CRYTC Research Coordinator, Project Manager of Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak
I completed my BA (Honors) in English here at the University of Winnipeg, and I also have a Creative Communications Diploma from Red River College and a MA in Rhetoric and Communication Design from the University of Waterloo. My MA thesis, entitled Does NME Even Know What a Music Blog Is?: The Rhetoric and Social Meaning of MP3 Blogs, argues that MP3 files greatly affect MP3 blogs in terms of shaping them as a genre separate from general weblogs and music blogs without MP3s, especially due to the impact of MP3 blog aggregators; a particular form of rhetoric illuminated by Kenneth Burke’s dramatistic ratios; and a potentially subversive subculture, which like other subcultures, exists in a symbiotic relationship with the traditional media it defines itself against. While I haven’t specialized in young people’s texts, I have found ways to incorporate research on such texts in some of my work, including my chapter about MP3s in Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat (Palgrave, 2014). I have also assisted with marketing for the Children’s Museum.
Since 2009, I’ve been Research Coordinator at the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, where I assist the director with managing various research projects, planning and hosting symposia and lectures, and overseeing communication activities, including the design and maintenance of websites. In 2017, I became the Project Manager for the Six Seasons of Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation, a SSHRC Partnership Grant project that seeks to move forward the ongoing work of reclaiming Indigenous languages, histories, and knowledges among the Asiniskow Ithiniwak (Rocky Cree) of northern Manitoba. From 2009 to 2017, I was the Managing Editor of CRYTC’s academic journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, and I currently sit on the editorial board.
My research interests include cultural studies, memory studies, futurity, digital media and humanities, and the intersection of music, labour, and politics.
M.A., University of Waterloo
B.A. (Hons), University of Winnipeg
Creative Communications Diploma (Major: Advertising), Red River College
Current Research in Progress
- Review of Down with Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence by Paul Rekret for Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures