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Dr. Karen Wall


Dr. Karen Wall


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I have been on faculty full time with the Communication Studies program since 2006, after several years with AU as a tutor. I have taught CMNS 302 Communication in History, and have written as well as taught CMNS 402 Global Communication, CMNS 401 Cultural Policy in Canada, CMNS 202: Media and Power in Canadian Society, and HERM 327 Heritage Policy in Canada. Prior to my academic career, I worked in museums and archives institutions as researcher and exhibit designer, and as an illustrator for educational materials in schools and museums. Currently I pursue collaborations in the arts with actors, filmmakers and musicians to produce narratives or artifacts on themes related to my research.

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Research interests

  • Travel and leisure
  • Collective memory
  • Social change and community arts
  • Artists’ residencies
  • Indigenous culture and reconciliation
  • Cultural policy
  • Western Canadian history
  • Heritage policy and practice
  • Research-creation
  • Militarized environments and memoirs

Educational credentials

  • University of Alberta. Ph.D. Leisure/Canadian Studies, 1998.
  • University of Oxford. D.Phil, ABD. History of Science and Technology, 1993.
  • Simon Fraser University. MA, Communication Studies, 1992.
  • Simon Fraser University, BA (hons), Communication Studies, 1990.