T.L. Cowan

T.L Cowan, Media Studies
Assistant Professor
Media Studies


T.L. Cowan is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies (Digital Media Cultures) in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto. Before moving to the University of Toronto, T.L. was a Presidential Visiting Professor in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University, and Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies at The New School.  T.L.’s research focuses on cultural and intellectual economies and networks of minoritized digital media and performance practices. This work includes a first monograph on intermedial performance, poetry and digital culture, entitled Poetry’s Bastards and a second, on the translocal methods of trans- feminist and queer cabaret in Montreal, Mexico City and New York City, entitled Sliding Scale, both nearing completion.  

T.L. is also the Primary Investigator on a collaborative digital research-creation project called the Cabaret Commons: an online archive and anecdotal encyclopedia for trans-feminist and queer artists, audiences and researchers (http://beta.cwrc.ca/project/cabaret-commons) , and is writing a co-authored book entitled Checking In: Feminist Labor in Networked Publics & Privates with Jasmine Rault. Recent publications include articles and chapters in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies (2016) (http://liminalities.net/12-4/necro-zone.pdf) ; Queer Dramaturges: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (Palgrave 2015); Transgender Studies Quarterly (2014); ephemera: theory and politics in organization (2014) (http://www.ephemerajournal.org/contribution/labour-being-studied-free-love-economy) ; and Ada: Gender, New Media, and Technology (2014) (http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-cowanetal/). T.L.'s work on trans- feminist and queer digital pedagogies is forthcoming in “Women Digitizing Revolution: Race, Gender and The Technological Turn” (2017 special issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies edited by Anna Everett and Lisa Nakamura) and the collection MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education (U of Chicago P, 2017 edited by Elizabeth Losh).
T.L.’s scholarly practice moves between page, stage, and screen; recent notable commissions for her creative-critical work include the PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg and Queens Museum in New York City.