Jordan Abel

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


Currently, my research concentrates on the intersection between Digital Humanities and Indigenous Literary Studies. My creative work has recently been 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) and Un/inhabited. My third book, Injun, is forthcoming from Talonbooks in Spring 2016.

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 interrogates 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 examines these writers in confluence, against the broader backdrop of settler colonialism, racial performance, and early Twentieth Century celebrity culture.

Kelsey Blair

Area of Study: Performance studies, theatre studies, affect theory, women and gender studies, the socio-cultural study of sport, musical theatre studies, and 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.



Carolyne Clare

Areas of Study: Dance Studies, performance studies, archival studies, critical theory.

Research: My research combines my experience working as a dancer and dance archivist, with my graduate training in Museum Studies. I study dance archiving and dance reconstruction practices in Canada, with a particular focus on the use of digital tools by dance professionals in Vancouver.  My research is funded by a Vanier CGS Scholarship.


  • 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


Ryan Fitzpatrick

Area(s) of Interest: Philosophical and Geographical Spatial Theory, North American Poetry and Poetics, Canadian Literature

Dissertation title: "What is Here Now: Assembling Canadian Poetry After the Spatial Turn" 


  • Fortified Castles. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2014.
  • Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Canadian Poetry. (With Jonathan Ball). Toronto: Insomniac, 2014.
  • Fake Math. Montreal: Snare, 2007.


  • (With Janey Dodd). “Interventing the Archive: Troubling  the Practice of Community Formation in Calgary Small Press.” Forthcoming collection on contemporary Calgary poetry and poetics. Ed. Colin Martin. Edmonton: U of Alberta Press. 
  • “Does the city give us the poems? Or do the poems give us the city?: Robert Kroetsch’s Spatial Assemblages.” Forthcoming collection on Canadian poet Robert Kroetsch. Ed. Nicole Markotić. Toronto: Guernica Press.
  • (With Susan Rudy). “‘ If everything is moving where is here?’ : Lisa  Robertson’ s Occasional Work on Cities, Space and Impermanence.” British Journal of Canadian Studies 26.2 (2013). 
  • (With Susan Rudy). “‘ These marked spaces lie beneath / the  alphabet’ : Readers, Borders, and Citizens in Erín Moure’ s Recent Work.” Canadian Literature 210-11 (2012).

In What is Here Now: Assembling Canadian Poetry After the Spatial Turn, I turn to a largely contemporary constellation of Canadian poets to examine the ways that they represent, participate in, reproduce, and even trouble spatial production in the 21st century. I work through the intersection point of two theoretical turns: the Marxism-inflected spatial turn and the subsequent non-dialectical threads of what might be called the "topological" turn. The work entangled in both these turns conceptualizes space as relationally productive - a result, in one way or another, of the ways varied actors productively assemble into space, working in concert, though not always in harmony. Within this frame, I consider three major spatial problematics in Canadian poetry - stability, encounter, and dislocation - to ask how the expressivity of poetry and language responds to and actively helps produce the primarily material assemblages of space.

Deanna Fong

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


My research focuses on the intersections of performance, mediatization, literary communities and intellectual property in contemporary North American poetry. My dissertation proposes 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, who have developed a web-based archive of digitized audio recordings for literary study, and 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.

Ed Graham

Areas of Study: Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Contemporary Film and Literature.

Conference Presentations:

  • “Adorno, Transparency and Contemporary Theory”. Transparency/Opacity ASCA International Workshop, Amsterdam, NL. 23 March 2016.

My research is in Critical and Cultural theory, particularly the work of Fredric Jameson and his underdeveloped notion of ‘Cognitive Mapping’. I am interested in the contemporary significance of this idea about the individual’s relationship, as mediated through culture/the aesthetic, to the political economy. More broadly, I am interested in debates around surface and symptomatic readings of culture: considering current trends toward affect and surface, what is the role of dialectical, systematic criticism today?

Nikhil Jayadevan

Areas of Interest: Humour Studies, Post-structuralism, Aesthetic Theory, Contemporary Politics and Fictions, Post- and Anti-colonial movements

Publications/Conference Papers:

  • “Percepts.” Demystifying Deleuze: An Introductory Assemblage of Crucial Concepts. Eds. Rob Shields and Mickey Vallee. Ottawa: Red Quill. 2012. 129-31. Print. 
  • “Psychosis and Capture: Lacanian Individuation in Don DeLillo’s Falling Man.” Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies 16.2 (2015): 1-26. Web. 
  • “Humour and the Capacity for Change: A Deleuzo-Beckettian Examination of Laughter and the Conflicting Temporalities of Seriousness and Non-Seriousness.” 2013 John Douglas Taylor Conference - You Can't Be Serious. McMaster University. Hamilton, ON. 17 May 2013. 
  • “Resistant Politics in Andy Kaufman's Work." Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. University of Ottawa. Ottawa, ON. 30 May 2015. 
  • “Virtual Amusement: Examining Message Board Boredom; Surrogacy and Temporality.” International Society for Humor Studies. Holy Names University. Oakland, CA. 1 July 2015. 

My doctoral research examines how “humorous” communication works in the contemporary socio-political context to foster goodwill, generate interest, and sustain attention, where such communication originates from a variety of political actors and is directed to a variety of recipients. I examine such communication as a means and socio-cultural transmission, by approaching the problem using a multi-disciplinary methodology, including communicational, sociological, and rhetorical studies of humour, performance studies, and aesthetic theory.

Natalie Knight

Area of Interest: Bodies of Labour in North American Indigenous Literatures and Poetry


Indigenous studies, Indigenous and anti-colonial politics, Marxist theory, Indigenous feminisms and other theories of feminisms, aesthetic theory, 20th century poetry and poetics, 20th century literatures.

Yiwen Liu

Area of Study: Postcolonial Studies, Transpacific Cultural Studies, World Literature

Conference Papers:

  • “Voice and Protest in Crisis — A Sonic Analysis of Lau and Yau’s Speeches in Hong Kong’s Swearing-in Ceremony” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Sungkonghoe University, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA, July 2017.
  • “Towards the Other End of the Water — The Portrayal of Canada’s Distance and Proximity of the Trans-Pacific Hegemony in A Tale of Time Being” English Graduate Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CANADA, July 2017.
  • “Cultural Imaginings in the Globalizing World: Critiquing the Post-Revolutionary Discourses in The Fat Years and Do Not Say We Have Nothing” Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences via Canadian Comparative Literature Association, Ryerson University, Toronto, CANADA, May 2017.
  • “Issues of Cultural Translation: Readership in The Fat Years” English Graduate Conference, McGill University, Montreal, CANADA, February 2017.
  • “Lost in History: Reading Contemporary Chinese Literature After 1990s” Conference Tentative Paper, York University “Now and Then: Historical Understandings in the Humanities”, February 2016.


  • “Between the Good Hell and the False Paradise: Chan Koon-Chung’s Portrayal of Collective Anxiety in Late Socialist China” Master of Philosophy Thesis, CUHK, July 2016.

My doctoral project intends to take Hong Kong and Vancouver as two nodal points in the transpacific flow and examine the various land issues in these two places. By looking at how the literary and cultural representations of land, the forms of land activism, and land policies—both governmental (e.g. socialist and/or capitalist) and non-governmental (e.g. Indigenous and indigenous) have taken shape in the late twentieth century, I want to examine the position of the un-flowable land that drives the desires of the flow of the people (diaspora) and the flow of capital (globalization).

Taylor Morphett

Area of Interest: Rhetoric, Education, Composition, The University

Publications/Conference Papers: 

My dissertation looks at the rhetoric of 'crisis' in the humanities today in the university. While my dissertation will engage with pre-existing scholarship on the history and current state of universities, observing the history and theories of this crisis, I will also consider enrollment data, job prospect data for PhDs, and performance in humanities classrooms to see how the people —professors, administrators, staff, and students—are functioning on the ground both in participation with and reaction against the rhetoric of crisis.

Kimberly O’Donnell

Tentative Dissertation Title: “Narrative Syncope: The Politics and Ethics of Feeling in Late-Victorian Literature”

My dissertation looks at instances of male characters fainting in late-Victorian novels. I suggest that these aesthetic representations of masculine losses of consciousness engage with Victorian theories of affect and automatism. Working at the crossroads of affect theory and biopolitics, I argue that they offer us ways to understand both the ethical significance of automatic bodies and the construction of political power out of these automatisms. I have gratefully received SSHRC funding for this work. I am also a Digital Fellow at the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab.

Forthcoming Publications:

  • “Feeling Other(s): Dracula and the Ethics of Unmanageable Affect.” Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice: A Feel for the Text. Ed. Stephen Ahern. Under contract and forthcoming with Palgrave MacMillan.
  • “Willful Creatures: Consent, Discord, Animal Will, and Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles.Querying Consent: Beyond Permission and Refusal. Eds. Jordana Greenblatt and Keja Valens. Under contract and forthcoming with Rutgers University Press.

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • “Recondite Matter”: Affective Knowledge in H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.” Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada/Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Joint Conference 2017.
  • “Feeling Social, Feeling Responsible: Fainting Men and Ethical Animals in Marie Corelli's Wormwood.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference 2016.
  • “Plastic Feelings: Catherine Malabou, Affective Alterity, and Posthuman Ethics.” CAREP Conference: Passionate Disattachments: The Work of Catherine Malabou. 2016
  • “The Transfusion of Affect: Dracula and the Ethics of Unmanageable Feeling.” The Affect Conference: Memory, Aesthetics and Ethics. 2015

Kandice Sharren

Area of Interest: Romantic-Era Fiction and Women's Writing

Publications/Conference Papers:

  • “The texture of sympathy: narrating sympathetic failure in Frances Burney’s Camilla and The Wanderer.” Forthcoming in European Romantic Review.
  • “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). 
  • “‘No decay of talent, but a perversion of it’: Abusing Credit in Frances Burney’s Literary Career.” Presented at 46th ASECS Annual Meeting, Los Angeles CA (18-21 March 2015).
  • “’The lady is of an active turn’: Sympathetic Activism in The Woman of Colour.” Presented at “Romantic Connections,” NASSR Supernumerary Conference, University of Tokyo (13-15 June 2014).

My SSHRC-funded dissertation explores how imagining a community of female novel readers with a shared frame of reference allowed authors of the early nineteenth century to demand active participation from their audience, both as intelligent interpreters of texts and as commercial and political actors in the world. I am also the 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 is a PhD Candidate and settler scholar in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC). Her research uses contemporary digital humanities methods to analyze collaboratively-authored twentieth- and twenty-first-century Indigenous literatures in Canada, and is primarily focused on E. Pauline Johnson's and Chief Joe & Mary Capilano’s 1911 text Legends of Vancouver. Alix is also a Research Assistant for Dr. Deanna Reder’s “The People and the Text” SSHRC-funded project, and the recipient of a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her doctoral work.

Alois Sieben

Area of Interest: Digital Humanities, contemporary poetry, psychoanalysis

Conference Papers: 

  • "Romancing the Machine: The Digital Drive of Samantha in Her.” LACK 2016, Colorado Springs. April 23, 2016.
  • "Mourning Virtual Space.” Expense and Expendability: Simon Fraser University Graduate Conference, Vancouver. June 20, 2014.
  • "Your Account Has Been Suspended: Genre Control in the Message Board Medium." Popular Culture Association of Canada Conference, Calgary. May 10, 2014.

My research interrogates digital futurities posited in the Digital Humanities field with the digital techniques of a number of contemporary Canadian poets.

Adam Taylor

Areas of study: Victorian literature, image/text, nineteenth century science, print culture.

I am interested in how a nineteenth-century reader understood illustrations printed alongside the text, particularly how these illustrations constructed identities through the depiction of character. I’m currently focusing on first edition and periodic publications of major mid- to late-Victorian writers, including Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Du Maurier, and Elizabeth Gaskell. This research excitingly leads to diverse and often bizarre topics, such as physiognomy, contemporary fashion, and nineteenth-century theatre.

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 eighteenth century dramatic texts, theatre history, gender and sexuality, queer theory, and performance studies. Using popular heroic tragedies from 1660-1700, my SSHRC funded dissertation examines 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.