Public Engagement


“BoJack Horseman’s Long Memory.” The 3rd Annual Animation Studies Conference of China, Chengdu University, Chengdu, China, November 2018.

“Nihilism and Nostalgia: The Burdens of BoJack Horseman.” The Society for Animation Studies 35th Annual Conference; Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, July 2018.

“Reconceptualizing Relationships: Children and Other Animals.” Too Cute to Kill Conference, School of Veterinary Medicine; University of Surrey, Surrey, UK, July 2016.

“Technologies of Pain: Animals and Anatomical Art, Antiquity to Present.” Animality series, KAPSULA Magazine; Toronto, Canada, April 2016.


“Gaming the System: Video Games and Accessibility.” Accessibility Awareness Day 2015, University of Windsor, Windsor Canada, March 2015.

“Undergraduate Research and Pedagogical Innovation: Using OMEKA as a Student Exhibit Builder.” An Introduction to Digital Humanities Research Workshop, Department of English; Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, November 2012.

“Ethics and Edibility in Charlotte’s Web.” LIFE Institute, The Chang School for Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, February 2012.

“Human Values and the Wild Animal Body in Jack London’s Canine Canon.” Guest Lecture for Literatures of Modernity Graduate Course LM8948, “Animality Studies.” English Department, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, March 2011.

“Are Actors Merely Cattle? Film Performance and Directorial Influence.” Guest Lecture for Film Studies Undergraduate Course FILM 1000, “Introduction to Film Studies.” School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, February 2006.


Panels Organized

“Reframing Gender in Animation, Education, and Production: A Roundtable Discussion.” Society for Animation Studies (SAS), Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, July 2015.

“Animation: Gothic and Fairy Tale.” Society for Animation Studies (SAS),  School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California (Los Angeles), Los Angeles, USA, June 2013.

Papers Presented

“A Terrible Burden: The Horses of Vimy and WWI.” 28th Annual Canadian Military History Colloquuium, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, May 2017.

“Sgt. Scruffy’s Honour: The Dickin Medal and the World Wars.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), Seattle, USA, March 2016.

“Framework of Ambivalence: Animals in Animated War Films.” Society for Animation Studies (SAS), Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, July 2015.

“From Lydia Deetz to Ruby Gloom: Gothic Animated Bodies.” Society for Animation Studies (SAS), School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, June 2013.

“To boldly go where someone else has gone before in great detail: DH, Archives and Fan Sites in Film Studies.” Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC), York University, Toronto, Canada, April 2013.

“Science, Species and Subjectivity in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, April 2013.

“Crossed Wires: Retrofitting the Brain for Information Architecture.” Society for Digital Humanities, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Annual Congress, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, May 2012.

“‘How much are they paying you to be my jailer?’: Zoo Culture, Performance and Free Willy.” Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC), Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada, May 2012.

“‘Obey Me!’: Invader Zim and the Ideological State Apparatus.” Migrations: Social Sciences on the Final Frontier, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada, August 2010.

“An analysis of the human-animal conflict in Princess Mononoke.” Society for Animation Studies (SAS), Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 2010.

“Half-breed dog, Half-breed Film: Balto as Animelodrama.” Society for Animation Studies (SAS), Portland State University, Portland, USA, July 2006.

“Sucked to Cyberspace: Technology and Transformation in Freakazoid!.” Society for Animation Studies (SAS), Trinity University, San Antonio, USA, July 2005.