Book Launch and Panel for "Crossing Borders: Essays in Honour of Ian H. Angus"

April 23, 2021

Ian Angus, Samir Gandesha, Peyman Vahabzadeh, Et Al.

Friday, April 23, 5:30PM–7:00PM PDT, Zoom Webinar (Registration Required)

Sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities

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Book Description

Crossing Borders: Essays in Honour of Ian H. Angus is a collection of original and cutting-edge essays by thirteen outstanding and diverse Canadian and International scholars that engage with Professor Ian Angus's rich contributions to three distinct, albeit overlapping, fields: Canadian Studies, Phenomenology and Critical Theory, and Communication and Media Studies. These contributions are distinct, unique, and have had resonance across the intellectual landscape-over the thirty years that Angus has been teaching communications, philosophy, Canadian Studies, theory, and humanities first in the United States and then in Canada.


"More than a festschrift honouring the writings, teachings, and brilliant intellectual accomplishments of Ian Angus, Canada's preeminent social philosopher, Crossing Borders takes the always animating and highly original concepts of Angus's thought in communications, philosophy and Canadian Studies as starting-points for a series of profound philosophical, social and political reflections on the emerging crises, enigmas and dilemmas of twenty-first century experience. Crossing Borders, like Angus's thought itself, creatively, deeply and with beautiful complexity provides a way of thinking anew
the life and death struggle between unrestrained capitalist development and the energetics of resurgent resistances: Indigenous, environmental and communitarian." –Arthur Kroker, Professor of Political Science, University of Victoria

"In its wide-ranging contributions and lively engagements, [this festschrift] widens the circle of friends, admirers, students, and colleagues past and present, who together affirm the enduring lessons of Angus's thought, and acknowledge the courage of his political convictions. Crossing Borders is a vivid reminder of why the humanities in Canada continue to matter." –Gary Genosko, Professor of Communication and Digital Media, Ontario Tech University

"The contributors to Crossing Borders remind us of all the work Angus has done, all the thinkers and writers he has influenced, and all the intellectual and conceptual seeds he has sown across the disciplines. The editors, Samir Gandesha and Peyman Vahabzadeh, have put together a book as sharp, varied, and compelling as Angus's own writing––high praise indeed, given all that he has provided us with over four decades of theoretical innovation and political struggle." –Imre Szeman, University Research Chair of Communication Arts, University of Waterloo

About Ian Angus

Ian Angus is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University. He has published in the areas of contemporary philosophy, Canadian Studies, and communication theory. His most recent book is Groundwork of Phenomenological Marxism: Crisis, Body, World (Lexington Books, 2021).


Samir Gandesha is currently Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the relation between politics, aesthetics, and psychoanalysis.

Peyman Vahabzadeh is Professor of Sociology at University of Victoria. His most recent books are Violence and Nonviolence: Conceptual Excursions into Phantom Opposites (University of Toronto Press, 2019) and A Rebel’s Journey: Mostafa Sho‘aiyan and Revolutionary Theory in Iran (OneWorld, 2019).


Daniel Adleman is Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Writing for Social Change, A Brief History of Persuasion, and Digital Rhetoric at Harold Innis College. His work has been published in European Journal of PsychoanalysisCultural StudiesCanadian Review of American Studies, and Canadian Literature Quarterly.

Stephen Collis is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Commons (Talonbooks 2008), the BC Book Prize winning On the Material (Talonbooks 2010), Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016), and Almost Islands: Phyllis Webb and the Pursuit of the Unwritten (Talonbooks 2018). In 2019, he was awarded the Latner Writers’ Trust of Canada Poetry Prize in recognition of his body of work. In 2021, Talonbooks will publish A History of the Theories of Rain. He lives near Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish Territory, and teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University. 

Kevin Michael DeLuca is a Professor in the Dept of Communication at the University of Utah. He is the author of the book Image Politics and dozens of articles in journals such as Environmental Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Culture, Theory & Critique. Since the beginning of his studies under Ian Angus, DeLuca's scholarship has centered on a sustained exploration of humanity’s relations with the natural world and how those relations are mediated by media. 

Hilda Fernandez-Alvarez is a Lacanian psychoanalyst based in Vancouver, BC, with vast clinical experience with diverse populations in public and private settings in Mexico and Canada. Her research has been published internationally in articles and book chapters and focuses on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, trauma, discursive and socio-spatial practices, love and politics. She co-founded the Lacan Salon in 2007 and currently acts as its clinical director. She is an associate at the Institute for the Humanities at and registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.  

Len Findlay is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and a founding and ongoing member of the Indigenous Humanities Group at the University of Saskatchewan. Trained in nineteenth-century European elite and radical cultural theory and production, his more recent Canadianist work engages with the Indigenous/settler interface, historically and currently, the distinctiveness and endangerment of the humanities in Canada, and with connections and tensions between academic freedom and the decolonizing of Canadian universities.

Lenore Langsdorf is Professor Emerita at Stony Brook University and Research Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her work uses phenomenology, in the tradition stemming from the work of Edmund Husserl, with the current post-phenomenological (or, pragmatist phenomenological) orientation developed by Don Ihde. Her focus, within that tradition, is on sociopolitical phenomena and moral reasoning.

Johannes Maerk, PhD. University of Innsbruck Austria (Political Philosophy), is the Director of the Viennese Ideaz Institute, Professorial Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Lecturer at the University of Vienna, and Professor at the University of Quintana Roo, Mexico (leave of absence). His research interests are non-western and comparative social sciences (political thought, IR), epistemology, South-South relations, and development issues.

George Rammell was born in 1952 in Cranbrook. B.C. He studied at the Vancouver School of Art (ECUAD) from 1971–75 and has been active as a sculptor and art instructor since 1975. In addition to three European sculpture symposia Rammell has participated in 18 exhibitions including solo exhibitions at the Burnaby Art gallery and the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver. Rammell is currently immersed in a body of activist art in support of Indigenous nations who are opposed to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

Jerry Zaslove is a retired teacher and writer who studied Comparative Literature at Western Reserve University and the University of Washington. Since 1965, he has taught Literature, Humanities, and the Social History of Art at Simon Fraser University.