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
13 Feb 2019 "Marie Kondo: Less is More?" The Gazette
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
- 3362F - 001 Sociology of Utopia
- 4485F - 001 Selected Topics in Sociology: The Sociology of Climate Change
- 9005B - 650 Contemporary Social Theory
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
(2019) "A Tale of Two ’68s: The “Politics of Boredom” in France and Italy" Cultural Politics 15(3): 289-302.
(2018) "An Autonomist Marcuse?" Rethinking Marxism 30(2): 232-25.
(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.
(2018) "In Search of Lost Cheekiness: Bakhtin and Foucault as Neo-Cynics" in Slav N. Gratchev and Howard Mancing (eds.), Mikhail Bakhtin’s Heritage in Literature, Arts, and Psychology: Art and Answerability , Rowman & Littlefield
(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