Kirsten McAllister

Associate Professor

T: 778-782-6917
E: kmcallis@sfu.ca
Room: K9660

education

  • Ph.D. (Sociology) Carleton University, Canada
  • M.A. (Communication) Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • B.A. (Geography) Simon Fraser University, Canada

Currently Teaching

Courses

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.

publications

Books

  • McAllister, Kirsten (2010) Terrain of Memory: A Japanese Canadian Memorial Project: University of British Columbia Press.
  • Kuhn, Annette and Kirsten McAllister (eds) (2006) Locating Memory: Photographic Acts. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.

Chapters and Articles

  • McAllister, Kirsten E. (under review) “Extraterritorial Spaces of Exclusion: Art, Asylum Seekers and Spatial Practices in the City of Glasgow”, Visual Studies.
  • McAllister, Kirsten Emiko and Roy Miki (2012) “Between the Photograph and the Poem: A Dialogue on Poetic Practice,” Canadian Journal of Communication, 37:1, pp. 217-236.
  • McAllister, Kirsten Emiko (2011) “Memoryscapes of Postwar British Columbia: A Look of Recognition,” in Cultivating Canada: Cultivating Canada Through the Lens of Cultural DiversityAboriginal Healing Foundation, Volume III, edited by Ashok Mathur, Jonathan Dewar, and Mike DeGagné, Ottawa. Aboriginal Healing Foundation, pp. 419-444.
  • McAllister, Kirsten Emiko (2011) “Asylum in the Home Territories: Crossing the Zones of Desire,” Space and Culture, pp. 165-182.
  • McAllister, Kirsten E. (2011)  “Introduction” and Guest Editor of  the Special Issue, “Transnational Publics: Art and Asylum in Glasgow,” West Coast Line 68(2).
  • McAllister, Kirsten E. (2011) “The Creative Margins of Glasgow: Process-based Art, Asylum Seekers and Housing Estates; An Interview with Iseult Timmermans,” West Coast Line 68(2), pp. 128-147.
  • McAllister, Kirsten Emiko (2010) “Archival Memories” in James Opp and John Walsh (eds) Remembering Place, Vancouver: UBC Press, 214-246.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (2008) “Representations of Genocide in Hotel Rwanda and Sometimes in April: Narratives of Reconciliation or Closure?” in Michael Keren (ed) The Popularization of War Memory. Jefferson, NS: McFarland Press.
  • McAllister, Kirsten Emiko (2008) “Virilio: Mimesis, Mourning and Modern Technology,“ Canadian Journal of Communication. 33:4, pp. 567-589.
  • McAllister, Kirsten and Roy Miki (2008) in Fred Wah (ed) “‘Always Slippage’: an Interview on a Collage/Poem in Process,” West Coast Line: Miki; Special Issue, 57, pp. 149-160.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (2008) “Human Trafficking: Bridging the Geopolitical Divide at Home in Canada” in Zoë Druick and Aspa Kotsopoulos (eds) Border Fictions: Canadian Television, University of Wilfred Laurier Press, pp. 311-332.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (2008) “Between Generations: Landscapes of Memory” in Rita Wong and Jo-Anne Lee (eds) “Active Geographies” Special Issue of West Coast Line 58, pp. 122-138.
  • Kuhn, Annette and Kirsten Emiko McAllister (2006) “Introduction to Locating Memory”, in Annette Kuhn and Kirsten McAllister (eds) Locating Memory: Photographic Acts, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books pp. 1-17.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (2006) “Stories of Escape: Family Photographs from World War Two Internment Camps” in Annette Kuhn and McAllister, Kirsten (eds) Locating Memory: Photographic Acts, Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 81-110.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (2006) “Photographs of a Japanese Canadian Interment Camp: Mourning Loss and Invoking a Future”, Visual Studies, 21(2), pp. 133-156.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (2002) “Held Captive: the Postcard and the Icon” in Jerald Zaslove and Martha Langford (eds), West Coast Line: Writing, Images and Criticism: Special Issue on Photography Autobiographical Memory and Cultural Literacy, 35(1), pp. 20-40.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (2001) “Spaces of Possibility: Jery Zaslove as a Teacher”in Ian Angus (ed) Anarcho-Modernism: Towards a New Critical Theory. Vancouver: Talon Books, pp. 201-206.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (2001) “Captivating Debris: Unearthing a World War Two Internment Camp” in Jackie Stacey and Sara Ahmed (eds) Cultural Values: Special Edition on Testimonial Culture, 5(1), pp. 97-114.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (1999) “Narrating Japanese Canadians In and Out of the Canadian Nation,” Canadian Journal of Communication, 24, pp. 79-103.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (1994) “Confronting Official History with Our Own Eyes: Video Documentary in the Japanese Canadian Community,” Roy Miki and Fred Wah (eds), West Coast Line: Colour, An Issue, 13/14, Spring-Fall, pp. 66-84.
  • McAllister, Kirsten (1992) “Asians in Hollywood ,” CineAction, 30, Winter, pp. 8-13.

conferences, events and associations

Conferences

  • *McAllister, Kirsten, “Experimental Asian Canadian Art and Tracing Traumatic Transpacific Memories,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference, Singapore, July 2013.
  • McAllister, Kirsten, “Social Documentary Photography and Refugees: The Problem of Eyewitnessing and Enacting Relations of Empathy,” Canadian Communication Association, Annual Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, June 2013.
  • McAllister, Kirsten, “Visualizing Spaces of Exclusion: from the Dead Spaces of Modernity to the Degenerate Spaces of Transnationalism,” Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Paris, July 2012.
  • McAllister, Kirsten and Ayaka Yoshimizu, “Bringing Memories into a Transpacific Dialogue: A Photograph Where Memories Meet,” Canadian Communication Association, Annual Conference, Waterloo, Ont., May 2012.
  • McAllister, Kirsten, “Opening Up Spaces of Exclusion: Transnational Visual Practices,” Canadian Communication Association, Annual Conference, Waterloo, Ont., May 2012.
  • “The Perils of Institutionalization: the Undisciplined Asian Canadian Subject,” Opening Plenary Panel (with Roy Miki) for the National Workshop for Asian Canadian Graduate Students Workshop, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, June 26, 2011.
  • “Outside of Time on the Margins of the City: Asylum, the Photograph and Empathetic Vision,” Invited SSHRC Workshop, Photography, Mobility, Intermediality, the 12th Conference organized by the Centre for Research in Intermediality, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, April 2011.
  • “Theorizing Memory and Spaces Displacement: Photographic Images of Incarceration,” Keynote Address, “Making Space: A Graduate conference on the Shifting Concept of Space in Studies of Art and Visual Culture,” Art History Graduate Student Association of Concordia University, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, March 2011.
  • “Outside of Time: Asylum and Re-imaging the City of Glasgow,” Canadian Communication Association, Annual Conference, June 2010.
  • “Discourses of Exclusion and Inclusion: Public Art and Refugees,” Public Lecture, Lancaster University, England, October 2009.
  • “Moving from the National Past to the Transnational Present/Presence in Canada,” TransCanada 3, Sackville, New Brunswick, July 2009.
  • “Temporal Movements: From Historical Displacements to Transnational Flow,” Screen, Glasgow,Scotland, July 2009.
  • “Pacific Visions: Tracing the movement of memory between North America and Asia,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Tokyo, Japan, May 2009.
  • “Researching and Writing In Academia: Outside Identity,” National Association of Japanese Canadians’ Japanese Canadian Redress: Reflecting the Past in the Present, Vancouver, September 2008.
  • “Reading Photographs from the Archive in the Japanese Canadian National Museum: a Repository of Memory Fragments,” Remembering Place SSHRC Workshop, Carleton University, Ottawa, July 2008 (invited presenter).
  • “Bearing Witness: Refugees and Experiences of Persecution Refugees and Visual Art Projects in Scotland” Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migrations Studies Conference, Toronto, June 2008 (invited).
  • “The Role of the Arts in Civil Society: Asylum Seekers in Glasgow and Edinburgh,” Canadian Communication Association, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 2008.
  • “An Absence of “Race and Cultural Politics” in Canadian Refugee Studies?” The “Canada as Refuge?” Conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, May 2008.
  • “Asylum Seekers and Collaborative Arts Projects in Scotland,” Displacements Borders, Mobility and Statelessness Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, March 2008.
  • “Refugees in the United Kingdom: Film Imagery.”Forced Migration Workshop, York University, York, (invited presenter), November 2007.
  • “Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion: Asylum in Scotland,” UDC, Vancouver, October 2007.
  • “Recovery Work or Memory Work: the Problems of Reifying the Past,” Beyond Race: 1907 Race Riot Anniversary, UBC, SFU and UVic, Harbour Centre, Vancouver, September 2007 (invited presenter).
  • “The Politics of Lineage: Asian Canadian Scholarship and Activism,”Redress Express Symposium, Vancouver, Centre A and the Chinese Cultural Centre, July 2007 (invited presenter).
  • “’Gypo’ and Asylum in the Home Territories: Narratives of Escape and Containment,” Screen, University of Glasgow, July 2007.
  • “Discourses of Evil: An Assessment of Popular Films on Genocide,” Canadian Communication Association, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 2007.
  • “Writing, Remembering and Reconfiguring the Past in the Present,” Serial Accommodations: Diasporic Asian Women’s Writing, University of British Columbia, March 2007 (invited presenter).
  • “The Popularization of Evil: Competing Discourses on Ethnic Cleansing,” The Popularization of War Memory Workshop, The University of Calgary Faculty of Communication and Culture Center for Military and Strategic Studies, November 2006 (invited presenter).
  • “‘Human Cargo’: Global Connections in Canadian Living Rooms,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Vancouver, March 2006.“ Japanese Canadian Visual Records: Re-reading Family Memories,” Virtually American? Denationalizing North American Studies, University of Siegen, Germany, October 2005 (invited presenter).
  • “Temporal Displacements: Landscape Photographs in the Camps,” Association of Asian American Studies, Los Angeles, April, 2005.
  • “Fantasies of Code, Death and Life: Black Hawk Down and Fallen Angels,” Technology and Cinema, Lancaster University , Lancaster , United Kingdom , April 2005, England.
  • “The Photograph as a Fetish,” Unconscious and Culture II, University of East London, London, United Kingdom, July 2004.
  • “Photography and Surveillance: Inhabiting Landscapes of Confinement,”Translating Class, Altering Hospitality, Leeds University, Leeds, United Kingdom, June 2002.
  • “Disappearance and Disruption: the Family Photograph in the Community Archive,” Re-imagining Communities, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom, May 2002.
  • “The Chronotopes of the Past: the Memorial versus the Archival Map,” Space, Culture, Power. Aberdeen University , Aberdeen , Scotland , April, 2001.

grants

  • Social Science and Humanities Research Insight Grant, “Transpacific Memories: Moving from the Trauma of Canada’s National Past to the Transnational Present, 2013-2016.
  • National Association of Japanese Canadians, Winnipeg, Funding for “Tracing the Lines: Tracing the Lines: A Symposium on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics to Honour Roy Miki”, 2008.
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Standard Grant, “Public Discourses of Fear and Containment: Refugees in Canada and Scotland”, 2006-2010.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, “Re-presentations of Everyday Life in Internment Camps:  Hostile Environments or Familiar Landscapes?”, 2000-2002.
  • British Academy, co-applicant, “Locating Memory: Photographic Acts, An International Symposium,” 2001.
  • Lancaster University Small Grants, co-applicant, “Locating Memory: Photographic Acts, an International Symposium”.
  • Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire War Memorial Scholarship, 1998-1999.
  • Carleton University Graduate Bursary, 1999.
  • Carleton University Ph.D. Award, 1997-1998.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1997-1998.
  • National Association of Japanese Canadians Special Projects Award,  1996.
  • Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship, 1995.
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council Fellowship, “Constructing Ethnicity as Collective Political Identity:  The Case of the Post-WWII Japanese Canadian Community”, 1994-1997.

research

  • Visual culture
  • Cultural memory
  • Political violence
  • Photography, memorials, multi-media art, interviews, field work
  • Asylum and displaced populations
  • Japanese/Asian Canadian cultural studies

Selected Research Grants

  • Social Science and Humanities Research Insight Grant, “Transpacific Memories: Moving from the Trauma of Canada’s National Past to the Transnational Present, 2013-2016.
  • National Association of Japanese Canadians, Winnipeg, Funding for “Tracing the Lines: Tracing the Lines: A Symposium on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics to Honour Roy Miki”, 2008.
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Standard Grant, “Public Discourses of Fear and Containment: Refugees in Canada and Scotland”, 2006-2010.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, “Re-presentations of Everyday Life in Internment Camps:  Hostile Environments or Familiar Landscapes?”, 2000-2002.
  • British Academy, co-applicant, “Locating Memory: Photographic Acts, An International Symposium,” 2001.
  • Lancaster University Small Grants, co-applicant, “Locating Memory: Photographic Acts, an International Symposium”.
  • Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire War Memorial Scholarship, 1998-1999.
  • Carleton University Graduate Bursary, 1999.
  • Carleton University Ph.D. Award, 1997-1998.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1997-1998.
  • National Association of Japanese Canadians Special Projects Award,  1996.
  • Canadian Japanese Mennonite Scholarship, 1995.
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council Fellowship, “Constructing Ethnicity as Collective Political Identity:  The Case of the Post-WWII Japanese Canadian Community”, 1994-1997.