ALUMNI PHD

Jordan Abel

Areas of Study: Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Poetry and Poetics, Contemporary Canadian Poetry, Digital Humanities

Publications:

My research concentrated on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. My creative work was anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). I am the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award), Un/inhabited and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).

Lindsey Bannister

Areas of interest: Early Canadian Literature, Settler Colonialism, Women’s Writing, Popular Culture

Selected Conference Papers:

  • “Onoto Watanna and Buffalo Child Long Lance: A Study in Settler Colonialism and Early Canadian Literary Celebrity,” Popular Culture Association of Canada, Niagara Falls, ON. 5 May 2017. 
  • “Peering into the Margins:  The Canada’s Early Women Writer’s Project and the Unusual Story of Martha Craig,” Digital Textualities/Canadian Contexts, Edmonton. 22 September 2016.
  • “Unsettling Settlers: The Black Donnellys and the Canadian Gothic,” International Gothic Association, Vancouver. 1 August 2015.

My SSHRC-funded dissertation interrogated contemporary readings of two Calgary-based writers and noted racial imposters: Winnifred Eaton (Onoto Watanna) (1875-1954) and Buffalo Child Long Lance (1890-1932). While many critics and biographers have examined Eaton and Long Lance individually, my research project examined these writers in confluence, against the broader backdrop of settler colonialism, racial performance, and early 20th-century celebrity culture.

Kelsey Blair

Areas of Study: Performance Studies, Theatre Studies, Affect Theory, Women and Gender Studies, the Socio-cultural Study of Sport, Musical Theatre Studies, Applied Theatre & Performance

Selected Scholarly Publications:

  • Basically Queer: An Intergenerational Introduction to LGBTQA2S+ Lives. Peter Lang, 2017. (co-editor).
  • “Memory in Two Voices: An Aesthetics of Care in Seniors’ Performance Groups.” Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. (forthcoming).
  • “The 2012 Olympic Badminton Scandal: Match-Fixing, Code of Conduct Documents, and Women’s Sport.” The International Journal of Sport History, 2018.
  • “Broomsticks and Barricades: Performing Empowerment in Wicked and Les Miserables.” Journal of Musical Theatre Studies, vol 10.1, 2016, pp 55-68, 2016.
  • “Hockey Sticks and Heartstrings: The Affective Legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.” Canadian Theatre Review, vol 164, 2015, pp 67-71, 2015.

Books:

Sarah Bull

Sarah Bull completed her PhD in English at SFU in 2014, under the direction of Colette Colligan. She is currently a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

Her dissertation, "Obscenity and the Publication of Sexual Science in Britain, 1810-1914," examined the fringe publication of medical and scientific works about sex in the long 19th century. It traced the ways in which works on sexual health fell into a moral, legal and commercial "grey zone" between the categories of science and obscenity in this period, and how this state of affairs fostered a concomitant development of sexual science and pornographic fiction.

Dr. Bull's current research project, "Medical Publishers, Obscenity Law, and the Business of Sexual Knowledge in Victorian Britain," looks more expansively at the politics of publishing and disseminating works on sexual health, and charts the changing structures of the medical publishing business during a major period of transition for both the medical profession and the publishing industry.

More information about Dr. Bull's work is available on her academia.edu page. She blogs about her research at The Floating Academy, and posts about it on Twitter.

Carolyne Clare

Areas of Study: Dance Studies, Performance Studies, Archival Studies, Critical Theory

Carolyne completed her PhD in 2020. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled, “Repertoires for Supporting Sovereignty: The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials and Dance Information in Vancouver".

She has a forthcoming post-doc, through MITACS, working with the BC Alliance for Arts and Culture on COVID-19 and the role of the arts in wellness.

Research: Carolyne's research combined her experience working as a dancer and dance archivist, with her graduate training in museum studies. She studied dance archiving and dance reconstruction practices in Canada, with a particular focus on the use of digital tools by dance professionals in Vancouver. Her research was funded by a Vanier CGS Scholarship.

Publications:

  • Critical Reflections on Multicultural Dance in Canada, Wilfrid Laurier Press, contributing co-author, forthcoming
  • Routledge Encyclopaedia of Modernism, Routledge, contributing author, 2016
  • Dance Chronicle, “Safeguarding Pina Bausch’s Choreographic Legacy”, Volume 38, Number 3, 2015
  • Dance International Magazine, “History is in Her DNA”, Winter, co-author, 2012
  • Renegade Bodies: Canadian Dance in the 1970s, Dance Collection Danse Press, photo researcher, 2012
  • “Dance Historian of the Month”, Dance Collection Danse online, co-author, 2011

Amy De’Ath

Dissertation Title: “Unsociable Poetry: Antagonism and Abstraction in Contemporary Feminist Poetics"

Selected Publications:

My Leverhulme Trust-funded dissertation analyzed an increasingly explicit concern in 21st-century feminist poetry with the material conditions produced by late capitalist modes of value-production. I demonstrated how this work mobilizes aesthetic abstractions and affective antagonisms to propel us towards visceral understandings of the structures through which those who are not cis-gendered male are exploited and immiserated, both through the politics of austerity and through a liberal politics of recognition. I argued that poetry’s capacity to draw the subject into its internal dynamics is a crucial feminist tool, especially given how the complex dynamics of gender, race, and class relations have, particularly since the 2008 financial crisis, reached new levels of abstraction and resistance to representational understandings.

Nico Dicecco

Nico defended his PhD with distinction in March 2015 under the supervision of Peter Dickinson. Nico's dissertation, The Ends of Adaptation: Comparative Media, Digital Culture, and Performance, first examines how adaptation studies—an academic field focused on media relationships—formed itself around a relatively narrow conception of adaptive phenomenon, and then looks at how a performance-oriented framework might reinvigorate the field going forward. Throughout the project, Nico makes a case for shifting critical focus away from what adaptations as cultural objects are to what adaptation as a cultural discourse does. Decidedly meta-critical and methodological in its focus, this project hinges on the idea that what makes adaptations adaptations is not something inherent in any given object, but something actively generated through discursive engagement; in other words, adaptation is not a "thing", but the result of cultural work performed when identifying one text with another, in contexts of media production as much as in the processes of reception. In developing this theoretical model, The Ends of Adaptation draws on a wide range of examples across media, and carefully explores a slate of key issues in the field of adaptation studies: the role of desire in the recurrence of fidelity discourse, the complicated materiality of adaptations, the impact of shifting mediascapes in digital culture, and the embodied work of interpreting adaptation as such.

For information on / updates about Nico's current projects, check out www.nicodicecco.com

"State of the Conversation: The Obscene Underside of Fidelity" Adaptation, Volume 8, Issue 2, August 2015, Pages 161-175.

"To Read What Was Never Written: The Licentiousness of History in Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls" Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Volume 6, Issue 3, April 2015, Pages 201-213.

"Choose Your Own Disruption: Clown, Adaptation, and Play" co-written with Julia Helen Lane Games and Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media, Volume 9, Issue 6, November 2014, Pages 503-516.

Deanna Fong

Dissertation Title: "Tales of the Tape: The Ontological, Discursive, and Legal Lives of Literary Audio Artifacts"

Publications: 

My research focused on the intersections of performance, mediatization, literary communities, and intellectual property in contemporary North American poetry. My dissertation proposed an alternate mapping of the literary history of this period, recuperating traces of the social dialogue and affective labour embedded in audio recordings. I am a member of the federally-funded SpokenWeb team, which has developed a web-based archive of digitized audio recordings for literary study. In addition, with the support of the SFU Libraries and the Department of Graduate Studies, I have developed digital interfaces for the audio / multimedia archives of Canadian poets, Fred Wah and Roy Kiyooka.

David Gaertner

David Gaertner is a settler scholar and an Assistant Professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. David specializes in new media and digital storytelling, emphasizing the ways in which Indigenous artists, storytellers and programmers engage the land and community using digital platforms. As a teacher, David aims to empower Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with the skills and confidence to read and critique technology and to tell and share their stories via old and new media. He offers workshops and classes in digital storytelling, podcasting, blogging, gaming, radio broadcasting and website development. He is currently at work on his first book, A Landless Territory: Theorizing Indigenous New Media and Digital Storytelling and is the co-editor of the collection Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island, forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. He blogs at Novel Alliances

Selected Publications

“Indigenous in Cyberspace: CyberPowWow, God’s Lake Narrows and the Challenges of Creating Indigenous Territory in Cyberspace.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 39.4 (2015): 55-78.

“A Landless Territory: How Do We Articulate Cyberspace within the context of Indigenous Studies?”Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaches to Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century. Eds. Linda Morra & Deanna Reder. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier UP. 493-498.

“sehtoskakew: ‘Aboriginal Principles of Witnessing’ and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” The Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and Around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Eds. Keavy Martin and Dylan Robinson. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press. 135-156.

“‘Something in between’: Monkey Beach and the Haisla Return of the Repressed.” Canadian Literature 225 (Summer, 2015): 47-65.

“Translating Reconciliation.” Translation Effects: The Shaping of Modern Canadian Culture. Eds. Louise von Flotow, Sherry Simon and Kathy Mezei. Ottawa: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014. 444-57.

“‘Redress as a Gift’: Historical Reparations and the Logic of the Gift in Roy Miki’s Redress.” Tracing the Lines: A Symposium to Honour Roy Miki. Eds. Christine Kim, Maia Joseph, Larissa Lai, and Chris Lee. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2013. 67-75.

Practicing Reconciliation: A Collaborative Study of Aboriginal Art, Resistance and Cultural Politics.(Co-author). Commissioned by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. Kamloops: CiCAC Press, 2013.

Alana Gerecke

A professional dancer and movement facilitator, Alana Gerecke researches social choreography, pop-up culture and the politics of moving together as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at York University. Her current book project, Moving Publics, is based on her doctoral research on site-based dance and urban spatial politics (SFU 2016). Gerecke has performed, published and presented widely, and incorporates a practice-based methodology into her research. For more, see www.alanagerecke.com.

Selected Publications: 

"'Dances I only Heard in the night.'" Performance Research (2015, in press)

"On Blending In and Standing Out." Canadian Theatre Review (2015, in press)

"'A Politics of the Public Body.'" Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar. Brown University (2013)

Lorelei Lingard

Dr. Lingard completed her PhD in English at Simon Fraser University in 1998, with a focus on rhetorical theory and medical discourse. She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Founding Director and Senior Scientist at the Centre for Education and Research Innovation, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

Dr. Lingard’s Masters research focused on the study of advertising; however, her interests shifted during her Doctoral studies, when she was pregnant with her first child and found herself exposed to the rhetorical practices of the medical world. Medical professionals, Dr. Lingard noticed, use words in patterned ways that reflect shared values and accomplish specific goals. She increasingly came to recognize that a new, rigorous, and scientific perspective could—and indeed should—be brought to the study of language within clinics, hospitals, and medical schools. It was an epiphany that has driven more than 20 years of cutting-edge research in the field of rhetorical studies in medicine and qualitative methodologies. Partly through Dr. Lingard’s work, medical education researchers worldwide have learned that systematic analysis of communication patterns among medical professionals can answer questions outside the purview of more traditional methods of assessment and research in medical education. In 2018, she was the first woman to be awarded the highest honour in the field of medical education research: The Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education.

For more information about Dr. Lingard, please see https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/ceri/people/bios/lorelei_lingard.html.

Kandice Sharren

Areas of Interest: Romanticism and Women's Writing, Book History, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century Literature, Digital Humanities

Dissertation Title: "Readers in the Margins: Texts, Paratexts, and Audiences in Romantic-era Fiction"

Publications/Conference Papers:

  • The Texture of Sympathy: Narrating Sympathetic Failure in Frances Burney’s Camilla and The Wanderer” in European Romantic Review 28.6 (Dec. 2017). (Winner of the 2017 European Romantic Review Best Article Prize.)
  • “Mary Robinson’s Textual Bodies: Materiality, Celebrity, and the Codex Book,” at NASSR Annual Meeting, “Romantic Life” (9–13 August 2017), in Ottawa, ON.
  • “Marketing a Middle Ground: Longman’s and the Romantic-Era Novel,” at SHARP (9–12 June 2017), in Victoria, BC.
  • “I’ve Got Some White Space, Baby (Don’t Write Your Name): Title Pages, Marketing, and the Romantic-Era Novel.” Presented at “States of the Book,” CSECS Annual General Meeting, Simon Fraser University (14-17 October 2015).
  • “Dorothy Wordsworth’s Decomposing Compositions,” at Women in Book History Symposium, Vancouver, BC (August 15–17, 2018).
  • Recovering Eighteenth-Century Women in the Book Trades with The Women’s Print History Project, 1750–1836” (with Kate Moffatt), at Women in Print, University of Birmingham (September 13–14, 2018).

My SSHRC-funded dissertation united print culture methodologies with narratological readings to argue that the narrative innovations in early 19th-century fiction rely on the interplay between text and paratext and that, in their experiments with material, commercial and narrative forms, authors and their publishers anticipate savvy readers capable of performing complex interpretive work. I am also the lead editor and project manager of the Women’s Print History Project, 1750–1836, a database that accounts for women’s involvement in print through bibliographical remediation, and a Digital Fellow at DHIL.

Alix Shield

Area of Interest: Indigenous Literary Studies, Digital Humanities

Conference Papers:

  • With Bryan Myles. "I:mex (walking) Mobile App: Indigenizing Space through Digital Technology.” Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) Inaugural Gathering. Six Nations, ON. October 1-3, 2015. Conference paper.
  • "I:mex (walking) Mobile App: Indigenizing Space through Digital Technology.”Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) Inaugural Gathering. Six Nations, ON. October 1-3, 2015. Poster session.
  • “[Re]Versioning Myth: Collaborative Authorship Deconstructed in Henry W. Tate’s and Franz Boas’s “The Story of the Porcupine Hunter.” Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production. University of Victoria and INKE. Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, BC. 27 January 2015. Conference paper.

Alix Shield graduated with her PhD in English at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC) in June 2020. The following article describes her doctoral journey.

Myka Tucker-Abramson

Professor Tucker-Abramson is a lecturer in Contemporary Literature at King's College London. Before joining King’s in September 2016, she worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and held a Social Science Humanities Research Council post-doctoral fellowship at Boston University. Her research is on post-World War II fiction, with a focus on the relationship between the novel, urbanisation and political economy. She also has interests in critical race theory, science fiction, gender and sexuality; world literature and world ecology, Marxism and critical university studies. 

Selected Publications

"States of Salvation: Wise Blood and the Rise of the Neoliberal Right" PMLA (forthcoming)

“Blueprints: Invisible Man and the Housing Act of 1949” American Studies 54.3 (Fall 2015): 9-20

“Struggling Universities: Simon Fraser University and the Crisis of Canadian Public Education” (with Enda Brophy) Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 28 (2012): 21-40

“Migrants and Citizens: The Shifting Ground of Struggle in Canadian Literary Representation” (with Naava Smolash) Studies in Canadian Literature 36.2 (2011): 165-196

“The Money Shot: Postmodern Economies of Sex, Guns, and Language in Topdog/Underdog.”Modern Drama 50.1 (Spring 2007): 77-97 [Reprinted in Reading Modern Drama. ed. Alan Ackerman. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012]

David Weston

Dissertation Title: “Homo-Heroic Love: Male Friendship on the Restoration Stage”

Conference Papers:

  • “Wedded and Widowed: Sex, Death, and Celebrity in William Congreve’s The Mourning Bride” Revolutions in Eighteenth-Century Sociability: Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. Montreal Quebec, October 2014. 
  • “Conducting Communities: Public Readings and Theatrical Productions of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol” Victorian Communities: Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada. Banff Alberta, April 2014.
  • “Stage in Page: Reading and Performing Stage Directions and Corpses in Joanna Baillie’s Count Basil and De Monfort.” Enlightenment Constellations: Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. London Ontario, October 2013.

I study Restoration and 18th-century dramatic texts, theatre history, gender and sexuality, queer theory, and performance studies. Using popular heroic tragedies from 1660-1700, my SSHRC-funded dissertation examined the spectacle of male friendship, interrogating how performances of male desire on stage had significant impact in defining and shaping public perceptions of masculinity and homosexuality in the period. I am also on the Board Directors for the Beach House Theatre Society and am an active member of the Institute for Performance Studies.

Sarah Creel, PhD 2015, currently holds a lectureship position at Kenesaw State University

Jasmine Nicholsfigueiredo, PhD 2014, is a faculty member in the Department of English and Chair of the Education Council at Douglas College

Erin Keating, PhD 2013, is an assistant professor of English at the University of Manitoba

Heather Latimer, PhD 2009, teaches at the Co-ordinated Arts Program at UBC

Stefania Forlini, PhD 2008, is an associate professor of English at the University of Calgary

Jes Battis, PhD 2007, is an assistant professor of English at the University of Regina

Nancy Earle, PhD 2006, is an instructor in the Department of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland