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Casey Mecija

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Department of Communication Studies

Assistant Professor

Email: cmecija@yorku.ca


Casey Mecija is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her current research theorizes sounds made in and beyond Filipinx diaspora to make an argument about a “queer sound” that permeates diasporic sensibilities. Her work suggests that media production enables diasporic people to create forms of belonging that defy racialized ascriptions born from racism, colonialism, and their gendered dimensions. She is also a musician and filmmaker, whose work has received a number of accolades and has been presented internationally. Casey has a history of employment in radio and television production, and co-founded “From Song to Studio”, a mentorship program with Regent Park School of Music.

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Degrees

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A. Communication and Multimedia Studies, McMaster University
B.A. Radio and Television Arts, Ryerson University

Research Interests

, Sound Studies, Diaspora Studies, Performance Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Filipinx Studies, Transnational Feminisms.
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Goodbye Ohbijou: Notes on Music, Queer Affect, and the Impossibilities of Satisfying Multicultural Ideals in Canada”, book chapter in Diasporic Intimacies, Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries

2017

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Disobedient Listening Practices: Notes on Christine Bacareza Balance’s Tropical Renditions: Making Music Scenes in Filipino America”.

2019

Professional Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Leaving to Love: Filipino Caregivers and the Queer Kinship of Transnational Childcare”, special issue of World Futures, “Transdisciplinary Child and Youth Studies: Critical Praxis and Global Perspectives”

2018

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

“Balang’s Dance: Puro Arte as Queer Affect”, Special Issue of Q & A: (Queer in Asian America), “Q & A 2.0”

2020

Other

Publication
Year

“Blank Space and the Queer Sonics of Filipinx Childhood”, Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog. 2020

2020

“Get Pulled Inside as Artist Laurie Kang asks you to Unhinge Yourself From Your Body”

2018

“Heartbreak is Sonic: How Billy-Ray Belcourt’s Poetry Encouraged Decolonial Love in 2017”

2018


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 AP/COMN4732 3.0 A Diaspora and Transnational Media SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/COMN3725 3.0 A Young People's Media In Canada SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/COMN4733 3.0 M Second-Generation Diaspora and Identity SEMR
Winter 2021 AP/COMN4270 3.0 M Cultural Industries and Work SEMR


Casey Mecija is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her current research theorizes sounds made in and beyond Filipinx diaspora to make an argument about a “queer sound” that permeates diasporic sensibilities. Her work suggests that media production enables diasporic people to create forms of belonging that defy racialized ascriptions born from racism, colonialism, and their gendered dimensions. She is also a musician and filmmaker, whose work has received a number of accolades and has been presented internationally. Casey has a history of employment in radio and television production, and co-founded “From Song to Studio”, a mentorship program with Regent Park School of Music.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A. Communication and Multimedia Studies, McMaster University
B.A. Radio and Television Arts, Ryerson University

Research Interests

, Sound Studies, Diaspora Studies, Performance Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Filipinx Studies, Transnational Feminisms.

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Goodbye Ohbijou: Notes on Music, Queer Affect, and the Impossibilities of Satisfying Multicultural Ideals in Canada”, book chapter in Diasporic Intimacies, Queer Filipinos/as and Canadian Imaginaries

2017

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Disobedient Listening Practices: Notes on Christine Bacareza Balance’s Tropical Renditions: Making Music Scenes in Filipino America”.

2019

Professional Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Leaving to Love: Filipino Caregivers and the Queer Kinship of Transnational Childcare”, special issue of World Futures, “Transdisciplinary Child and Youth Studies: Critical Praxis and Global Perspectives”

2018

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

“Balang’s Dance: Puro Arte as Queer Affect”, Special Issue of Q & A: (Queer in Asian America), “Q & A 2.0”

2020

Other

Publication
Year

“Blank Space and the Queer Sonics of Filipinx Childhood”, Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog. 2020

2020

“Get Pulled Inside as Artist Laurie Kang asks you to Unhinge Yourself From Your Body”

2018

“Heartbreak is Sonic: How Billy-Ray Belcourt’s Poetry Encouraged Decolonial Love in 2017”

2018


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 AP/COMN4732 3.0 A Diaspora and Transnational Media SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/COMN3725 3.0 A Young People's Media In Canada SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/COMN4733 3.0 M Second-Generation Diaspora and Identity SEMR
Winter 2021 AP/COMN4270 3.0 M Cultural Industries and Work SEMR