Thesis Defences

interdis-banner-6Upcoming Defences

Sidrah Laldin

  • Title:  Perceived Acceleration in Stereoscopic Animation
    Date: November 2, 2017
    Time: 2:00– 4:00 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Meghan Mills

  • Title: Unsettling Resistance:  Decolonizing Social Movement Theory
    Date: November 15, 2017
    Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
    Location: Stedman 114G

Previous Defences

Hana Gartner

  • Title:  Encountering the Other:  An Interdisciplinary Inquiry into Horse/Human Interaction
    Date: July 24, 2017
    Time: 12:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Location: Minden Room, 164 BSB

Emmanuel Dean Osaze

  • Title: The Non–Recognition or Devaluation of Foreign Professional Immigrants Credentials in Canada: The Impact on the Receiving Country (Canada) and the Immigrants Themselves
    Date: July 24, 2017
    Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Location: 232  York Lanes

Terri Raymond

  • Title: Sex Cell: Women’s Paths to Institutionalization in the Hospital for the Insane, Cobourg 1902-1935
    Date: June 27, 2017
    Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
    Location: 280A  York Lanes

Maxwell Ranasinghe

  • Title: Chronic Kidney Disease Unidentified (CKDU) in Sri Lanka: Towards an Integrated Solution
    Date:  June 19, 2017
    Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Kaley Ames

  • Title: Murdering Mothers?: Representations of Mothers Who Kill Their Children in Theatre and Law
    Date: March 6, 2017
    Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Michael Asres

  • Title: “I Can’t Breathe”: Race, Police and the Suffocation of American Democracy
    Date:  March 3, 2017
    Time: 1:30 – 3:30 PM
    Location: 140 McL

Caroline Novak

  • Title: "Form and Ephemerality: Musical Performance and Danse Macabre in Medieval Art, Architecture, Music and Cosmology"
    Date: February 24, 2017
    Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Ruth Tait

  • Title:  "Examination of the Transitioning of the Book from Print to Digital: Inspirational, Possibilities & Application"
    Date:  September 14, 2016
    Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Ahmad Hassan

  • Title:  “Information Technology Project Prioritization: A case of Project Portfolio Management ”
    Date: August 31, 2016
    Time:  10:00 - 12:00 PM
    Location: Ross N638

Rebecca Barnstaple

  • Title: "Movement in Mind: Dance, Self-Awareness and Sociality - An Investigation of Dance as treatment /therapy"
    Date:  August 31, 2016
    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Johanna Lewis

  • Title:  "Ask the Colonial Ghosts”: Intimate Histories, Harmful Complicities, and the Search for an Accountable Relationship with the Past."
    Date: June 28th, 2016
    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Keith Francis

  • Title: Chasing Vapors Within a Disappearing Mist: Conceptualizing Dementia Narratives
    Date: June 29th, 2016
    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Alejandro Mayoral Banos

  • Title: "Decolonizing Technology through a Tipi: Creation of an Indigenous Mobile Application at York University”
    Date: June 30th, 2016
    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
    Location: 232 York Lanes

Caroline Suchit

  • Title: Shadeism: Exploring Inequalities Within A Historicizing Agenda
    Date: April 7, 2016
    Time: 11:00 AM
    Location: 232 McL

Heather Bergen

  • Title: "Teen Moms Talk Back: Young Mothers Strategizing Supportive Communities."
    Date: January 20, 2016
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Room 626 Kaneff Building

Maral Karimi

  • Title: "Social Media or Steering Media: A critical exploration of social media use in the Iranian Green resistance movement of 2009"
    Date: December 10, 2015
    Location: Room 223 McLaughlin College

Leva Rouhani

Title: "Gender in Ghanaian educational policy: parity or equity?" 
Date: December 3, 2015
Location: Stedman Hall


Shila Khayambashi

              • Title: “The Social and Cultural alienation of First and Second Generation Middle Eastern Youth:  Interrogating Mainstream Bullying Discourse"
                Date: August 28
                Time: 10:00 AM
                Location: Room 223 McLaughlin College

Sarah Gebretsadik

              • Title: "The Politics of Diaspora Engagement:  Doing Business in Ethopia's Development State"  
              • ABSTRACT:  In 2010, under the guidance of its developmental state planning, Ethiopia launched its Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) aimed to achieve accelerated economic growth and middle income country status by 2020-2025. In an attempt to realize its GTP, the Ethiopian government has strategically engaged its diaspora population as ‘development partners’. Existing policies and proclamations outlined by the Ethiopian government speak to the institutionalized attempts to attract diaspora capital for the development of the country. Through an exploratory case-study of small and medium sized businesses in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, this paper interrogates the complexities surrounding Ethiopia’s state-led engagement of its diasporas and explores the potential of the Ethiopian diaspora to contribute to the country’s development. While the politics of engagement and challenges with Ethiopia’s business environment emerge as salient issues, findings indicate that diaspora business owners possess a unique potential to contribute to human capability transformation in the country.
                Date: August 20
                Time: 10:00 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes
              •  Full Thesis

Amy Katz

              • Title: “All of Us: Marginalizing Dissent in Toronto’s Jewish Community.”
              • ABSTRACT: Mainstream Jewish institutions like the Canadian Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and B'nai Brith Canada largely communicate the impression of community-wide support for Israeli government policies and actions to the broader society. When Jewish individuals and groups in Toronto who do not uniformly support Israeli government policy and actions attempt to make their voices heard as Jews they can encounter discursive techniques used by institutions and more broadly to marginalize their points of view. These discursive techniques are not limited to Jewish institutions or to the Jewish community, but, rather, can be characteristic of some processes that serve to 'naturalize' specific ideas and marginalize others. I use elements of Critical Discourse Analysis to explore recent public communications reflecting responses to dissenting Toronto Jews and narratives to identify some of these discursive techniques. I also explore how aspects of selected mainstream Jewish Canadian histories can serve to marginalize present-day dissent.
                Date: April 22
                Time: 2:30 PM
                Location: Room 232 McLaughlin College
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Nayani Thiyagarajah

              • Title: “…I Can Hear Her Breathing” : Second Generation Sri Lankan Tamil Wohyn Reflect on the 2009 Toronto Tamil Protests
              • ABSTRACT:  Public activism in the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora was demonstrated by the mass protests held in Toronto in 2009, in the months leading to the end of civil war Sri Lanka. Following the protests, research focusing on increased transnational participation, public performance of Tamil identities, and personal post-war feelings has emerged. Still, very little attention has been given to self-identified womyn’s narratives and reflections. This paper and film focus on the experiences of second-generation Sri Lankan Tamil womyn , speaking specifically to gendered diasporic imaginations, subjectivities, and possible transformations produced through participation or non-participation in the 2009 protests. It argues how both protest and silence, in a transnational context, work to disrupt narratives of nationhood suggested by Canada, Sri Lanka, and the former de-facto state of Tamil Eelam.
                Date: April 22
                Time: 2:30 PM
                Location: Room 232 McLaughlin College
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Sandi Trillo

              • Title: "Cross-sectoral Policy Coalitions: a case study of Sustain Ontario: the Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming's efforts to reform public policy. How a policy coalition's choices contributed to its legitimacy and influence"
              • ABSTRACT:  This paper is a case study of the formation and early development of one civil society organization (CSO), Sustain Ontario, the Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming (Sustain, the Alliance, the Network). Sustain is an example of a non-governmental, cross-sectoral policy coalition . In an era of complex problems and constrained resources such policy coalitions or networks appear increasingly common in Canada, yet there has been limited research into their approaches. This paper investigates the choices Sustain made related to structures, strategies and processes; it presents integrative research on the relationships between Sustain’s choices, and the Alliance’s ability to cultivate legitimacy and influence policy in Ontario, Canada. Sustain’s network organizational structures and membership enabled Sustain to engage and leverage requisite skills and knowledge. The Alliance employed five core strategies that enabled it to facilitate widespread member engagement, develop and disseminate research and other materials, and establish constructive relationships with policy makers. While I appreciate the limitations of a single case study, I think Sustain’s experience and choices may be of interest to provincial food networks and cross-sectoral policy coalitions addressing similarly complex challenges.
                Date: April 9
                Time: 2:00 PM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Lawrie Gluck

              • Title: "Ontario's Electricity Supply Industry Before and After the Restructuring: An Economic and Environmental Analysis"
              • ABSTRACT:  The Government of Ontario set out to restructure Ontario’s electricity industry in the late 1990s. Through the enactment of the Energy Competition Act, 1998 and the subsequent Electricity Restructuring Act, 2004, Ontario’s electricity sector changed from a traditional “public utility” model (i.e. a state-owned vertically-integrated utility) to a “hybrid model”, which includes both regulated and competitive aspects.This thesis paper seeks to answer the question: from an economic and environmental perspective, how have Ontario’s electricity consumers been impacted by changes resulting from the restructuring and post-restructuring policies of government? To answer this question, the prices paid for electricity service (commodity, transmission, and distribution) prior to the restructuring are compared to the prices paid for the same service after the restructuring. The analysis reveals that prices are rising more rapidly in the post-restructuring era. The question becomes what changes in the sector are driving the price increases and are consumers benefitting from these changes? This paper evaluates the changes to the sector resulting from the restructuring, and from other post-restructuring government policies, in a qualitative manner to determine whether consumers are receiving any benefit from these changes. The analysis highlights that some changes have impacted customers positively (i.e. shift to more environmentally-friendly energy sources, conservation, distributor amalgamation, etc.) and other changes simply added costs with no real benefits to consumers (i.e. facilitation of a competitive market for electricity supply, retail electricity markets, etc.).Date: March 4
                Time: 3:30 PM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Alexandra Busgang

              • Title: "Architectural Consumption in Los Angeles: Modernism, Power, and the Aesthetic of Plenty"
              • ABSTRACT:  This paper examines the economy produced by modernism as the site for developing an aesthetic grounded in opulence and consumption. While early modern architects aimed to break with tradition and create a new language of architectural forms, the call for new architecture has exploded into sites of what Glen Hill calls “aesthetic waste” in his article, “Aesthetics of Architectural Consumption” (2011). In Los Angeles, this aesthetic obsolescence results in developments being demolished at an alarming rate. As the idea of beauty is valued by its proximity to cleanliness or novelty, massive homes are turned to “junk” in pursuit of the ‘new’.
                Date: February 11, 2015
                Time: 3:30 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes
              • FULL THESIS HERE 

Andrew Roth

              • Title: "A Creative Exploration of the Use of Intelligent Agents in Spatial Narrative Structures"
              • ABSTRACT:  This thesis is an interdisciplinary study of authoring tools for creating spatial narrative structures– exposing the relationship between artists, the tools they use, and the experiences they create. It is a research-creation enterprise resulting in the creation of a new authoring tool. A prototype collaborative tool for authoring spatial narratives used at the Land|Slide: Possible Futures public art exhibit in Markham, Ontario 2013 is described. Using narrative analysis of biographical information a cultural context for authoring and experiencing spatial narrative structures is discussed. The biographical information of artists using digital technologies is posited as a context framing for usability design heuristics. The intersection of intelligent agents and spatial narrative structures provide a future scenario by which to assess the suitability of the approach outlined in this study.
                Date: May 28, 2014
                Time: 10:00 AM
                Location: 232 York Lanes
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Kelly Bentley

              • Title: "Visualizing the Zoo Visitor Experience, Intersecting Space and Meaning-Making"
                Date: February 26, 2014
              • ABSTRACT:  This study explores how the educational intentions of a site of informal science education, the Toronto Zoo, as well as, its potential for meaning‐making, are translated in the lived experience of its visitors. It explores these experiences geographically by tying the spatial and physical environment to the interpretations made by visitors. It cartographically juxtaposes "objective" investigations of space, namely space syntax and wayfinding analyses, with "subjective" measures of the visitor experience, obtained through an on‐site Visitor Study, which revealed possible links between space and visitors' use of the site and meaning-making experiences. The value of geographically representing visitors’ experiences to a cultural institution through the unique use of mobile digital technology is discussed. Conclusions are drawn about the connection between space and the visitors’ meaning‐making experiences, and about how an institution’s educational intentions might be better realized or even re-defined with reference to the insights gained in this thesis
                Time: 4:00 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Ian McLeod

              • Title: "Exciting Instrumental Data: Toward an Expanded Action — Oriented Ontology for Digital Music Performance"
              • ABSTRACT:  Musical performance using digital musical instruments has obfuscated the relationship between observable musical gestures and the resultant sound. This is due to the sound producing mechanisms of digital musical instruments being hidden within the digital music making system. The difficulty in observing embodied artistic expression is especially true for musical instruments that are comprised of digital components only. Despite this characteristic of digital music performance practice, this thesis argues that it is possible to bring digital musical performance further within our action-oriented ontology by understanding the digital musician through the lens of Lévi-Strauss’ notion of the bricoleur. Furthermore, by examining musical gestures with these instruments through a multi-tiered analytical framework that accounts for the physical computing elements necessarily present in all digital music making systems, we can further understand and appreciate the intricacies of digital music performance practice and culture.
                Date: December 18, 2013
                Time: 12:00 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Susan Patrick Breit * WINNER of the FGS Thesis Prize for 2013

              • Title: "The Phenomenology of a Simple Song: Expression, Creativity, and the Recovery of Aesthetics"  
              • ABSTRACT:   By placing aesthetics as art back within the phenomena of experience, this work seeks to recover philosophical aesthetics from the marginal position into which it has been relegated. Merleau-Ponty’s thought and the perception of music lay a groundwork for ontology and epistemology less conditioned by Cartesian biases. Musical thinking highlights the rich content of thought, the dimensionality of meaning, and the need to place language back within the phenomena of expression. A phenomenology of expression by way of songwriting reveals a complex creative process, a good portion of which is not transparent (neither rooted in reflective thought nor consciously determined). There emerges a notion of subjectivity and intentionality that transcends and subtends the “I” with which we ordinarily identify. The lyre of Orpheus opens the doors of the unreflective life, the aesthetic dimension, the intimacy of the world that transcends us, and the generosity of the subjectivity that subtends us.
                Date: December 16, 2013
                Time: 2:00 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Mathura Santhirasegaram

              • Title: "Perceptions of Fairness: A Comparative Critique of the Use of Lifestyle Advertising in the Promotion of Skin Lightening Products"
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                Date: September 27, 2013
                Time: 11:00 AM
                Location: 232 York Lanes
              • FULL THESIS HERE

Tracy McMaster

              • Title: "Chasing the Carrot: Organizing Part-Time Ontario College Workers"
                Date: September 25
                Time: 12:00 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes

Tim McCormack

              • Title: "The Digital Romantic Landscape: From the Sublime to the Cool"
                Date: June 27, 2013
                Time: 1:30 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes

Allyson Woodrooffe

              • Title: "Flash Mobs: Community and Social Media"
                Date: June 10, 2013
                Time: 11:00 AM
                Location: 232 York Lanes

Milana Bodiroga

              • Title: "Narrating the Nation: A Dialogue of Narrative, Hegemony and Yugoslav National Context in Ivo Andric's The Bridge on the Drina (1977) and Emir Kusturica's Underground (1955)"
                Date: May 29, 2013
                Time: 2:00 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes

Salem Alaton

              • Title: "Purveying Affect: Canadian Newspaper Coverage of the Diana Spencer and Karla Homolka Chronologies"
                Date: April 30, 2013
                Time: 2:00 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes

Saad Sayeed

              • Title: "Liberalism in the Postcolony: Islam and Subjectivity in Pakistan"
                Date: April 29, 2013
                Time: 2:30 PM
                Location: 232 York Lanes

Sana Mulji Dutt

              • Title: "Poetry Therapy and the Lived Experience of Refugees"
                Date: April 26, 2013
                Time: 11:00 AM
                Location: Room 120E Stedman Lecture Hall

Elham Beygi

              • Title: "Public Sphere in Muslim Countries, its Reflection on Social Political Thought and Law Case Study: Iran and Turkey"
                Date: December 17, 2012
                Time: 9:45 AM
                Location: 280 York Lanes

Sara Shadkami

              • Title: "Virtupolis: Storytelling in Digital Media"
                Date: December 11, 2012
                Time: 10:00 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Elif Genc

              • Title: "The AKP “Closing” in Relation to Kurdish Minority Rights in Turkey"
                Date: November 8, 2012
                Time: 2:00 PM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Will Lottering

              • Title: "Staging the Artist: Subjectivity, Refelexivity and Performativity" – appreciating contemporaty art works with regard to these three juxtaposed notions exemplified in Wim Delvoye's Cloaca and Art Farm
                Date: October 11, 2012
                Time: 10:30 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Emily Hostland

              • Title: "Community Approaches to Trauma: Organizations' Responses in Rwanda"
                Date: September 26, 2012
                Time: 10:30 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Patricia Bentley

              • Title: "The Patterned Imagination: A Study of Selected West African Textiles in Museum Collections with Regard to the Magic Squares Represented on Them"
                Date: April 24, 2012
                Time: 11:15 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Amy Willis

              • Title: "When Expecting the Unexpected isn't Enough: A Reflective Account of How Power Relations Influence Research Outcomes in a Case Study on HIV Prevention Amongst Sex Working Women in Namibia"
                Date: January 23, 2012
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

James Warrack

              • Title: "Business Models of Feature Films in Ontario"
                Date: January 19 2012
                Time: 11:00 AM
                Location: Room 901 YRT

Drew Belsky

              • Title: "Somatic Aesthetics: Rendering Disabilities in Contemporary Art"
                Date: January 12, 2012
                Time: 2:00 PM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Tony Tarantini

              • Title: "The Effect of Digital Technology on the Greater Toronto Animation Community"
                Date: January 12
                Time: 10:00 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Denise Scott

              • Title: "Queering Punk: Queer Youth and the Importance of Punk Rock"
                Date: December 15, 2011
                Time: 10:00 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Annie Veilleux

              • Title: "Knowing Landscape: Living, Discussing, and Imagining the Toronto Carrying Place"
                Date: December 13, 2011
                Time: 10:30 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Kim Jackson

              • Title: "The Reproduction of Capitalism and Cultural Production in the Junction"
                Date: October 25, 2011
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

David Walker

              • Title: "The Big Big Honey Project"
                Date: August 26, 2011
                Time: 1:00 PM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Manfred Becker

              • Title: "Capturing the Platform: How Public Relations Spun the Beijing Olympics"
                Date: August 23, 2011
                Time: 1:00 PM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Ian McGrath

              • Title: "Refugee Protection and Human Security: The impact of Development Assistance in Northern Ecuador"
                Date: April 29, 2011
                Time: 11:30 AM
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Sonja Puschak

              • Title: "Suffering for Science: The Ecstasy Of Misery In The Victorian Era"
                Date: March 31, 2011
                Time: 11:30 am
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

John Morden

              • Title: "Peerless Prodgies of Physical Phenomena: A Reexamination of the 19th century Freak through Aesthetics, Science and Photography"
                Date: March 28, 2011
                Time: 1:30 pm
                Location: Room 232 York Lanes

Samia Saad

        • Title: "A Secret Life: The Psychosocial Impact of Falling Out Of Status"
          Date: March 21, 2011
          Time: 2:00 pm
          Location: Room 232 York Lanes