Sheenagh Pietrobruno


Sheenagh Pietrobruno (PhD, McGill University) is an Associate Professor of Social Communication at Saint Paul University, which is federated with the University of Ottawa and a Visiting Professor (2018) at the Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University in Sweden. She has been awarded previous research fellowships at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths/University of London, the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS), Linköping University and at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) and McGill University. Pietrobruno was also awarded the Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Position at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (IGSF) at McGill University and the Scientist in Residence position at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Salzburg. Her work on dance, culture and media is published in leading journals including Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, New Media and Society, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Performing Islam, International Journal of Cultural Studies and Early Popular Visual Culture. She is the author of Salsa and Its Transnational Moves (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006). Her next book is Digital Legacies: The Global Archiving of Intangible Heritage

Sheenagh Pietrobruno's Work


Stepping into the Twilight of the Sacred

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Vespers at the National Arts Centre By Sheenagh Pietrobruno

James Kudelka transforms the religious evocation of this 1610 choral masterpiece into a contemporary spiritual testament to the union between animals, humans and nature.


When a Painting Breathes

Marie Chouinard’s The Garden of Earthly Delights By Sheenagh Pietrobruno

In 2016 Marie Chouinard was commissioned by the Jheronimus Bosch 500 Foundation to create a dance piece based on his paintings. United by fearless creativity and twisted beauty, Bosch’s images and the choreography of the Québecois/Canadian choreographer cut through facets of humanity. Her painting respires before our eyes.