Dr. Tamar Tembeck is an art historian and media studies scholar. Her research engages with visual cultures of illness and medicine, hospital art practices, as well as performance and media studies. She also maintains a practice as a performer and exhibition curator.
Tamar is currently leading a research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), on contemporary art practices in healthcare environments. Within Media@McGill, she is primarily responsible for the unit's research and development activities, including grant applications and publication projects. She also oversees Media@McGill’s yearly international colloquia, research exchanges, and other public events.
Tamar is the editor of Auto/Pathographies (2014). With Media@McGill, she co-edited a special issue of Photography & Culture on “Conflict[ed] Reporting” (July 2015), and the volume The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Her writing also appears in the journals including Social Media + Society, Recherches Féministes, Jeu and RACAR, and in anthologies including Bild und Stimme (Image and Voice), An den Grenzen der Sprache (At the Limits of Language), and Danse et Santé: Du Corps Intime au Corps Social. She is an IPLAI Faculty Fellow from 2015 to 2017.