Past Congress Participants

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Below are lists of UWaterloo English presenters at past meetings of the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Name Title Society/Group Date/Time Location
Becky Anderson Sound and Space: Connecting to Memory and Remembering Trauma in  Madeline Thien’s Certainty ACCUTE May 27, 1:45 p.m. Victoria 508
Becky Anderson Photographing Loss: Exploring the Ocular Record in Madeline Thien’s Certainty ACQL May 27, 8:30 a.m. Victoria 503

Veronica Austen 

The Ghost of Roy Kiyooka ACQL May 27, 
1:30 p.m.
Victoria 503

Veronica Austen 
(with Masa Torbica)

The Presence of Absence: Visual Hauntings in Canadian Literature / La présence de l’absence: les hantises visuellesdans la littérature canadienne (panel org.) ACQL May 27, 8:30 a.m. Victoria 503
Betsy Brey Fact and/or Fiction?: VR Storytelling and Cognitive Narratology CGSA June 1, 10:45 a.m. TRSM
Bruce Dadey From Usability to UX: Visual Rhetoric, Comics, and Technical Communication  CSSR June 1, 1:30 p.m. OAK 218
Andrew Deman Wee Little Lotus-Eaters: The Fallacy of Academic Expiration ACCUTE May 30, 10:30 a.m. SLC 450
Evelyn Deshane Blonde Beauties and GIs: Transgender Surgery's Military Root ACCUTE May 29, 10:30 a.m. Victoria 301
Evelyn Deshane ESC Roundtable: Transitions (panelist) ACCUTE May 27, 1:45 p.m. Victoria 101
Danielle Deveau Counting Culture: A Roundtable on Methods in Media and Cultural Studies CCA May 30, 8:30 a.m. RCC 227
Fraser Easton Austen's War on Edgeworth: Economic Psychology in Emma and Ennui ACCUTE May 30, 8:45 a.m. Victoria 500
Judy Ehrentraut This is Not Your Body: The Synchronization of Affect in Virtual Reality Gaming CGSA June 1, 10:45 a.m. TRSM
Stephen Fernandez Rendering Digital Lives: Approaching Social Media Through "Critical Making" CCA May 31, noon KHS 51
Stephen Fernandez Mobilizing Access in Makerspaces: Crip Performances and Collaborative Making in the Classroom CDSA May 31, 1:00 p.m. TBA
Julie Funk Pace-taker: Getting To The Heart Of Our Digital Anxieties CCA May 31, 1:45 p.m. RCC 202
Sara Gallagher "Down Here in Paradise": Fictional Accounts of the Exoduster Movement ACCUTE May 27, 10:30 a.m. TBA
Kyle Gerber "On Earth as it is in Heaven": Transitive Action and Sacramental Participation in The Lord's Prayer CATA May 28, 3:00 p.m. Victoria 206
Kyle Gerber “On Earth as it is in Heaven”: Transitive Action in The Lord’s Prayer CSSR June 1, 8:45 a.m. OAK
Kyle Gerber Refusing Remembrance in Rudy Wiebe's Come Back ACQL May 28, 9:00 a.m. Victoria 110
Kenneth Graham The Language of Blessing in King Lear CSRS May 27, 1:45 p.m. Victoria 608
Randy Harris A Neurocognitive Ontology of Rhetorical Figures CSSR June 1, 8:45 a.m. OAK 218
Megan Honsberger Mindflux: Application of Micro Digital Abstinence CCA May 31, 1:45 p.m. RCC 202
Monique Kampherm "Liberals Lead:" The Rhetorical Influence of CBC's Aggregate Polling Data on Voters in the 2015 Canadian National Election CSSR May 30, 4:00 p.m. OAK 218
Norm Klassen Language and the Paradox of Nature and Grace: Spiritual Warfare in That Hideous Strength CLSG May 27, 12:15 p.m. Victoria 505
Alysia Kolentsis Shakespeare’s Grammar CSRS May 27, 1:45 p.m. Victoria 608
Jason Lajoie  Gayming On the Grid: Playing through the Ludic Technology of Grindr CGSA June 2, 1:30 p.m. TRSM
Victoria Lamont Popular Westerns: Towards a Feminist Genealogy ACCUTE May 27, 8:45 a.m. Victoria 101
Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher Data as the Commons: Rearticulating the Commons through Civic and Citizen Science [with B. Mehlenbacher] CASDW May 27, 10:00 a.m. LIB 72
Phil Miletic Tender Vibrations: The Vibrational Nexus of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons ACCUTE May 28, 8:45 a.m. Victoria 303
Phil Miletic MREs and Affective Citizenships
[written with Keely Cronin]
BSC May 30, 4:00 p.m. KHE-Kerr East 321C
Devon Moriarty Viral Vaccines: Proposed Policy and the Rhetoric of Redditors' Response CSSR June 1, 2:00 p.m. OAK 218
Devon Moriarty Rhetorical Inoculation: Proposed Vaccine Legislation and the Rhetoric of Public Distrust CASDW May 27, 10:00 a.m. LIB 72
Patricia Ofili Apartheid Legal Screens and Nelson Mandela's Luminescence CSSR May 30, 3:00 p.m. OAK 218
Marcel O'Gorman Making Non-Users - Hands on Experiments in Digital Moderation (panel org.) CCA May 31, 1:45 p.m. RCC 202
Marcel O'Gorman Writing with a Soldering Iron CCA May 31, 1:45 p.m. RCC 202
Meghan Riley "Hear[ing] the dead" and "remember[ing] the past": Ways of Knowing in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl and Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death CAAS May 27, 10:30 a.m. Victoria 204
Saeed Sabzian The Aesthetics of Disability Poetry: Interrogating the Mainstream Poetics CDSA June 1, 9:30 a.m. SHE Room D
Sylvia Terzian Reconciliation, Rebirth and Return: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Exile in Dmitri Nasrallah’s Niko ACQL May 28, 9:00 a.m. Victoria 106

Masa Torbica
(with Veronica Austen)

The Presence of Absence: Visual Hauntings in Canadian Literature / La présence de l’absence: les hantises visuellesdans la littérature canadienne (panel org.) ACQL May 27, 8:30 a.m. Victoria 503
Masa Torbica AlieNation: Performing Canada as “New Canadian” Poets (A creative session & poetry reading) ACQL May 27, 4:00 p.m. Victoria 210
Masa Torbica Repurposing white noise: Considering the decolonizing affordances of found poetry in Shane Rhodes’ X: Poems and Anti-Poems ACQL May 28, 9:00 a.m. Victoria 106
Caitlin Woodcock Basketcase CCA May 31, 1:45 p.m. RCC 202


Name Title Society/Group Date/Time Location

Veronica Austen 

Seeing Photographically in Kim Barry Brunhuber’s Kameleon Man ACCUTE May 28, 
10:30 a.m.
Betsy Brey

Twine, Hypertext, and Games: Ideologies and Implications

CGSA June 1,
1:00 p.m.
Craigie Hall
Keely Cronin

Tweeting Barriers: Indigenous Narratives, Canada Reads, and Digital Debate

ACCUTE May 29,
8:45 a.m.
Social Sciences 423
Bruce Dadey A General Systems Approach to Rhetoric CSSR June 2,
4:00 p.m.

MacEwan Hall 280 Council Chambers

Shawn Dorey

Starting Zones: Studying a Potential Intersection of Cultural Geography and Game Studies

CGSA June 3,
11:15 a.m.
Room 3
Stephen Fernandez

The Mortal Community: Embracing Finitude in Jérôme Bel and Theater HORA's Disabled Theater

CATR May 31,
2:15 p.m.
Kyle Gerber

Rhetorical Figuration in Joseph Lowery’s “Benediction”

CSSR June 2,
2:45 p.m.
MacEwan Hall 280 Council Chambers
Kenneth Graham

Penitent Princes and Plainspeaking Priests: Pastoral Power in The Winter’s Tale

CSRS May 28,
10:30 a.m.

Professional Faculties 120

Randy Harris

Ploche, Uberscheme

CSSR June 2,
4:00 p.m.
MacEwan Hall 280 Council Chambers
Kate Lawson

Grad Caucus Panel: Professionalization within/beyond Academia

ACCUTE May 29,
10:30 a.m.
SS 541
Kate Lawson

Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley: Family History as Intertextuality

ACCUTE May 30,

SS 1153

Phil Miletic

"And now everybody will do theirs": Remediating Everybody's Autobiography as a Radio Event

ACCUTE May 29,
SS 209
Patricia Ofili

Gender Eclipse in Dominant Ideologies

CSSR June 2,
8:30 a.m.
MacEwan Hall 280 Council Chambers
Marcel O'Gorman

The Research-Creation Problem in Digital Scholarship

CCA May 30,
10:15 a.m.
Sciences Theatre 135
Sylvia Terzian

Transnational Consciousness and Literary Cosmopolitanism: Arab-Canadian Literature in the Global Moment

CACLALS May 29, 9:00 a.m. SMD 402
Sylvia Terzian

The Role of the Academic Underclass: Facing the Challenges of the Changing Professoriate

ACCUTE May 31,
10:30 a.m.
SS 109
Steve Wilcox

Designing Videogames for Knowledge Translation

CCA May 29,
1:30 p.m.
Sciences Theatre 143
Steve Wilcox Ludic Topology: Towards an Ethical Theory of Game Time CGSA June 1,
10:15 a.m.
Craigie Hall  C309


Name Title Society/Group Date Location
Clare Birmingham

Help Wanted? A Keyword Analysis of How Writing Centre Communications Constitute a Relational Framework


May 30, 11:00 a.m.

Vanier 2075

Bruce Dadey

Toward a Critical Business Communication Pedagogy


June 1, 9:30 a.m.

Vanier 1075

Bruce Dadey

Graphic Narratives and Technical Communication


June 4, 3:15-4:15 p.m.


Jay Dolmage

Capital Ideas: Disabling Studies, Disability Studied, Disability Studies (Keynote)


June 3, 2:00 p.m.

LMX 122

Stephen Fernandez

Networking Cities: Urban Performance, Mobile Technology, and the Production of Social Capital

CATR June 2, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Room 310, Department of Theatre

Sarah Gibbons

Neurological Diversity and Environmental (In)Justice: The Ecological Other in Popular Representations of Autism

CDSA June 3, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

LMX 215

Randy Harris The Five Master Schemes CSSR June 5, 10:00 a.m.

BSC 140

Shelley Hulan

Queer Edens in Marjorie Pickthall’s Little Hearts and Susan Frances Harrison’s The Forest of Bourg-Marie: What’s Nation Got To Do With It?


May 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Shelley Hulan

Polemical Economy: An Indian Context for Sara Jeannette Duncan’s The Imperialist


May 31, 10:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

SMD 402

Sara Humphreys

The U.S. Economy in Fallen Women or Sober Up, Missus America!

ACCUTE May 30, 3:30 p.m. SMD 330
Philip Meletic

American New Sincerity and Virtual Community: Disembodiment and Community in David Foster Wallace’sInfinite Jest

ACCUTE May 30, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. SMD 330
Marcel O'Gorman

The Art, Politics, and Philosphy of Digital Abstinence

CCA June 5, 8:30 a.m. STE/J0106
Patricia Ofili

Paradox of Barbarism and Fear in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians

CSSR June 3, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. BSC 140
Alexandra Orlando

The Cyborg Game: The Ludic Cinema of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

CGSA June 4, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. MacDonald 121
Saeed Sabzian

The Sound of Fear in The Road, Movie and Novel

CSSR June 3, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. BSC 140
Winfried Siemerling

Past's Future: Critical Black Canadian Memory Culture and the Documentary Films of Sylvia Hamilton

ACCUTE May 31, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. SMD 226
Heather Smyth

"We nudge language into relations of becoming”: Collaborative Writing, Community-Building, and Canadian Literature 

CACLALS May 31, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. SMD 439
Elise Vist

Idiosyncratic Tagging and the Creation of Intimate Publics on Tumblr


June 3, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Louis-Pasteur 285

Stephanie White

The Public Made Personal: Findings from a Study of a Service-Learning Writing Class

CASDW May 31, 9:30 a.m. Vanier 1075
Steve Wilcox

Digital Games as a Form of Cross-Cultural Knowledge Translation

CSDH June 1, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Lamoureux 217
Steve Wilcox

First Person Scholar: Talking to Games Academics, Enthusiasts and Professionals

CGSA June 4, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. MacDonald 146
Chad Wriglesworth

Forms of Contingent Faith: The Necessity of Doubt in Christian Wiman's Poetry

CLSG June 1, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Arts Building 350

Robert Zacharias

Canadian Literature: The Past 40 Years II


June 1, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Simard 422