Chase Joynt

Chase Joynt
Assistant Professor
Gender Studies

On Leave

Office: CLE B103

PhD 2016, Cinema and Media Studies, York University

Area of expertise

Cinema and Media, Art and Aesthetics, Practice-Based Research, Transgender Studies

Joined UVic Gender Studies in 2019

After seeing my work in public, people often ask: "Are you a film person invested in gender theory or a gender studies person who also makes films?" The boundaries, investments and tensions revealed by these questions are emblematic of my interdisciplinary artistic practice and scholarly pursuits. My research sits at the intersection of cinema and media studies, gender and feminist studies, documentary film production, trans studies, and queer theory.

My current film, Framing Agnes, is complementary to a book, Conceptualizing Agnes: Exemplary Cases and the Disciplines of Gender, co-authored with University of Chicago sociologist Kristen Schilt and under contract with Duke University Press. Working with newly discovered archival materials, the multi-format project urgently engages historical and contemporary debates about the production of expert knowledge, by implicating both social scientists and non-fiction media makers in the construction of exemplary cases and related legacies of research about gender non-conforming people. Framing Agnes premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and is currently being developed into a feature film with support from Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program. With Aisling Chin-Yee, I co-directed No Ordinary Man, a feature-length documentary about transmasculine jazz musician Billy Tipton. No Ordinary Man was presented at Cannes Docs 2020 as part of the Canadian Showcase of Docs-in-Progress and world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2020. Further information about my artistic practice and samples of my work can be found on my website:

Research Interests

•   Cinema and Media
•   Art and Aesthetics
•   Practice-Based Research
•   Transgender Studies

Courses Designed and Taught

•  Queer Cinema
•  Pop Culture and Social Media
•  Gender, Power and Difference

Selected Publications


Schilt, K. and C. Joynt. Conceptualizing Agnes: Exemplary Cases and the Disciplines of Gender. Under contract with Duke University Press (in progress)

Joynt, C. and M. Hoolboom. 2016. You Only Live Twice: Sex, Death and Transition. Coach House Books 


Joynt, C. and E. Harsin Drager. 2019, December. “Condition Verified: On Photography, Trans Visibility, and Legacies of the Clinic.” In Arts. 8(4): 150. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.

Joynt, C. 2019. “Menstruating Trans Man.” In A. Mitchell and C. McKinney (Eds.), Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and Other Lesbian Hauntings. UBC Press.

Joynt, C. 2018. Film Review: Real Boy. Men and Masculinities

Rosskam, J. 2018. Making Trans Cinema: A Roundtable Discussion with Felix Endara, Reina Gossett,

Chase Joynt, Jess Mac, and Madsen Minax. Somatechnics8(1), pp.14-26.

Joynt, C. 2017. “Collaboration as Aesthetic Resistance: The Animated Films of Jess Mac.” Canadian Notes and Queries, Issue 1.

Dyer, H. and C. Joynt. 2017. “The Aesthetic Archive of Sexual Violence: A Conversation with Chase

Joynt's Akin.” Journal of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society 22(2), 212-219.

Joynt, C. 2016. “Funeral.” BRICK, A Literary Journal. Issue 97, Summer.

Joynt, C. and K. Schilt. 2015. “Anxiety at the Archive.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 2(4): 635-644.

Joynt, C. and A. Mitchell. 2012. “Teach Me to Question Everything.” In S. O’Brien & I. Szeman.  Popular Culture: A User’s Guide Second Edition. Canada: Nelson Education.


Joynt, C. “Jess T. Dugan.” Aperture Magazine. Issue 229. Winter, 2017.

Joynt, C. and K. Schilt. “Constructing Transgender Narratives in Art.” Public Diplomacy Magazine. December 2014.

Joynt, C. and M. K. Bryson. “Under The Skin: Imag(in)ing Medicines Queer Pedagogies as Moving Pictures.” No More Potlucks. Fall, 2013.

Joynt, C. MAN LIBS Performance Excerpt, Dance Theater Journal (This Is What I Want Edition) Spring, 2013.

Joynt, C. and A. Mitchell. “Teach Me to Question Everything.” Fuse Magazine. Forms of Struggle 25(1) Winter 2011-2012.

Joynt, C. Post-Transition: Who We Might Be. Original Plumbing Magazine. 2012.

Joynt, C. The Beginner’s Class. Letters For My Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect. Eds. Zander Keig and Megan Rohrer. Wilge Fortis Press, 2010.

Joynt, C. Dear Testosterone. Original Plumbing Magazine. Winter 2010.

Joynt, C. Fight the Fear. Shameless Magazine. Volume 15. Fall 2010.



Film Studies Association of Canada

National Women’s Studies Association

American Studies Association

Sexuality Studies Association

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Center for Feminist Research, York University

Trans Feminist Action Caucus, York University