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COMS 240Communication Theory


COMS 893JMobile Media Wireless Communications


Canadian Journal of Communication
The CJC is a an nationally and internationally renowned journal in the field publishing work in communications,
media studies, cultural studies and journalism.

Mobile Media Lab
This experimental journal is an on-line peer-reviewed publication that publishes innovative work on the theme of
mobility and technologies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Mobile Media Wireless Communications
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Kim Sawchuk


BA, Political Science, University of Winnipeg

MA, Social and Political Thought, York University

PhD, Social and Political Thought, York University

Dr. Kim Sawchuk is the editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication ( and co-editor of wi: journal of mobile media ( A feminist media studies scholar, her research and writing has long addressed the relationship between embodiment, discourses and experiences of technology. Her current work on this subject traverses two major areas: wireless, mobile communications and biomedical imaging. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bologna. She was also an invited lecturer at the University of Silesia, Poland and the University of Lancaster and the University of Manchester, England.

Dr. Sawchuk is one of the directors of the Mobile Media Lab (Montreal-Toronto) co-located in the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University and the Department of Design, York University, Toronto. She is the co-editor of Sampling the Wireless Spectrum, University of Toronto Press (2010) and currently holds an SSHRC grant, with Dr. Barbara Crow, on senior citizens and cellular phones. She is a collaborator on a Grande-NCE project with Dr. Diane Gromala (SFU), titled Mobility and Pain and is a member of the Mediatopia Research group, headed by Dr. Christine Ross, McGill. She is a member of the interactive development team, working with filmmaker and producer Katarina Soukup, developing a mobile application to explore the lost and buried rivers that traverse the island of Montreal.

Dr. Sawchuk also has a keen interest in the legacy of medical imaging and biomedical communication. Dr. Sawchuk is the principle investigator for the Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy research team, a research project that is archiving and digitizing a large corpus of original illustrations, largely drawn by women, for the first anatomical atlas published in North America in 1943. Team members on this project include: Professor Nicholas Woolridge, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto; Nancy Marrelli, Concordia University Archives; Nina Czegledy, Leonardo Educational Foundation; Brian Sutherland, University of Toronto.

Sampling the Wireless Spectrum: the politics, poetics and practices of mobile media eds. Barbara Crow, Michael Longford, Kim Sawchuk (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010)
USED/goods, eds. Gisele Amantea, Lorraine Oades and Kim Sawchuk (Montreal: Conseil des Arts, 2009).
Verkörperungen/Embodiment, eds. Christina Lammer, Catherine Pilcher, Kim Sawchuk. (Vienna: Löcker Verlag, 2007).
Wild Science: reading feminism medicine and the media, eds. Janine Marchessault and Kim Sawchuk. (United Kingdom: Routledge: 2000).
When Pain Strikes, eds. Bill Burns, Cathy Busby and Kim Sawchuk. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999).

Edited Special Issues of Journals:
Wireless Technologies, Mobile Practices Co-edited special Issue of Canadian Journal of Communication,33.3, October 2008 (with Barbara Crow and Richard Smith).
Communicating Health Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Communication, 2007, 32.3/4,
Co-edited Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Communication, 2006, 31.4, Sexualities (with Rebecca Sullivan).
Art, Heritage, Culture Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Communication, 2006, 31.1,
Life on Line Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Communication, 2005, 30.4,
Archival Research in Communication Studies. Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Communications ,
with Stacey Johnson, Volume 26, No. 2, Spring (2002).

“Talking ‘Costs’: Seniors, Cell Phones and the Personal and Political Economies of
Telecommunications in Canada” with Kim Sawchuk, Telecommunications Journal of Australia,
Vol. 80(4): 55.1-55.11.
“Radio Hats, Wireless Rats and Flying Families: stationary journeys and the wireless imaginary,” Sampling the Spectrum eds. Crow, Longford and Sawchuk.
“At the intersection of Medicine and Art: reflections on anatomical illustration” co-
authored with Nina Czegledy, International Journal of Arts in Society 4: 5-17. http://www.arts-, ISSN 1833-1866.
“Beyond the F-word: feminism and communications in Canada,” mediascapes, Leslie Regan Shade, ed. (Toronto: Nelson, 2009)
“Leave it to Beavers: Animals, Icons and the Canadian Communication Industry,” co-authored with Barbara Crow, Screening the Nation, Enric Castell, Alexander Dhoest and Hugh O’Donnell eds. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2009).
“Voices from Beyond: ephemeral histories, locative media and the volatile interface,” co-authored with Barbara Crow, Michael Longford and Andrea Zeffiro, in Foth, M. (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City. (Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global: 2008).
“‘Shaking Hands with the User': principles, protocols, and practices for user-integrated testing in mobile design.” co-authored with Barbara Crow, Mobile Nation. Martha Ladly and Philip Beesley eds. (Toronto: Riverside Architectural Press, 2008), 37-43.
“Artificial Life and Lo-Fi Embodiment: an interview with Melanie Baljko and Nell Tenhaaf,” Special issue on Digital Feminisms Atlantis, 32.2., 2008, pp. 6-17.
“Performance (Art): a Method of Inquiry,” Ironic to Iconic: The Performance Works of Tanya Mars, ed. Paul Couillard (Toronto: FADO, 2008), pp. 10-25.
“Feminism in Waves: re-imagining a watery metaphor,” in Lise Gotell and Barbara Crow, ed. Open Boundaries: a women’s studies reader, 3rd edition (Toronto: Pearson/Prentice Hall 2008). pp. 58-63.
“Ironic Empiricism,” in Patient Embodiment, eds. Lammer, Pilcher and Sawchuk (see full reference above)
“The Spectral Politics of Mobile Communications Technologies: Gender, Infrastructure and International Policy,” co-authored with Barbara Crow, Feminist International Communication Studies, ed. Katharine Sarikakis and Leslie Regan Shade, (London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).
“Mobile telephones: public and private space,” co-authored with Barbara Crow in Joshua Greenberg and Charlene Elliot (eds) , Communications in Question: A Reader (Toronto: Thompson, 2007).
“Enthusiasm, Unbridled: Tanya Mars,” Difficult Women: performance art in Canada, eds. Tanya Mars and Johanna Householder (Toronto: YYZ press, 2004).
“C. Wright Mills: A Political Writer and his Fan Mail,” Canadian Journal of Communications, Volume 26, No. 2 (Spring, 2002).
“Le genre, le genie et le mythe de l’intellectuel solitaire: les etudes culturelles feministes et les ecrits de C. Wright Mills,” Recherches feministes vol. 13, no. 2 (juin, 2001).
“C. Wright Mills and the Making of the Cultural Apparatus,” American Sociologist (Spring, 2001).
“Biotourism: Travels in the bioscape,” Digitized Bodies Virtual Spectacles (Budapest Hungary: Ludwig Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art, 2001). Translated into Hungarian as Biotusztika: utazasok a biotajban.
“Technology, Time and Modernity,” Policing the Boundaries of Modernity, Lynda Jessup ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000).
“Biotourism and the Body Sublime,” Wild Science: Feminism, Medicine and the Media, Janine Marchessault and Kim Sawchuk.(UK: Routledge, 2000).
“An Index of Power…: Innis and Electronic Art,” Revisiting Harold Innis, eds. Charles Acland and Bill Buxton, (Montreal: McGill-Queens Press, 1999).
“Monstrous Feminism: feminism, photography and the abject,” Deviant Practices (Montreal: Dazibao, 1999)
“Wounded States,” When Pain Strikes, eds. Bill Burns, Cathy Busby, Kim Sawchuk (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999).
“From Gloom to Boom: Aging, Identity and Target Markets,” Images of Aging, Andrew Wernick and Mike Featherstone, eds. (London: Routledge, 1995).
“Semiotics, Cybernetics and the Ecstasy of Marketing Communications,” Baudrillard: A Critical Reader, Douglas Kellner, ed. (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994).
“Pirate Writing: Radiophonic Strategies for Feminist Technoperverts,” Radio Rethink: Art, Sound and Transmission, Dan Lander and Daina Auguitis, eds. (Banff: Walter Phillips Gallery, 1994). Translated into German for In Control: Mensch-Interface-Maschine. Eva Ursprung, ed. (Graz, Austria: Kunstverein W.A.S., 1994)
“(Re)packaging Difference: Globalization and Culture,” Territories of Difference, Renée Baert, ed. (Banff: Walter Phillips Gallery, 1993).
“Le marketing du corps: les couches jetables,” Sociologie et sociétés, vol. XXIV, no. 1 (printemps, 1992).
“Marketing Health care and the Bioapparatus,” Bioapparatus, Nell Tenhaaf and Catherine Richards (Banff: Walter Phillips Gallery, 1991).
“Towards a Feminist Critique of Rock Music: Patti Smith’s Gloria ,” Atlantis: a women’s studies journal (Spring, 1989).
“Shifting Fields: the work of Don Proch within the context of Canadian colonialism,” Sightlines, Lesley Johnstone and Jessica Bradley, eds. (Montréal: Artexte, 1994). Reprint from: Provincial Essays, vol. 8 (1989).
“Medusa’s Revenge,” The Panic Encyclopedia, Arthur and Marilouise Kroker (London: Macmillan Education, 1989).
“A Tale of Inscription/Fashion Statements,” Body Invaders, Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, eds. (Montréal: New World Perspectives, 1987) Reprint from Canadian Journal of Political and Social Theory (Winter, 1987).

Forthcoming (accepted for publication)

“On the Marconi Trail: site and the performance of memory,” The Marconi Galaxy: Culture, Technology, Myth-Making, Elena Lamberti, ed. contract being negotiated with University of Toronto Press.

Articles (non-refereed)
“Uncanny Figures and Mean Body: Nicola Feldman Kiss,” Prefix Photo: a publication of the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Number 17, May 2008, pp. 32-54.
“Plug In, Stay Charged, Boot Up: xx energy” XX anniversary issue, Jake Moore, ed. Montreal: studioXX: October, 2007.
“Cell Skins: Marit-Saskia Wahrendorf’s Tactile Fabrications for Cell Phones,” wi, vol 2.1. 2007. With Barbara Crow.
“Sorting it out at the Salvation Army: participant blogservation and social class,” Public, Spring, 2006.
“Parables of a biotourist,” horizon zero, Banff New Media Institute, January, 2003
“Charged heart: the electronic art of Catherine Richards, horizon zero, Banff New Media Institute, January, 2003
“Out of Step: Cathy Sisler’s Risky Deviations, inversions, (Fall, 1998), 12-21.
“Biological, not Determinist: Nell Tenhaaf’s Technological Mutations,” Parachute (June, 1994).
“Audio Terror: Low Level Flights over Nitassinan,” Public ( Spring, 1991).
“Shifting Fields: the work of Don Proch within the context of Canadian colonialism,” Provincial Essays, vol. 8 (1989).Reprinted in Sightlines, Lesley Johnstone and Jessica Bradley, eds. (Montr�al: Artexte, 1994). French translation, Réfractions, Artetexte, 1998.
“Telemarketing and the Disembodied Voice,” Borderlines (Winter, 1987-88).

Catalogue Essays
The Paradox of Mobility: Antoni Abad (Geneva: Museum of Culture) December, 2008.

Ph.D Supervision
Joint Ph.D Programme- Concordia University, University of Quebec at Montreal, University of Montreal
PhD in Humanities, Concordia University.

Andrea Zeffiro, The Location of Practice, January, 2011. Post doc, SFU-Surry with Diane Gromala.
Jennifer Willet, (Re) Embodying Biotechnology, Sept. 2009. Research-creation project in the Humanities. Tenure track position, University of Windsor.
Caroline Caron, Vues, mais non entendues. Les adolescentes québécoises francophones et
l’hypersexualisation de la mode et des medias, Aug, 2009. Post-doc, University of Ottawa.
Judith Nicholson, Killing Time; The Cellular Telephone from Dick Tracey to Abu Ghraib, June, 2008.
Tenure-track position WLU; Concordia Doctoral Thesis Prize.
Kenneth Werbin: The list serves: apparatuses of security and governmentality, April 11, 2008. Post-doc, Ryerson University’s Infolab; tenure-track position, Wilfrid Laurier.
Linnet Fawcett, Writing the Skating Body: Movement, Affect Space, Dec. 15, 2006. Post-doc, Centre for Research Ethics, University of Montreal.
Robyn Diner, Unruly Bodies and the Politics of Irony, Sept. 10, 2004.
Clive Robertson, Movement + Apparatus: Artist-Run Centres in Canada, Sept. 10, 2004 (co-supervised with Martin Allor) Tenure-track position at Queens University.
Sandra Gabriele, Gendering the Woman Journalist: Toronto 1890-1900, April 2, 2004. Tenure-track position at the University of Windsor.
Thomas Haig, The Conversant Community, fall 2001. Full time employment at Ser-Zero, Montreal as research and community outreach coordinator.
Maria Nengeh Mensah, L’anatomie du l’invisible: le corps femme et le sida, spring, 2001. Tenure track position, UQAM. Dr. Mensah now holds a Quebec government Research Chair at UQAM.
Sheryl Hamilton, Thinking Machines: a history of the representation of new technologies, fall, 2000. Post-doc, University of Toronto.Tenure track position at Carelton. Dr. Hamilton holds a CRC in Communications and Law.
Josephine Mills, Public Occupations: Theorizing Art and ‘the Public,’ August, 1999. Tenure track position at the University of Lethbridge.
Julianne Pidduck, Intimate Spaces and Flights of Fancy: Gendered Movement in Contemporary Costume Drama, November, 1997. Post-doc, Warwick University. Tenure track position at the University of Montreal.

Masters Supervision (completed)
Jessica Antony, Negotiated Rebelion: Tattooed Women (September, 2008)
Amy McKinnon, Girl Power, (October, 2007).
Robyn Fadden, Endoscopes, Microscopes and the Visual Culture of Communication, (October, 2007)
Heather Peters, Sex workers in Thailand (Sept, 2007).
Mélanie Hogan, Queering the Archive, (August, 2007).
Rachel Matlow, Love, Angel, Appropriation, Baby: Gwen Stefani as Intertextual celebrity, (April 2007).
Lesley Husbands, Miracles and Monsters: Representations of Motherhood (April 2007)
Jeny Nussey, Tensions and Contradictions: The Dr. Phil Show, (January, 2005)
Nikki Porter, In Search of the Slayer: Audience negotiation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, (April 2004)
Susan Goodyear, Schizophrenia as metaphor: madness and the cinematic asylum, (April, 2004)
Jennifer Anisef, The politics of craft, (March 2004).
Anna Friz, Pirate Jenny, (April, 2003)
Linda Kay, Representing the Real, (April, 2001).
Chantal Francouer, Journalism and Ethnography, (May, 2001)
Sandra Dametto, The State of the Union: an on-line documentary, (April, 2001)
Katherine Liberovskaya, Media Art, (Fall, 2000)
Sheryl Shore, Touching Bone, (September, 1999)
Linnet Fawcett, The Epistolary Pact: Letters to Ms. (August, 1999)
Jacob Bakan, “Communication and Self Expression” (August, 1998)
Katarina Soukup, “Radio Bicyclette: Rozlach 68″ (September, 1998)
Luba Krekhovetsky, “Ukrainians on the Internet” (September, 1998)
Jennifer de Freitas, “Heritage Tourism as Secular Pilgrimmage,” (May 1998)
Dipti Gupta, Working and Networking: Indian Women Make Documentary Films (October, 1997)
Lisa Monk, “(April, 1997)
Susan Schutta, Stop the Presses: Aboriginal Newspapers in Canada, (February, 1997)
Iain Cook, “The Jazz of the Web,” (April 1996)
Justine Akman, Considering the Context: Women in the Association of Progressive Communications. (Sept. 1995)
Maureen Bradley,Reframing the Montreal Massacre: A feminist interrogation, (May, 1995)
Gordon Thompson, The Ontology of Technology (September, 1993)
Rhona Davies, Talk, Television and Tannen (May, 1993)

MFA Supervision (completed):
Frances Leeming, Open Media, 2001
Jen Southern, “Crash,” March , 1996 (MFA, Open Media)
Louise Wilson, “Abulia,” March 1996 (MFA, Open Media)

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