Featured Cross-Appointed Faculty Member

Dr. Carrie Dawson

  • Associate Professor, English and Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University
  • BA (UBC), MA (Sussex), PhD (Queensland)

Carrie Dawson is a specialist in contemporary Canadian literatures, but her most recent research grapples with the processes and privileges of citizenship and, more particularly, with the importance and difficulties of storytelling for refugees.

Recent publications

Edited collections

  • Make Believe: Truth, Fiction and Friction, Special Issue of the Dalhousie Review 93.1 (Spring 2013).
  • Carrie Dawson and Claire Campbell, eds. Groundtruthing: Canada and the Environment. Special issue of the Dalhousie Review 90.1 (Spring 2010).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “The Refugee’s Body of Knowledge: Silence and Storytelling in the work of Francisco-Fernando Granados.” 19 MS pages. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies  29 (Spring 2013).
  • “’What’s the difference, it’s an island, ain’t it?’: Regional Identity in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall On Your Knees.” Dalhousie Review 92.1/2 (Spring/Summer 2012): 93-108.
  • “On Thinking Like a State and Reading (about) Refugees.” The Journal of Canadian Studies 45.2 (Spring 2011): 59-76.
  • “How Does Our Garden Grow?” Canadian Literature: 50th Anniversary Interventions 204 (Spring 2010): 110-15.
  • “An Indian without a Country.” Australian Literary Studies 24.2 (2009): 21-33.
  •  “The Importance of Being Ethnic and the Value of Faking It.” Postcolonial Text  4.2 (2008). Online. 19 ms pages.
  • *“The Importance of Being Ethnic and the Value of Faking It” was reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Spring 2013.

Recent public lectures and conferences

  • "Decolonizing the Academy. Responding to the TRC Calls to Action" with Dr. Allan Downey (McGill University). Presented by the Canadian Studies & Dalhousie Native Studies Student Associations (April 2016)
  • “Refugee Hotels.” Presented to the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax (March 2013)
  • “On Being Bogus.” Invited public lecture. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (November 2012)
  • “The Refugee’s Body of Knowledge.” Presented at the bi-annual Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Paris, France (July 2012)
  • “Silence and Storytelling in the work of Francisco-Fernando Granados.” Presented at the Asylum and Performance Conference in London, England (April 2012)
  • “Reading, Writing, Refugees.” Invited lecture. University of Wollongong, Australia (March 2012)
  • “University Inc.” Invited lecture. Bi-annual meeting of the Canadian Association of University Teachers in Ottawa (April 2010)