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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands

Media & Culture/ Politics & Policy

University   York University
E-Mail Address
Phone Number   (416) 736-2100, ext. 70178
Office Location   HNES 251
Office Hours   TBA


B.A. (Victoria); M.A. (York); Ph.D. (York)


Professor Mortimer-Sandilands is Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. She teaches in the areas of environmental cultural studies and environmental literatures; many of her students combine interests in environmental politics and cultural studies, and also in environmental literature and contemporary social and political thought. Her particular interests within these fields focus on the dynamics of gender, sexuality, nation, and place, including ongoing reseach projects on the cultural history of Canada’s national parks, on the intersections between sexual and environmental histories and politics (“queer ecologies”).

Research Interests

Environmental cultural studies (environmental literature and criticism, history and philosophy); gender, sexuality and environments (queer theories and ecologies); political theory and public cultures.

Selected Publications

In progress This Is For You: Walks With Jane Rule. Proposal to be submitted to the University of British Columbia Press, Spring 2009.

In progress TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. Special Issue, “Nature Matters” (Spring, 2009; guest editor).

In progress “Green Things in the Rubbish: Walter Benjamin and the Ecology of the Phantasmagoria,” in Axel Goodbody and Kate Rigby (eds.), Ecocritical Theory: New European Approaches (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press).

In review (with B. Erickson), Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics and Desire (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).

In review “The Cultural Politics of Ecological Integrity: Nature and Nation in Canada’s National Parks, 1885-2000,” International Journal of Canadian Studies (Special Issue on Environmental Cultural Studies, ed. R. Haluza-Delay).

In press “Thinking Ecology in Fragments: Walter Benjamin and the Dialectics of (Seeing) Nature,” in Brenda Iijima and Evelyn Reilly (eds.), eco (lang)(uage(reader)) (Brooklyn, NY: Portable Press).

2008 “Masculinity, Modernism and the Ambivalence of Nature: Sexual Inversion as Queer Ecology in The Well of Loneliness,” Left History (Special Issue on Environmental Politics), Vol. 13, no. 1, Spring/Summer, pp. 35-58.
2008 “’I Still Need the Revolution’: Cultivating Ecofeminist Readers,” in Laird Christensen, Mark C. Long and Fred Waage (eds.), Teaching North American Environmental Literature (New York: Modern Languages Association of America), pp. 58-71.
2008 “Finding Emily,” in Alan MacEachern and William Turkel (eds.), Method and Meaning in Canadian Environmental History (Toronto: Thomson Nelson), pp. 158-180.
2008 “Landscape, Memory and Forgetting: Thinking Through (My Mother’s) Bodies and Places,” in Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekman (eds.), Material Feminisms, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), pp. 344-373.
2006 “’The Geology Recognizes No Boundaries’: Shifting Borders in Waterton Lakes National Park,” in Sterling Evans (ed.), The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests: Essays on the Regional History of the 49th Parallel (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press), pp. 309-333.
2005 “Unnatural Passions? Toward a Queer Ecology,” Invisible Culture, Issue 9: Nature Loving (ed. Lisa Uddin and Peter Hobbs),
2004 (with M. Hessing and R. Raglon). This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press). 386 pp.
2004 “Where the Mountain Men Meet the Lesbian Rangers: Gender, Nation and Nature in the Rocky Mountain Parks,” in Melody Hessing, Rebecca Raglon and Catriona Sandilands (eds.), This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press), pp. 142-162.
2004“The Importance of Reading Queerly: Jewett’s Deephaven as Feminist Ecology,” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Vol. 11, no. 2, Summer, pp. 57-77.
2004 “Eco Homo: Queering the Ecological Body Politic,” Social Philosophy Today. Vol. 19, pp. 17-39.
2004 “Sex in the Bushes: On Ecofeminism, Gender, and Sexuality,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Vol. 15, no.4, pp. 122-128. (review essay)



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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