Alumni PhD

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 nineteenth 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 departmental profile page and her academia.edu page. She blogs about her research at The Floating Academy, and posts about it on Twitter.

Amy De’Ath

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

Selected Publications:

My Leverhulme Trust funded dissertation analyzes an increasingly explicit concern in twenty-first century feminist poetry with the material conditions produced by late capitalist modes of value-production. I demonstrate 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 argue 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.

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)

Myka Tucker-Abramson

Dr. 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 postdoctoral fellow 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]

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