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Episode 63: Rhetoric and Pedagogy — with Dan Adleman

July 21, 2020

On this episode of Below the Radar, our host Am Johal sits down with Dan Adleman, an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Toronto. He has also previously taught at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design. Dan received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2016, in his dissertation he explores new rhetorical approaches to American fiction grappling with the emergence of a new media environment at the turn of the millennium. Alongside Am Johal, he is the co-founder of Vancouver Institute for Social Research, a non-profit graduate-level critical theory free school run out of the Or Gallery since 2013. 

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Dan Adleman

Daniel Adleman was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After acquiring his undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Manitoba, he moved to Akita, Japan, where he taught English and studied Japanese. He eventually moved to Vancouver to study English Language and Literature at the University of British Columbia while he worked as a freelance journalist. Upon receiving his Master’s Degree, he decided to enroll in UBC’s English PhD program, receiving his doctorate in 2016. His PhD dissertation explores new-rhetorical approaches to American fiction grappling with the emergence of a new media environment at the turn of the millennium. In 2012, impelled by his passion for learning and community-building, Daniel co-founded the Vancouver Institute for Social Research (VISR), a critical theory free school situated in downtown Vancouver. Since that time, VISR has hosted lecture series on subjects ranging from sovereignty to new media theory to theories of violence. In 2017, he left his post as VISR’s co-director to take up a teaching position at the University of Toronto’s Innis College. Daniel has taught Rhetoric and Composition, English Literature, and Media Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design. His writing has appeared in Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas, Canadian Literature, The Part of No Part Catalogue, The Western Front Catalogue, Discorder Magazine, Tooth and Dagger Magazine, and The Republic of East Vancouver. He is currently writing a book about new conjunctures of media theory, rhetoric, and political thought.


Below the Radar is a weekly podcast hosted by Am Johal. We talk environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests. Hosted on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, this podcast is produced by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement as a part of our Knowledge Democracy Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities.

Below the Radar is a weekly podcast hosted by Am Johal. We talk environmental and social justice, arts, culture, community-building and urban issues with featured guests. Hosted on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, this podcast is produced by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement as a part of our Knowledge Democracy Project @ 312 Main — encouraging the meaningful exchange of ideas and information across communities.