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Tia Glista is an M.A. student at the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Institute. She is interested in the politics of movement, gesture, pose, and embodied relations in feminist film and literature, in addition to theories of nonviolence. She engages closely with gender theory, performance studies, affect theory, phenomenology, and critical race studies. Her forthcoming M.A. project will focus on performances of gender in contemporary coming-of-age films, considering how girls' anxiety about binary gender is embodied through gesture and movement. Tia also holds a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she created a self-directed major in “Feminist Imagemaking & Cultural Criticism” with an Art History minor. She hopes to begin PhD studies in fall 2022, with dreams of teaching on topics such as film bodies, violence in contemporary North American film & literature, feminist affect theory, and autotheoretical/autobiographical writing.


B.A. in Individualized Study (Summa Cum Laude) in "Intersectional Feminist Imagemaking and Cultural Criticism," NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study (January 2020)

M.A. in Cinema Studies, University of Toronto (In progress, 2020-21)


"Going to Great Pains: Exploring Ana Mendieta and Kiki Smith's Gestures of Suffering" in Confluence (May 2020)


"Gendering Sci-Fi: Posthuman Gender Anxiety in Star Trek and Stranger Things" in Compass (November 2018)

"Fashioning Feminism: How the Fashion Industry Interfaces with the Rhetoric of Gender and Liberation" in Confluence (April 2017)

Presentations & Roundtables

"Feminism & Self-Portraiture: Francesca Woodman's On Being an Angel" at Dean's Award for Summer Research Conference, NYU Gallatin (October 2019)

Student Activist Roundtable with Angela Davis & Gina Dent at La Pietra Dialogues (April 2018)

Grants & Awards

Conferences & Events Organised

Film Studies Association of Canada/University of Toronto Cinema Studies Graduate Student Colloquium: Spectre (January 2021)


Agnès Varda Tribute Screening at NYU (April 2019)

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