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This thesis analyzes a compilation of tweets from a specific digital social movement, Amnesty International’s #TakeAction. This campaign was a strategy from the humanitarian organization to transform the refugee crisis from a global into a personal concern for millions of people. The main...
This dissertation examines contemporary Lebanese cultural production and its shifting relationship to the everyday/ordinary as a site that unfolds in the midst of or in proximity to violence. I argue that attention to the ordinary is an effective mode through which to approach societies, like...
Anorexic Affect: Disordered Eating and the Conative Body performs a material feminist re-mapping of the sense events occasioned by self-starvation. Suspending the usual critical interpretations of eating disorders (gender, transcendence, and representation), as well as the clinical rallying...
Comics and the Emotional Situation of Learning to Teach: Collaborative Reading and Encounters with Adolescent Life in Graphic NovelsDownload
SSHRC Awarded IDG 2016: Using graphic novels as our objects of inquiry, this project aims to address how the aesthetic experience of reading comics explicitly focused on adolescent life may be enjoyable, educative, and meaningful for adults becoming teachers.
Are artists autonomous agents? Are they individuals? Engaging with these seemingly commonsensical questions is the objective of this doctoral dissertation. Moreover, my answer to both questions is: no. My objective herein, then, will be to develop the following argument: that because the...
Culture, Ideal Affect, and Ideal Affect-Actual Affect Discrepancies During Leisure and Non-Leisure EpisodesDownload
Affect Valuation Theory (AVT), a relatively new cross-cultural psychological framework, underpins this study. AVT’s key concepts include: ideal affect (i.e., how one prefers to feel); actual affect (i.e., how one actually feels); ideal-actual affect discrepancies (i.e., difference between ideal...
While it has become a generally accepted idea that humans have been endowed with authority over all that exists on this earth, this thesis will argue that, at times, this is not the case. Belief in this sort of authority proves to be problematic in a classroom environment as things assert...
Communicating risk information to promote adoption of protective behaviours was challenging during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Focus group research in Alberta, Canada involving 65 seniors aged 65 and older suggests this population had difficulty comprehending risk information due to...
Background Rest-activity and sleep-wake cycles are controlled by the endogenous circadian rhythmgenerated by the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus. Degenerative changes in the SCN appear to be a biological basis for circadian disturbances in people with dementia, and might be...