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HEATHER MENZIES

Read Heather's Carleton University profile.

Heather doesn’t distinguish between what drives her as an activist and writer. For her, the two are interconnected. She believes in promoting ongoing dialogue between the realm of ideas and the realm of action with the medium connecting them being the stories and dialogue itself.

Heather has given lecture series and taught courses in women’s studies, Canadian studies and communications at a number of Canadian universities. As an adjunct professor and lecturer at Carleton University in Ottawa, Heather looks at how Canada and the people who live here are being shaped by and are responding to the social, political and economic trends roughly associated with post-industrialism, post-modernism and globalization in her Canadian Studies course Canada in a Post-Industrial Era.

Beginning with a look at the “free-trade” debates of the 1980s, one course she has taught offered a brief history of how the nation state of Canada emerged from the technologies and ideas of industrial modernity. It then sketches in the major changes that have shifted the pattern (the paradigm) into something more open-bordered with new, more individualized and sometimes conflicting sources of identity and affiliation. It then considers what this means for individuals, for public institutions (like health care) and for citizens’ capacity to discuss, decide and take action as a collectivity in an age of corporate globalization and post-September 11th global security.

 

Articles in Scholarly Journals:

"Learning Communities & the Information Highway," Journal of Distance Education, Vol. IX, No.1, Spring 1994.

"Telework, Shadow Work: The privatization of work in the new digital economy," Studies in Political Economy, (June, 1997)

"Technological Time and Infertility," Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Winter, 1999.

"Digital Networks: The Medium of Globalization and the Message," Canadian Journal of Communication, 24, No.4. (Autumn, 1999)

"Cyberspace Time and Infertility: on Social Time and the Environment," Time & Society, Vol. 9(1), 2000.

"Umbilical Chords and Digital Fibre Optics," The Gazette: International Journal of Communications, June, 2000.