My name is Nico Mara-McKay (they/them) and I am a PhD student in History and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. My research focuses on nonnormative gender expressions in late Medieval Europe, particularly as they relate to humoural theory. I’m also interested in witchcraft, monsters, and visual and material history.

I’ve been involved in curating several exhibitions involved curating in several exhibitions, including Illuminating Life: Manuscript Pages of the Middle Ages (Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph, 2020) and Between (Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, 2018) and was the sole curator for Genderqueer in Canada (The ArQuives, Toronto, 2020).

I love giving talks, and I’ve spoken at the Art Gallery of Ontario about the visual history of tarot, Canzine about the history of magical zines, and for the Toronto District School Board about witchy artifacts.

My work has  appeared in Art/iculation Magazine, Broken Pencil Magazine, Quill & Quire, This Magazine, among other places. For more, see my select publication history.

You can find me on academia.edu, or for a more complete list of my presentations and academic publications, see my curriculum vitae.

Interested in working together? Please get in touch.