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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Kevin Dowler

Media and Culture

University   York University
E-Mail Address   kdowler@yorku.ca
Phone Number   (416) 736-2100, ext. 77871
Office Location   TEL Building 3020
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.F.A. (Ottawa); M.A (Concordia); Ph.D. Communications (Concordia)

Biography

Kevin Dowler joined the Communications Programme in the Division of Social Science as Assistant Professor in 1997, after spending one year in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Carleton University. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1993 from the Programme de Doctorat Conjoint en Communication in Montréal, and held a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship from 1994-96 at the School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University. He teaches courses on broadcasting and cultural policy, communications theory, popular culture, and video art. He is also a Fellow of Calumet College at York University, and a Co-Researcher for the Culture of Cities Project at York.

Research Interests

Cultural policy in Canada and Europe; art and the city; aesthetics and popular culture; history of communications.

Selected Publications

"Television and Objecthood," Topia 9 (Fall 2002).

"In the Bedrooms of the Nation: State Scrutiny and the Funding of Dirty Art," in Sally McKay and Andrew Paterson, eds. Money, Value, Art: State Funding, Free Market, Big Pictures (Toronto: YYZ Books, 2001).

"Early Innis and the Post-Massey Era in the Arts," in Charles Acland and William Buxton, eds. Harold Innis and Intellectual Practice for the New Century: Interdisciplinary and Critical Studies (Montreal: McGill-Queen's, 1999).

"In Defence of the Realm: Public Controversy and the Apologetics of Art," in Jody Berland, et al., eds. Theory Rules: Essays on Art and Theory (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto/YYZ, 1996).

"State Funding and the Cultural Policy Apparatus," in Michael Dorland, ed., Canada's Cultural Industries (Toronto: Lorimer, 1996).

"Interstitial Aesthetics and the Politics of Video at the Canada Council," in Janine Marchessault, ed., Video in the Age of Identity, (Montréal: McGill/YYZ, 1995).

"Asleep in the Storehouse of Culture: The McLuhan Conference and the Technologies of Remembering," PUBLIC 11 (1995).

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan