Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Education: BA, MA & PhD, York University
Research interests: war and technology, the body, self, popular culture, art; trauma and crisis in narrative structures and memory; graphic novels, comics of all kinds; theorizing technology; science fiction and the machinic imagination.
Books: War X: Human Extensions in Battlespace (Toronto: U of T Press, 2005).
"My major research interests continue to be focused on the ways that culture and cultural products revolve around each other. When I study popular, mass, and folk culture (comix, art, film, bande dessinee, fiction), I'm looking for the ways in which we tell stories to each other. I study and write a great deal about war -- more about war culturally than historically, although history must underpin all these kinds of discussions. 9/11 has brought neither military nor policy surprises when we look at the last ten years of killer culture: the Revolution in Military Affairs is being televised (so you have to adjust your set). I am also interested in industrial culture, heavy industry, and the emotional costs of full throttle capitalism. When I study these things, it is almost always by looking at one or more cultural production(s). The more I work in these areas, the more I am convinced that art, art of all kinds, is the best thing humans do."
- John Reed: Postmodern Frontier Anxiety: Utopia, State, and the Dynamics of Power at Waco and Ruby Ridge, MA thesis, 2003
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