Writer

As an researcher, I am passionate about sharing my work with academic and non-academic audiences alike. I have published in national and international journals, prepared white papers for local governments, and have written for online communities. I have published papers about Battlestar Galactica, the Kids in the Hall, the Royal Canadian Air Farce, and Rick Mercer, about cultural mapping and building vibrant cities, about the challenges of teaching difficult or uncomfortable course material, and about the cultural specificities of humour and laughter.

My work is unapologetically interdisciplinary. I feel at home with rhetoricians, sociologists, computer scientists, critical theorists, artists, and policy wonks alike. I enjoy the challenge of communicating to diverse audiences, to generalists and specialists, ingroups and outgroups.

I love traveling and presenting research. In the past five years I have presented in the Canadian cities of Montreal, Waterloo, Ottawa, and Calgary, as well as internationally in Barcelona, Nottingham, Coimbra, and Karlsruhe. I am always ready to travel to a new place and meet new people. I travel light and am often on the lookout for a new inspiring experience.

Here are some articles that I have authored or co-authored:

Navigating the Boys’ Club: Debra DiGiovanni and the Performative Strategy of Comic Self-deprecation

Mapping Culture in the Waterloo Region: Exploring Dispersed Cultural Communities and Clustered Cultural Scenes in a Medium-sized City Region.

Media Encoding in Science Fiction Television: Battlestar Galactica as a Site of Critical Cultural Production.

‘We weren’t hip, downtown people’: The Kids in the Hall, the Rivoli, and the Queen West Scene.

Laughing Apart: Humor and the Reproduction of Exclusionary Workplace Cultures.

What’s so Funny about Canadian Expats? The Comedian as Celebrity Export.

And here is a big long list of some of the places that I have been to talk about my research:

Geographies of Culture: The Case for Critical Cultural Mapping. Presented at the Association of Internet Researchers #AoIR2018, Montreal QC, Canada, October 10-13, 2018.

Methodological Challenges in Cultural Mapping. Counting Culture: A Roundtable on Methods in Media and Cultural Studies. Canadian Communication Association/Association Canadienne de communication, Ryerson University, Toronto ON, May 30, 2017.

Taboo Subjects in Stand-up Comedy: The Uneven Politics of Freedom of Speech Discourses. Presented at The Taboo Conference 2016, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona Spain, September 20-21, 2016.

The Canadian Unpopular: Examining the “Nots” of Canadian Pop Culture. Presented at Popular Culture Association of Canada/Association de culture populaire du Canada, McGill University, Montreal QC, May 12-15, 2016.

Laughing Apart: Humour and the Reproduction of Exclusionary Workplace Cultures. Presented at the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies/L’Association canadienne des études culturelles, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON, January 14-17, 2016.

Comic Labour: Reading Discourses of Work in Stand-Up Comedy.  Presented at the Canadian Communication Association/Association Canadienne de communication, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON, June 2-5, 2015.

Cultural Mapping in the Waterloo Region. Invited presentation to the City of Kitchener Art and Culture Advisory Council. Conestoga Room – Kitchener City Hall. June 16, 2015.

T’es pas sérieux?: Les politiques ambivalentes d’humour et des humoristes. Presented at the World Congress of the International Political Science Association, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal QC. July 19-25, 2014.

Bordering on Ambivalence: Exploring Tensions in Career Trajectories for Canadian Stand-up Comedians. Presented at Cultural Crossings: Production, Consumption and Reception across the Canada-US Border. University of Nottingham, Nottingham UK, June 20-22, 2014.

Mapping Art and Culture in the Waterloo Region as Part of a Regional Growth Strategy. Presented at Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories. University of Coimbra, Coimbra Portugal May 28-30, 2014.

Defining the Canadian Popular. Presented at Popular Culture Association of Canada/Association de culture populaire du Canada. Ramada Hotel, Calgary AB, May 8-10, 2014.

Investment in Culture as a Strategy for Creative Worker Retention in Canada’s Waterloo Region. Presented at PopKongress: Managing Popular Culture?, Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe Germany, January 30-February 1, 2014.

Culture as a Strategic Good in the Waterloo Region. Presented at the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies/L’Association canadienne des études culturelles, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON, January 16-18, 2014.

The Smart Region Initiative and the Role of Culture in Regional Development and City Building. Invited presentation to the City of Kitchener Art and Culture Advisory Council. Conestoga Room – Kitchener City Hall. January 21, 2014.

L’industrie de l’humour stand-up canadienne-anglaise comme champ de production culturelle. Keynote presentation for the Observatoire de l’humour colloquium L’humour sens dessus dessous, Université de Québec à Montréal, Montréal QC, November 27, 2013. 

‘We weren’t hip, downtown people’: The Kids in the Hall, the Rivoli, and the Queen Street West scene. Presented at the Canadian Communication Association/Association Canadienne de communication, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, June 5-7, 2013.

The Role of Seriousness in Humour Production. Presented at You Can’t be Serious: The 2013 John Douglas Taylor Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton ON, May 14-17, 2013.

Canadian Comedians as Celebrity Exports (Expats?). Presented at Popular Culture Association of Canada/ Association de culture populaire du Canada, Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls ON, May 9-11, 2013.

Single Awkward Female: Debra DiGiovanni and the Rise of the Female Stand-up Comic
in Canadian Popular Culture. Presented at Canadian Women’s Studies Association/L’Association canadienne des études sur les femmes, Wilfrid Laurier University/University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON, May 26-29, 2012.

Navigating the Boys Club: Female Stand-up Comedians and the Negotiations of Gendered Spaces in the Canadian Comedy Industry. Presented at Popular Culture Association of Canada/Association de culture populaire du Canada, Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls ON, May 10-12, 2012.

The Production of Everyday Culture. Presented at Canadian Association of Cultural Studies/L’Association canadienne des études culturelles, McGill University, Montréal QC, November 4-6, 2011.

Deveau, Danielle. Humour and the Negotiation of National Identity. Presented at Cyfrwng 2011: International Conference on Media and Culture in Small Nations, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff Wales. June 16-17, 2011.

Deveau, Danielle. The Cultural Critique of Gender Parody in Canadian Sketch Comedy. Presented at Comedy and Conflict: 5th Annual International Comedy Conference, University of Salford, Manchester UK, June 2-3, 2011.