Adam Szymanski is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He holds a PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University. His book “Cinemas of Therapeutic Activism: Re-Existentializing Depression” is forthcoming at Amsterdam University Press.

Adam Szymanski

Research Interests:

Adam Szymanski’s current research is focused on the psychotherapeutic value of cinema and media. His forthcoming essay “A Critique of the Use of Film in Psychotherapy Practices” analyzes the use of films within psychiatric hospitals and psychotherapeutic settings.

Szymanski’s 2017 PhD dissertation “Minor Cinemas of Melancholy and Therapy” asks how minor art cinemas from around the globe share a common concern for mental health and offer melancholic images which complicate clinical explanations of depression.

The essay “The Neuroplastic Paradox” appears in Inflexions: A journal for research creation. It examines how the trope of neuroplasticity paradoxically grounds the promise of subjective recomposition in the materiality of the brain at the same time as it compels conformity to the demands of the neoliberal economy.

Nocturnal Fabulations is an intercessional work of film philosophy on the cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Open Humanities Press, 2017) co-written with collaborators of the SenseLab.

Key Terms:

  • Art Therapy
  • Disability Studies
  • Film Theory
  • The Production of Subjectivity
  • Meditation
  • Indigenous Healing Traditions
  • Félix Guattari
  • Minor Cinemas