Josh Grant-Young | College of Arts

Josh Grant-Young




M.A. - Political Science (Specialization in Political Theory) Brock University - 2016

B.A. - Political Science and History (Dual Major - Hons.) Brock University - 2015

Dip. - Journalism (Print) Niagara College - 2010


Specialization: Philosophy of Film (Horror), Social and Political Philosophy

Competence: 20th & 21st century Continental Philosophy, Epistemology, Environmental Philosophy, Critical Animal Studies, Media Theory

Interests: Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Humanities

Courses Taught: PHIL 2170 - Existentialism (Fall 2018)

Thesis Project Epistemic Injustice, Affect Theory & Horror's Relationship to Mental Health

[Committee - Dr. Patricia Sheridan (Advisor), Dr. Karyn Freedman (Second Reader), Dr. Steven Shaviro (External) ]

A Bit About Me:

As someone who enjoys films, comic books, and literature, it isn't surprising that I mine these for philosophically interesting themes and questions. In the department, I run a film-watching/discussion series, Philosophy in the Dark, where students get together (to take a break from studies) to discuss horror film through philosophical lenses. In the past, I've co-organized a brief reading group on A.N. Whitehead and Ludwig Wittgenstein. 



See my Academia.Edu to read drafts of my work here:



" 'To Look at Oneself and All the While See Nothing': Haunting and Mediated Memory in I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the HouseRCL - Journal of Communications and Literature (Fall 2020)



Book Chapters

Grant-Young, Josh. "TITLE TBA" in Ready Reader One

Grant-Young, Josh. "Dissecting the Body Politic: Fear, 'Body Horror' and the Failure of Relations in It Comes at Night" in The Horror of Relations. ( Lexington Press) - Out in Fall 2020/Spring 2021



Book Reviews

Review of Topophobia: A Phenomenology of Anxiety Revenant Journal (2021)

Review of Global Burnout (Thinking Media). Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image #12 (2020)

Review of Speculative Taxidermy: Natural History, Animal Surfaces and Art in the Anthropocene. Gothic Naturesis. #2 (2020)

Review of Levitation: The Science, Myth, and Magic of Suspension. Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft 13, no.1 (2018).



Blog Posts, Editorials, Fictional Publications & Misc.

Blog Posts

"Tell Me a Story" - Blog Post on (Mental Health Non-Profit):

"Who's Afraid of Mental Health?" - FORTHCOMING


Interview with The Ontarian - FORTHCOMING - 

"Even a Man Who Says His Prayers..." - It's About Perspective Podcast Interviews - FORTHCOMING

Published Short Fiction

"Figures in the Night" - Horla Magazine - 2020

"The Witch's Tree" - Eeerie River Publishing - 2020

"The Dream House", "Betrayal", "Nightwalking", "On a Full Moon Like This" - (FORTHCOMING - short fiction works in volumes or magazines)



Article Reviewer

I've acted as a reviewer for the following journals:

* tba: Journal of Art, Media & Visual Culture


Conference Organization

Philosophy of Horror: Occulted, Estranged and Inhuman Knowledges (2019) - Guelph - Organizer - LINK:


Select Conference Presentations & Public Speaking Events

To Look at Oneself and All the While See Nothing': Perception, Haunting and Mediated Memory in I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House - MUN Graduate Conference: "Evil, Guilt, Forgiveness" (Fall 2020)

- This paper explores spectral perception & epistemology, mediumship/mediation, care-taking, indeterminacy and trauma through the horror film I am the Pretty Thing..

Interrogating Fandom, Justice and Popular Perceptions of Mental Health Through Comics - Graphic Medicine (Toronto,2020) *C*

This paper interrogates three enduring representational concerns for comic narratives in relation to mental health. First, it approaches inclusion and fandom, offering a tempered account of how representation creates potential problems (epistemic ones for fans, and objectifying/stigmatizing ones for individuals with mental health conditions - if done poorly) - we can offer affirmative visions, but should be mindful of harmful misinformation or treating mental health conditions as solely a matter of entertainment. Second, in exploring the 'heroine/hero', what troubles might arise from placing primacy on narratives of 'struggling-against' mental health conditions (as a constituent of the self, or as manifestations of evil/enemies to defeat) rather than 'living-with' mental health conditions. Last, following from the first two, how do we understand the 'heroics' of mental health? Is 'heroism' as a representative model an affirmative approach to narrative, or might it present its own problems?

Towards A Cosmic Blackening: A Provocation - Philosophy of Horror: Occulted, Estranged and Inhuman Knowledges ( Guelph, April 2019)

- This presentation was the explication of an on-going creative theory-fiction work, as a means to close the conference.

"And the seeds will be planted again..." : Love, Ecological Partnerships, and Atomic Posthumanisms - Posthuman Network (Arizona State University, Feb 2019) ***

A paper that explores various ethical, ecological and posthuman implications of the 1950's science-fiction comic "Harvest".

Philosophy in the Dark: On Philosophy and Horror - "College of Arts: Night at the Museum" (Art Gallery of Guelph, Jan 2019)

- A public talk on various connections between horror and the philosophical canon.

Realizing Transphysical Spaces: Psychogeography, Sensing Urbanisms and Posthuman Ecologies (Workshop) - Posthuman Network (Arizona State University, Feb 2018)

- A presentation weaving aspects of new materialism, media theory, psychogeography, mental health together into an exploration of urban ecologies

Narrative as Contagion: Lovecraft, Posthumanism and Infected Ecologies - Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (Arizona State University, Nov 2017)

- An exploration of Alan Moore's Providence series. Discussed the idea of narrative as infecting contagion, aspects of Felix Guattari's Three Ecologies, and questions about whether certain texts, even when re-worked to challenge the problematics of their source material (the texts of H.P. Lovecraft), remain 'infected' landscapes for thought.

"It was a plant that thought it was Alec Holland..." : Exploring Identity and Ecology Through Swamp Thing - Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (Toronto Meeting, May 2016)

- A discussion of ecological, queer and activist politics found within Alan Moore's incarnation of the comic series Swamp Thing.


*** Presented under other names at Artificial Lives (University of Sussex, Dec 2017) and Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (Toronto Meeting, May 2017)

*C* Cancelled due to COVID Pandemic (2020)


Workshops Participated in

Digital Games as Interactive Tools for Scholarly Research, Communication & Pedagogy. DHSI (2019, University of Victoria)

Introduction to Augmented Reality. DH@Guelph (2018, University of Guelph)