Nico Mara-McKay, November 2019

My name is Nico Mara-McKay (they/them) and I am a SSHRC-funded PhD student at the University of Toronto in History with a collaborative specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. 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, 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 MagazineBroken Pencil Magazine, Quill & QuireThis Magazine, among other placesFor more, see my select publication history.

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

Interested in working together? Please get in touch.