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Jody Berland

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Department of Humanities

Professor

Office: 234 Founders College
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 33218
Email: jberland@yorku.ca
Primary website: http://www.arts.yorku.ca/huma/jberland/
Secondary website: yorku.academia.edu/JodyBerland
Attached CV: https://profiles.laps.yorku.ca/files/Berland-CV-April-2021.pdf

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Jody Berland is an award winning scholar whose research and teaching offer interdisciplinary explorations of nature, technology and social change as mediated in visual and sonic culture. Her most recent book, 'Virtual Menageries in Network Cultures' (MIT Press, 2019) addresses the close interdependency of animal emissaries and new media from early European colonial encounters with the exotic to today's proliferation of animals in digital networks. She is Editor Emerita of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies and has supervised many theses and dissertations.

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Jody Berland has published widely on cultural studies, Canadian culture, music, technologies of mediation, and representations of nature, animals and environments. Her most recent research explores representations of animals as important connective mediations between humans and communication technologies in historical, colonial and digital milieux. Professor Berland is the co-editor of <Cultures of Militarization (2010); Theory Rules: Art as Theory/Theory and Art (1996); Cultural Capital: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions and the Value(s) of Art (2000); and Editor Emeritus of Topia: A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (www.yorku.ca/topia). Her book North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space (2009) explores changing relations between nation, technology, nature and culture in Canada. This book was awarded the Gertrude J Robinson Book Prize by the Canadian Communications Association, 2010. Berland was also awarded the Association of Canadian Studies 2010 Merit Award.
Berland's 2009-2012 SSHRC funded research, 'Virtual menageries in network cultures' concerns the appearance of animals in the emergence of new technologies. Her book Virtual Menageries was published by MIT Press / Leonardo Books. In 2015 she was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant as principal investigator of an international project entitled "Digital Animalities: Representations of Non Human Life in the Age of Risk" amounting to $300,250.00. The team has produced a website will produce a website and art exhibition, a published catalogue, and a book currently in review.
Professor Berland has supervised 12 PhD dissertations and 22 MAs and currently supervises 3 PhD and 3 MA students. Completed PhD supervisions: Brian McCormack (Humanities, 2018), "Among Umwelten: Meaning-Making in Critical Posthumanism." Neil Balan (Humanities, 2015). “Counterinsurgency: Firepower, Biopower and the Collateralization of Military Violence.” Steven Logan (Communication and Culture, 2015). “Modernist Urbanism in the Era of Automobility: Producing Space in the Suburbs of Toronto and Prague.” Sabine Lebel (Communication and Culture, 2014). “Life Cycle of a Personal Computer: Studies in the Materialities of Risk.” Kelly Bronson (Communication and Culture, 2013). “Framing the Debate: How Scientism in the Language of the Law binds Public-Biotechnology Engagement.” Robinder Kaur Sehdev (Communication and Culture, 2008), “Liliwanna at the Brink: Visual Culture and Colonial History at Niagara Falls.” Naomi Fraser (Communication and Culture, 2007). "We Are All Connected: Internationalism and Canadian Identity." Sarah Ravi Sharma (Communication and Culture, 2006). "Temporality and Difference from the Agora to the Airport: Towards a Theory of Power- Chronography." Melissa West (Communication and Culture, 2006). "Marketing Madonna: Commodity and Corporation." Jenny Burman (Social and Political Thought, 2000). "Global Flows: Economies of Nostalgia and Yearning. Cheryl Simon (Humanities, Concordia University, 1998). "Gender, Genre and Globalization: Discourses of Femininity in the Popular Culture of the 1990s." Adrian Ivachiw (Faculty of Environmental Studies, 1997). "Places of Power: Sacred Sites, Gaia's Pilgrims and the Politics of Landscape."
Current PhD students: Kelsey Speakman (Communication and Culture), Animals and Consumer Culture; Sean Steele (Humanities) Improvising the sacred: Music festivals and spiritual experience.
Postdoctoral Supervision: Trudi Smith, 2011-2013. “Critical and creative visual inquiry grounded in contemporary acts of photography in Canadian National Parks.”

Degrees

PhD in Social and Political Thought, York University
MA, Simon Fraser University
BA in English and Sociology, Simon Fraser University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Communications Officer, York University Faculty Association
Co-Chair, YUFA Climate Emergency Committee (YCEC) Curriculum Committee
Member of Editorial Board, IASPM (International Association for the Study of Music) Journal
Senior Faculty Associate, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Editor Emerita, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

Community Contributions

Convenor, TAB: Take Academia Back. https://www.facebook.com/groups/622766154521199
Steering Committee member and editor, Politics of Evidence Working Group. https://politicsofevidence.wordpress.com F
Friends of a New Park: community group, Wychwood Artspace.
Member, Centre for Social Innovation, Annex

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Media, Animal Studies, Posthumanism, Cultural Sociology, STS, Music, Sound, and Technological Mediations, Cultural Studies

Current Research Projects

Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Non Human Life

    Summary:

    An interdisciplinary collaborative study of animals in digital media in the context of environmental risk with 10 co-investigators and collaborators.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2015

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2019

    Funders:
    SSHRC
Virtual Menageries

    Summary:

    A study of the use and impact of animals in new media sites.

    Description:

    In completion at Goldsmiths, University of London. https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=10293

    Published as Virtual Menageries: Animals as Mediators in Network Cultures. Leonardo Books, MIT Press, 2019.

    https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/virtual-menageries

    See more
    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2012

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2015

TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

    Summary:

    Editor, Editor Emeritus

    Description:

    Editor, 1998-2015, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal in cultural studies.

    See more
Canada Watch: The Politics of Evidence

    Summary:

    Annual publication of Canada Watch, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, 2014

    Description:

    A publication dedicated to an examination of the politics of evidence and the status of science under the Canadian Conservative Government.

    See more
    Role: Editor, Author

Books

Publication
Year

Berland, Jody. Virtual Menageries: Animals as Mediators in Network Cultures. MIT Press / Leonardo Books

2019

Cultures of Militarization, Ed. Jody Berland and Blake Fitzpatrick. TOPIA/Cape Breton University Press, 2010.

2010

Capital Culture: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art. Ed. Jody Berland and Shelley Hornstein. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000.

2000

Theory Rules: Art and Theory/Theory as Art. Ed.Jody Berland, Will Straw and David Tomas. YYZ Books; University of Toronto Press, 1996.

1996

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire.” Human Animal Studies, ed. Susan McHugh and Garry Marvin. London: Routledge (in press). Reprint.

2017

“The Work of the Beaver.” Material Cultures in Canada. Ed.Thomas Allen and Jennifer Blair. Waterloo: Wilfrid University Press 2015.

2015

Contradicting Media: Toward a Political Phenomenology of Listening.” The Sound Studies Reader. Ed. Jonathan Sterne. London: Routledge, Reprint.

2012

“Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire. Phaedra C. Pezzullo (Ed.), Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited. London: Routledge

2010

'Writing on the Border.' Between Empires: A Canadian Cultural Studies Reader. Ed. Gail Faurchou, Sourayan Mookerjea and Imre Szeman. Durham,NC: Duke University Press, 2009.

2009

'Postmusics.' Sonic Synergies. Ed. Gerry Bloustein. London: Palgrave, 2008. 35-45.

2008

'Space at the Margins: Colonial Spatiality and Critical Theory after Innis.' Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art. Ed. John O’Brian and Peter White. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007. 89-92.

2007

'The Musicking Machine.' Residual Media. Ed. Charles Acland. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. 303-328.

2007

“Radio Space and Industrial Time: The Case of Music Formats.” Popular Music: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. Ed. Simon Frith. London: Routledge, 2003, 230-239. Reprint.

2003

“Bodies of Theory, Bodies of Pain: Some Silences.” Feminism-Art-Theory: An Anthology 1968-2000. Eds. Hilary Robinson, Blackwell Press, 2001, 75-84.

2001

”Nationalism and the Modernist Legacy: Dialogues with Innis.” Capital Culture. Eds. Berland and S. Hornstein. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000.

2000

“Cultural Technologies and the 'Evolution' of Technological Cultures.” The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory. Eds. Andrew Herman and Thomas Swiss. London: Routledge, 2000, 235-258.

2000

“Das Wetter und wir. Wie Nature und Kultur sich miteinander vershranken,” in Widerspenstige Kulturen: Cultural Studies als Herausforderung. Eds. Karl H. Norning and Rainer Winter. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Verlag, 1999 (translated), 543-566

1999

“Weathering the North: Climate, Colonialism and the Mediated Body.” Pop Can: Popular Culture in Canada. Eds. L. Van Luven and P. Walton, Scarborough: Prentice-Hall, 1999, 207-218.

1999

Monographs

Publication
Year

North of Empire: Culture, Space, Technology. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
Received the 2009 Gertrude J Robinson Book Prize by the Canadian Communication Association.

2009

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Berland, Jody. McLuhan and Posthumanism: Extending the Techno-Animal Embrace. https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2019v44n4a3725

2019

Berland, Jody “McLuhan and Posthumanism: Extending the Techno-Animal Embrace.” Canadian Journal of Communications, Fall 2019.

2019

http://dx.doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.MA.8.3.10

2018

https://www.depauw.edu/site/humanimalia/issue%2017/berland.html

2017

“Assembling the Virtual Menagerie,” Antennae: Journal of Nature and Culture #30, December 2014, 54-71. www.antennae.org.uk

2015

“The Politics of Evidence: The Contemporary Canadian Context.” MediaTropes eJournal, 5.2. Ed. Jenny Bosaller. University of Missouri, 2015.

2015

'Animal and/as Medium: Symbolic Work in Communicative Regimes.' Global South 3.1 (Spring 2009): 42-65.

2009

"The Elephant in the Classroom." International Journal of Inclusive Education 13:7 (2009): 799-811.

2009

"The Politics of the Exasperated: Arts and Culture in Canada." ESC: English Studies in Canada 33.2 (2009): 24-30.

2009

'Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire.' Cultural Studies 22.2 (Spring 2008): 431-454.

2008

Walkerton: The Memory of Matter.” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 14 (Fall 2005): 93-108.

2005

“After the Fact: Spatial Narratives in the Canadian Imaginary,” New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory Politics 57 (2005): 39-55.

2005

“Nationalism and the Modernist Legacy: Dialogues with Innis” Culture and Policy 8.3 (1997): 9-37.

1997

On Reading `the Weather. Cultural Studies 8.1 (January 1994): 99-114.

1994

“Writing on the Border.” CR: The New Centennial Review 1.2 (2001): 139-170.



Jody Berland is an award winning scholar whose research and teaching offer interdisciplinary explorations of nature, technology and social change as mediated in visual and sonic culture. Her most recent book, 'Virtual Menageries in Network Cultures' (MIT Press, 2019) addresses the close interdependency of animal emissaries and new media from early European colonial encounters with the exotic to today's proliferation of animals in digital networks. She is Editor Emerita of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies and has supervised many theses and dissertations.

Jody Berland has published widely on cultural studies, Canadian culture, music, technologies of mediation, and representations of nature, animals and environments. Her most recent research explores representations of animals as important connective mediations between humans and communication technologies in historical, colonial and digital milieux. Professor Berland is the co-editor of <Cultures of Militarization (2010); Theory Rules: Art as Theory/Theory and Art (1996); Cultural Capital: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions and the Value(s) of Art (2000); and Editor Emeritus of Topia: A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (www.yorku.ca/topia). Her book North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space (2009) explores changing relations between nation, technology, nature and culture in Canada. This book was awarded the Gertrude J Robinson Book Prize by the Canadian Communications Association, 2010. Berland was also awarded the Association of Canadian Studies 2010 Merit Award.
Berland's 2009-2012 SSHRC funded research, 'Virtual menageries in network cultures' concerns the appearance of animals in the emergence of new technologies. Her book Virtual Menageries was published by MIT Press / Leonardo Books. In 2015 she was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant as principal investigator of an international project entitled "Digital Animalities: Representations of Non Human Life in the Age of Risk" amounting to $300,250.00. The team has produced a website will produce a website and art exhibition, a published catalogue, and a book currently in review.
Professor Berland has supervised 12 PhD dissertations and 22 MAs and currently supervises 3 PhD and 3 MA students. Completed PhD supervisions: Brian McCormack (Humanities, 2018), "Among Umwelten: Meaning-Making in Critical Posthumanism." Neil Balan (Humanities, 2015). “Counterinsurgency: Firepower, Biopower and the Collateralization of Military Violence.” Steven Logan (Communication and Culture, 2015). “Modernist Urbanism in the Era of Automobility: Producing Space in the Suburbs of Toronto and Prague.” Sabine Lebel (Communication and Culture, 2014). “Life Cycle of a Personal Computer: Studies in the Materialities of Risk.” Kelly Bronson (Communication and Culture, 2013). “Framing the Debate: How Scientism in the Language of the Law binds Public-Biotechnology Engagement.” Robinder Kaur Sehdev (Communication and Culture, 2008), “Liliwanna at the Brink: Visual Culture and Colonial History at Niagara Falls.” Naomi Fraser (Communication and Culture, 2007). "We Are All Connected: Internationalism and Canadian Identity." Sarah Ravi Sharma (Communication and Culture, 2006). "Temporality and Difference from the Agora to the Airport: Towards a Theory of Power- Chronography." Melissa West (Communication and Culture, 2006). "Marketing Madonna: Commodity and Corporation." Jenny Burman (Social and Political Thought, 2000). "Global Flows: Economies of Nostalgia and Yearning. Cheryl Simon (Humanities, Concordia University, 1998). "Gender, Genre and Globalization: Discourses of Femininity in the Popular Culture of the 1990s." Adrian Ivachiw (Faculty of Environmental Studies, 1997). "Places of Power: Sacred Sites, Gaia's Pilgrims and the Politics of Landscape."
Current PhD students: Kelsey Speakman (Communication and Culture), Animals and Consumer Culture; Sean Steele (Humanities) Improvising the sacred: Music festivals and spiritual experience.
Postdoctoral Supervision: Trudi Smith, 2011-2013. “Critical and creative visual inquiry grounded in contemporary acts of photography in Canadian National Parks.”

Degrees

PhD in Social and Political Thought, York University
MA, Simon Fraser University
BA in English and Sociology, Simon Fraser University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Communications Officer, York University Faculty Association
Co-Chair, YUFA Climate Emergency Committee (YCEC) Curriculum Committee
Member of Editorial Board, IASPM (International Association for the Study of Music) Journal
Senior Faculty Associate, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
Editor Emerita, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

Community Contributions

Convenor, TAB: Take Academia Back. https://www.facebook.com/groups/622766154521199
Steering Committee member and editor, Politics of Evidence Working Group. https://politicsofevidence.wordpress.com F
Friends of a New Park: community group, Wychwood Artspace.
Member, Centre for Social Innovation, Annex

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Media, Animal Studies, Posthumanism, Cultural Sociology, STS, Music, Sound, and Technological Mediations, Cultural Studies

Current Research Projects

Digital Animalities: Media Representations of Non Human Life

    Summary:

    An interdisciplinary collaborative study of animals in digital media in the context of environmental risk with 10 co-investigators and collaborators.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2015

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2019

    Funders:
    SSHRC
Virtual Menageries

    Summary:

    A study of the use and impact of animals in new media sites.

    Description:

    In completion at Goldsmiths, University of London. https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=10293

    Published as Virtual Menageries: Animals as Mediators in Network Cultures. Leonardo Books, MIT Press, 2019.

    https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/virtual-menageries

    Project Type: Funded
    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2012

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2015

TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

    Summary:

    Editor, Editor Emeritus

    Description:

    Editor, 1998-2015, interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal in cultural studies.

    Project Type: Funded
Canada Watch: The Politics of Evidence

    Summary:

    Annual publication of Canada Watch, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, 2014

    Description:

    A publication dedicated to an examination of the politics of evidence and the status of science under the Canadian Conservative Government.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Editor, Author

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire.” Human Animal Studies, ed. Susan McHugh and Garry Marvin. London: Routledge (in press). Reprint.

2017

“The Work of the Beaver.” Material Cultures in Canada. Ed.Thomas Allen and Jennifer Blair. Waterloo: Wilfrid University Press 2015.

2015

Contradicting Media: Toward a Political Phenomenology of Listening.” The Sound Studies Reader. Ed. Jonathan Sterne. London: Routledge, Reprint.

2012

“Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire. Phaedra C. Pezzullo (Ed.), Cultural Studies and the Environment, Revisited. London: Routledge

2010

'Writing on the Border.' Between Empires: A Canadian Cultural Studies Reader. Ed. Gail Faurchou, Sourayan Mookerjea and Imre Szeman. Durham,NC: Duke University Press, 2009.

2009

'Postmusics.' Sonic Synergies. Ed. Gerry Bloustein. London: Palgrave, 2008. 35-45.

2008

'Space at the Margins: Colonial Spatiality and Critical Theory after Innis.' Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art. Ed. John O’Brian and Peter White. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007. 89-92.

2007

'The Musicking Machine.' Residual Media. Ed. Charles Acland. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. 303-328.

2007

“Radio Space and Industrial Time: The Case of Music Formats.” Popular Music: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. Ed. Simon Frith. London: Routledge, 2003, 230-239. Reprint.

2003

“Bodies of Theory, Bodies of Pain: Some Silences.” Feminism-Art-Theory: An Anthology 1968-2000. Eds. Hilary Robinson, Blackwell Press, 2001, 75-84.

2001

”Nationalism and the Modernist Legacy: Dialogues with Innis.” Capital Culture. Eds. Berland and S. Hornstein. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000.

2000

“Cultural Technologies and the 'Evolution' of Technological Cultures.” The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory. Eds. Andrew Herman and Thomas Swiss. London: Routledge, 2000, 235-258.

2000

“Das Wetter und wir. Wie Nature und Kultur sich miteinander vershranken,” in Widerspenstige Kulturen: Cultural Studies als Herausforderung. Eds. Karl H. Norning and Rainer Winter. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Verlag, 1999 (translated), 543-566

1999

“Weathering the North: Climate, Colonialism and the Mediated Body.” Pop Can: Popular Culture in Canada. Eds. L. Van Luven and P. Walton, Scarborough: Prentice-Hall, 1999, 207-218.

1999

Books

Publication
Year

Berland, Jody. Virtual Menageries: Animals as Mediators in Network Cultures. MIT Press / Leonardo Books

2019

Cultures of Militarization, Ed. Jody Berland and Blake Fitzpatrick. TOPIA/Cape Breton University Press, 2010.

2010

Capital Culture: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions, and the Value(s) of Art. Ed. Jody Berland and Shelley Hornstein. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000.

2000

Theory Rules: Art and Theory/Theory as Art. Ed.Jody Berland, Will Straw and David Tomas. YYZ Books; University of Toronto Press, 1996.

1996

Monographs

Publication
Year

North of Empire: Culture, Space, Technology. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
Received the 2009 Gertrude J Robinson Book Prize by the Canadian Communication Association.

2009

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Berland, Jody. McLuhan and Posthumanism: Extending the Techno-Animal Embrace. https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2019v44n4a3725

2019

Berland, Jody “McLuhan and Posthumanism: Extending the Techno-Animal Embrace.” Canadian Journal of Communications, Fall 2019.

2019

http://dx.doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.MA.8.3.10

2018

https://www.depauw.edu/site/humanimalia/issue%2017/berland.html

2017

“Assembling the Virtual Menagerie,” Antennae: Journal of Nature and Culture #30, December 2014, 54-71. www.antennae.org.uk

2015

“The Politics of Evidence: The Contemporary Canadian Context.” MediaTropes eJournal, 5.2. Ed. Jenny Bosaller. University of Missouri, 2015.

2015

'Animal and/as Medium: Symbolic Work in Communicative Regimes.' Global South 3.1 (Spring 2009): 42-65.

2009

"The Elephant in the Classroom." International Journal of Inclusive Education 13:7 (2009): 799-811.

2009

"The Politics of the Exasperated: Arts and Culture in Canada." ESC: English Studies in Canada 33.2 (2009): 24-30.

2009

'Cat and Mouse: Iconographies of Nature and Desire.' Cultural Studies 22.2 (Spring 2008): 431-454.

2008

Walkerton: The Memory of Matter.” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 14 (Fall 2005): 93-108.

2005

“After the Fact: Spatial Narratives in the Canadian Imaginary,” New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory Politics 57 (2005): 39-55.

2005

“Nationalism and the Modernist Legacy: Dialogues with Innis” Culture and Policy 8.3 (1997): 9-37.

1997

On Reading `the Weather. Cultural Studies 8.1 (January 1994): 99-114.

1994

“Writing on the Border.” CR: The New Centennial Review 1.2 (2001): 139-170.