It is with great sadness that the family of Marilouise Kroker announce her death on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the age of 74 following a brief illness.   She will be remembered and forever mourned by her husband of forty-seven years, Arthur Kroker,  daughter Alexis Gosselin (David Surat),  granddaughters, Claire and Lilly Surat, sister, Ellie DiRusso (Maurice Charland), nephew, Zachary Charland, and by many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends in Canada and around the world.

An important feminist scholar, internationally celebrated publisher, editor, writer, theorist and performance artist, Marilouise was a major contributor to the Canadian and global intellectual imagination. Since 2003, Marilouise was Senior Research Scholar at the University of Victoria, involved with the creation, development and many publishing and social media projects of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture. Working with her life partner and intellectual collaborator, Arthur, she founded and published the critical interdisciplinary academic journal, the Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory, from 1976-1991, and the internationally acclaimed scholarly electronic review, CTheory, ( from 1993 to the present. Co-author and co-editor of many books, including Body Invaders, Hacking the Future, The Hysterical Male, The Last Sex, Digital Delirium and the major anthologies, Critical Digital Studies and Life in the Wires,  Marilouise was a globally acclaimed writer, poet, editor, and performance artist working in many media, including video, music and film. A pioneering builder of national and international critical intellectual communities, a creative theoretical visionary, a mentor to generations of new creative writers and theorists from many countries, a critical feminist scholar and shining intellect who balanced creative and deeply perceptive analysis of the contemporary political, social and cultural scene with lifelong integrity of ethical purpose, she was, and remains, a deeply loved and admired woman—wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, mentor– whose presence in the world was as historically singular as it was morally indispensable.

A Celebration of Marilouise’s Life is planned for late September in Toronto.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the British Columbia Cancer Agency.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • michael boyce
    October 6, 2018

    Just found out about this today, October 6. Terrible news. An incredible woman. My heart goes out to you.

  • Janni
    August 1, 2018

    Dear Arthur and Family: Marilouise will be missed. I always enjoyed seeing the two of you on campus. I’d see you and think, “Johnny Cash.” You wore black well! I also enjoy(ed) the C-Theory list and reading her work.

  • Nick Poole
    June 18, 2018

    Marilouise will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to you and your family, Arthur. My thoughts are with you.

  • Pat Rowe
    June 9, 2018

    Hello Arthur, you will not likely remember me, but I boarded with your Mom in Red Rock for a year back in 1971, bought a camp at Firehill Lake and remained a friend to her the rest of her life. I met you more than one summer when you came home and I also met Marilouise and Alexis at least once.
    The obituary notice in the Toronto Globe and Mail with the “Kroker” name caught my attention last week and I want to extend my condolences to you and your family.

  • David and Sheila Cook
    June 6, 2018

    Marilouise touched our lives and the lives of so many others. In many ways she will continue to do so through not only the legacy of her work but as an example of a kind, generous and spirited person. We are thinking of the Kroker family .
    David and Sheila

  • Lydia Avery
    June 5, 2018

    Dear Arthur,

    Though visits with Marilouise were few, brief and a long time ago, her brilliant mind and generous spirit made a lifelong impression on me. As did the two of you together. Oh to live so well.

  • Dion Dennis
    June 5, 2018

    My interactions with Marilouise took place entirely in conversation about ideas, as a contributor and editorial reader, for CTHEORY. Marilouise’s editorial comments were always insightful and meaningful. What was also notable, in the context of these exchanges, was the durable and unmistakable generosity and grace of her spirit. She was brilliant, perceptive and deeply kind. The world is less brilliant, and colder, without her.

  • John and Rosemary Williams
    June 4, 2018

    Dear Art,

    We join with you in mourning the loss of Marilouise. Our paths seldom crossed but we know what a wonderful bond there was between the two of you. May she rest in peace.

  • David Walker
    June 3, 2018

    Marilouise was a wonderful companion for all who had a chance to meet her and spend time with her.

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