The Critical Media Lab was founded in fall of 2021 to provide scholarly, critical, and creative resources for faculty and students working in documentary arts and multimodal anthropology. Housed in McGill University’s Department of Anthropology, in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal), and part of the Leadership for the Ecozoic network, the CML offers practical workshops in video, film and sound, as well as screenings, artist talks and round-table discussions for members of the McGill community wishing to incorporate practice-based approaches into their teaching and research. With a teaching lab, screening room, and audiovisual equipment, the CML provides hands-on instruction in production and post-production. It exposes scholars and makers in a range of disciplines, to both the history of ethnographic film and the flourishing contemporary field of sensory ethnography. It is committed to fostering innovative pedagogical approaches and strategies for knowledge production and dissemination, and to supporting creative work that furthers equitable social, political and environmental change. 

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Founding Directors
  Professor Diana Allan
Professor Lisa Stevenson

Coordinators & Programmers

Media-Maker in Residence
Ariane Lorrain 

Philippe Léonard
Ségolène Guinard

Affiliated Members

Post-Doctoral Researchers
Jasmine Pisapia
Grégoire Hervouet-Zeiber
Graduate Students
Andrea Bordoli
Malcolm Sanger
Kate Peddicord
Design & Print Media
Catherine Zambrano