The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies are welcoming three new faculty members to the campus community this month.
Greg Garrard is joining the department of Critical Studies as a sustainability professor. He recently moved to Canada from Bath Spa University in the UK.
Garrard is a National Teaching Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy, and a founding member and former Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment in the UK and Ireland. He is the author of Ecocriticism as well as numerous essays on eco-pedagogy, animal studies and environmental criticism.
In his first year at UBC Garrard will be focusing on his teaching and research that focuses on fictions of human-canine devotion, conflict, affection, co-evolution, and symbiosis.
To find out more about Garrard, visit his faculty webpage.
Ashok Mathur is Creative Studies’ new department head. His cultural, critical, creative and academic practice is wide-ranging — particularly his investigations into new models of artistic research and interdisciplinary collaboration that pursue a social justice agenda.
As a writer, cultural organizer, and interdisciplinary artist, Mathur’s work addresses the intersections of race, indigeneity, and creative and artistic research. His editorial work includes the anthology Cultivating Canada: reconciliation through the lens of cultural diversity, and numerous special volumes of arts and literary journals such as West Coast Line and Prairie Fire.
As a Canada Research Chair in Cultural and Artistic Inquiry (awarded 2005 at Thompson Rivers University), he has organized and co-ordinated multiple arts-driven initiatives.
To find out more about Mathur, visit his faculty webpage.
Myron Campbell is joining the Department of Creative Studies as an instructor of media arts, drawing, painting, screen printing and design.
In 2012, Campbell completed an MAA with distinction at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design where he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic excellence.
Campbell works predominantly with online interactive animation, but includes drawings, paintings and hand-made books in his larger installations.
His current research questions the role of monstrosity in mythological animal-human hybrid characters and presents them as predominant metaphors for the underlying animal nature present in sentient beings.
To find out more about Campbell, visit the faculty webpage.