Dr. Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary theorist. Her most recent feature documentary, Jeppe on a Friday (2013), has been screened at the 56th Venice Biennale, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and film festivals around the world. Her award-winning first film, H2Oil, was recognized as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009. She followed with St-Henri, the 26th of August (2011) co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Her films have played in over 50 film festivals and museums, on television and in cinemas, and have been supported by Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), Canada Council for the Arts, among others.

As a theorist, Walsh publishes extensively in areas such as cities, social movements, pedagogy, sexuality, critical race theory, ethnography and visual and participatory methodologies, largely focused on South Africa. She has won numerous fellowships and awards; and her research has been supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Fonds Quebecois de la recherche sur la societe et la culture (FQRSC), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), amongst many others. Walsh was a faculty member at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, from 2013-2016, and continues to be a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg’s Research Chair in Social Change, where she did her post-doc. She received a PhD in anthropology and education from McGill University in 2010.

Walsh is working on new documentary and a fiction feature. Her first book, The Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, edited with Jon Soske, will be released in fall 2016.

 

Her most recent feature documentary, Jeppe on a Friday (2013), has been screened at the 56th Venice Biennale, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and film festivals around the world. Her award-winning first film, H2Oil, was recognized as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009. She followed with St-Henri, the 26th of August (2011) co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Her films have played in over 50 film festivals and museums, on television and in cinemas, and have been supported by Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), Canada Council for the Arts, among others.

As a theorist, Walsh publishes extensively in areas such as cities, social movements, pedagogy, sexuality, critical race theory, ethnography and visual and participatory methodologies, largely focused on South Africa. She has won numerous fellowships and awards; and her research has been supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Fonds Quebecois de la recherche sur la societe et la culture (FQRSC), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), amongst many others. Walsh was a faculty member at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, from 2013-2016, and continues to be a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg’s Research Chair in Social Change, where she did her post-doc. She received a PhD in anthropology and education from McGill University in 2010.

Walsh is working on new documentary and a fiction feature. Her first book, The Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, edited with Jon Soske, will be released in fall 2016.