdalena Olszanowski

Part-Time Faculty, Cinema and Communications, Dawson College

Part-Time Faculty, Media Arts, John Abbott College

Ph.D. Candidate, Concordia University, Communication Studies

2011 M.A. York & Ryerson University, Joint Program in Communication & Culture.

2006 h.B.A. University of Toronto, Women’s Studies and Sociology.

Magdalena Olszanowski is an artist, teacher and PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University focused on the feminist internet histories of the 1990s. She received her research-creation MA in Communication and Culture from York University working under the tutelage of experimental filmmaker Phil Hoffman. In 2013, she participated in the Hemispheric Institute’s Art & Resistance course in Chiapas, Mexico. She has published and created academic and creative work on unruly bodies, gender, sound and image technologies, with a particular focus on censorship. She has performed as a VJ internationally including at Eastern Bloc and Mutek. She is also currently working on a database documentary featuring women experimental electronic music composers and an edited collection of electronic music history. 

By the by, she identifies as an arts-based researcher with lax hygiene and no social graces.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

“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.

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


Edited Journal Volumes:

Women and Electronic Dance Music, Special Issue of Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 9 (1).  2017. 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. http://

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.