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Faculty Research

Recent Work

Dr. Jayne Gackenbach

Dr. Gackenbach's prolific research program has yielded several significant results in the last two years. She has published, co-published, or edited the following books: Video Game Play and Consciousness. Hauppauge NY: NOVA Science publishers, 2012; Play Reality. Edmonton, AB: Original Cliche Entertainment, 2012. In addition two of Dr. Gacknbach's previously published books have just been translated: Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implication (2nd edition), San Diego: Academic Press, 2007. (Translated into Chinese by World Publishing Guangdong Corporation in March, 2014) and cyber.rules. NY: Norton, 2007. (Translated into Arabic by el-kalema, 2013).

Recent articles include: "Video games, nightmares, and emotional processing." In Tettegah, S. (Ed.) Emotions and Technology: Communication of, Feelings Through, with and for Technology. London: Elsevier (Academic Psychology Division) in press; "Reality: Waking, Sleeping and Virtual." In M. Kramer (Ed.),Dream Research: Applications to Clinical Practice, UK: Routledge. In press; and "A Deeper Inquiry into the Association Between Lucid Dreams and Video Game Play." In Hurd, R. & Buckeley, K. (Eds.) Lucid Dreaming Cross Cultural Understandings of Consciousness in the Dream State. ABC-CLIO, 2014.

Dr. Michael Lithgow

Michael Lithgow joined Athabasca University in 2016, as an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies, and steward for the Writing for New Media area focus in the MA-IS Program. His research interests broadly focus on citizen participation in public culture. Current research projects include artist-in-residencies and their social, epistemic and discursive impacts, and the growing use of amateur images in network news coverage. In 2015, he completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at McGill University, in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, exploring the narrative, performance and aesthetic dimensions of citizen participation in CRTC public proceedings. His doctoral dissertation (Communication Studies, Carleton University, 2012) explored the aesthetics of discourse in activist interventions through community-based art and grassroots journalism. Prior to graduate studies, he worked as a community radio and television journalist and freelance writer. In addition to various scholarly publications including articles in the Canadian Journal of Communication and the American Communication Journal, his first collection of poetry (Waking in the Tree House, Cormorant Books) was published in 2012.

Dr. Asma Sayed

Dr. Sayed’s new edited book is entitled Screening Motherhood in Contemporary World Cinema, Toronto: Demeter Press (2016). In 2014, she published Writing Diaspora: Transnational Memories, Identities and Cultures Press in Oxford. Also in 2014, Dr. Sayed published an in-depth investigation of the Indo-Canadian writer, M.G. Vassanji in M.G. Vassanji: Essays on His Works; the book was published with Essential Writers Series. Toronto, Buffalo, Lancaster: Guernica Press.

Dr. Karen Wall

Karen Wall’s research is focused on the role of cultural production in the shaping of space, heritage and power relations in society. Her most recent publication is “Gathering place: Urban Aboriginal presence in Edmonton, Canada”, in the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 2017. Also to be published this year is “Mountain Capitalists: Space and Modernity at Alberta's Banff Campus," in Directions West, University of Calgary Press, 2017 (with PearlAnn Reichwein). This is part of series of research papers supported by a SSHRC Fellowship and a book on the history of the Banff School of Fine Arts (now the Banff Centre) is in the works for the University of British Columbia Press. In 2015 she published two book chapters: "Sharpest Knives in the Drawer: Culture at the Intersection of Oil and State," in M. Shrivastava and L. Stefanick Eds., Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada, Athabasca University Press, 2015; “Democracy and Identity in the Digital Age” (with Lorna Stefanick) in Foshay, R., ed. – Identity, Agency, and the Digital Nexus: Theory, Culture, Politics, Athabasca University Press, 2015. Supported by AU’s President’s Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence, she previously completed the first comprehensive socio-cultural study of sport in Alberta, Game Plan: A Social History of Sport in Alberta (University of Alberta Press, 2012.)

Updated January 24 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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