Media Representation and Archives Lab
The Media Representation and Archives Lab (MRAL) aims to unpack, examine, and critique media representation (in film, television, photography, social media, and ephemera) and widen the scope of archival research in Canada. By engaging with critical thinkers, creative practitioners, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians, MRAL facilitates intersectional, cross-disciplinary ideation and research-creation. MRAL is an outgrowth of research director Cheryl Thompson’s Early Researcher Award (2021-2026) which is mapping, cataloging, and reimagining the boundaries of Ontario’s Black archival collections. We aim to facilitate discussions, symposiums, and collaborations across the university, nationally, internationally, and with community partners on questions of media, archives, power, and politics.