Curriculum Vitae

CURRICULUM VITAE NOVEMBER 2017

Education:

  • PhD Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation – The University of Alberta, 2016-Present.

Tentative dissertation title: “Real Revitalization: Poverty, Urban Development, and Homelessness in Edmonton”

  • MA History (Thesis)

The University of Alberta (2012):

This is Not For You: The Rise and Fall of Music Milieux in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, 1950s -1990s

  • BA History (Political Science Minor)

The University of Alberta (2006)

Publications:

Public Publications

Interviews:

Keynote Lectures:

  • “Jump in the Mosh Pit! Connecting Communities through the Tenets of Punk.” Keynote presentation at Tomorrow’s Ideas Now: Undergraduate Research Initiative Conference, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 13 November 2015.

Conference Papers:

International:

  • Rylan Kafara, Jay Scherer, and Judy Davidson, “the Grassroots Response to Professional Sports Related Urban Development: The Formation of the Edmonton Community Benefits Coalition.” Paper presented at the 14th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, “the Values of Sport: between tradition and (post)modernity.” Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 15 June 2017.
  • Jay Scherer, Judy Davidson, and Rylan Kafara, “Urban Governance and the Politics of a Publicly-Funded Arena and Entertainment District: Community Benefits?” Paper presented at the 14th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, “the Values of Sport: between tradition and (post)modernity.” Prague, Czech Republic, 15 June 2017.
  • “’Here we are Now, Educate us:’ the Pedagogical Approach to Teaching the History of Punk.” Paper presented at the Keep It Simple Make it Fast! Crossing Borders of Underground Music Scenes International Conference, Porto, Portugal, 15 July 2015.
  • “Dissent Across the Genres: the blurry line between folk and punk.” Paper presented at the Inaugural Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, London, England, 16 September 2011.
  • “What they did was Secret: The Links Between Punk and Grunge.” Paper presented at Alien to You? Not to Me. The 31st Annual Meeting of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America, 10 February 2010.

North American:

  • Rylan Kafara, Jay Scherer and Judy Davidson, “Resisting Sports-Related Urban Development: The Edmonton Community Benefit Coalition’s Political Repertoire of Contention.” Paper presented at 2017 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, “Sport Matters: Physics, Politics, Performances, Pedagogies,” Windsor, Ontario, 4 November 2017.
  • Jay Scherer, Judy Davidson and Rylan Kafara, “Uneven Development: The Politics of the Edmonton Arena Community Benefits Agreement.” Paper presented at 2017 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Conference, “Sport Matters: Physics, Politics, Performances, Pedagogies,” Windsor, Ontario, 2 November 2017.

 

Canadian:

  • “Real Revitalization: Building Community through Recreation in Inner City Edmonton.” Paper presented at the 2015 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Lake Louise, Alberta, 24 October 2015.
  • “Seventy Years of Dropping the Bomb: The Memory of Destruction in Western Popular Culture” Paper presented at the 70 Years After Hiroshima: Nuclear Issues in Global Contexts Conference, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 18 September 2015.
  • “Recreation and Wellness: Building a Healthy Community in Inner City Edmonton.” Poster presented at the Inner City Health and Wellness Symposium, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, 22 June 2015.
  • “Inner City Recreation and Wellness: Creating Positive Change and Community in Edmonton.” Paper presented at 13th Annual Harm Reduction Conference Policy, Practice and Research – Creating Positive Change, Edmonton, Alberta, 2 June 2015.
  • “Casting New Sound: Staying Local and the History of the Edmonton Punk Scene.” Paper presented at the University of Alberta History and Classis Graduate Conference Recasting the Past, Edmonton, Alberta, 27 February 2015.
  • “Inner City Edmonton: Building Community through Education.” Paper presented at Engage for Change: Changing for Engagement, the 15th Annual Engagement Consortium Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, 8 October 2014.
  • “Transmitting the Sound of Change: Punk Rock and Political Subversion in Eastern Europe in the 1980s.” Paper presented at the University of Alberta History and Classics Graduate Conference The Middle Ground, Edmonton, Alberta, 4 March 2011.
  • “Who said you could label dissent? The punk attitude in folk music in the 20th century” Paper presented at The Audible Past, the Mutable FutureCo-panel for the University of Alberta Graduate Music Students Association and History and Classics Graduate Students Association Conferences, Edmonton, Alberta, 4 March 2011.
  • “American Glamour: Sub Pop Records and New American Musical Heroes.” Paper presented at the Dalhousie University History Graduate Conference Guts, Glamour, and Gossip, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 20 March 2010.
  • “The Creation of an Alternative Network: The American Punk Scene in the 1980s.” Paper presented at the McGill-Queen’s History Graduate Conference Making Networks/Making History, Montreal, Quebec, 13 March 2010.
  • “Punk and Protest: Direct Action and the Role of Music in the Counterculture of the 1980s.”Paper presented at The Past is Not Yet Written Co-panel for the University of Alberta Graduate Music Students Association and History and Classics Graduate Students Association Conferences, Edmonton, Alberta, 5 March 2010.
  • “The Roots of Grunge: The Punk Milieux of America in the 1980s.” Paper presented at the History and Classics Graduate Students Association Fall Colloquium, Edmonton, Alberta, 11 December 2009.
  • “This is Not For You: The Grunge Movement as an Alternative Community.” Paper presented at the University of Alberta Sociology Graduate Conference Engaging Communities, Edmonton, Alberta, 3 May 2009.
  • “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: America, World History Textbooks, and the Introduction to History.” Paper presented at the University of Alberta World History Forum, 14 April 2009.
  • “Space and Community Identity: Framing the move from the Cultural to the Political in 1960s Seattle.” Paper presented at the University of Alberta Music Graduate Conference Theorizing the Space Between, Edmonton, Alberta, 7 March 2009.
  • “Seattle in the 1960s: Music, Identity, and Molotov Cocktails.” Paper presented at the University of Alberta History and Classics Graduate Conference Questions of Authority, Edmonton, Alberta, 20 February 2009.
  • “To be on Sugar Mountain: Cultural Identity within the Winnipeg Music Scene.” Western Canadian Undergraduate History Conference, Lethbridge, 2006.
  • “Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan’s Relationship with the Counterculture of the 1960s.” Western Canadian Undergraduate History Conference, Red Deer, 2005.

Public Lectures:

  • “Arts and Creative Programming in Vulnerable Communities”. Paper presented at the Sound Studies Initiative’s Winter Roots Roundup Festival VIII, “moving music in our communities.” The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 2 February 2017.
  • US Nationalism: Past and Present.” Lecture given at the Nationalism Day Conference, the University of Alberta, 13 December 2016.
  • “Gentrification in Downtown Edmonton.” Lecture given to FGSR staff at the University of Alberta on 1 November 2016.
  • “The Inner City Recreation and Wellness Program.” Panel presentation at the Alberta High Risk Youth Symposium, Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta, 22 May 2015.
  • “History and Classics Career Forum.” Panel Presentation at the CAPS Career Forum, the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 30 October 2014.
  • “Power and Protest: the strength of tradition in Dictatorships & Democracies.” Lecture given at the Dictators Day Conference, Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton, Alberta, 13 March 2014.
  • “Tolerating Dissent: Protest and the Modern Liberal State.” Lecture given at the Liberalism Day Conference, Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton, Alberta, 18 November 2013.
  • “Listening to Canadian History: using Tragically Hip Songs to better understand the past.” Lecture given at Liberal Arts Day, The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 3 May 2013.
  • “Why Participation in Music Communities Matters.” Lecture given at the Festival of Ideas, The University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 17 November, 2012.
  • “The Importance of Music Communities: Giving Youth Opportunities in Seattle, 1950s-1990s.” Lecture given at Edmonton City Hall, Edmonton, Alberta, 24 October, 2012.
  • “Dictatorships and Democracy: Violence, Force, and Shades of Grey.” Lecture given to students from Arch Bishop Jordan High School, Edmonton, Alberta, 20 March 2012.
  • “’I’m Afraid of Americans,’ or: the (Mis)use of Violence in a Democracy.” Lecture given at the 20th Century Dictators Conference, Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton, Alberta, 15 March 2012.
  • “Listening to Dissent: The Sound of Protest from Woody Guthrie to Rage Against the Machine.” C0-Lecture given with Michael MacDonald at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 8 March 2011.
  • “Ernesto ’Che’ Guevara: Martyr, Villian, or Just a Face on a Shirt?” Lecture given at the 20th Century Dictators Conference, Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton, Alberta, 23 April 2010.
  • “Stalin and the Soviet Partisans: How the Memory of the Great Patriotic War Changed Over Time.” Lecture given at the 20th Century Dictators Conference, Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton, Alberta, 6 March 2009.

Awards and Grants:

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship, 2017-2020.
  • President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, 2017-2020.
  • Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Scholarship, 2016.
  • Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship, 2011, 2017.
  • Don Snider “Go Wildly” Memorial Scholarship (Edmonton Folk Music Festival), 2017.
  • Government of Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award, 2010, 2016.
  • Graduate Tuition Award, 2016-2017.
  • Clifford H Skitch Travel Award, 2010-2011.
  • University of Alberta Graduate Student Association Professional Development Grant, 2009-2010.
  • Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award, 2009-2010.
  • Beryl Steel Travel Award, 2009-2010.
  • Harry Allen Memorial Coaching Award, 2005.
  • Jason Lang Scholarship, 2004.


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