Active MMS Instructors
These scholars, filmmakers, writers, festival programmers, curators, and artists have volunteered their time with MMS to create courses and lectures for the Montréal community.
Melanie Ashe is currently undertaking her Masters in Film Studies at Concordia University, where she has been doing research in environmental film industries, superheroes and pop culture. Growing up in Australia, she developed a fascination with Australian cinema and storytelling, and a love of Oz-Horror films. She has published articles in Reinvention journal, written for online journals Peephole and Screen Machine, and experiments in playful video-criticism. In a previous life, she volunteered at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) teaching kids how to make a horror movie in 3 days.
David Austin is the author of Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex and Security in Sixties Montreal (2013), winner of the 2014 Casa de las Americas Prize. He has also produced radio documentaries for CBC’s Ideas on the life and work of C.L.R. James (The Black Jacobin, 2004) and Frantz Fanon (The Wretched of the Earth, 2006) and he currently teaches in the Department of Humanities, Philosophy and Religion at John Abbott College.
Ariel Esteban Cayer is a writer and film programmer based in Montréal. He holds a BFA in Film Studies from Concordia University and has been working with the Fantasia International Film Festival since 2012, where he has been a programmer since 2013. He is also the director and curator of Film POP, the film section of the POP Montréal International Music Festival, since 2014. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to genre film publications such as Spectacular Optical, Fangoria, and Rue Morgue, as well as francophone outlets such as Panorama-Cinéma, 24 Images, Voir and Vice Québec.
Mariane Desautels has been a part of Montreal's horror community for many years. A longtime member of the community that became MMS, Mariane gave the second lecture in the Monstrum Brood series, "Down the 'Rabid' Hole with Midnight Meat Train: Subways and Horror," in March of 2018 (pictured).
Cory Legassic is a faculty member of the Humanities and Sociology Departments at Dawson College, Montréal, Québec, where he teaches courses on Social Movements, Social Justice Education, Anti-Racism, Media and Feminist Masculinities. His article “Reasonable Accommodation as a Settling Concept” was published in The Canadian Women’s Studies Journal in their special issue on Women and Canadian Multiculturalism (2010). Other publications include an article on horror icon Rondo Hatton and the politics of disfigurement in Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2015).
Ursula Misztal moved to Montreal in 1996 while finishing a Master’s Degree at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism in London, Ontario. She has been busy ever since trying to master the art of teaching while working as a Literature instructor at Dawson College. Favourite courses include Feminism and Philosophy (New School), Utopia/Dystopia, Literature and Culture (Creative Arts Language and Literature program). The intersection between literature and science has become a recent interest.
Shalon Noble loves all things gothic. She holds a Ph.D. from Western University and teaches in the English department at Dawson College in Montréal. She studies and teaches Romanticism, ecocriticism, and theory, and her article about John Clare’s asylum poetry is forthcoming. Her current research is on the nature in and of Frankenstein.
Bernard Perron est professeur titulaire au département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques à l’Université de Montréal. Fan d’horreur, il aime bien jouer à se faire peur en lisant des romans et des bandes dessinées, regardant des films et s’immergeant dans des jeux vidéo. Il a entre autres dirigé l’ouvrage Horror Video Game: Essays on the Fusion of Fear and Play (2009), et écrit Silent Hill: The Terror Engine (2012, version française en 2016) ainsi que The World of Scary Video Games: A Study in Videoludic Horror (2018). / Bernard Perron, a professor of art history and cinema at Université de Montréal, is a leading scholar of horror video games and interactive cinema. His books include the edited collection,Horror Video Game: Essays on the Fusion of Fear and Play (2009), as well as Silent Hill: The Terror Engine (2012, version français en 2016), and the upcoming The World of Scary Video Games: A Study in Videoludic Horror (2018).
Papagena Robbins, a native of San Francisco, recently finished her PhD in the Film and Moving Image Studies Doctoral program at Concordia University, where she has taught non-fiction film, writing, and film history. Her research looks to the baroque critical methodologies of recent archive-based city films to shed light on new/old uses of the moving image archive to cultivate historical consciousness as opposed to historical narrative. She also curates special programs of formally challenging documentaries for the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in California, and is editing two up-coming special issues of the online, peer-review, film journal, Synoptique: one on film festival networks, and another on the moving image archive in the 21st century. In 2012, Papagena and Monstrum co-director, Kristopher Woofter co-wrote and published, “Gothumentary: The Gothic Unsettling of Documentary’s Rhetoric of Rationality” in the Italian literary journal Textus, an experience that remains one of her most satisfying intellectual collaborations to date.
Jay Shea teaches in the Department of English at Dawson College in Montreal. Years before becoming a Shakespearean and receiving a PhD in English from McGill University, Jay was weaned on low-budget horror films broadcast on local Chicago television.
Chris Whittaker is a physics teacher and Coordinator of the Science Program at Dawson College. He has a Masters Degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University where he specialized in aeronautics and nuclear engineering. At Dawson, he created a course for non-science students that explores a variety of topics in physics through movies and TV shows. Before his teaching career, Chris also completed a Masters Degree in Social Work and worked for several years in emergency mental health, with at-risk-youth and as an intake worker at a CLSC. Along the way he also managed to do two radio documentaries for the CBC Radio One program Ideas, including one on how size matters in engineering, biology and the movies.
Annaëlle Winand is a PhD student at l’Université de Montréal and film programmer at the Montreal Underground Film Festival. She grew up in Belgium where she studied history and archival science all while developing a passion for horror, surrealist and experimental cinema. She has written about horror for different Belgian and French websites and magazines (Kweb, Sinok, Desperatezombie). Her research now focuses on the use of archives in experimental found footage films.
Michael Wood earned his PhD from the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies (2004), where he focused on the history and politics of Indonesia. He is a full time faculty member in the Department of Humanities, Dawson College. His current research interests include the use and misuse of historical themes and symbols for purposes of nation building, regime legitimization and national branding in Indonesia and the Balkans. Additionally, he has a background in archaeology, having been involved in the excavations of a Roman bathhouse at Tel Dor, Israel, a Mayan palace at Cahel Pech, Belize and the Iron Age fortifications of Tell Jawa, Jordan. He has been interested in pseudo-archaeology, popular misconceptions of the past involving lost civilizations and ancient aliens, since the original broadcasts of the show In Search of in the late 1970’s. He has also held a long interest in the fantasy and horror works of Robert E, Howard, the creator of Conan and has presented on both of these subjects at the Miskatonic Institute. His publications include Official History in Modern Indonesia: New Order Perceptions and Counterviews (2005), “Indonesian Nationalism” in Nations and Nationalism in Global Perspective: An Encyclopedia of Origins, Development and Contemporary Transitions (2008), and “Archaeology, National Histories and National Borders in Southeast Asia" in The Borderlands of Southeast Asia: Geopolitics, Terrorism and Globalization (2011).