Susan Driver

Department of Communication Studies

Associate Professor

Office: Technology Enhanced Learning Building, 3016
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 20125
Emailsdriver@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.

Research Interests

Gender Issues , Women , Sexuality

Current Research Projects

Queer Youth Online Dialogues


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Standard Research (SSHRC)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Junior Faculty Fund (York University)

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/COMN3590 3.0  Feminist Perspectives on Media  SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/COMN4708 6.0  Youth Cultures and Media Practices 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.

Research Interests:

Gender Issues , Women , Sexuality

Current Research Projects

Queer Youth Online Dialogues


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Standard Research (SSHRC)


Project Type: Funded
Funders: 
Junior Faculty Fund (York University)


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/COMN3590 3.0  Feminist Perspectives on Media  SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/COMN4708 6.0  Youth Cultures and Media Practices SEMR