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Jenna Reid

Contract Lecturer
OfficeSally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health, Room SHE-575
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 4590
Areas of ExpertiseResearch-creation; Social movement organizing; Fibre art

Jenna Reid is a fibre based artist who works primarily with the practices of quilting and natural dyes as a way to engage with activist based aesthetics. Reid has completed a residency on Toronto Island with the Feminist Art Conference, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and has exhibited her work and presented on panels in Canada, the US and Australia. Reid’s studio work explores inter-institutional violence informed by the histories of queer, feminist, and mad movement organizing. Reid has published in The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, Canadian Art, Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Policy, and Practice, and the Journal of Progressive Human Services, Studies in Social Justice. Reid’s fibre art has been exhibited both locally and internationally.

With a completed studio based PhD in critical disability studies from York University, Reid developed a critical craft praxis as a way to explore how creative practices can intervene in ways that make change happen in the world.  As a professor in the emergent field of mad studies and disability studies at Toronto Metropolitan University, Reid works with students who are both practicing artists and not, using art in the classroom to create ruptures, open up new lines of inquiry, and to help students turn away from the need to resolve and, instead, open up the transformative possibilities that happen when we render things problematic.

Teaching responsibilities:

Research interests:

  • Deaf, disability, and mad art
  • Fibre art and natural dyeing
  • Social movement organizing
  • Cultural labour
  • Interinstitutional violence
  • Alternative archives
  • Deaf Disability Mad Arts Alliance Canada Impact and Advocacy Coordinator
  • Contemporary Textile Studio Cooperative Board President 
  • Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity International Curatorial Symposium “Living Agreement” participant
  • Queer Ecologies Hanky Exhibit; exhibiting artist

Journal articles:

  • Snyder, S., Pitt, K., Voronka, J., Shanouda, F., Reid, J. and Landry, D. (forthcoming). Unlearning Through Mad Studies: Disruptive pedagogical practice.
  • Reid, J., Snyder, S., Voronka, S., Landry, D. and Church, K. (2019). Mobilizing Mad Art in the Neoliberal University: Resisting regulatory efforts by inscribing art as political practice.
  • Coltman, L. Gapka, S. Harriott, D., Koo, M., Reid, J. and Zsager, A. (2015). Understanding Community Integration in a Housing-First Approach: Toronto At Home/Chez Soi community-based research. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Policy, and Practice, 4(2).
  • Reid, J. and Poole, J. (2013). Mad students in the classroom? Towards inclusive anti-oppressive mental health pedagogy and research in social work. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 24(3).  

Popular publications:

  • Reid, J.  (2018). Asking Questions About Mental Health in the Arts. Canadian Art. [OPEN ACCESS; ONLINE]
  • Reid, J.  (2016). Cripping the Arts: It’s About Time. Canadian Art. [OPEN ACCESS; ONLINE]