The 2019 John G. Diefenbaker Award

Published: 12 June 2019

The John G. Diefenbaker Award allows a distinguished German scholar in the social sciences or humanities to conduct research in Canada, and spend brief periods gaining further experience at American institutions. The award is designed to encourage exchange between the university communities of Canada and Germany.

Professor Christoph Brunner of Leuphana University in Germany will be hosted for one year at McGill University, where he will pursue a specialized research project, engage in teaching, lecturing and leading workshops, and exchange with other Canadian and US research communities.

Professor Brunner’s research revolves around the intersections between media, affect, and aesthetic politics. He focuses on contemporary social movements, and their use of aesthetic techniques and strategies. As a visiting professor at McGill University’s English Department, he will collaborate with Dr. Alanna Thain and the Moving Image Research Lab, deliver guest lectures at The New School (New York City) and Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver), and work on a manuscript for the monograph, “Activist Sense: Towards a Political Aesthetics of Experience.”

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