Dr. Janice Hladki is an Associate Professor in Theatre and Film Studies, the School of the Arts. She is also affiliated with Gender Studies and Feminist Research and with the Department of English and Cultural Studies. Janice is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her interdisciplinary work explores: social justice in the arts; artists’ film and video; autobiography and film; embodiment and disability; ethical spectatorship; the social, representational, pedagogical, and discursive implications of cultural practices; dimensions of gender, race, Indigeneity, sexuality, disability, and class; the politics of collaboration; ethical practices in qualitative inquiry.
Janice teaches courses that reflect an emphasis on cultural studies and feminist studies approaches to popular film, performance and performance art, women and visual culture, independent film, and contemporary cinema. She has worked with graduate students on a range of projects focused on topics such as forms of media, queer culture, disability, health, weight embodiment, mad culture, gender, youth, nonhuman representation, autobiography, intersexuality, feminist pedagogy, and environment education. In 2001, Janice won the McMaster Students Union Merit Award for Teaching Excellence for New Instructors.
She has co-edited the interdisciplinary collection, Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (University of Toronto Press, 2014) with Sarah Brophy (English and Cultural Studies, McMaster). This volume examines the cultural politics of health, disability, and the body in forms such as photography, video art, graphic memoir, film, body art and performance, and digital media. Janice and Sarah have also co-edited a special issue of a journal that was recently published by Routledge as the edited volume Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities (2014). Her current book project, Bodies Making Trouble: Disability, Gender, and Alternative Film, brings together moving image culture studies, critical disability studies, and gender studies, in an examination of how representations of bodies in artists’ film and video agitate normative understandings of embodiment. Janice has contributed essays to publications including the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies; The Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art; ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature; Feminist Media Studies; The Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies; jac: A Quarterly Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Rhetoric, Culture, Literacy, and Politics; and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
In addition to SSHRC funding, Janice has received arts grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Chalmers Fund, and the Toronto Board of Education. Her curatorial and exhibitionary research has resulted in one solo and three co-curated exhibitions at the McMaster Museum of Art. As an artist-scholar, Janice has been commissioned to write for theatre and performance and to choreograph for film. Her record of over 40 created works includes mainstage theatre productions, performance art works, and video art pieces. Janice was a member of the performance group The Clichettes, who are recognized as Canadian popular icons in literary and film contexts, including Wisecracks, a feature film documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Their work has been addressed in books, journals, and magazines, and The Clichettes are acknowledged for their central role in the development of feminist performance art in North America. Janice is a founding member of Danceworks and the Women’s Cultural Building.
This is Me, This is Also Me
Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography. Eds. Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
2010. Fierce: Women’s Hot-Blooded Film/Video. [Edited exhibition book]. McMaster Museum of Art.
2014. Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography. Eds. Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
2014. Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities. Eds. Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge. (Originally published in 2012 as a co-edited special issue of the journal The Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies.)
Refereed Articles and Book Chapters:
2015. “Disability and Girlhood: The Anomalous Embodiment of the Chubby Girl in Critical Art Practice.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 9(3), 313-339. In the Special Issue, “Disability and Visual Culture.” Eds. Alice Hall and Tobin Siebers.
2014. “Introduction: Visual Autobiography in the Frame: Critical Embodiment and Cultural Pedagogy.” Sarah Brophy & Janice Hladki (Eds), Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (3-28). Toronto, Buffalo, and London: University of Toronto Press. (Equal Co-Author with Sarah Brophy)
2014. “Connective Tissue: Summoning the Spectator to Visual Autobiography.” Sarah Brophy & Janice Hladki (Eds.), Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (244-267). Toronto, Buffalo, and London: University of Toronto Press. (Equal Co-Author with Sarah Brophy)
2014. “Introduction: Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities.” Sarah Brophy & Janice Hladki (Eds), Pedagogy, Image Practices, and Contested Corporealities (1-7). Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge. (Equal Co-Author with Sarah Brophy) (Originally published in 2012 as a co-edited special issue of the journal The Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies.)
2014 “‘Remembering Otherwise’: Counter-commemoration and Re-territorialization in Indigenous Film and Video Art.” Revista de Estudios Globales y Arte Contemporáneo / Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art, 2(2), 77-100. In the Special Issue, “Memory and the Other: Translocal and Transdisciplinary Memories.” Eds. Anna Marie Guasch and Nasheli Jiménez del Val. (Lead Article)
2014. “Cripping the Museum: Disability, Pedagogy, and a Video Art Exhibition.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 8(3), 315-333. In the Special Issue, “Cripistemologies.” Eds. Robert McRuer and Merri Lisa Johnson. (Equal co-author with Sarah Brophy)
2009. “Mattering Media: Thinking Disability in Political Visual Practice.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies 31(2/3), 107-126. In the Special Issue, “What’s the Matter? Cultural Studies and the Question of Urgency.” Eds. Julie Rak, Sharon Rosenberg, Anne Whitelaw. (Lead Article)
2008. “‘Nothing Big, Nothing Small’: Allyson Mitchell’s Video Autobiography.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 39(1/2), 167-187.
2008. “Social Justice, Artistic Practices, and New Technologies: Gender and Disability Activisms and Identities in Film and Digital Video.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal / Revue d’Etudes sur les femmes 32(2), 45-56.
2006. “Strategic Approximation: Independent Videographers Revise the Hollywood Classic.” Feminist Media Studies 6(1), 47-65.
2006. “Decolonizing Colonial Violence: The Subversive Practices of Aboriginal Film and Video.” Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme 25(1), 83-87.
2005. “Thresholds of the Flesh: Disability and Dis-ease and Producing ‘Ability Trouble.’” The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 27(3), 265-285.
2005. “Who Are the Participants? Rethinking Representational Practices and Writing with Heterotopic Possibility in Qualitative Inquiry.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 18(3), 285-304. (Equal Co-Author with Marnina Gonick)
2002. “Entangled Discursivity: Women’s Social Relations in a Collaborative Filmmaking Process.” Resources for Feminist Research / Documentation sur la Recherche Feministe, 29(3/4), 105-131.
2002. “A Critical Introduction to Feminist Cultural Production.” Resources for Feminist Research / Documentation sur la Recherche Feministe, 29(3/4), 9-17. (Equal Co-Author with Karen Stanworth)
2001. “Making a ‘Difference’ in/with/for ‘Autobiography’: Film Spectatorship and ‘The Body Beautiful.’” jac: A Quarterly Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Rhetoric, Culture, Literacy, and Politics, 21(1), 33-70.
Artistic and Creative Work: Exhibitions Curated
This is Me, This is Also Me. McMaster Museum of Art. November 6, 2014-March 21, 2015. (Co-Curated with Sarah Brophy).
Scrapes: Unruly Embodiments in Video Art. McMaster Museum of Art. November 18, 2010-January 22, 2011. (Co-Curated with Sarah Brophy).
Fierce: Women’s Hot-Blooded Film/Video. McMaster Museum of Art. January 28-March 27, 2010. Toured to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa. July 2-August 28, 2010.
Embodied Matter. McMaster Museum of Art. March 5-May 28, 2006. (Co-Curated with Mary O’Connor).
Building Women’s Culture: Women’s Cultural Building. Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto. 2000. (Co-Curated with representatives from the Women’s Cultural Building Collective).
Artistic and Creative Work: Plays, Performance Art, Commissions, in Exhibitions:
Plays, as a member of The Clichettes: Writer and Performer: 5 full-length works
Performance Art, Solo: Writer and Performer: 12 works
Performance Art, as a member of The Clichettes: Co-Writer and -Performer: 30 works
Commissions: Performance and Choreography: 16 works
Artistic Work in Exhibitions and Performances: 5 shows