Bios of Speakers - Trent University

Shannon Bell
Shannon Bell is a Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada
Bell is a performance philosopher who lives and writes philosophy-in-action.
Her books include: Fast Feminism (2010), Reading, Writing and Rewriting the
Prostitute Body (1994); Whore Carnival (1995); Bad Attitude/s on Trial co-authored
(1997); Subversive Itinerary: The Thought of Gad Horowitz, co-edited (2013) and
New Socialisms co-edited (2004).
Jonathan Bordo
Jonathan Bordo has published widely in the areas of cultural theory, the arts and
literature with particular emphasis on pictorialism, landscape and contemporary
art, most recently “History Lessons: Imitation, Work and the Temporality of
Contemporary Art,” Art History 37|4 2014. “Cézanne’s Mont St. Victoire in the
Mystic North” is a bridge between The Specular Witness and The Landscape without
a Witness, books that still engage him. He is the director of the Cultural Studies
Doctoral Program at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada.
Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky is one of Canada's most respected photographers.
His remarkable photographs of industrialized landscapes are included in the
collections of over sixty museums around the world, including: the National Gallery
of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York,
The Tate Modern, London, National Gallery of Art and Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C., the Reina Sofia, Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art. Edward’s distinctions include the TED Prize, The Outreach award at the
Rencontres d’Arles, The Flying Elephant Fellowship, and the Roloff Beny Book
award. In 2006 he was awarded the title Officer of the Order of Canada and is the
recipient of six honorary doctorate degrees.
Robert Del Tredici
Robert Del Tredici is an artist, photographer, and teacher who has been tracking the
nuclear age sine 1979. His first book probed nuclear power through the partial meltdown
at Three Mile Island; his second, At Work in the Fields of the Bomb, documented the
culturally invisible US nuclear weapons complex. He founded The Atomic Photographers
Guild in 1987 and designed three books on the radioactive clean-up of America’s H-Bomb
factories for the US Department of Energy. He has also illustrated Herman Melville’s MobyDick and created collages (“Evolution Pages”) on the 9/11 Terror Wars. Del Tredici teaches
the History of Animated Film at Concordia University in Montreal; he has exhibited in
London, Stockholm, Semipalatinsk, Berlin, Essen, Hiroshima, Washington DC, Toronto,
Montreal, Ottawa, and Boulder.
Amanda Douberly
Amanda Douberley is Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and
Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her dissertation, “The
Corporate Model: Sculpture, Architecture, and the American City, 1946-1975”
(2015, University of Texas at Austin), situates post-war American sculpture in the
context of public relations practices and urban renewal. Amanda’s publications
include “The Memory Frame: Set in Stone, a Dialogue” (with Paul Druecke) in A
Companion to Public Art, edited by Harriet F. Senie and Cher Krause Knight (WileyBlackwell, forthcoming 2016) and “Claes Oldenburg’s Geometric Mouse,” Nierika: A
Journal of Art Studies (Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México, forthcoming
Laurence Dunne
D Laurence Dunne is a Phd candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Trent. He is
writing a dissertation entitled "Landscape, Event, Resistance: A Critical Topography
of the Commons," bringing together Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract,
a whale hunt in Nunavut in 1998, and the terrorist attacks on the Boston marathon
to bear on an inquiry into the commons and the way in which recent acts related to
public assembly especially in cities have evoked the commons as a repository for
memory in relationship to place (lieu de mémoire), shifting the burden from
landscape as the dominant paradigm for the perception of public space onto the
commons as articulating civic engagement through the undertaking a practice of
Paul Duro
Paul Duro is Professor of Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of
Rochester, NY. He has published articles on the theory and practice of imitation, the
sublime, art institutions, frame theory, the hierarchy of the genres, and travel
writing. His books, The Rhetoric of the Frame: Essays on the Boundaries of the
Artwork (1996), and The Academy and the Limits of Painting in Seventeenth-Century
France (1997), were both published by Cambridge University Press. A new edited
anthology of essays, Theorizing Imitation in the Visual Arts: Global Contexts, will be
published by Routledge momentarily.
Jennifer Dyer
Jennifer Dyer is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Memorial, and
director of Memorial's Interdisciplinary PhD Program and the Humanities
Graduate Program. Her research investigates repetiton in visual art, semiotics
and art history, visual culture and communication, feminist and queer theories
of communication, and philosophical aesthetics. She has written and lectured on
Newfoundland visual art, Warhol, Neo-Baroque theory, iteration in Bacon's
paintings, and the relation between art and ethics; she is presently writing a
monograph exploring the intersections of new media art, new models of
representation, and the contemporary female nude.
Christoph Ehland,
Christoph Ehland is Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies at the
University of Paderborn in Germany. He has published on Scottish writing of the
interwar period with a particular interest in the literary work of Lewis Grassic
Gibbon and John Buchan. Another area of his research focuses on the intersection
between writers’ lives, memory and literature. He is presently preparing a book on
this topic, The Writer’s Radiance. Image, Mind and Body of the Writer: Literary
Culture in England and Scotland, which explores the significance of the physical
traces of writers for literary culture. In addition he has worked on cultural
conceptions of space and mobility from the early modern period to the present.
Blake Fitzpatrick
Blake Fitzpatrick holds the position of Professor in the School of Image Arts,
Ryerson University. A photographer, curator and writer, his research interests
include the photographic representation of the nuclear era, visual responses to
contemporary militarism and the post-Cold War history, memory and mobility of
the Berlin Wall. He is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild and he has
exhibited his photo-based work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United
States and Europe. His writing and visual work have appeared in numerous journals
as well as the edited volume Camera Atomica (Black Dog Press, 2015).
Matthew Flintham
Matthew Flintham is an artist and writer specializing in the hidden geographies of
militarization, security and surveillance. He has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central
Saint Martins, an MA in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London
Consortium, and a PhD in Visual Communications from the Royal College of Art. His
work intersects academic and arts practices, exploring speculative relationships
between architecture, power and place, and the possibilities for arts methods to
reveal hidden or immaterial relations in the landscape. His research is featured in
the edited volume Militarized Landscapes: From Gettysberg to Salisbury Plain
(Continuum, 2010), Tate Papers (Issue 17), and Emerging Landscapes: Between
Production and Representation (Ashgate 2014). He lives in London.
Daniel Froidevaux
Daniel Froidevaux is a documentary filmmaker and artist whose work focuses on
themes of memory and history, technology and identity. He graduated from the
Master’s in Documentary Media Program at Ryerson University in 2011, and is
interested in the relationship between documentary and the contemporary avantgarde. In 2012, his short film, Little Castle, played the Montréal World Film Festival,
and showed in the group exhibition Art of the Archive at the Ryerson Image Centre.
The Quiet Zone, Froidevaux’s latest work with collaborator Elisa Gonzalez, has
showed at P.F.O.A.C. gallery in Montréal, and at Pleasuredome’s New Toronto Works.
The project is now being developed as a feature-length documentary film.
Vivien Green Fryd
Vivien Green Fryd, Professor in the History of Art Department at Vanderbilt
University, is the author of Art and Empire: The Politics of Ethnicity in the U.S. Capitol,
1815-1860 and Art and the Crisis of Marriage: Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper.
She recently completed “Against Our Will”: Representing Sexual Trauma in American
Art, 1970-2006. She was the Terra Visiting Professor, John F. Kennedy-Institut für
Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität, Berlin, fall 2012, where she began research
for another book about her uncle who left Germany because of the Holocaust and
became a photojournalist: “Writing Trauma:” Henry Ries’ Photographs of Berlin,
Elisa Gonzalez
Elisa Gonzalez is rooted in the fine arts and has been practicing as a photographer
and filmmaker for the past ten years. She has worked collaboratively on projects
ranging from experimental film to interpretive museum videos that have shown in a
variety of venues including Bravo! Television, International Film Festivals, and the
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum. Her work addresses
questions surrounding the inherent tension between memory and history, exploring
the poetic and experimental elements that become crucial points of reference in
contemporary documentary form. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
Gad Horowitz
Gad Horowitz, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto,
Canada. Horowitz does political theory from a series of shifting locations: Canadian
political culture, psychoanalysis, Buddhism, Judaic scholarship, and general
semantics. His books include: Canadian Labour in Politics (University of Toronto
Press, 1968), Repression: Basic and Surplus Repression in Psychoanalytic Theory:
Freud, Reich and Marcuse (University of Toronto Press, 1977), Difficult Justice:
Commentaries on Levinas and Politics (University of Toronto Press, 2006),
“Everywhere They Are in Chains”: Political Theory from Rousseau to Marx (Nelson
Canada, 1988).
Vid Ingelevics
Vid Ingelevics is a Toronto-based visual artist, independent curator and educator.
He currently teaches in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in both
graduate and undergraduate programs. His work, as artist and as curator, has been
seen across Canada, in the United States, in Europe and in Australia. His writing has
appeared in a variety of arts publications in Canada and in Europe.
Moritz Ingwersen
Moritz Ingwersen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Cultural Studies Department at Trent
University with a dissertation focus on the work of the American science fiction
author Neal Stephenson and the philosophy of Michel Serres. He is pursuing his
doctoral degree in a cotutelle arrangement with the University of Cologne where he
studied American Literature and Physics from 2005 to 2012. His research continues
to engage the intersections between literature and science with particular attention
to cybernetics, theories of space, thermodynamics, and media philosophy. His
presentations at international conferences have involved the work of J.G. Ballard,
H.P. Lovecraft, Erwin Schrödinger, Douglas Hofstadter, Gilles Deleuze and Heinz von
Randolph Jordan
Randolph Jordan is a Research Associate with the School of Communication at
Simon Fraser University in Vancouver where he is developing research
methodologies to address the enmeshing of media and place. He is writing a book
manuscript for Oxford University Press, entitled Reflective Audioviewing, in which he
develops the theoretical framework for thinking about film sound by way of acoustic
ecology. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at SFU in which he applied
this framework to a case study of the Vancouver soundscape on film. Results of this
research have been published in Organised Sound (Dec. 2012), Cinephile (Aug. 2014)
and the Cinephemera anthology (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014). This
research also informs his multimedia research/creation project “Bell Tower of False
Creek.” Author’s website:
Ihor Junyk,
Ihor Junyk is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at Trent University. His work
on World Literature and visual culture has appeared in leading humanities journals
such as Grey Room, Comparative Literature, and Modern Fiction Studies. He is the
author of "Foreign Modernism: Cosmopolitanism, Identity, and Style," published by
the University of Toronto Press.
David Kettler
David Kettler is Research Professor in Social Studies at Bard College and Professor
Emeritus in Political Studies at Trent University. His book publications in the past
five years are: Exile, Science, and Bildung: The Contested Legacies of German Emigre
Intellectuals. Co-edited with Gerhard Lauer; The Limits of Exile. Co-Edited with Zvi
Ben-Dor; Karl Mannheim and the Legacy of Max Weber. Retrieving a Research
Programme. Co-authored with Colin Loader and Volker Meja; Liquidation of
Exile. Studies in the Intellectual Emigration of the 1930s; Nach dem Krieg! - Nach dem
Exil? Erste Briefe/First Letters , Co-edited with Detlef Garz.
Jason LaFountain
Jason LaFountain is Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, and
Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With John Davis and Jennifer
Greenhill, he recently co-edited A Companion to American Art, a collection of thirtyfive new essays about the study of American art in the early 21st century, published
by Wiley-Blackwell. Jason received his PhD in history of art and architecture from
Harvard University in 2013; his dissertation, which he is currently revising for
publication, addresses the idea of life as a work of art as formulated in the literature
of Puritan practical theology.
Katy McCormick
Katy McCormick is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in
Documentary Media at Ryerson University. Her work examines social histories
embedded in landscapes. The Ash Garden: Hiroshima Under “A Rain of Ruin,” focuses
on narratives related to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima through a close reading of
documents, monuments, and sites. Nikkei Ground Zero: Revisiting American and
Canadian Japanese Internment, currently in progress, engages sites and communities
in both the US and Canada. Destinies Made Manifest: Reading the Washington Mall,
(2012), explores her American roots while probing the role of monuments in the
construction of historical narratives.
David McMillan
David McMillan has photographed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 18 times,
beginning in 1994, eight years after the nuclear accident. He has photographed
primarily in the city of Pripyat, which had been considered one of the finest cities in
which to live in the former Soviet Union. Once home to 45,000 people, mostly
employees at the nuclear power plant and their families, the accident rendered it
completely uninhabitable. Earlier this year, a selection of the photographs were
exhibited in Ottawa at the National Gallery's biennial.
Dr. Suresh S Narine
Dr. Suresh Narine holds the position of Professor in the Department of Physics &
Astronomy and Chemistry at Trent University and is the Director, of the Trent
Centre for Biomaterials Research; the Director of the Institute of Applied Science
and Technology (Guyana) and Senior NSERC/GFO/ERS Industrial Research Chair in
Lipid Derived Biomaterials. Narine is also the Ontario Research Chair in Green
Chemistry and Engineering.
Rehab Nazzal
Rehab Nazzal is a Palestinian-born multidisciplinary artists based in Toronto and
London, Ontario. Her video, photography, and sound work deal with violations of
human rights and violence of colonialism and war. Nazzal’s work has been shown in
Canada and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions and screenings. She is
currently a PhD candidate at Western University (London, ON). She holds an MFA
from Ryerson University, a BFA from the University of Ottawa, and a BA in
Economics from Damascus University (Syria). Nazzal is a recipient of SSHRC
doctoral award and a multiple time recipient of Ontario Graduate scholarship.
Margaret Olin
Margaret Olin is Senior Research Scholar with appointments at Yale Divinity School
as well as the Department of Religious Studies, the Program in Judaic Studies and
the Department of the History of Art. Her most recent book is Touching Photographs
(University of Chicago, 2012). She also co-edits, with Steven Fine, Vivian B. Mann,
and Maya Balakirsky-Katz the journal Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual
Culture. In 2012 she curated the multi-venue exhibition Shaping Community: Poetics
and Politics of the Eruv at Yale University, to which she contributed the photographic
installations “Urban Bricolage” and “No Carry Zone.”
Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Vincenzo Pietropaolo is a social documentary photographer whose life-long mission
has been to document Canada’s immigrant communities, working class culture, and
social justice issues. Pietropaolo has distinguished himself as a photographic
bookmaker, mixing photographs and his own original writing. He has published
seven books on subjects such migrant farm works and people with disabilities. He
has exhibited internationally, and his work is currently featured in the Canadian
Museum for Human Rights. Long interested in academic-based research on
photography, he is pursuing a MFA. He is currently working on a retrospective book
about the Good Friday procession in Toronto’s Italian community.
Mark Ruwedel
Mark Ruwedel (b. 1954, American, Canadian citizen) received an MFA in
photography in 1983 from Concordia University, Montreal, where he taught through
2000. After a few years in Vancouver, in 2002 Ruwedel relocated to teach at
California State University in Long Beach. His work has been exhibited
internationally and is included in major museum collections, among them the
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; and Tate Modern, London,
England. Ruwedel is represented by Gallery Luisotti in Los Angeles, Galerie Art 45 in
Montreal, Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, and Galerie Françoise Paviot in Paris. He
presently divides his time between Long Beach and Refuge Cove, British Columbia.
Marc Shell
Marc Shell, a Canadian from the islands of Montreal QC and Grand Manan NB, is
Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and American Studies at
Harvard University. His books include The Economy of Literature (Hopkins 1978)
Money Language & Thought (California 1982), The End of Kinship (Stanford 1986),
Children of the Earth (Oxford 1993), Art & Money (Chicago 1995), American Babel
(Harvard 2002), and Polio and Its Aftermath (Harvard 2005), Stutter (Harvard
(2006), and Wampum (Illinois 2013). Two forthcoming books in cultural
topographies (McGill) focus on Montreal and Grand Manan.
Christoph Singer
Christoph Singer is an assistant professor in the Department of British Literary and
Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn, Germany. In 2012 he finished his
dissertation on literary represenations of shorelines as liminal spaces. Other
research interests include waiting as a cultural practice, spatial practices, and early
modern culture and literature.
Don Snyder
Don Snyder has an extensive background in photographic history, critical studies
and curation. A professor at the Ryerson University School of Image Arts since 1980,
he has taught in the York-Ryerson Communication and Culture program, and in
Ryerson’s graduate programs in Photographic Preservation and Collections
Management and Documentary Media, and served as Chair of the School from 2005
to 2010. Before joining the Ryerson faculty, he was Curator of Photography at the
Addison Gallery of American Art, where he originated the museum’s photography
exhibition program and curated exhibitions on the work of Eugene Richards, Bruce
Davidson and Jerry Uelsmann, among others.
Cyrus Sundar Singh
Cyrus Sundar Singh is a multiple award-winning filmmaker, composer, songwriter,
and published poet. From his documentary debut Film Club to music videos and
television series his productions have taken him around the world including India,
Spain, Israel and Haiti. A native of Chennai, India, living and working in Toronto,
Cyrus continues to bridge his different worlds effortlessly while maintaining an
original and unique style. He is currently a MFA student in the Documentary Media
program at Ryerson University.
Dr. Chris Thurgar-Dawson
Dr. Chris Thurgar-Dawson is Head of English Studies at Teesside University, UK.
With Prof. Christoph Ehland he co-edits the international book series, Spatial
Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series in Cultural History, Geography and Literature
(Rodopi / Brill 2006-2015). Chris has published widely on spatial practices and
cultural geography and has specific interests in the scholarly reception of criticalcreative writing, critical theories of space and place, and chorological readings of
literary and cultural texts. Recent work has focused on the fiction of Don DeLillo and
Ian McEwan, explorations of cross-over writing in text and teaching, and ideas
interrogating the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in mapping
the humanities. He is an active member of the Critical Topographies research group
(Trent University) and of the Institute of Design, Culture and the Arts (Teesside
University) and is currently working on an edited collection of critical essays on the
spatial writings of Georges Perec.
Pierre Tremblay
Interdisciplinary artist Pierre Tremblay came to the School of Image Arts at Ryerson
University as an Associate Professor after twelve years in Paris where his work can
be found in the collections of the Musée Carnavalet, Bibliothèque nationale and the
Musée Rodin. His artistic practice, combining new technologies and video, questions
the world in flux, how we see and perceive and this work has been exhibited
regularly in Canada and France. In his role at Ryerson, Tremblay has facilitated
conferences and edited books that have brought scholars and artists from Ontario,
Quebec and France together for cross-cultural exchange on a variety of new media
Peter C. van Wyck
Peter C. van Wyck is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Concordia
University in Montréal. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer with an
abiding interest in the theoretical and practical relations between culture,
nature, environment, landscape, memory and waste. His most recent
book, The Highway of the Atom (McGill-Queen’s) is a theoretical and
archival investigation tracing the origins of the atomic bomb in Canada’s North.
In addition to a variety of articles, book chapters, critical reviews and creative texts,
he is author of Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear
Threat (Minnesota, 2005), and Primitives in the Wilderness: Deep Ecology and the
Missing Human Subject (SUNY, 1997). His current projects concern nuclear waste
and repositories, atomic media and the Anthropocene; landscape in the wake of
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