Adrienne L. Burk

Senior Lecturer, Sociology & Anthropology / Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, retired
Sociology & Anthropology / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Adrienne Burk, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology, received her BA in Organizational Dynamics/Cross Cultural Studies from Antioch University, and her PhD in Geography from SFU. Her work has concentrated on the uses of public space to challenge dominant social narratives. A secondary research focus is on boundaries/initiations/ and exclusions in both material and discursive domains. Linked to this is her position as the faculty liaison within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on issues of writing, teaching, and learning. Dr. Burk retired in May of 2014.


PhD (Geography), Simon Fraser University
BA (Cross-cultural Communications), Antioch University

Areas of Interest

Public space, monuments, and imagined communities; politics of visibility; geographical fictions; critical adult education; writing.

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • [review, 2011 in Canadian Journal for Study of Adult Education 24 (1)] Carnell, E. et al. (2008) Passion and Politics: Academics Reflect on Writing for Publication, Institute of Education, University of London.
  • [review, 2010, in Canadian Journal for Study of Adult Education 23 (1)] Dunlap, L. (2007) Undoing the Silence: Six Tools for Social Change Writing, New Village Press.
  • (2006)  'Beneath and before: continuums of publicness in public art', Social & Cultural Geography, (7) 6, 949 — 964
  • (2006) In Sight, Out of View: A Tale of Three Monuments Antipode 38 (1) 41–58
  • (2006) Do the Write Thing in Teaching for Change: Fostering Transformative Learning in the Classroom New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education (109)  Wiley Periodicals, Inc. 79-89
  • (2005) Afflicting the Comfortable [review] Don Mitchell. The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space. New York: Guilford Press. Published by: H-Urban

Awards & Funding

  • Teaching and Learning Development Grant (2011-12) co-held with Dr. Dara Culhane
  • University Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for three years effective 1 September, 2011
  • Dean’s Convocation Medal (2003)
  • SSHRC Fellowship (1999-2003) A Politics of Visibility: Public Space, Monuments, and Social Memory