Tracy Zhang

Dr. Tracy Zhang is a Research Associate of the Simon de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University. 
 In February 2010, she received her doctoral degree from the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. She also has academic training in International Development Studies (M.A., Dalhousie University), Economics and Cultural Studies (B.A., Trent University), and Arts and Design (East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai). 
Most of her research explores the changing experiences of life and work in the cultural industries. She draws insights from the theory and history of cultural policy, feminist political economy, media studies, post-colonial theories of race and ethnicity, and material culture studies. Her dissertation, entitled Carpet Worlds: The Cultural Representation and Production of Tibetan Carpets, examined how Tibetan artisans re-invented the meanings of work through making carpets in socialist and post-socialist Lhasa.
 Dr. Zhang has published in Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Material Culture (forthcoming), and a book chapter in Rain/Drizzle/Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada (ed. Darrell Varga). Her current research explores how the Cirque du Soleil recruits and manages a mixed sedentary and mobile labor force consisting of individuals from various training and cultural backgrounds. This research project will examine Cirque du Soleil’s labor recruitment strategies in a global context, including the implications of that strategy for the Montreal cultural sector and institutions. 

cirque circus group


Members of the group are regular collaborators engaged in an ongoing conversation. They regularly attend Working Group meetings in Montreal or elsewhere and are expected to give at least one talk a year or to act as respondents to colleagues' papers.


Graduate Students

Regular participants, working with Working Group members or working on circus-related scholarly topics:

  • Dr. Tracy Zhang
    post-doctoral fellow, Concordia University; supervisor Norma Rantisi
  • Joanna Donehower
    doctoral candidate, PhD in Humanities, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Lyn Charland
    doctoral candidate, PhD in Humanities, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Sue Proctor
    MA in SIP, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Johanna Tzountouris
    MA, Laval University
  • Katie Lavers
    PhD Candidate through WAAPA (Edith Cowan University, Australia)


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