Dr. Penelope Ironstone-Catterall

Department of Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada N2L 3C5

Quick Links: Honours & Awards -- Memberships -- Teaching -- Publications -- Conference Presentations

 

Current Position

July 2003 - present Associate Professor (Tenure & Promotion, 2008)
Department of Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
Tenure-Track

Jan. 2005- July 2008 Coordinator
Cultural Studies Program
Faculty of Arts
Wilfrid Laurier University

July 2004 Appointment to Graduate Faculty

Education

2001 Doctor of Philosophy
Social & Political Thought
York University
Toronto, Canada

1993 Master of Arts (With Distinction)
Comparative Literary Studies
Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada

1991 Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honours)
Directed Interdisciplinary Studies
Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada

 

Honours and Awards

2008-2011 Standard Research Grant, "From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus," Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. (Click here for project description)
2006 Merit Award, Faculty of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University
2005 International Travel Grant, Wilfrid Laurier University ($1500)
2002 Departmental Nomination, Social & Political Thought, York University Dissertation Prize
2001 Defense Committee Nomination, York University Dissertation Prize
2001 Nomination, York University Governor General’s Medal


Professional Memberships

2003 - present Canadian Communication Association
2003 - present Canadian Association of Cultural Studies
2004-2005 Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Outreach Committee
2006 - present Popular Culture Association
2004 - 2006 Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society
2003- 2006 Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association
1996-1998 Textual Analysis, Discourse and Culture
1991-1998 Centre for Research in Culture and Society
1995-1996 Centre for Research in Comparative Literary Studies
1994-1995 Instituto Internacional de Teoría y Crítica de Teatro Latinoamericano

Teaching

Graduate Courses

Winter 2008 CQ630 Risk, Media and the Politics of Anxiety, M.A. in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory
Fall 2007 CS600 Pro Seminar in Communication (Team-Taught), M.A. in Communication Studies
CS617 Risk, Media and Science, M.A. in Communication Studies
CS618 Queer Media Studies, M.A. in Communication Studies

Undergraduate Courses

Communication Studies
CS100 Introduction to Communication Studies(winter 2002)
CS101 Mass Communication in Canada (fall 2002, winter 2003, winter 2004)
CS203 Conceptual Issues in Communication and Culture (fall 2002, winter 2002, fall 2003, winter 2004, winter 2005, fall 2006, fall 2007)
CS322 Gender Communication and Culture (fall 2003, fall 2005, fall 2006)
CS400g Risk Communication (winter 2004, winter 2005, fall 2005, winter 2006, winter 2008)
CS400a Discourses of Remembrance (fall 2003 illness relief: 2.5 weeks, paid overload)

Cultural Studies
KS101 Cultural Studies in Thematic Perspective (module on “The Body,” paid overload)

Directed Studies Supervisions
Winter 2007 KS450 Cultural Studies of Risk (enrolment: 3)
Winter 2006 KS450 Children, Violence, and Cultural Representation (enrolment: 1)
Winter 2005 CS429, Queer Media Studies (enrolment: 3)
CS429, “Cool”: A Hypermedia Exploration (enrolment: 1)
Winter 2004 CS429, Queer Media Studies (enrolment: 3)

Curriculum and Course Development (Beyond Normal Course Renewal)

Graduate

CQ630 (M.A. in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory) Risk, Media and the Politics of Anxiety
CS617 (M.A. in Communication Studies) Risk, Media and Science

CS618 (M.A. in Communication Studies) Queer Media Studies


Undergraduate
CS101 Mass Communication in Canada (September 2002) first course iteration taught
CS203 Conceptual Issues in Communication and Culture (September 2004) course redesign for large lecture/tutorial delivery
CS400g Risk Communication


Major curriculum changes, Program in Cultural Studies
(Approved by Senate May 2007)
KS101 Culture in Thematic Perspective (September 2006) course redesign from team-taught to single instructor delivery
KS210 (Cultural Studies Program) Cultural Studies of Popular Music (Approved by Senate May 2007)
KS300 (Cultural Studies Program) Cultural Studies in Action (Approved May 2007)
KS400 Senior Seminar in Cultural Studies (approved March 2006)
KS340 Special Topics in Cultural Studies (approved March, 2005)
KS450 Directed Studies in Cultural Studies (approved March, 2005)

Scholarship

Research Funding

2008-2011 Standard Research Grant, "From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus," Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2005 International Travel Grant, Wilfrid Laurier University ($1500)

Publications
Life-time summary:

Papers in Refereed Journals 7
Chapters in Books (Refereed) 2
Chapters in Books (Invited) 1
Book Reviews 1
Journal Issues Edited 1
Technical/Research Reports 1
Manuscripts Currently Under Review 2
Conference Presentations 23
Invited Talks 9
Additional Conference Duties 4
Other Scholarly Contributions 9

Papers in Refereed Journals

2006 “Between Affective Histories and Public Rhetorics: AIDS, Activism, and the Problem of Address,” Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education, Vol 2, No 1, https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/jqstudies/article/view/343/460.

2005 “Postcard from NYC October 2004: Democracy, Psychoanalysis, and Trauma,” Space & Culture: An International Journal of Social Spaces (London and New York: Sage Publications), 8(3): 332-336.

2004-2005 “When Isaak Was Gone: An Auto-Ethnographic Meditation on Mourning a Toddler,” Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 50(1): 1-22.

2001 “Epidemic Logic, or HIV/AIDS and the Disciplines and Crises of Knowing,” Space & Culture: An International Journal of Social Spaces (London and New York: Sage Publications), 1(8): 142-154.

2001 “Love and Mourning: On the Im/Possibilities of Mourning,” Space & Culture: An International Journal of Social Spaces (London and New York: Sage Publications), 1(8): 87-94, (introduction to edited volume).

1997 “Instructions for Use: Unmaking Narrative/Normative Spaces of Intelligibility,” Space & Culture: An International Journal of Social Spaces (London and New York: Sage Publications), 1(1): 31-34.

1991 “When is it Safe to Speak of the Silence? Toward a Poetics of Lesbian Literature,” Carleton Arts Review, 3 (Fall): 47-53.

Chapters in Books (Refereed)

1999 “The ‘Post-’ of the Subject? A Meditation on Identity, Community and Death in the ‘Age of AIDS,’” Post-Theory: Toward a Third Space, Fernando de Toro and Alphonso de Toro, eds. Frankfurt am Main and Madrid: Vervuert Verlag and Iberoamericana, 113-130.

1995 “Imagining the Other Among Us: Kathy Acker Between ‘New York’ and Algeria,” Borders and Margins: Post-Colonialism and Post-Modernism, Fernando de Toro and Alphonso de Toro, eds. Frankfurt am Main and Madrid: Vervuert Verlag and Iberoamericana, 169-180.

Chapters in Books (Invited)

2003 “Feminist Research Methodology and Women’s Health: A Review of Literature,” Head, Heart and Hand: Partnerships for Women’s Health in Canadian Environments, Penny van Estrik et al, eds. (Toronto: National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, 2003), pp. 59-89.

Book Reviews

2006 “Witnessing AIDS: Writing, Testimony, and the Work of Mourning,” Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 31, 953-955.

Journals Issue(s) Edited

2001 Guest Editor, “Love and Mourning,” Space & Culture : An International Journal of Social Spaces (London and New York: Sage Publications), 1(8).

Research Reports

1998 Primary Author (with Peggy McDonough et al), “Feminist Research Methodology and Women’s Health: A Review of Literature,” Toronto: National Network on Environments and Women’s Health. www.yorku.ca/nnewh/english/nnewhind.html

Manuscripts Currently Under Review

“The Geographical Cure: Critically Queer Topographies and Traumatic Perception in Jan Zita Grover’s North Enough: AIDS and Other Clear-Cuts,” AIDS in Culture (NB. This article was previously accepted for publication in Torquere: Canadian Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, 2006, Volume 5, before the national association of which it is an organ suffered financial difficulties and the printing was stopped), submitted May 2007 .

“From Worst-Case Scenarios to Palliative Commodities: Anxiety, Self-Help, and Neurotic Citizenship,” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, submitted July 2007.

Conference Presentations


Oct. 2007 “From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus,” Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, Edmonton, Canada (National)

July 2007 “From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus,” Cultural Studies Now, University of East London, UK (International)

Apr. 2007 “‘Everything You Need to Know...’: Avian Influenza, Popular Science Publishing and ‘Neurotic Citizenship,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Boston, Massachusetts (International)

Oct. 2005 “From Worst-Case Scenarios to Palliative Commodities: Risk, Neurotic Citizenship, and Self-Help Publishing,” Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton. (National)

Aug. 2005 “From Worst-Case Scenarios to Palliative Commodities: Mediating Risk in Popular Culture,” Third International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Cambridge University, United Kingdom. (International)

June 2005 “Between Affective Histories and Public Rhetorics: AIDS, Activism, and the Problem of Address,” Queer Communities & Controversies, Ontario Institute for the Study of Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Toronto. (National)

Oct. 2004 “Subjectivity in Trauma: Identity, Activism and Mourning in the ‘Age of AIDS,’or Problems of Activist Address” Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Columbia University, New York. (International)

Oct. 2004 “Subjectivity in Trauma: Identity, Activism and Mourning in the ‘Age of AIDS,” Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Columbia University, New York (International).

June 2003 “These Waves of Girls, or Reading and Writing the Hypertextually Queer,” Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (National).

Apr. 2003 “These Waves of Girls: Queer Cultural Intervention and the Political Projects of Communicating the Incommensurable,” Revisioning Boundaries: New Directions in Communication Studies in Canada, Department of Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada (Regional).

Feb. 2003 “The Geographical Cure: Critically Queer Topographies and Traumatic Perception in Jan Zita Grover's North Enough: AIDS and Other Clear-Cuts,” Inaugural Meeting of the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada (National).

June 1998 “Epidemic Logic, Or HIV/AIDS and the Disciplines and Crises of Knowing,” Space & Culture, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada (National).

June 1997 “Beyond Consolation: Making History Without Heroes,” Textual Analysis, Discourse and Culture, Learned Societies Congress, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (National).

Oct. 1996 “The ‘Post-’ of the Subject? A Meditation on Identity, Community, and Death in the ‘Age of AIDS,’” Post-Theory International Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (International).

Mar. 1996 “Who or What is the Subject of AIDS? Identity and Death in a Literature of Morbidity,” Queer: Act: Queer, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (National).

Feb. 1996 “‘The Obscenity of Understanding’: Trauma and Literary Testimony from Auschwitz and Hiroshima to AIDS,” Exploring Contemporary Discourse Analysis, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (Regional).

Feb. 1995 “Contagious Discourse and High-Risk Readings: Meditations of the Body of AIDS in Hervé Guibert’s to the friend who did not save my life,” Exploring Contemporary Discourse Analysis, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (Regional).

Oct. 1994 “Imagining the Other Among Us: Kathy Acker Between ‘New York’ and Algeria,” Borders and Margins: Post-Colonialism and Postmodernism International Conference, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (International).

Aug. 1994 “Desvelando el cuerpo performativo: La simulación y sus dobles. De Mapplethorpe hasta Madonna y más allá,” Instituto Internacional de Teoría y Crítica de Teatro Latinoamericano IV Encuentro Internacional, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico (International).

Mar. 1994 “(Re)Thinking the Sadean Woman,” Exploring Contemporary Discourse Analysis, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (Regional).

Mar. 1993 “Madonna’s Bodies of Polymorphous Sexuality: When Sex Becomes Banal,” Exploring Contemporary Discourse Analysis, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (Regional).

Mar. 1993 “Exploring Contemporary Discourse Analysis: Transdisciplinarity in Theory and Practice,” Centre for Research in Culture and Society Symposium, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (National).

Sept. 1991 “When is it Safe to Speak of the Silence? Toward a Poetics of Lesbian Literature,” Queer Minds Symposium, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (Regional).

Invited Talks

May 2007 “Pedagogy in Communication and Cultural Studies: The Politics of Teaching,” Joint Plenary Session for Film and Media Studies Symposium, Film Studies Association of Canada and Communication Studies Association of Canada, Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, Saskatoon, Canada. (National)

Nov. 2004 “Worst-Case Scenarios: Popular Cultures and the Risk Society: Anxiety and Palliative Commodities,” Communication Students Association, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.

Mar. 2007 “From Seasonal Flu to Pandemic Influenza: The Cultural Life of a Virus,” Research Program Presentation Laurier Research Days, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.

Mar 1998 “Risk, Crisis, and Memory in the ‘Age of AIDS,’” Centre for Research in Culture and Society, Department of Sociology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Oct. 1997 “The Social Construction of Risk,” Sociology of Health and Illness, Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Oct. 1996 “Michel Foucault and Discourse Analysis,” Postmodernism: Theory, School of Comparative Literary Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Sept. 1995 “The Identity in Question: Thinking About the Subject of AIDS,” Centre for Research in Comparative Literary Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Oct. 1994 “Unveiling the Performative Body: Simulation and Its Doubles From Mapplethorpe to Madonna and Beyond,” School of Comparative Literary Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Mar. 1994 “Text, Intertext, Antitext: Don Quixote and Kathy Acker’s Story of the Eye/I,” Modernism and Postmodernism, School of Comparative Literary Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Additional Conference Duties

Apr. 2007 Session Chair, “Health and Illness in Popular Culture,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Boston, Massachusetts, April 2007 (International)

Oct. 2005 Session Moderator, "Canada and/as Documentary,” Insides, Outsides and Elsewheres, Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. (National)

June 2004 Session Moderator, "Strategies of Critique: Representing Eros/Death," Discord, International Social Theory Consortium, York University, Toronto, Canada. (International)

Apr. 1995 Session Moderator, “Critical Pedagogy,” Strategies of Critique IX, York University, Toronto, Canada (National).