Jill Didur, Ph.D. English (York University) is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Concordia University. A specialist in postcolonial Anglophone literature and theory, Dr. Didur’s research has focused on a wide variety of related areas including, locative media, historical memory, partition narratives and secular discourse in South Asian, colonial and postcolonial travel writing, ecocriticism, landscape and garden studies, diasporic literature and culture, and globalisation. She is the author of Unsettling Partition: Literature, Gender, Memory (U of T Press, 2006, & Pearson Longman, South Asia, 2007). She is the co-editor of special issues of Cultural Critique: Critical Posthummanism (2003) and /Cultural Studies: Revisiting the Subaltern in the New Emmpire (2003). She is a member of the Concordia research axis of Figura, le Centre de recherche sur le texte et l’imaginaire and she serves on the editorial boards of ARIEL: A Review of International Literature in English, Postcolonial Text, and Topia: Journal of Canadian Cultural Studies and the executive of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS). She has been awarded fellowships and research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.
2011-2012 : Figura, NT2-Concordia, Soutien de l’OIC (Project Leader) “A Mis-Guide to Himalayan Plants”
Principal Investigator, SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2008-2012 “Gardenworthy: Planthunting in South Asian literature and travel writing”
Peter Van Wyck
My academic background is broadly interdisciplinary, with training in environmental and ecological sciences, philosophy, environmental and cultural studies, and communication studies. I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses (MA & PhD) in semiotics, communication theory, visual culture, and special topic seminars including “Reading Freud,” to “North and Nordicity: Theory in a Cold Climate,” “The Arts of Memory,” and “Landscapes of the Local: Rethinking Space and Place,” and Landscapes of the Sign: The Place of the Photographic Image.
At the moment I am developing a new SSHRC-funded project with Dr. Myra Hird of Queen’s University that concerns nuclear waste, the media of apology, justice and the future.
My latest book, released in November 2010, published by McGill Queen’s University Press, is entitled The Highway of the Atom. It was awarded the 2011 Gertrude J. Robinson book award for the best new book in communication studies by the Canadian Communication Association, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences – The Harold Adams Innis Award of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities. It was recently reviewed in Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 27, 2012.