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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.

Recent publications include: Lithgow, M. and K. Wall. 2017. Embedded aesthetics: ‘Artist-in-residencies as sites of discursive struggle and social innovation.’ Special issue: The Art Residency in Context, seismotexte 12. 2017.

November, 2018. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grant was recently awarded to Dr. Michael Lithgow, Associate Professor, Communication Studies with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Lithgow’s research explores how rural and Indigenous communities in Mexico and Argentina bridge the digital divide on their own terms, designing and creating their own Information and Communication Technology (ICT) networks. There is much to be learned from these communities and lessons that could have implications for other communities facing connectivity barriers, including for those here in Canada.

The Partnership Engage Grants provide timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making for non-academic organizations. These partnerships let non-academic organizations and researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise, and capabilities to solve and learn from each organization’s unique challenges. Transforming lives and transforming communities.

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. Recent publications include Lithgow, M. and K. Wall. 2017. ‘Embedded aesthetics: Artist-in-residencies as sites of discursive struggle and social innovation.’ Special issue: The Art Residency in Context, seismotexte 12. 2017. Others are Wall, K. 2018 (forthcoming) Wall, K. ‘ “Let’s Find Out”: the historian laureate in leisure and heritage economies.’ International Journal of Heritage Studies; Wall, K. 2017. ‘Gathering place: Urban Aboriginal presence in Edmonton, Canada’, in the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. In 2018 Karen was awarded AU’s President’s Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence to complete a book on the history of the Banff School of Fine Arts (now the Banff Centre) for the University of British Columbia Press. A previous PARSE award supported her completion of the first comprehensive socio-cultural study of sport in Alberta, Game Plan: A Social History of Sport in Alberta, University of Alberta Press, 2012. Three recently published book chapters are Wall, K. 2015. ‘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; Stefanick, L. and K. Wall. Democracy and identity in the digital age. In R. Foshay, Ed. Identity, agency, and the digital nexus: Theory, culture, politics. Athabasca University Press 2016; and Reichwein, P. and K. Wall 2017. “Mountain Capitalists: Space and Modernity at Alberta's Banff Campus," in Directions West, University of Calgary Press.

Updated December 06 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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