Michael E. Gardiner, Professor
D.Phil. York (UK)
M.A. U. Calgary
B.A. U. Calgary
Cross appointed to the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism , University of Western Ontario
In the News
7 Dec 2016 "Our growing fascination with boredom" University Affairs.
[ Transcript of Diane Peters interview with Michael E. Gardiner for this UA piece.]
Michael Gardiner is currently interested in theories of affect (especially boredom), the everyday, utopia, and dialogical social theory (the work of Mikhail Bakhtin in particular).
Current Research Projects
Currently editing a book on 'boredom studies' for Routledge
Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
(2017) Boredom Studies Reader: Frameworks and perspectives (ed. with Julian Jason Haladyn), Routledge.
(2016) Gündelik Hayat Eleştirileri , Heretik
(2013) Weak Messianism: Essays on Utopia and Everyday Life Peter Lang.
Refereed Journal Publications
(2017) "Critique of Accelerationism" Theory, Culture & Society 34(1):29-52.
(2016) "Bakhtin in the fullness of time: Bakhtinian theory and the process of social education" (with Craig Brandist, Jayne White, and Carl Mika), Educational Philosophy and Theory 2016:1-5.
(2016) "Bakhtin, Boredom, and the 'Democratization of Skepticism' The European Legacy 22(2):163-184.
(2016) "Bakhtin and the ‘general intellect’" Educational Philosophy and Theory 2016:1-16.
(2014) "The Multitude Strikes Back? Boredom in an Age of Semiocapitalism" New Formations, 82(2):31-48 (special issue on 'Mood Work').
(2012) "Henri Lefebvre and the 'Sociology of Boredom'" Theory, Culture & Society 29(2):37-62.
(2012) " Post-Romantic irony in Bakhtin and Lefebvre" History of the Human Sciences 25(3), 51-69.
(2014) "Marxisme, modernitet og utopi" in Hverdagslivet Sociologier om det upåagtede , 2nd ed., Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Søren Kristiansen (red.), Køvenhavn: Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2014.
(2012) "The 'Dictatorship of the Eye': Henri Lefebvre on Vision, Space and Modernity" in Barry Sandywell and Ian Heywood (eds.) Handbook of Visual Culture , Oxford: Berg Publishers, 342-360.
(2012) "Phenomenology and its Shadow: Visuality in the Late Work of Merleau-Ponty" in Barry Sandywell and Ian Heywood (eds.) Handbook of Visual Culture , Oxford: Berg Publishers, 115-130.
Supervisory Status: MA, PhD
PhD ThesesPhD Thesis Supervisory Committee Member for Cenk Saracoglu, Migration, Neoliberalism and Ethnicization: The Middle-Class Construction of Kurdish Migrants in Izmir, Turkey.
PhD Examining Board Member for Helga Benediktsson, Cultural Opportunities and Social Movement Symbolic Strategies: The Knights of Labour and the American Federation of Labour as Meaning-Makers, 1880-1900.
Rory Davis, A Taste for Distinction: Food Representations in Popular Canadian Magazines.
Tony Puddephatt, Materiality, Discourse and Intersubjectivity: New Directions for a Constructivist Sociology of Science.
Victor Racz, The Notion of What is 'Objective' in the Works of Adorno.
MA Research Paper
Brendan Watts (jointly supervised with Anabel Quan-Haase), Capitalism Flies Through Space: A Marxist Analysis of Capitalist Ideology Within the Video Game Eve Online .
Centre for Theory and Criticism
Julian Haladyn, The Will to Boredom, PhD thesis, 2012
Jessica Reilly, Beyond the Spectacle: Rethinking Debord, MA thesis, 2009
Timothy August, The Edible Plebiscite, MA thesis, 2006
Petra Hroch, Puppet Masters: Aesthetics and Politics of the Marionnette, MA thesis, 2006
Carolyn Veldstra, Subversive Postmodern Humour in the Era of Its Impossibility, MA thesis, 2005