Dr. Anne Brydon
Contact InformationEmail: email@example.com
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3529#
Office Location: DAWB 4-147
Office Hours: Winter Term 2014: Tuesdays 10 - 11 am, Thursdays 10:45 - 11:45 am, or by appointment
PhD in Anthropology, McGill University 1992
MA in Anthropology, McMaster University 1987
BA Honours in Music, University of Western Ontario 1980
I engage in critical interpretive cultural analysis, with a focus on the cultural, political, and environmental legacies of modernity in Iceland and Canada. I trace these legacies by means of an interdisciplinary engagement with the dynamics of power and representation; with artistic re-imagining of changing social relations with nature, science, and technology; and with literary, auditory, and visual environmental criticism. I continue to conduct multi-sited ethnographic and virtual fieldwork, in Iceland, Canada, and western Europe.
Since 1988, I have researched the cultural politics of environmental issues in Iceland. I first studied the nationalist framing of debates about whale hunting sparked by international protests against Iceland’s whaling industry. More recently, I have focused on the Icelandic environmental movement that arose to protest hydroelectric development in the highland wilderness at Kárahnjúkar. In other work, I co-edited with Sandra Niessen Consuming Fashion: Adorning the Transnational Body (Berg 1998). I have also written catalogue essays on several artists, including Eleanor Bond, Joan Perlman, William Eakin, Wanda Koop, and Louise Jonasson. In 2000 I curated At Last Sight, an exhibit (with catalogue) of photographic work by Arni Haraldsson, held at Museum London (Canada) and the Winnipeg Art Gallery of Manitoba.
Some of my publications may be downloaded through Scholars Commons @ Laurier.
Teaching in Winter 2014
NO309F Aboriginal Representations in Contemporary Canada
This course investigates contemporary Aboriginal cultural productions in visual arts, music, literature, television and film to explore how artists and cultural workers negotiate the complex and contradictory relationships between Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian traditions of representation, performance and storytelling.
Proposed teaching schedule for 2014-15
Fall term 2014
EN220 Reading Culture
NO309f Aboriginal Representations in Contemporary Canada
Winter term 2015
HI299b History of Modern Art
proposed new course: MU3--/HI3-- Music, Sound and Environment