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William Flynn

Instructor III

Degrees:BA and MA (National University of Ireland, Cork), PhD (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1198
Office:Loeb A703

Areas of Interest

I am interested in historical and contemporary forms of travel and tourism, tourist guidebooks and more broadly how identities are formed under liminal and unusual circumstances.

More recently I have developed a growing interest in graphic novels and comics and am currently working with Professor Carrier-Moisan in the Department of Anthropology at Carleton University to visually conceptualize a graphic novel project (click here for more information). This project aims to translate academic knowledge and writing into a more publically accessible form of knowledge.

I am currently exploring the use of multimedia (e.g., podcasts, comics, videos) – both as pedagogical devices and practical tools for student learning – with a particular focus on visual and aural forms of knowledge production, circulation and consumption. My interest in this area was initially piqued through my research on travel guidebooks, photo-images, and oral conversational travel stories.


I have been teaching sociology for several years: at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and most recently at the University of Ottawa. My teaching has focused on classical and contemporary social theory as well as numerous introduction to sociology courses.