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A photograph by Kari Maaren of black and white stripes

Research Assistants

We gratefully acknowledge our research assistants.

Menar al-Najjar

A photograph of Menar al Najjar, wearing a blue head covering and green and white striped shirt, with arms crossed

Honours Arts and Business Co-op, Legal Studies and Sociology, University of Waterloo, 2024

Menar Al-Najjar is a final year Arts and Business candidate at the University of Waterloo, and she is planning on pursuing a JD and a career in the legal field. Menar has worked at the University of Waterloo since 2021 within various positions and departments, including the School of Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, and Legal and Immigration Services. Menar is dedicated to her community and volunteers wherever she can at various not-for-profit organizations, such as the Ray of Hope, the Islamic Humanitarian Service, and Muslim Social Services. Additionally, Menar sits on the Board of the Al-Zahra Youth Committee, who are dedicated to developing a platform where Muslim youth can be involved in social, cultural, spiritual, and academic activities.

Jeremy Andriano is a Master's candidate in the Joint Communication and Culture program at Toronto Metropolitan University and York University. His research interests center around electronic literature and the digital humanities, particularly as they relate to critical game studies and the creation of branching narratives and dynamic texts. He is the author of the 2022 open-source online textbook  Creating Playable Stories with Ink and Inky.

Jeremy Andriano

Jeremy Andriano in front of a green door

Anna Atjony

Anna Ajtony

MMSt, University of Toronto, Museum Studies, 2024

BA, University of Groningen, Arts, Culture and Media, 2020

Anna Ajtony is a Hungarian emerging museum professional and a final-year Master of Museum Studies candidate at the University of Toronto. Her main research interests lie in public programming, questions of access, and museums’ adaptability in the 21st century.

University of Chicago

Harriet fisher is a creative and ambitious student at the University of Chicago studying Economics, Media Design, and Computer Science. She has a keen interest in business, research, and social and digital media. Having worked in several disciplines spanning from finance to technological development, she is eager to diversify her skills. With an eye on the future, she works at the intersection of technology and creativity, recognizing the growing digitalization of our landscape.

Harriet Fisher

Harriet Fisher

Kevin Ghouchandra

MA Literatures of Modernity, Toronto Metropolitan University

Kevin Ghouchandra is an educator and researcher interested in interactivity and the impact of form on texts, game-player interactions, and LGBTQ+ storytelling. His work focuses on community engagement and anti-oppressive practice.

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Griffen Horsley

Griffen Horsley

MA, Communication and Culture, TMU-YorkU (2023)
HBASc, Anthropology, Lakehead University (2020)
Griffen Horsley is an emerging museum professional, educator, and research creator. His MA thesis project explored abstract photo-scanography as a means of reconciling with the inter-personal and political implications of grief. Examining sentimental objects and images through the lens of hauntology, his work asks how academic research, art, and artifacts are haunted by social and cultural forces. With a focus on themes of love, isolation, grief, and memory, Griffen hopes to imagine new ways of thinking, feeling, and being through artistic and scholarly expression.

Anika Koops

Anika Koops is a Psychology and Art History student at Western University. Her studies focus primarily on psychological research and therapies, but she feels happiest in her studio art courses. Creating from a young age, Anika has found herself drawn back to art time and time again. Her creative work finds itself most prominent in dance, painting, and poetry. Finding artistic ways to express her thoughts, feelings, and experiences has fueled Anika's love for creative outlets throughout her life. Anika is honored to be a part of a research project for Athabasca University in collaboration with the Decameron Collective. She is inspired by the creative works of the scholars and artists of the Decameron Collective and hopes to continue creating her personal artwork for years to come. 

Max Kronby

Max is a high school student in Toronto who has brought animation, photoshop, rotoscoping, web design, and hardware and VR setup skills to support the Collective's projects.  He will be heading to an engineering program where he will continue to experiment with ways of creating artworks with digital tools.

Alevtina Lapiy

MA Literatures of Modernity 2021, Toronto Metropolitan University

Alevtina supported the work of Decameron 2.0 in 2021, when she was a master’s student in the first “pandemic cohort” of the Literatures of Modernity program @ TMU. In a time reality seemed spun off-axis, working with Dr. Tschofen provided a way of seeing both through and beyond — an ability as useful to the analysis of philosophy/film/literature as it is to the development of health policy, which she does now.

Alevtina Lapiy
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