Allan J. Ryan, Carleton University

Art History Associate Professor Canadian Studies Ottawa, Ontario allan_ryan@carleton.ca Office: (613) 520-2600 ext. 4035

Bio/Research

I have been a member of the Carleton University faculty since 2001 when I was appointed New Sun Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture, the first position of its kind in Canada. I hold a joint appointment in the School of Canadian Studies and the Department of Art History in the School for Studies i...

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Bio/Research

I have been a member of the Carleton University faculty since 2001 when I was appointed New Sun Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture, the first position of its kind in Canada. I hold a joint appointment in the School of Canadian Studies and the Department of Art History in the School for Studies in Art and Culture. Since 2002 I have organized the annual New Sun Conference on Aboriginal Arts which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in March, 2011. I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses on indigenous topics and have a special interest in contemporary Aboriginal issues and their aesthetic manifestation in literature, film and the visual arts. I am also interested in postmodern theory, postcolonial theory, comparative indigenous minorities, cultural representation in museums, and the field of humour studies. Many of these interests were brought together in my book, The Trickster Shift: Humour and Irony in Contemporary Native Art (UBC Press/U Washington Press), which won an American Book Award in 2000 for its contribution to multicultural literature. I also conducted post-doctoral research on Aboriginal cartoonists at Simon Frazer University. In 2005 I co-curated the exhibition, About Face: Self- Portraits by Native American, First Nations and Inuit Artists, shown at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More recently I have lectured on Canadian Aboriginal art and cinema in China and Brazil.

Dr. Ryan's interests include postmodern theory, postcolonial theory, comparative indigenous minorities, cultural representation in museums, and the field of humour studies. Dr. Ryan has designed new courses and forged interdisciplinary connections with other departments, such as Film Studies.



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