T.L. Cowan

T.L. Cowan is an assistant professor of Media Studies (Digital Media Cultures) in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. T.L.’s research/creation focuses on cultural and intellectual economies, networks and methods of trans- feminist and queer digital media and performance practices. Recent essays include “X-Reception: Remediating Trans, Feminist, and Queer Performance Art” forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History (ed. Katherine Brown); “‘Run with whatever you can carry’: Cross-Platform Materials and Methods in Performance-Studies-Meets-Digital Humanities” in American Quarterly; “Internet of Bawdies: Transmedial Drag and the Onlining of Trans- Feminist and Queer Performance Archives” in First Monday; Insubordinate, Indiscrete, Interdisciplinary: Cabaret Methods, Adjunct Methods, and Technologies of Fabulousin RACAR; and “Living in the Necro-Zone: Linking Border Stories with Prison Stories in Yadira De La Riva’s ‘One Journey’ and Liza Jessie Peterson’s ‘The Peculiar Patriot’ on the Cabaret Stage” in Liminalities. She is currently completing a monograph, Transmedial Drag and other Cross-Platform Cabaret Methods. T.L. is also a cabaret artist and curator.


Together, T.L. Cowan and Jasmine Rault have written extensively about research economies, Trans- Feminist & Queer (TFQ) research cultures, digital archives and research ethics. They are co-directors of two online projects: The Cabaret Commons and the Digital Ethics Research Collaboratory (DREC), and are collaborators on the Critical Digital Methods Institute. Cowan and Rault are currently co-authoring a book, provisionally entitled Checking In: Experiments in Trans- Feminist & Queer Networked Intimate Publics. Their publications include, “Onlining Queer Acts: Digital Research Ethics and Caring for Risky Archives” (in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory 2018); “Haven’t you ever heard of Tumblr? FemTechNet’s Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC), Pedagogical Publics, and Classroom Incivility” (in MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education, ed. Elizabeth Losh, 2017). They also run the Trans- Feminist and Queer Digital Praxis Workshop (TFQ DPW) at the University of Toronto.