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Michael Dorland

Professor Emeritus
    Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 7416
    Building:Richcraft Hall, Room 1202
    Department:School of Journalism and Communication


    Michael Dorland, Professor, School of Journalism & Communication; Fellow of the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Center in Jewish Culture. BA Hons. (History and Political Science, McGill 1969); MA (Soviet and Chinese History, McGill, 1971), PhD (Communication, Concordia 1991).

    Grew up in Montreal. Also studied in London and Paris. Has held research fellowships at the Université du Québec, and at Duke University in the US. Taught at McGill, UQAM, and Concordia before coming to Carleton in 1992.

    In between Phd’s, worked as a journalist and editor in newspapers and magazines. Award winning film critic in Montreal. Published a novel, The Double-Cross Circuit in 1978.

    Since September 2011, Michael Dorland has been appointed the seventh Editor of The Canadian Journal of Communication since its founding some 30 years ago. Contact:

    Recent Research: My most recent book, Cadaverland: The Limits of Medical Knowledge and Historical Memory (2009), dealt with 60 years of Holocaust survivor research in five countries. Research for the book was funded primarily by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

    Current Research: I am currently very interested in the implications for teaching and scholarship of the statistically based concepts of Big Data. Some scholars have proposed the idea of “the Digital Humanities”: others prefer the idea of “big data.” Either way  it’s a major paradigm shift. I am exploring aspects of this with respect to digital visualization. I am exploring this with respect to its implication for Communication Studies.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Communication and the Holocaust
    • Communication and Psychoanalysis
    • Communication and Art
    • Communication as Big Data
    • Communication as Systems of Thought
    • History of Communication
    • Rhetoric.

    Selected Publications

    Cadaverland: Inventing a Pathology of Catastrophe for Holocaust Survival, Brandeis University Press/ Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry, 2009, 275 pages

    Law, Rhetoric and Irony in the formation of Canadian Civil Culture, University of Toronto Press, 2002, 359 pp. co-authored with Maurice Charland (awarded the CCA’s G.J. Robinson Award for Best Book in Communication)

    So Close to the States: The Emergence of Canadian Feature Film Policy, University of Toronto Press, 1998, 198 pp.

    He also edited the leading collection on Canada’s cultural industries, as well as several other collections in film history. He has written many articles, most recently on the language of the Holocaust, on genocide and film, and across divers aspects of cultural studies.

    Teaching (current)

    • COMM 3303 (Rhetoric)
    • COMM 4103 (Semiotics)
    • COMM 6000 (Doctoral Seminar in Communication)

    PhD Supervisions (recent)

    Jason Hannan PhD, “Moral Discourse in a World After Virtue: Communication and Dialogue in the Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre,” Supervisor, defending October 2009

    Claire Harrison, PhD, “Dipping into the Social Imaginary: The Role of Narrative Reference in Public Debate,” supervisor, defended Jan. 23, 2009

    Constance Dilley John, PhD, “Framing Quebec Film Policy, 1960-1975: An Archival Exploration,” Graduate Program in Culture and Communication, York University, defended Sept. 19, 2008, External

    Aliaa Dakhoury, PhD, “Present at the Creation: Intellectual Origins of The Right to Communicate in Canada, 1967-1971,” supervisor, defended April 2008

    Ning Du, PhD, “Discourse Shifts: Changing Conception of Law in China, 1935-1985,” Member dissertation committee, ABD