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Susan Driver

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Department of Communication Studies

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director

Office: Victor Phillip Dahdaleh (DB) Building, 3016
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 20125
Email: sdriver@yorku.ca


I am interested in developing critical and creative ways of theorizing and practicing representations of gender and sexuality. My work strives to understand those areas of women’s social and historical experiences that have become marginalized within dominant scientific, popular and social policy discourses.

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I am interested in developing critical and creative ways of theorizing and practicing representations of gender and sexuality. My work strives to understand those areas of women’s social and historical experiences that have become marginalized within dominant scientific, popular and social policy discourses. My graduate project engaged with queer mothering, paying close attention to reflexive poetic acts of self-representation. I am continually challenged to try to interweave an intimate process of naming relations of nurturance, love and desire with social and political forms of recognition that encourage and respect cultural differences. My current research examines contemporary youth cultures with a particular focus on constructions of young women’s sexuality in mass media texts as well as grassroots responses that include the production of videos, e/zines, and live performance by and about young people. My approach is interdisciplinary as I draw upon many diverse fields of knowledge and styles of representation including written narratives, interactive storytelling, and visual images. I seek to articulate inclusive languages through which to understand the complex everyday worlds of youth in an increasingly commercialized and mass mediated environment.

Degrees

Ph.D. Social and Political Thought, York University
M.A., York University
B.A. Political Science, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Gender Issues , Women, Sexuality

Current Research Projects


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    Funders:
    Junior Faculty Fund (York University)
Queer Youth Online Dialogues

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    Funders:
    Standard Research (SSHRC)

Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/CMCT6123 3.0 A Cultures of Sexuality and Gender SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/COMN3590 3.0 M Feminist Perspectives on Media SEMR


I am interested in developing critical and creative ways of theorizing and practicing representations of gender and sexuality. My work strives to understand those areas of women’s social and historical experiences that have become marginalized within dominant scientific, popular and social policy discourses.

I am interested in developing critical and creative ways of theorizing and practicing representations of gender and sexuality. My work strives to understand those areas of women’s social and historical experiences that have become marginalized within dominant scientific, popular and social policy discourses. My graduate project engaged with queer mothering, paying close attention to reflexive poetic acts of self-representation. I am continually challenged to try to interweave an intimate process of naming relations of nurturance, love and desire with social and political forms of recognition that encourage and respect cultural differences. My current research examines contemporary youth cultures with a particular focus on constructions of young women’s sexuality in mass media texts as well as grassroots responses that include the production of videos, e/zines, and live performance by and about young people. My approach is interdisciplinary as I draw upon many diverse fields of knowledge and styles of representation including written narratives, interactive storytelling, and visual images. I seek to articulate inclusive languages through which to understand the complex everyday worlds of youth in an increasingly commercialized and mass mediated environment.

Degrees

Ph.D. Social and Political Thought, York University
M.A., York University
B.A. Political Science, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Gender Issues , Women, Sexuality

Current Research Projects


    Project Type: Funded
    Funders:
    Junior Faculty Fund (York University)
Queer Youth Online Dialogues

    Project Type: Funded
    Funders:
    Standard Research (SSHRC)


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/CMCT6123 3.0 A Cultures of Sexuality and Gender SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/COMN3590 3.0 M Feminist Perspectives on Media SEMR