Panic at the Discourse, established in 2018, is an online Cultural Studies publication highlighting interdisciplinary intellectual investigations into existing social structures and groups, cultural practices, and forms of knowledge and their production. In particular, Panic seeks to support new and innovative ways of theorizing that do not necessarily fit within traditional frameworks.

Panic at the Discourse publishes articles and reviews of books, digital media, music, films, television, art, or events. The works published attempt to highlight relations of power, social justice, and social change that are an inherent part of Cultural Studies analysis. While accepting works from all researchers, the publication specifically offers opportunities for graduate students and early-career professionals to contribute works of critical analysis and cultural critique.

Executive Editorial Collective

Brittainy R. Bonnis is a PhD student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her master’s degree is in Media Studies, and her graduate work examines the intersections of religion, media and culture. Particularly concerned with representations of belonging and otherness in plural societies, her current work examines the representation of religious minorities in media forms from editorials to situation comedies.

Dr. Morgan Oddie holds a doctorate from Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her dissertation examined the dynamics of gendered bodies, pain, and power in consensual sadomasochistic (BDSM) women’s communities. Other academic interests include feminist horror films, sexuality and popular culture, and secularized religious rituals.

Michelle Smith is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and a faculty member at Sheridan College. Her current research focuses on Canadian animation. Her larger research specialties are in the fields of Monster, East Asian, Film, Media, Visual and Material Studies.

Editorial Team

Özlem Atar holds a master’s degree in Second Language Teaching (MA in ELT) and taught English at various institutions before moving to Canada in September 2018. She is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on women’s transnational narratives. She speaks Turkish and English fluently.

Dr. Julia Chan holds a doctorate from Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her research interests include image-based abuse; surveillance; sexual violence in film and culture; horror films; and culture and technology.

Efkan Oguz holds his MA in Media and Visual Studies from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey), where his research was focused on reconfiguration of spatio-temporality by means of new media, particularly within the context of museums. In addition to translating several books including Writing the History of “Ottoman Music” (2015) and Development in Urban Transportation and Cultural Heritage: A Look at Turkey (2016), he has been actively involved in several heritage-related projects. He is presently a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University where his current research looks at how cultural heritage projects affect and/or reflect political agendas.

Dr. Dan Vena is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University and holds a doctorate in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University, where he teaches in Film & Media. He locates his academic interests within the spheres of visual and popular cultures, merging together trans, queer, and feminist approaches to an array of topics including monsters and horror cinema; Classical Hollywood Cinema; comic book superheroes; and histories of medicine.



Panic is archived by the Library and Archives Canada/Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. Their electronic record of Panic can be retrieved through Aurora.

A print copy of the first issue is also stored in their repository.

Version control

The online version of Panic is considered to be the publication of record.