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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
September 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence
WLU

Dr. James Cairns

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator: Society, Culture, and Environment; Graduate Faculty in SJCE and CAST

Contact Information
Email: jcairns@wlu.ca
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5789

Office Location: RCW310

Biography

Degrees

PhD, Communication and Culture (Ryerson/York)
MA, Political Studies (University of Saskatchewan)
BA, Political Science and History (University of Toronto)

Research Interests

My research analyzes the formation and reproduction of political power. Guided by Antonio Gramsci’s theory of hegemony, I examine the ways in which systems of rule are legitimized, contested, and changed through social struggle. My published work examines tensions between domination and resistance in democratic theory and activism, mediated political ritual, election advertising, legislative committees, national myths, and social theory. I am currently writing a book about the politics of entitlement.

Representative Academic Publications and Conference Papers

·    Books

Cairns, James, and Alan Sears. 2012. The democratic imagination: Envisioning popular power in the 21st century. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Sears, Alan, and James Cairns. 2010. A good book, in theory: Making sense through inquiry. 2nd ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

·    Articles and Book Chapters

Cairns, James. Forthcoming. Learning from common sense on campus: Disaffected consent in the age of austerity. Studies in Political Economy.

Cairns, James. 2014. "A parliament of man become a parliament of women": Performing femininity and the state through mediated civic ritual in Ontario, 1900-1940." Journal of Historical Sociology27(1):25-48.

Cairns, James, and Susan Ferguson. 2013. The truth in embodied stories. Journal of Canadian Studies 46(2):221-244.

Cairns, James, and Susan Ferguson. 2011. Human rights revisionism and the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism. Canadian Journal of Communication 36(3):415-434. 

Cairns, James. 2010. From Social Celebration to Social Deliberation: The rise of liberal-pluralist symbolism in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Communication 35(3):395-412. 

Cairns, James. 2009. Politics? Fear not!: The rise of The Average Superhero in the visual rhetoric of Bill Davis’ 1971 election pamphlet. In Communicating in Canada's past, ed. G. Allen and D.J. Robinson, chap. 7. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Cairns, James. 2008. Ontario Throne Speeches through the lens of mass media. Canadian Parliamentary Review 31(3):21-6.

Cukier, Wendy, and James Cairns. 2009. Gender and attitudes to small arms: Implications for action. In Sexed pistols: Gender perspectives on small arms and light weapons, ed. V. Farr and A. Schnabel. Tokyo: United Nations University Press.

·    Recent Academic Conferences

Cairns, James. 2014. "Entitlement and the eros effect." Presented at the annual meetings of the Society for Socialist Studies (Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities), Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. May.

Cairns, James. 2014 "Everything for everybody: Entitlement and popular power." Presented at Historical Materialism Toronto, York University, Toronto, ON. May.

Cairns, James, and Alan Sears. 2014. "Producing 'intra-preneurs': Innovation, entrepreneurship, and post-secondary education." Presented at Capitalism in the Classroom, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. April

Cairns, James. 2013, "Common sense on campus in the age of austerity." Presented at the Left Forum, Pace University, New York, NY. June. 

Sears, Alan, and James Cairns. 2012, "The social reproduction of queerness." Presented at Historical Materialism, SOAS, London, UK. November. 

Cairns, James, and Susan Ferguson. 2012. "Repressive tolerance and public discourse on Israel-Palestine." Presented at Historical Materialism Toronto, York University, Toronto, ON. May. 

Cairns, James, and Susan Ferguson. 2012, "Transnationalizing BDS: The academic and cultural boycott in Canada and the US." Presented at the Left Forum, Pace University, New York, NY. March.

Cairns, James. 2011, "The contradictions of interdisciplinarity in the twenty-first century university." Presented at the Grand River Forum Conference, Laurier Brantford, Brantford, ON. October.

Cairns, James, and Susan Ferguson. 2011. "Truth in politics: The case of pro-Palestine discourse in Canada." Presented at the annual meetings of the Canadian Communication Association (Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities), University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB. June.

Cairns, James, and Susan Ferguson. 2011, "Challenges in Palestine solidarity work in Canada." Presented at The Left Forum, Pace University, New York, NY. March.   

Other Relevant Publications

Cairns, James. 2014. Austerity with a smile: The 2014 Ontario election. New Socialist Webzine, http://www.newsocialist.org/756-austerity-with-a-smile-the-2014-ontario-election, 17 June.

Cairns, James. 2013. The neo-liberalization of social democracy. Review of Bryan Evans and Ingo Schmidt (eds.), Social democracy after the cold war (AU Press, 2012). New Socialist Webzine, http://www.newsocialist.org/715-the-neo-liberalization-of-social-democracy, 30 August.

Cairns, James. 2013. Why are the Harper Conservatives so pro-Israel? The Bullet, no. 820, http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/820.php, 14 May.

Cairns, James. 2013. What can we learn from the Québec student movement? Brant Advocate, http://www.brantadvocate.com/what-can-we-learn-from-the-quebec-student-movement-dr-james-cairns/, January.

Cairns, James. 2012. Democracy in the age of austerity: Beyond the robocall scandal. The Bullet, no. 620, http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/620.php, 20 April.

Sears, Alan, and James Cairns. 2011. Turning the tide: In the wake of a Conservative victory in the recent election, how will we mobilize to resist the coming wave of neo-liberal austerity? Briarpatch 40(4):5-7.

Sears, Alan, and James Cairns. 2011. Canada’s federal election 2011: Should radicals care? New Socialist Webzine, http://www.newsocialist.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=426:canadas-federal-election-2011-should-radicals-care&catid=51:analysis&Itemid=98, 25 April.

2014-15 Teaching

Fall 2014

- SJ601: Theories of Social Justice and Community Engagement

Winter 2015

- CT255: The Democratic Imagination

- CT400: Occupy the 21st Century: Global Crisis and Resistance

Student Opportunities / Supervising

I am willing to supervise graduate students in areas relating to social movements, political culture and institutions, and critical theory (conceived broadly to include socialist, feminist, anti-racist, and anti-colonial theoretical perspectives).