Associate Professor

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Stuart Poyntz

Stuart R. Poyntz is Associate Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, and Associate Professor, School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. In 2015, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Children and Youth Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology and at the Griffith Institute for Educational Research and the Centre for Social Cultural Research Centre, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He currently serves as President of the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People and Director of the Media Democracy Project.

Stuart’s research addresses children’s media cultures, theories of public life and urban youth media production. He has published three books, including Scene Thinking: Cultural Studies from the Scene PerspectivePhenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times, and Media Literacies: A Critical Introduction, and has published widely in national and international journals, including the Journal of Children and MediaCultural Studies, the Journal of Youth Studies, the Review of EducationPedagogy and Cultural Studies, and the Canadian Journal of Education, as well as various edited collections.

Currently Teaching

Courses

Future courses may be subject to change.

publications

Books and Monographs

Edited Journal Special Issues

  • Woo, B. Poyntz, S.R. and Rennie, J. (Eds.) (2015). Scene again: Social life, research, and cultural studies. Cultural Studies, Vol. 29, issue 3.
  • Poyntz, S. Kennelly, J. and Ugor, P. (Eds.) (2009). Youth, cultural politics, and new social spaces in an era of globalization. Review Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Vol. 31, issue 4.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Poyntz, S.R., Coulter, N and Brisson, G (2016). Past tensions, future possibilities: ARCYP and children’s media studies. Journal of Children and Media. 10(1), 47-53.
  • Poyntz, S.R. (2015). Conceptual futures: Thinking and the role of key concept modes in media education. Media Education Research Journal, 6(2), 63-79.
  • Skinner, D, Hackett, B and Poyntz, S.R. (2015). Media activism and the academy, three cases: Media Democracy Day, Open Media, and NewsWatch Canada. Studies in Social Justice. 9(1). 86-101.
  • Poyntz, S.R. and Kennelly, J. (2015). Introduction | Phenomenology of youth cultures and globalization: Lifeworlds and surplus meaning in changing times. In Poyntz, S.R. and Kennelly, J. (Eds.) Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times. New York: Routledge.
  • Woo, B., Rennie, J. and Poyntz, S.R. (2015) Scene Thinking: Introduction. Cultural Studies, 29(3), 285-297.
  • Poyntz, S.R. (2013). Eyes wide open: Stranger hospitality and the regulation of youth citizenship. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(7), 864-880.
  • Poyntz, S.R. (2013). "Public Space and Media Education in the City." In P. Fraser and J. Wardle (Eds.) Current perspectives in media education: Beyond a manifesto for media education (pp. 91-109). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Poyntz, S. R. (2012). What haunts the narcissus-narcosis: Media education and the social life of technologies. In P. Trifonas (Ed.), Learning the virtual life: Public pedagogy in a digital world (pp. 79-97). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Poyntz, S. R. (2012). Hannah Arendt: Public action, sociality and permanence in the world. In J. Hannan (Ed.), Philosophical profiles in the theory of communication (pp. 9-33). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Poyntz, S. R., & Hoechsmann, M. (2011). Children's media culture in a digital age. Sociology Compass, 5(7), 488-498.
  • Poyntz, S. R., & Hoechsmann, M. (2011). Not just philosophizing: Producing effective youth media and communication projects. In J. Fisherkeller (Ed.), International perspectives on youth media: Cultures of production and education (pp. 301-316). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Macintosh, L., Poyntz, S. R., & Bryson, M. (2011). Internet. In N. Lesko & S. Talburt (Eds.), Youth studies: Tracing affects, movements, knowledges (pp. 213-218). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Peck, C., Poyntz, S. R., & Seixas, P. (2011). 'Agency' in students' narratives of Canadian history. In D. Shemilt & L. Perikleous (Eds.), What does it mean to think historically? Nicosia, Cyprus: Association for Historical Dialogue and Research.
  • Seixas, P., Peck, C., & Poyntz, S. R. (2011). 'But we didn't live in those times': Canadian students negotiate past and present in a time of war. Education as Change, 15(1), 47-62.
  • Poyntz, S. R. (2010). The participation paradox, or agency and sociality in contemporary youth cultures. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 2(2), 110-119.
  • Poyntz, S.R. (2010). Special forum on participatory ontologies and youth cultures in Jeunesse: Young People, Text, Cultures 2(2). (With Zoe Druick, Darin Barney, and Clare Bradford).
  • Kennelly, J., Poyntz, S. and Ugor, P. (2009). Introduction: Youth, cultural politics, and new social spaces in an era of globalization. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 31(4), 255-269.
  • Poyntz, S. (2009). 'On behalf of a shared world': Arendtian politics in a culture of youth media production. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. 31(4), 365-386.
  • Poyntz, S. (2009). Media education, spectrality and acoustic space: An encounter with Derrida and Mcluhan. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. 25(1), 133-148.
  • Hoechsmann, M. and Poyntz, S. (2008). Learning and teaching media literacy in Canada: Embracing and transcending eclecticism. Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, 12(1), 5-16.
  • Poyntz, S. (2008). Images of the past: Using film in the history classroom. In R. Case & P. Clark. (Eds.), The anthology of social studies: Issues and strategies for secondary teachers (Vol. 2) (pp 336-347). Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press.
  • Poyntz, S. (2007). 'The way of the future': Probing the aviator for historical understanding. In A. Marcus (Ed.), Celluloid blackboard: Teaching history with film (pp. 41-62). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Poyntz, S. (2006). Independent media, youth agency, and the promise of media education. Canadian Journal of Education 29(1), pp. 154-175. Special issue on popular media, youth and resistance.

Reviews

  • History of Community Media in Canada Web Portal Project. (2014). Development of a new teaching and learning platform on the history of community media in Canada for use in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduate courses. [with Dr. Katherine Reilly]
  • Gandesha, S., & Poyntz, S. R. (2011). Cosmopolis/cosmopolitics: Humanities and citizenship after neo-liberalism? Contours: Journal of the Institute for the Humanities (1).
  • Poyntz, S.R. (2010). Book Review - The Tuning of Place: Sociable Spaces and Pervasive Digital Media. Commissioned by Teachers' College Record, Columbia University Press.
  • Poyntz, S. (2006). A review of Alex Molnar's School Commercialism. In G. Glass(Ed.), Education Review: A journal of book reviews
  • Poyntz, S. (2005). A review of Jennifer Simpson's I have been waiting: Race and U.S. higher education. In A. Kuman and M. Ryan. (Eds.), Politics and culture: An international review of books, 2005-1.
  • Poyntz, S. (2005). A review of Paul Rutherford's Weapons of mass persuasion: Marketing the war against Iraq. Labour/Le travail. 55.
  • Poyntz, S. & Cromer, M. (2005). Footprints Study Guide Series. Historica. Edmonton, AB: Historica Foundation. 
  • Poyntz, S. (2004). A review of David Buckingham's Media Education: Literacy, learning and contemporary culture. In A. Kumar & M. Ryan (Eds.), Politics and culture: An international review of books, 2004-2.
  • Poyntz, S. (2003). Seeing is believing: Digital media and democracy. Http://www.seeingisbelieving.ca. Montreal: Necessary Illusions.
  • Poyntz, S. (2002). Film study masters. In Imprints 11 and 12: Literature and language. (pp. 507-530). Toronto, ON: Gage Learning.
  • Poyntz, S. (2002). A history of film study guide series. Vancouver: Open Learning Agency and Pacific Cinematheque.
  • Poyntz, S.(2001). Advanced video production curriculum. Vancouver: Industry, Training and Apprenticeship Commission. Victoria, BC: Government of British Columbia.
  • Poyntz, S. (1999). A history of film. Vancouver, BC: Open Learning Agency.
  • Poyntz, S. (1997). Life inside the irony machine: Popular culture and media literacy in the 90s. Classmate, 27, 11-13.
  • Poyntz, S. (1997). Homey, I shot the kids: Hollywood and the war on drugs. Emergency Librarian. 25(2), pp. 8-13.

Keynote Lectures

Keynote Lecture - Urban space, friction and youth media scenes: Learning, dwelling and imaging in the city. Where is Here?: Cultural Mapping, Small Cities, Sustainable Futures. Courtney Art Gallery, July 20-22, 2016.

Keynote Lecture – Digital Frictions: Learning, Dwelling and Imagining in Youth Lives, Opening Keynote at the Digital Frictions Research Symposium. The Centre for Graduate Educational Research and the Cultural Research Centre, Griffith University, May 7-8, 2015.

GIER Research Seminar – Research and Mapping Youth Media Creation in Urban Space: The Youth Digital Media Ecologies Project, Griffith University, May 11, 2015.

Keynote Lecture - Urban Space, Friction and Youth Media Scenes: A study in possibilities, QUT Children and Youth Research Centre, April 29, 2015.

Research Seminar 3 – Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and ‘structures of feeling’ in Contemporary Media Education Policy and Pedagogy, QUT Children and Youth Research Centre, April 28, 2015.

Research Seminar 2 – Researching and Mapping Youth Media Creation in Urban Space QUT Children and Youth Research Centre, March 31, 2015.

Research Seminary 1 – Youth Media Participation and the Politics of Media Creation. QUT Children and Youth Research Centre, March 2, 2015.

Keynote Lecture - Current Challenges in Media Literacy. Communication University of China, Beijing, China, July 2013.

Keynote Address - Public Space and Media Education in the City - Rethinking the Sites of Media Learning. Australian Teachers of Media National Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. July 2013.

Keynote Lecture - Eyes Wide Open: Stranger Hospitality and the Regulation of Youth Citizenship. SFU Faculty of Education Public Lectures Series, Burnaby, BC. February 2013.

Parallel Keynote Presentation – Media Literacy 2.0: Making Sense in the New Information Order. International Conference for the Integration of Science and Technology into Society (ICISTS). Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejon, South Korea. August 2011.

Keynote Panel Address – Neoliberalism, Creative Cities, and Urban Youth Media Production Ecologies in Canada. Ab/Ob-jection: Encountering the City through the Landscape of Youth. Sponsored by the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) and the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education. UBC Liu Institute Gallery, Vancouver. July 2011.

Keynote Panel Address and Discussion – Digital Youth Learning. Learning Specialists' Association of British Columbia (Vancouver). December 2010.

Panel Discussant - The Fate of Literacy. SFU Institute for the Humanities Public Events Series, Vancouver, BC, October 2010.

Keynote Address - Hannah Arendt’s Three Commitments: Public Action, Sociality and Permanence in the World. Western Canada Speakers Series (Vancouver, BC). April 2010.

Keynote Address – Inhabiting New Worlds: Film, Historical Understanding and Teaching Social Studies. Annual BC Social Studies Teachers Conference (Vancouver, BC). October 2009.

conference presentations

Presentations

  • July 2016 - Paper Presentation – YouthSites: Mapping Public Policy and the Production of Youth in the Non-Formal Arts Learning Sector (with Michael Hoechsmann and Julian Sefton-Green). Annual Conference of International Association of Media and Communication Research. 
  • May 2016 - Paper Presentation – Scenes and Public Territories: Visualizing Youth Media Scenes in Urban Space (with Jamie Rennie). Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communication Association. University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • Nov 2015 - Paper Presentation – Cultural Friction, Media Reform and Participatory Youth Media Scenes: An Imperfect Ecology of Change. Media Education Summit, Boston, MASS.
  • July 2015 - Paper Presentation – Conceptual Futures: Key concepts, UNESCO’s MIL policy and citizen learning in media education, Annual Meeting of the International Association of Media and Communication Researchers, Montreal, PQ.
  • Nov 2014 - Paper Presentation – When is a concept not a concept: Re-visiting Key Concept Models in Media Education. Media Education Summit, Prague, CZ.
  • July 2014 - Paper Presentation – Curation and the Digital Classroom: Design, Participation and Structure in Online Learning Resources. 39th International Conference on Improving University Teaching, UBC, Vancouver.
  • June 2013 - Paper Presentation – Media Reform, Neoliberalism, and Urban Youth Media Production Ecologies in Canada. Annual Meeting of the International Association of Media and Communication Researchers, Dublin, Ireland.  
  • June 2013 - Paper Presentation – Community youth media production and the public realm: Durable public space and media education in the city. Annual Meeting of the International Association of Media and Communication Researchers, Dublin, Ireland.  
  • June 2013 - Paper Co-Presentation – Uncharted Territories: Re-Imagining the Spaces of Media Education (with Jamie Rennie). Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Congress 2013, Victoria, BC.  
  • June 2013 - Paper Presentation – Media Reform, Neoliberalism, and Urban Youth Media Production Ecologies in Canada. Global Power Shifts, 40th Anniversary Conference of the School of Communication, SFU Burnaby, BC.  
  • June 2013 - Panel Co-convener – Making a Scene: Examining the Social Practices of Canadian Cultural Activity (with Ben Woo and James Rennie). Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communication Association, Congress 2013, Victoria, BC. 
  • January 2013 - Paper Presentation – Community youth media production and the public realm: Durable public space and media education in the city. Symposium on The Film Cultures of Young People: Producers, Consumers, Representations (Vancouver, BC).  
  • Nov 2012 - Paper Presentation – The Youth Digital Media Ecologies Project. Youth Digital Media Ecologies Research Forum, Vancouver, BC.
  • July 2012 - Paper Co-Presentation. Sociotechnical transformation between paradigms: Togetherness in the liminal spaces of Korea's Information Society (with Dr. Florence Chee). Annual Meeting of the International Association of Media and Communication Researchers (Durban, South Africa).  
  • May 2012 - Paper Co-Presentation. Cultural Scenes: Case Studies in the Social Analysis of Media-Oriented Practices of Youth (with Dr. Benjamin Woo and Jamie Rennie). Association for Research in Cultures of Young People, Congress 2012, Waterloo, ON.  
  • May 2012 - Paper Co-Presentation. Media Production and Urban Youth Media Production Ecologies in Canada (with Dr. Giuliana Cucinelli). Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communication Association, Congress 2012, Waterloo, ON.  
  • May 2012 - Paper Co-Presentation. Outside Bedroom culture and Beyond Bowling Alone: Gaming Spaces and the Crossroads of Culture in Korea (with Dr. Florence Chee). Annual Meeting of the Canadian Game Studies Association, Congress 2012, Waterloo, ON.  
  • October 2011 - Paper Presentation and Symposium Coordinator – Scenes and Urban Youth Media Production Ecologies in Canada. Children's Material Culture - Research Forum of the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People. 
  • July 2011 - Paper Presentation – Neoliberalism, Creative Cities, and Urban Youth Media Production Ecologies in Canada. Annual Meeting of the Media Education Research Section, International Association of Media and Communication Researchers Conference (Istanbul, Turkey).  .
  • May 2011 - Paper Presentation – Youth Citizenship Discourses and the Problem of the Stranger. Annual Meetings of the Canadian Communication Association (Fredericton, New Brunswick).
  • May 2011 - Paper Presentation – Media Literacies, Learning and the Digital Code. New Literacies Workshop, (UBC, Centre for Digital Literacy).  
  • Jan 2011 - Paper Presentation – Youth Citizenship Discourses and the Problem of the Stranger. Association for Research in Cultures of Young People - Research Forum.  
  • June 2010 - Paper Presentation – Youth, citizenship and the problem of the stranger. Beyond Citizenship - Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging (Birbeck College, University of London).  
  • May 2010 - Paper Presentation and Roundtable Coordinator – Round Table Forum - Participatory Ontologies and Youth Cultures Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People - ACCUTE (Montreal, PQ).   
  • March 2010 - Paper Presentation – Producing Effective Youth Media/Communication Projects. Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (Berkeley, CA).  
  • July 2009 - Paper Presentation – Haunting the Narcissus-Narcosis: Media Education, Critical Agency, and the Social Life of Digital Technologies. Annual Meeting of the Journalism and Media Education Research Section, International Association of Media and Communication Researchers Conference (Mexico City, Mexico).  
  • May 2009 - Paper Presentation – Immersive Advertising, Mash-ups and Children's Participatory Culture. Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People, Congress 2009, Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario).  
  • May 2009 - Paper Presentation – Learning and Teaching Media Literacy in Canada: Embracing and Transcending Eclecticism. Annual Meeting of the Children and Media Section of the International Communication Association, (Chicago, Ill.).  (Poster Session; declined due to participation at Congress 2009)
  • April 2009 - Paper Presentation – Hannah Arendt and the Paradox of Youth Media Participation. Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (Kansas City, MO).  
  • March 2009 - Paper Presentation – Immersive Advertising and the Complexity of Children's Participatory Culture. Screen Culture: Intermediality and Interculturality Conference (Vancouver, BC).  
  • July 2008 - Paper Presentation – 'On behalf of a shared world': Youth media, mentorship and democratic habituation. Annual Meeting of the Participatory Communication Group at the International Association of Media and Communication Researchers (Stockholm, Sweden).  
  • May 2008 - Paper Presentation – Arendtian Politics in a Culture of Youth Media Participation. Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education.  
  • March 2008 - Paper Presentation – Digital Media and Agonistic Life: Hannah Arendt and Youth Media Production. Media, Culture and Curriculum SIG, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.  
  • Oct 2007 - Paper Presentation – Digital Media and Agonistic Life: Using Arendt to Read Youth Media Production. Annual Meeting of Canadian Association of Cultural Studies.
  • Oct 2006 - Paper Presentation – Pedagogy, Moral Reasoning and Students' Historical Understanding: Some Considerations. Canada West to East: Teaching History in a Time of Change.  
  • May 2006 - Paper Presentation – The pedagogical relationship between moral reasoning and historical understanding: High school students read 1916 in 2006. Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education. 
  • April 2006 - Paper Presentation – 'Get the camera out of the high school': The public qualities of youth media production. Media, Culture and Curriculum SIG, Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.  
  • April 2006 - Paper Presentation – 'The way of the future': Probing The Aviator for historical understanding. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.  
  • April 2006 - Paper Presentation – Canadian students think about past and present. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.  [Delivered with Peter Sexias and Carla Peck]

media appearances

Radio, TV, Conferences etc


Contemporary youth and politics / December 2016

Featured on "Sense of Place with Minelle Mahtani", Stuart Poyntz and Tara Mahoney, Director of the Creative Publics Lab, address a project hosted in SFU's School of Communication that aims to showcase youth activists and young people's political engagement across a range of issues (affordable housing, student debt, climate change and pipeline activism, etc.).

The 180 from CBC Radio: Beware the Clowns: A Lesson in Moral Panic / September 2016

Featured on "The 180 with Jim Brown", Stuart Poyntz commented on media's contribution to moral panic in South Carolina's strange news story about sinister clowns.

 

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  •  October 2010 - The Province Editorial: Take Back Facebook
  • In a story about a Langley mom mounting a campaign to “take back Facebook” from cyberbullies, The Province quoted SFU Communication professor Stuart Poyntz: "There’s a real sense of panic among parents. It feels to many that this is beyond their purview. . . . [But] kids are not going to leave Facebook, and Facebook in and of itself is not the problem.” Education prof Wanda Cassidy said research shows online bullying is a growing problem.”
  • Original Story: Take Back Facebook, Mom Urges. By Glenda Luymes. The Province, Vancouver, BC: October 15, 2010. pg. A.3
  • September 2010 - On the Coast from CBC Radio: Controversy on Alled Gang Rape in Pit Meadows
  • Speaking on the use of internet by youth in the wake of a gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl at a rave in Pitt Meadows, Stuart Poyntz did an eight-minute stint on "On the Coast" show from CBC Radio, and was also interviewed by the Globe and Mail.
  • Original Story: After Alleged Gang Rape, Teen's Parent 'a Ball of Rage'. By Rod Mickleburgh and Wendy Stueck. The Globe and Mail, Toronto, ON: September 18, 2010, pg. A.12.
  • May 2009 - Ottawa Citizen Editorial: Kids and Branding
  • The Ottawa Citizen explored how companies recruit children as online "agents" in developing programs to market products to kids. Stuart Poyntz was quoted: "Advertisers and broadcasters are approaching children as participants in cultural production and not as audiences. 
    Participation has been turned into a commercially enhancing opportunity. Kids are advertising and expanding brands for fun.”
  • Original Story: It Slices, it Dices … it Markets to Kids: Academic Raises Questions about Kids and Branding. By Joanne Laucius. The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, ON: May 23, 2009. pg. B.3

research

Despite the robust nature of the non-formal learning sector, research on the role of youth creative arts and media organizations as providers of non-formal education is sparse and often charged with documenting best practices among organizations, rather than the impact of the sector as a whole. The YouthSites project examines the creative arts sector for youth from socially excluded backgrounds in Vancouver, Toronto and London over the last 25 years. We map youth participation in out-of-school arts learning and investigate the structural relationship between the development of this sector and the changing role and meaning of creative education, as training for employment in the creative and cultural industries has become a priority across the sector. 

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insights Grant, 2015 – 2020

"Define the Line: Sexual Violence in Universities" is a seven-year project to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally. The overarching goal of this project is to unearth, dismantle and prevent rape culture within universities, and ultimately in society, through evidence-based research that will inform sustainable curriculum and policy change. Dr. Stuart R. Poyntz is Co-Investigator and Section Leader of News and Social Media Analysis for this project.

This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in the amount of $2.6 million. It is further supported by an additional $3.7 million of in kind and cash contributions from five McGill Faculties, the VP Research; 10 universities and 14 community partners.

The profile and practice of media literacy is changing in the contemporary period. In this study, we examine Canadian youth media production in order to develop a taxonomy of the situated media practices characteristic of creative youth work in schools and community based-settings across the country. While mapping these situated practices, we also identify and examine the affordances of media production, including the formal and aesthetic characteristics of specific production resources and the networks of social capital programs and initiatives foster for participating young people.

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Standard Research Grant, 2010 – 2014

The Media Democracy Project works hard to create a significant presence for noncommercial media in Canada. Since 2001, the project's annual conference, Media Democracy Days (MDD), has become the signature event for alternative, independent, and democratic media in Canada. MDD has since expanded into a multi-day event presented by the School of Communication at SFUOpenMedia.ca, and the Vancouver Public Library.