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CONFERENCES & LECTURES

INVITED LECTURES

2013    L’industrie de l’humour stand-up canadienne-anglaise comme champ de production culturelle. Invited presentation for the Observatoire de l’humour colloquium L’humour sens dessus dessous, Université de Québec à Montréal, Montréal QC, November 27.

2010    La nation qui fait rire: Le festival Juste pour Rire et la production de l’humour canadienne. Invited presentation for Soirées conférences, Université Sainte-Anne, Churchpoint NS, November 4.

2008    Funny – But is it (English) Canadian: CBC Variety Comedy and the Nation-building Project. Guest speaker presented as part of the Cultural Studies Lab Series in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, March 3.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

2014   T’es pas sérieux?: Les politiques ambivalentes d’humour et des humoristes. Presented at the World Congress of the International Political Science Association, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal QC. July 19-25.

2014    Bordering on Ambivalence: Exploring Tensions in Career Trajectories for Canadian Stand-up Comedians. Presented at Cultural Crossings: Production, Consumption and Reception across the Canada-US Border. University of Nottingham, June 20-22.

2014    Mapping Art and Culture in the Waterloo Region as Part of a Regional Growth Strategy. Presented at Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories. University of Coimbra, May 28-30. Co-authored with Abby Goodrum (WLU).

2014   Investment in Culture as a Strategy for Creative Worker Retention in Canada’s Waterloo Region. Presented at PopKongress: Managing Popular Culture?, Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe Germany, January 30-February 1.

2014   Culture as a Strategic Good in the Waterloo Region. Presented at the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies/L’Association canadienne des études culturelles, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON, January 16-18.

2013   ‘We weren’t hip, downtown people’: The Kids in the Hall, the Rivoli, and the Queen Street West scene. Presented at the Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, June 5-7.

2013   The Role of Seriousness in Humour Production. Presented at You Can’t be Serious: The 2013 John Douglas Taylor Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton ON, May 14-17.

2013    Canadian Comedians as Celebrity Exports (Expats?). Presented at Popular Culture Association of Canada, Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls ON, May 9-11.

2012    Single Awkward Female: Debra DiGiovanni and the Rise of the Female Stand-up Comic in Canadian Popular Culture. Presented at Canadian Women’s Studies Association/L’Association canadienne des études sur les femmes, Wilfrid Laurier University/University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON, May 26-29.

2012   Navigating the Boys Club: Female Stand-up Comedians and the Negotiations of Gendered Spaces in the Canadian Comedy Industry. Presented at Popular Culture Association of Canada/Association de culture populaire du Canada, Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls ON, May 10-12.

2011   The Production of Everyday Culture. Presented at Canadian Association of Cultural Studies/L’Association canadienne des études culturelles, McGill University, Montréal QC, November 4-6.

2011    Humour and the Negotiation of National Identity. Presented at Cyfrwng 2011: International Conference on Media and Culture in Small Nations, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff Wales. June 16-17.

2011    The Cultural Critique of Gender Parody in Canadian Sketch Comedy. Presented at Comedy and Conflict: 5th Annual International Comedy Conference, University of Salford, Manchester, UK, June 2-3.

2010    Cultural Policy and the Urban Carnival Industry. Presented at the Canadian Communication Association, Concordia University, Montréal QC, June 1-3.

2009    Methodology of a Bird Course: Thinking about Pop Culture. Presented at TransCanada3: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship, Mount Allison University, Sackville NB, July 17.

2009   Just for Laughs: Selling Laughter at the Intersections of Nations, Media and Industry. Presented at the Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa ON, May 29.

2007   Thomson Highway: Parody, Exploitation, and the Native Celebrity Author. Presented at Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Annual Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, October 26.

2007   The Aristocrats!: Comedy, Grotesqueries and Political Inversions of the Masculine Code. Presented at the Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, June 1.

2007   Play Like Girls!: Hockey, Team Canada and the Crisis of Masculinity. Presented at Canada and the League of Nations, Victoria BC, April 21.

2006   Culture Jamming and Democracy in the Mainstream Media. Presented at Studies in Political Economy Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto ON, February 23.

2005   Irony, Parody, and Popular Culture: Identity Politics in the Sketch Comedy Work of Scott Thompson. Presented at Queer Communities & Controversies Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto ON, June 17.

GUEST LECTURES

2013   Humour and Society. Guest lecture in the School of Media and Design (COMM1830) at Conestoga College, Kitchener ON, March 5 and 7.

2010   Case Studies and Mixed Methodologies: Applying Method to the Study of Cultural Events. Guest lecture in the Department of Sociology (SOC210) at Queen’s University, Kinston ON, November 23.

2009   Comedy and Popular Media in Canada. Guest lecture in the School of Communication (CMNS 304) at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

2014   Presentation to the City of Kitchener Art and Culture Advisory Council. “The Smart Region Initiative and the Role of Culture in Regional Development and City Building.” Conestoga Room – Kitchener City Hall. January 21.

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