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Peter Van Wyck

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Concordia UniversityCommunication Studies Location Montreal Canada Discipline(s): Communications Research Interests: Landscape, Visual Arts, Media, Communication, Environmental Studies, Environmental Philosophy, Cultural Studies Languages: English

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.