Category Archives: Faculty

Read an excerpt from Dr. Sarah Tolmie’s novel

You can read an excerpt from Dr. Sarah Tolmie‘s latest novel, The Little Animals, online. Described by Ursula LeGuin as “vibrant with life and activity, fascinating in its strangeness and its familiarity,” the novel is the story of the 17th-century Delft scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek–and a mysterious goose girl. And if you haven’t read The Art of Dying, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, it might make an excellent complement to autumn.


How well do you know our faculty?

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A late summer quiz: how well do you know us?

  1. Who has published on neoliberalism and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
  2. Who has a research grant from Women’s College Hospital?
  3. Who wrote ” ‘We Weren’t Hip, Downtown People’: The Kids in the Hall, the Rivoli and the Nostalgia of the Queen West Scene’”?
  4. Which faculty member authored a piece on Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese?
  5. Who among us has a BS in Clinical Lab Science?
  6. Who has published in three different languages?
  7. Any guesses who has a Wikipedia page?
  8. Can you guess who has published on British Romantic Women’s Midwifery Books as well as the Canadian musical group Rush?
  9. Any idea who has published on Superman?
  10. Who received a grant to study eighteenth-century women who passed as men?



Dr. President of RhetCanada?

Congratulations to English’s Dr. Bruce Dadey, who has been elected president of RhetCanada, the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. Elections were held at the RhetCanada meeting at Congress this June in Vancouver. RhetCanada is an association for Canadian scholars who are interested in the history, theory, and application of rhetoric across a broad range of fields. The organization includes both Canadian and international scholars, and because rhetoric is a central area of study in Waterloo English’s undergraduate and graduate programs, many Waterloo English faculty and students also participate in the organization. For more information on RhetCanada, see the RhetCanada website.

Faculty on the Radio

This weekend you should definitely tune into Midtown Radio ( The July 28th episode of the programme Midtown Conversations for Change (Sunday, 10am-12pm), produced by Dr. Danielle Deveau will feature interviews and conversations with Dept. of English Language and Literature faculty Drs. Heather Love, Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher, and Lamees Al Ethari. We will be discussing education, communication, storytelling, and community engagement.

What: Midtown Conversations for Change: a two-hour programme dedicated to discussing issues related to community and social good

Where: Midtown Radio ( > hit the “listen now” link)

When: July 28th at 10am

Congratulations to our SSHRC winners!

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Congratulations to Dr. Jay Dolmage and Dr. Aimée Morrison, who have both received SSHRC Insight grants. Dr. Dolmage’s grant will facilitate his research on Academic Eugenics;Dr. Morrison will be investigating the Rhetoric of the Selfie.

Creating Effective Activism and Change

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If you missed the panel Creating Effective Activism and Change, in which expert panelists from UWaterloo examined how involvement in activism can transform the social and political landscape and inspire others to action, it’s now available online. Participants included UWaterloo English’s Dr. Heather Smyth, as well as Dr. Shannon Dea (Philosophy), Dr. Anna Drake (Political Science), Dr. Shana MacDonald (Communication Arts), and undergraduate student Fiqir Mequanent Worku, Founder of RAISE (Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity).

Critical Media Lab Showcase

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MAKING. MEDIA. THEORY: A Critical Media Lab Showcase

The students of ENGL 799: Making Media Theory are pleased to present the results of their course-based work at the Communitech Hub. These hacked-together, interactive projects reflect on complex theories such as brainwave storytelling, conductive upcyclying, technosexuality, automated genocide, dirty media, digital devolution, and the value of uselessness.

In addition, XDM MA student Brian Freiter will be presenting his immersive Major Research Project, which explores tactics for deflecting surveillance capitalism. Professor Marcel O’Gorman will also showcase his new video installation, “Treachery,” which premiered at Propellor Gallery in Toronto this summer. Finally, CML co-op interns Sridevi Kundurthi and Shelby Rose with display an eye-opening animation that introduces high school students to responsible device usage.

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 4 – 7 p.m.
Location: Communitech Hub, Area 151, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener
Refreshments will be served.