Dr. Tyson Stewart

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Assistant Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Indigenous Studies
Full-time Faculty
Tyson Stewart is an Anishinaabe (Temagami) film and media scholar and artist who teaches Indigenous cultural expression and representation in the department of Indigenous Studies. His scholarly interests include filmmaking, communication technologies, image ethics, archive theory, and Indigenous media practises. His first book, Cinema Derrida, looks at Jacques Derrida’s collaborations with filmmakers throughout his lifetime and offers close textual analyses of the films’ “spectral effects.” In the book, Stewart shows how post-structuralist approaches to cinema as a ghostly form of communication emphasize the other through mourning and represent a challenge to classical communication thought.

Dr. Stewart’s new, SSHRC-funded research project seeks to foster a critical perspective of how the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a cultural and political phenomenon framed around the contentious concepts of truth and reconciliation has been processed by filmmakers, artists and media makers in Canada. His goal for this project is to convey the dignity and singularity of Indigenous peoples through an analysis of prominent themes of new Indigenous cinema, such as survivance, futurity, youth, and restorying the past.
BA (Hons), York University
MA, York University
PhD, Laurentian University

Areas of Specialization

Critical theory; Film and media studies; Interdisciplinary theory.

Research Interests

Biography and the archive; Communication technologies; Image ethics; Indigeneity and media in Canada;1960s French cinema culture; Screenwriting; Television aesthetics and politics.


Stewart, Tyson. Cinema Derrida: The Law of Inspection in the Age of Global Spectral Media. New York: Peter Lang. [under contract]

“Images of Global Conflict and the Work of Mourning in the Humanities Classroom.” Interdisciplinary Humanities. 36.1 (Spring 2019): 93-103.

Rev. Rewrite Man: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Warren Skaaren, by Alison Macor. Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. 39.4 December 2019.

“Face, Flesh, Film.” Rev. The Face on Film, by Noa Steimatsky. Senses of Cinema. 87. June 2018.

“Before the Law of Spectrality: Derrida on the Prague Imprisonment.” Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 9.1 (May 2018): 57-74.

“Screening Life/Death.” Rev. Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life, by C. Scott Combs. Senses of Cinema. 78. March 2016.

Rev. Black Television Travels: African American Media Around the Globe, by Timothy Havens. Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. 34.3. September 2014.

“The Romance of the Intellectual in Godard: A Love-Hate Relationship.” The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard. Ed. Nicole Côté, Douglas Morrey, and Christina Stojanova. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. 169-82.

Rev. Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture, by Katherine J. Lehman. Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. 33.3. September 2013.

Rev. Retail Nation: Department Stores and the Making of Modern Canada, by Donica Belisle. Enterprise and Society. 13.2. June 2012.