Cultural Studies Student Projects

Students in our Cultural Studies courses actively engage research projects that range from cultural activism, community research, cultural heritage and digital production.

Below are some highlights of our student projects over the years.

2021 Showcase of Student Work

Humanitarian Palimpsest

In CULT 437, Postcolonial Studies, with the special topic of Humanitarian Life Narratives, Carrie Terbasket produced a palimpsest depicting text and imagery of humanitarianism, along with a critical reflection on the artwork.

Carrie says that creating a palimpsest for her chosen project, the visual representation of humanitarian life narrative, was an exploration of feelings of loss that she had experienced throughout the class.

Humanitarian Palimpsest | Critical Reflection


Who Are You and Why Are You Here?

Who Are You and Why Are You Here?

In CULT 437 Postcolonial Studies with professor David Jefferess, Melissa Plisic created this zine, Who Are You and Why Are You Here? and a critical reflection on the project.

This project was created as a resource for current adolescents who are considering doing humanitarian work.

Who Are You and Why Are you Here Critical Reflection | Who Are You and Why Are You Here? Zine


Black Luminosity alt scan

Black Luminosity in the Age of Social Media

In CULT 300/ENGL 378 Documentary and Docudrama in Spring 2021, graduating Cultural Studies major Melissa Plisic created this zine Black Luminosity in the Age of Social Media and an Artist Statement relating the zine to critical readings in the course.

About the project, Melissa says this zine was inspired by an interaction they had on Facebook last spring in the days following the murder of George Floyd.

Black Luminosity alt scan | Artist Statement




Identity and Nationhood

In CULT 305/ENGL 377 Reading Canadian Screens, 4th year Creative Writing student William Jones created this poem, painting, song, and Artist Statement to discuss his negotiation of Indigeneity and Canadian nationalism referencing Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), post colonial theory, and Celtic myth.

William Jones Artist Statement | William Jones Poem | William Jones Song | William Jones image


Past Student Projects