Scholarly Activities

Visiting Professor, Centre for Human Animal Studies, Edge Hill University, UK, 2017-2020.

Visiting Scholar, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London,  2016-2017.

G.G. Robinson Book Prize, Canadian Communications Association, 2010, for North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space, 2009.

Award of Merit, Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), 2010.

Visiting Scholar, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, 2010.

Visiting Associate Professor, “Interface as Pedagogy: Residence in Digital Theory, Critical Learning, and Environmentalism.’ Centre for Education, Culture and Identity, University of British Columbia, 2007.

Graduate Teaching Award Nomination, York University, 2005.

“Who’s Who in CMC,” Top Ten Internet Researchers, University of Washington (Seattle) 2004.

Co-Recipient, Heritage Toronto Community Award, for Friends of a New Park (See “Signs of a New Park,”) 2003.

[Long Term Disability Leave 1998-2004]

Inaugural Scholar in Residence, Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy, Griffith and Queensland University, Brisbane, 1996.

Visiting Associate Professor.  Media Studies, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, 1996-7.

Writer in Residence, Leighton Colony, Banff Centre for Fine Arts, 1992.

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries

“Space,” Place,” “Mobility.”  New Keywords: A Revised Encyclopedia of Culture and Society. Ed. Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg and Meaghan Morris.  London: Open University/Blackwell, 2005.

“Radio in Canada.”  Garland Encylopaedia of World Music: The United States and Canada. Ed. Edith Koskoff.  Garland Press, 2001.

“Weather, Climate and the Media.”  Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate.  Ed. Steven Schneider. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

“Government and Music,” “The Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee” and (with Will Straw), “The Music Industries.”  Encylopaedia of Music in Canada, 2nd Edition. Ed. H. Kallman, G. Potvin and J. Winters.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.

Non-Refereed Public Contributions

Public talk on Virtual Menageries, Toronto Public Library, October 2019.

“A Day in the Life: Seeing (Extinct) Animals Online.”  Blog post., 2017.

Founder, Website associated with “Digital Animalities” SSHRC Grant:

“Transforming the University Apparatus.”  Invited contributor, Day 98.  The 100 Days Alternative Listening Tour (online). University of Western Ontario, 2015.

Founder and webkeeper, TAB: Take Academia Back! (FB, 1550 members)

Inteviews: Michael Valpy, Globe and Mail; Toronto Star; Chum FM; etc.

Non Refereed Book Chapters

“The Next Thing You Buy.”  David Hlynsky, Window Shopping Behind the Iron Curtain. London: Thames and Hudson 2015.

Art Catalogue Essays

Introduction, Digital Animalities: The Exhibition.  Edited by Matthew Brower and Carmen Victor. Public, 2021. (In press).

“Lecture Notes” in Lecture Notes. Ingrid Jenkner and Jody Berland, Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery Press, 2005.

“Walkerton: The Memory of Matter.” N, Locus Plus, Newcastle-on-Thyme, 2000.

“Valuing the View” in Paysage(s) de la video, Galerie UQAM, 1994

“Condemned to Meaning: sex, gender, knowledge, pain” in RX: Let’s Play Doctor, edited by Monika Gagnon, Vancouver/Toronto: Artspeak and Power Plant, 1993

“Fire and Flame, Lightning and Landscape: Tourism and Nature in Banff, Alberta” in Between Views and Points of View, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, 1991

Invited Lectures

“A Day in the Life: Animals in Social Media.”  Requiem for the Cryosphere, Goldsmiths, University of London, April 2017.

“Medium Theory and the Ghost of the Giraffe.”  Centre for Human Animal Studies, Edge Hill University, 2017.

“Going to the Birds: Birdsong in Affective Networks.”  Goldsmiths, University of London; November 2016.

“Going to the Birds: Birdsong in Affective Networks” Cardiff University, School of Media, Journalism, and Cultural Studies, October 2016.

“Visitor’s Guide to the Virtual Menagerie.” The Semiotic Circle, University of Toronto, 2013.

 “Doing cultural studies.” Invitational Workshop. University of Winnipeg, 2011

“Hybrid Menageries.”  Film and Media Studies Colloquium.  University of California at Santa Barbara, 2011.

“Hybrid Menageries.” Cultural and Media Studies. New School, New York, 2010.

‘Hello Kitty: The Work of Nature in the Age of Digital Communication.”

“Cat and Mouse; Iconographies of Nature and Desire.” Art History and Visual Art, UBC, 2007.

Indigenous Knowledges and the Environment. Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver November 2007.

Invited Plenary Talks

Funny not funny: Canadian television ” (tentative title). Japanese Association of Canadian Studies, September 2021.

“Social Lives Through Images: A Speculative History of the Nonhuman.”  Opening Plenary Address, International Visual Sociology Association, Montreal, 2017. 

 “Music and the Environment: Doing the Monster Mash.”  Keynote Plenary Address. International Association for the Study of Popular Music, McGill University, 2011

 “The Work of the Beaver.”  Plenary Panel. Material Cultures, University of Ottawa, 2011

“The Public Life of Cultural Studies.” Plenary Roundtable. Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Annual Conference, McGill University, 2009.

“Spatial Narratives in the Canadian Imaginary.” Keynote Plenary speaker. [Dis]Arming Canada: Protest, Conflict and (Un)Steady States.  6th Annual Trent-Carleton Graduate Student Conference in Canadian Studies, 14 November 2009.

“Animal and/as Medium: Symbolic Work in Communicative Regimes.”  Plenary speaker. Technology, Culture, and Society.  Northeastern University, Boston, 2008.

“Where is Environmental Cultural Studies?” Plenary Session: What is environmental cultural studies, Symposium on Environment and Culture, FES/York University, Toronto, 2005.

“Postmusics.”  Plenary Speaker, Sonic Synergies, University of Adelaide, 2005, via satellite.

Editorial Positions

Editor, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 1998-2015  

Co-Edited Journal Theme Issues, with Editorial Introductions.

The Politics of Evidence.  Canada Watch, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies Annual Journal, 2015.

The Financialized Imagination. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies # 30-31, 2013-14, with Max Haiven.

Cultures of Militarization.  TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies #26, 2010, with Blake Fitzpatrick, co-published as a book.

Culture and Technology.  TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 11, 2004, with Gary Genosko and Bob Hanke.

Music and Memory. TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 6, 2001, with William Echard.

Technoscience. New Formations (UK) 29: 1996, with Sarah Kember.

Environmental Matters.  Cultural Studies 8.2, 1994, with Jennifer Daryl Slack.

Techno-Ecologies.  New Formations 8, 1994.