This fall, the Communication Studies department at McMaster University welcomed three new faculty members, Dr Lyndsey Beutin, Dr Dilyana Mincheva and Dr Selina Mudavanhu. Working across diverse topics and projects, all bring a passion for social justice to their critical engagement with media and communication studies.
For over a decade, Selina worked in different capacities in media houses, non-profit organizations and university departments. Her scholarship primarily focuses on deconstructing dominant representations of race, ethnicity, class, gender and so on in (social) media texts. She is also interested in questions of voice and speaking back to power. Selina’s pedagogical goal is to develop students’ reflexive, analytical and critical thinking skills that assist them to engage with ideas in the world around them and with (social) media texts they encounter on a daily basis. Selina has travelled to over ten countries and has lived and worked in Cape Town, South Africa for 10 years. She spent close to a year in Johannesburg (South Africa).
Lyndsey’s research focuses on the racial politics of communication and technology, looking at everything from digital surveillance and police body cameras to how contemporary social movements use the memory of slavery in their campaigns. She brings a focus on history and justice to her teaching, asking all her students to grapple with the questions: Why don’t we all have what we need? What will it take to get it? Prior to becoming a professor, Lyndsey worked in art and history museums in New York and in community-based organizations focused on queer and immigrant rights and racial justice in North Carolina and Virginia.
Dilyana is passionately engaged in research around the culturological study of Islamic feminism, religious iconoclasm, the politics of image in cinematic terrorism and utopia. She is the bearer of two international awards for research excellence (2012 and 2015) granted by the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society and the author of the monograph The Politics of Western Muslim Intellectual Discourse in the West: The Emergence of a Western-Islamic Public Sphere, Sussex Academic Press, 2016. Dilyana has lived and travelled extensively in the Middle East. She speaks Bulgarian, French and Arabic and is passionate about creative writing and cello music.