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Michael Follert

Contract Instructor

Degrees:Ph.D. Sociology (York University), M.A. Sociology (York University), B.A. Sociology (Queen's University)

Dr. Michael (Mike) Follert is engaged in a number of interdisciplinary research projects. His most recent scholarly contributions can be found in the Journal of Classical Sociology and Constellations. Mike’s current research examines (i) what political sociology can tell us about populism today, (ii) how cultural sociology’s concept of national repertoires can be applied within the Canadian context, and (iii) cultural memory as a site of repression and foreclosure. Teaching concurrently at the University of Guelph, Mike has developed highly exploratory courses on topics ranging from alternative social possibilities to Canadian ‘horror’. Before completing his Ph.D., Mike worked extensively in Toronto’s film and music industries. He remains an active member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).

Research Interests

Theories of the social and the political, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Canadian culture, and representation and cultural memory.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming. “The Cunning of Politeness.” In Reading Sociology, 4th Edition: Unsettling a Settler Colonial Project & Re/writing Sociological Narratives. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Forthcoming. “The Silent Majority, Populism, and the Shadow Sides of Democracy.” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory.

2020. “Contractual Thought and Durkheim’s Theory of the Social: A Reappraisal.” Journal of Classical Sociology, 20(3): 167-190.

2019. “Burying the Past: Indigeneity and the Canadian Horror Canon.” In The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture, edited by Victoria Kannen and Neil Shyminsky. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

2018. “From Phrygian Cap to Foulard: Looking Back on the Festivals of the Revolution, 1793-1989. The Age of Revolutions.

2017. “The Ambivalence of Diplomacy.” In Reading Sociology, 3rd Edition, edited by Patrizia Albanese, Lorne Tepperman, and Emily Alexander. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.