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Department:School of Journalism and Communication


Emily Hiltz studies gendered forms of notoriety through contemporary and historical uses of visual media. This interdisciplinary and critical work documents the production and circulation of notorious figures across a range of genres and media cultures. Dr. Hiltz also studies the cultural politics, materiality, and affective economies of violent and sexualized imagery and sentiments circulating online and develops varied methods for analyzing these relations. Through this focus on media affect, she considers the role emotion and subjectivity play in the research and teaching process, particularly when witnessing and studying sensitive visuals and testimonies. Her teaching focuses on these areas of expertise in research methodology, feminist media studies, cultural studies, identity, and critical cultural criminology.

Dr. Hiltz holds a PhD in Communication from Carleton University, a MA in Media Studies (Western University), an Honours BA in Media, Information and Technoculture and a writing certificate also from Western.


Brady, M., & Hiltz, E. (2017). The archaeology of an image: The persistent persuasion of Thomas Moore Keesick’s residential school photographs. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 37(Spring), 61-85.

Hiltz, E. (2016). “Let the games begin: Hybrid horror in the Hunger Games trilogy.” In Jessica McCort (Ed.), Reading in the dark: Horror in children’s literature and culture (pp. 201-217). Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Recent Conference Papers

2019   “The violence of smiles through the Black Dahlia image: Cultural remediations of Elizabeth Short’s victim photographs.” Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities. Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. March 23, 2019.

2018   “Notoriety as postfeminist sensibility.” Histories / theories / archaeologies / archives: 40 years of communication and media research. Carleton University, Ottawa. September 14, 2018.

2017   “The visual construction of criminal notoriety: Discourse analysis as an historical critique of violent women’s notoriety.” Paris 2017, The International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) – Media and History: Crime, Violence and Justice. Paris, France. July 10-13, 2017.