Kim Sawchuk is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She holds a Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies. She is the former editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication and a co-founder of the feminist media studio, studio XX. The current co-editor of Wi: Journal of Mobile Media, her research in mobile media studies focuses on geo-locational media, ageing and digital technologies, and the intersections between mobility studies and critical disability studies.
A feminist media studies scholar, Sawchuk is interested in collaborative writing practices, with a special focus on new media art, wireless and mobile media technologies and the politics and culture of health and biomedicine. Her latest publication, Sampling the Wireless Spectrum: the politics, poetics and practice of mobile media (2010) is co-edited with Dr. Barbara Crow and Professor Michael Longford of York University. Other publications included Used/GOODs (2009) with artists and curators Gisele Amantea and Lorraine Oades. Embodiment (2007) is a collection of feminist writing on the body with artist-researcher Christina Lammer and curator Catherine Pilcher (Vienna). Other publications include Wild Science: Reading Feminism, Medicine, and the Media (2000) co-edited with Janine Marchessault and When Pain Strikes (1999), co-edited with the artists and curators Cathy Busby and Bill Burns.
Sawchuk’s current research-creation work traverses two major areas: wireless, mobile communications and the legacy of biomedical imaging, or biotourism. While distinct in content, they intersect via the thread of mobility. For the project Under the City (2011-2013) Sawchuk is working with filmmaker and producer Katarina Soukup to develop a mobile application to explore the lost and buried rivers that traverse the island of Montreal. Illustrating Medicine (2008-2011), a collaborative research project with researchers from the Graduate Program in Biomedical Communications (BMC) University of Toronto, is developing a searchable digital archive of historic original drawings done for some of the first anatomical textbooks published in North America. The research component of the project examines the shift from systems anatomy to regional anatomy, which created new modalities of movement through corporeal space for surgeons and pathologists at the turn of the century. Sawchuk, together with Dr. Barbara Crow of York University, is conducting SSHRC funded research on senior citizens and cellular phones. She is also directing an international project Active Aging Mobile Technologies on the intersections of aging and the promises of mobile technology.
Not only has Dr. Sawchuk published extensively, but she contributes significantly to the to the advancement of cultural production and scholarship in her field. Sawchuk is a co-founder of the Mobile Media Lab (York-Concordia) and director of the Mobilities Research Centre located in Concordia’s Department of Communication Studies. She has just completed a six-year term as the editor of the Canadian Journal of Communications (www.cjc-online.ca) and she is the co-editor of Wi: journal of mobile media (www.wi-not.ca). In addition to her academic research, in 1996 Sawchuk co-founded of StudioXX a feminist research and media arts centre in Montréal.