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Post-Doctoral Fellows

Mitchell Akiyama
Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto-based artist, scholar, and composer. His eclectic body of work includes objects and installations that trouble received ideas about perception and sensory experience; writings about contemporary art, animals, and cities; and scores for film and dance. Akiyama’s output has appeared in commensurately miscellaneous sources such as Leonardo Music Journal, ISEA, Sonar Music Festival (Barcelona), Raster-Noton Records (Berlin), Gendai Gallery (Toronto), and in many other exhibitions, publications, and festivals. He holds a PhD in communications from McGill University and an MFA from Concordia University and is currently a SSRHC Postdoctoral Fellow at York University’s Sensorium Centre for Digital Arts & Technology.

May Chew
Post-Doctoral Fellow

May Chew received her Doctorate in Cultural Studies from Queen’s, where her research examined the uses of interactive and immersive technologies in diverse museological sites across the country, and how these facilitate the material practice of nation and cultural citizenship. She currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Urban Public Space at York, where her work centres on the roles of public art and community engagement in urban revitalization. She collaborates on Houses on Pengarth, a large-scale research creation project centred on developing a socially-engaged, experimental art lab in Toronto’s Lawrence Heights community. May has taught in the areas of culture and technology, multiculturalism and Canadian cinema. Her work appears in the recent anthology, Material Cultures in Canada (2015). She holds an MA in Communication and Culture (York and Ryerson), and a BFA in Film Production (York).



Mary Elizabeth Luka
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
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Mary Elizabeth Luka is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at York, based at Sensorium in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, and at the Schulich School of Business. Her creative work and research investigates how artistic, civic and business sectors are networked in the digital age, including her current comparison of sites of cultural collaboration in Canada, the U.S.A, the U.K. and Australia, and ongoing research about recent Canadian media and broadcast policy, such as the Let’s Talk TV campaign at the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission. She aims to improve understanding about how creative workers shape their careers and lives, how employers cultivate inspiring work environments, and how governments and universities generate civic and innovative commitments in the digital era. Dr. Luka is current Board Chair for Arts Nova Scotia, and a member of the NSCAD University Board of Governors and the Cultural Human Resources Council PATAC. She is a member of the public art group, Narratives in Space + Time Society, which intervenes at specific sites to engage others in art practices and storytelling, and is an award-winning digital media and television producer-director.