Elisha Lim is an award-winning queer filmmaker and graphic novelist whose activist career is the subject of their PhD research into social media’s distortion of identity politics. Lim coined the concept “identity economics,” which has been published twice in Social Media + Society, and discussed in Documenta, Bitch Magazine, C Magazine and a 2020 TEDx talk. Their community-based art is documented by leading academics including Leslie Bow’s Racist Love (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2022) Eliza Steinbock’s “Vital Art: Transgender Portraiture as Visual Activism” (2018) and Tara Atluri’s Uncommitted Crimes (Inanna Books, 2018). Lim chose the iSchool to write about social media and identity politics to learn from leading scholars in the field like David Neiborg, T.L Cowan, Sarah Sharma and Tero Karppi.
Elisha LimSupervisor: T.L. Cowan
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- Website: http://www.elishalim.com/
Social media, identity politics, algorithmic literacy
M.F.A., Criticism and Curatorial Practice. OCAD University, Toronto, ON. 2016. “Contemporary Art Curating and its Long Christian Shadow” supervised by Prof. Andrea Fatona. 2016 CCP MFA Thesis Medal Winner
M.A., English Literature. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 2003.
Committees or Affiliations
Lim currently serves as Project Manager of the University’s Critical Design Methods Institute and is a member of the Association of Internet Researchers.
In the News
June 2021 The Daily Beast How Ethnic Fraud Became Perversely Bankable
February 2021 Women and Gender Studies PhD, Elisha Lim, gives TEDxtalk
February 2021 TEDxtalk “Social Media’s Algorithms Make Us Turn on Each Other, Here’s How”
June 2020 A Letter from Former That’s So Gay Curator Elisha Lim
November 2019 C Magazine “Identity Politics Economics”