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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Jean S. Mason

Technology in Practice/ Media & Culture

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   jsmason@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000 ext. 6380
Office Location   RCC-360-L
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A. (Concordia); M.A. (McGill); Ph.D. (McGill)

Biography

Professor Mason joined Ryerson's Faculty of Communication and Design and the Department of Professional Communication in 2005. She was previously a faculty member at University of Toronto. Jean Mason is currently conducting a major research study (SSHRC funded) on tuberculosis narratives and health communication. This study examines the way TB patients used written self-expression to build a highly successful therapeutic community in pre-pharmacological era of tuberculosis sanatoria, and explores applications in contemporary settings. Prior to studying health narratives, her doctoral research focused on the process of self-expression in digital hypermedia. You can learn more about Prof. Mason by visiting her website http://www.jeanmason.ca.

Research Interests

The way that communication constitutes culture: writing media and technologies, health communication, personal narrative, professional and organizational communication, complexity theory, ways of knowing and the politics of methodologies, qualitative methods especially narrative and arts-based inquiry.

Recent Projects

” The Discourse of Disease: Patient Writing at the University of Tuberculosis” chapter in Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine (editors: Dr. Rita Charon MD, PhD, Columbia University and Dr. Peter Rudnytsky, PhD, University of Florida at Gainesville.) NY: SUNY Albany Press, 2008
Arts Medica, Vol. 1, October 2004 “Tuberculosis as Muse: Three Poets on North America’s Magic Mountain”

From Gutenberg’s Galaxy to Cyberspace: The Transforming Power of Electronic Hypertext Toronto: CITD Press: University of Toronto e-book, 2002.


 

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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