David Janzen with child

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Location: ML 308

David Janzen’s teaching and research takes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental and science communication, cultural and decolonial studies, and crisis theory.

His current project “Soil as a relational media” examines the ways in which social and natural processes interact and remain embedded in soil and land. This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration with scientists and indigenous communities to analyze geological histories of land, human-environment relations, and indigenous histories of place. Through this analysis, it aims to build more sustainable and decolonial understandings of soil. This project is funded by a Canada Tri-Council New Frontiers in Research Fund—Exploration Grant.

Janzen has published and presented work in the fields of cultural and indigenous studies, crisis theory, aesthetics, and environmental communication. He is also a poet and writer. His chapbook Nature: Nurture (Baseline Press, London) is out in Spring 2021.

Sample publications:

2020  “The Ambivalence of Crisis,” English Studies in Canada 44.2.

2018  “Subject to a New Law: Historicizing Rights and Resistance in Mayan Anti-Mining Activism,” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 25.1.

2018  Janzen, D. and I. Hussey, “What the Paris Agreement Means for Alberta's Oil Sands Majors,” Parklands Institute. ISBN: 978-1-894949-58-3

2017  “Energy Demo(s): Rhythmanalysis of Extraction and Environment,” Public: Art/Culture/Ideas, 55: 103-108.

2017  “Potential Unfettered: Narrative transformation as Historical Transition in Ulysses,” ESC: English Studies in Canada 43.1-2.

2014  “Poverty/Line: Aesthetic and Political Subjects in Santiago Sierra’s ‘Line’ Photographs,” Evental Aesthetics Journal 2.4.

Courses taught:

SPCOM 490: Media and Environment

SPCOM 431: Crisis Communication

SPCOM 399: Communication Inquiry

SPCOM 223: Public Speaking

SPCOM 193: Communication in the Sciences

ARTS 130: Environment & Communication

University of Waterloo

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