Curriculum Vitae

JONATHAN PARSONS
www.jonparsons.ca
Email | Twitter | LinkedIn

EDUCATION

PhD, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL
Thesis topic: Resistance in Contemporary Newfoundland Fiction
Supervisors: Dr. Danine Farquharson, Dr. Fiona Polack

PhD Certificate in Extractive Industries, University of the Arctic
Research topic: Resistance to Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Responsibility

MA, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
English and Critical Theory

BA, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL
Double major, Political Science & English

WORK EXPERIENCE

Managing partner, consultant – KeynoteCSR (2017-present)

Researcher – Memorial University, Brock University, UArctic (2009-17)

Instructor – Memorial University, Department of English (2011-17) (link)

Journalist, editor – The Independent NL (2012-17)

Board member, communications coordinator – Social Justice Cooperative NL (2013-16)

Manager, editor, and referee – Postscript: A Journal of Theory and Practice (2011-12) (link)

Research Assistant, Council of 3M National Teaching Fellows (2009-10)

Copy editor – Brock University, Department of Adult Education (2009)

Research Assistant, Brock University, Applied Disabilities Studies (2008-09)

Customer Service Representative, ICT Call Center (2006-07)

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

“Anarchism and Unconventional Oil.” Materialism and the Critique of Energy. Ed. Brent Ryan Bellamy and Jeff Diamanti. MCM Prime, 2018.

“Direct Democracy.” Improving Democratic Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador. Ed. Alex Marland and Lisa Moore. ISER Books, 2017.

“Resistance to Extractive Industries in Newfoundland and Labrador.” Circumpolar Notes – Arctic Extractive Industries, 4 (2015).

“Branded Newfoundland: Lisa Moore’s Alligator and Consumer Capitalism.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, 28.1 (2013).

“Form, Content, Function: Phenomenology and/in Sign-Language Poetry.” Schutzian Research, 3 (2011).

“The Naming Compulsion in Dillon Wallace’s The Lure of the Labrador Wild and Mina Hubbard’s A Woman’s Way through Unknown Labrador.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, 26.1 (2011).

NON-ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS (partial list)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Purpose Handbook: Toward Social Ecology. Toronto, HCE Press. (forthcoming)

Everyday Dissent: Politics and Resistance in Newfoundland and Labrador. Toronto: HCE Press, 2016.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS (partial list)

“Radical Flank Effect and Absurd Demands: Oil and Climate Change.” Petrocultures, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2016.

“Social Ecology, Energy Humanities, and Community Clout.” The Future, The Arts, and Ecology, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2016.

“Improvisation in Poetry and Street Politics.” Improvising Spaces Workshop and Speaker Series, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2015.

“Discourse Analysis: Newfoundland and Labrador’s Oil Ambitions and Climate Change.” UArctic Extractive Industries, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2015.

“PhZine.” Future Humanities: Transforming Graduate Studies for the Future of Canada, McGill, Montreal, 2015.

“Resistance to Extractive Industries in Newfoundland and Labrador.” UArctic Extractive Industries, Northeastern Federal University, Neryungri, Russia, 2014.

“Cultural Capital and Propaganda of the Deed in Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.” Thomas H. Raddall Symposium, Acadia University, 2013.

“Toward a Phenomenology of Poetry.” The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP), 2012.

“Form, Content, Function: Phenomenology and/in Sign Language Poetry.” The Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP), 2011.

“A Freirean Approach to Critical Literacy and Online Creative Writing.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), 2010.

“Bildungsroman as Roman à Clef: Meta-narrative and Slackening the Intentional Strings.” Narrative Matters, 2010.

“Describing a Collaborative, Group-based Phenomenological Analysis.” Existential Phenomenology, Theory and Culture (EPTC), 2010.

“Resistance to Creative Expressive Work: Tales of Glory and Woe.” Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), 2010.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS (partial list)

Facilitator, Vitae Writer’s Retreat 
School of Graduate Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, 2017

Speaker, It’s Social, Panel and Workshop
Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council, St. John’s, NL, 2016

Facilitator, Radicalism Defined, Workshop for Social Justice Co-op
Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, 2015

Facilitator, Refugees Welcome Teach-In, Workshop for Refugees Welcome
Political Science Department, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, 2015

Speaker, Press Conference on Fracking for NL Fracking Awareness Group
Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, 2015

Host, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Oil, and Fracking Public Roundtable
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL, 2015

Facilitator, Strategy and Tactics Workshop for regional anti-fracking organizations
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL, 2015

Facilitator, May Day Forum, Workshops for Social Justice Co-op AGM
Rocket Room, St. John’s, NL, 2014

Facilitator, Demo-X: An Experiment in Democracy, Workshop for Social Justice Co-op
City Hall, St. John’s, NL, 2013

Host, Art Is My Occupation, Arts and activism variety show
Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, NL, 2012

MEDIA WORK AND APPEARANCES (partial list)

The Independent NL, Regular columnist, reporter, 2013-present (~60 published articles link)

CBC News, Interview on anti-austerity demonstration, 2016 (link)

VOCM News, Interview on anti-austerity demonstration, 2016 (link)

CBC News, Interview on Refugees Welcome movement, 2015 (link)

CBC News, Interview on Bill C-51 protests, 2015 (link)

VOCM News, Interview on Bill C-51 protests, 2015 (link)

The Telegram, Interview on fracking public event, 2015 (link)

The Western Star, Interview on fracking public event, 2015 (link)

The Independent NL, Interview from People’s Social Forum, 2014 (link)

VOCM News, Interview on Muskrat Falls documentary, 2014 (link)

The Tyee, “Fight for Right to Sleep Goes Cross-Country” Reprint, 2013 (link)

Al Jazeera English, Clip on Ukraine protest media analysis, 2013 (link)

The Telegram, Interview on Occupy NL, 2012 (link)

The Independent NL, Interview on Occupy NL, 2012 (link)

ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING (partial list)

Organizer, Coordinated Approach (anti-austerity group), 2016

Regional coordinator (Newfoundland) Refugees Welcome Canada, 2015

Board member, Social Justice Cooperative Newfoundland and Labrador, 2013-16

Organizer, East Coast Fracking Awareness Group, 2012-2016

Founder/Organizer, Tordon Players (anti-pesticides and herbicides theatre group), 2012

Organizer, Palestinian Solidarity St. John’s, 2012-13

Founder/Organizer, People’s Assembly Newfoundland and Labrador, 2012

Organizer, Story Slam Niagara, 2008-2010

ACADEMIC AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University, 2015

Graduate Student of the Month, Memorial University, 2015

Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) Doctoral Fellowship, 2014

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 2013

Elected Scholar, International Communicology Institute (ICI), 2013

Memorial University Doctoral Fellowship, 2010

Brock University Graduate Fellowship, 2008

MEMBERSHIPS IN SCHOLARLY SOCIETIES

Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists (ICNAP)

Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)

International Communicology Institute – elected scholar (ICI)

Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW), 2010

Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW), 2009

Brock University Teaching and Learning Certificate, 2009

CREATIVE AND ARTISTIC (partial list)

Power and Resistance: The Muskrat Falls Hydro Project. Documentary film.
Writer / Producer / Director. (Forthcoming, 44 mins.)

“Anonymoose,” Short agitprop film. (link)
Actor.

“More Tragedy than Farce.” Prose poem. Landwash, 1.1, Feb. 2014, 16-17. (link)

“Ontopoetics.” Digital Poetry Chapbook. Website. (Reproduced in Ditch, Nov. 2011.)

“I Sail,” “Metaphysics,” “Words,” “I hear you say, I hear,” “Untitled,” “Since I had nothing to say and had to say something.” Poems. Ditch, Oct. 2009. (link)

REVIEWS (partial list)

Pathways of Creativity in Contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador.” ARIEL, 48.2 (2017).

Rabbit Rabbit, Poverty Cove Theatre Company.” The Independent (April 2014).

“Lisa Moore’s Caught.” The Independent (Oct. 2013).

INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

Chess, soccer, fishing, hiking, squash, tennis, basketball.

REFERENCES

Available on request.