Eric Paul Weissman Ph.D.




Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary Social Science) Special Individualized Programs (SIP)                          2014

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

Thesis:        Spaces, Places and States of Mind: a pragmatic ethnography of liminal critique

  • Awarded the CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dissertation utilized long term, multi-site ethnographic field research to compare US and Canadian intentional homeless communities (aka. tent cities) and life on the streets, with conventional housing programs and the social policies that drive them. Using a hybridized form of social critique within a critical and pragmatic form of qualitative analysis, conclusions were made about the provisional successes of impoverished discursive sites and actors. The dissertation speaks to the role of ethnography and ethnographers in critical community actions
  • Supervisor: Greg Nielsen (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University)


Visiting Scholar (Post-Doctoral)                                                                                                          2014

University of Texas, The Institute for the Medical Humanities, Galveston, Texas

  • Engaged in research with local community groups using video and images to elicit critical discussions about community health issues
  • Instructed two doctoral seminars on visual representation and critical public ethnography


Master of Arts in Sociology                                                                                                       1986

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

  • Specialized in Social Network Theory and New Media


Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social/Cultural Anthropology                                                          1985

             University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario




  • Homelessness, Mental Health and Addictions
  • Social and Cultural Theory
  • Ethnography/Visual Methods/Qualitative Methods
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health, Housing and Social Policy
  • Urban Issues and Spatial Justice
  • Applied Community-based Social Research
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Poverty/Social Inequality/Marginality
  • Self and Identity
  • Indigenous Social Issues
  • Youth and LGBTQ2S Social Issues
  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Social Gerontology
  • General Sociology and Social Issues
  • Learner Centered and Active Learning Pedagogy



Teaching Experience


Assistant Professor (Term Appointment)                                                                                                             Present

University of New Brunswick, Saint John, New Brunswick

Sociology, Department of Social Sciences

(Introductory Sociology, Canadian Society, Sociology of Urban Life, Anti-Criminology II, Emergence of the Sociological Imagination)


Sessional Full-time Sociology Faculty                                                                                  2017-18

Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta

(Four courses per semester including Introductory Sociology (SOCI 260 and 261), Sociology of Gender and Sexuality (SOCI 301), Sociology of Poverty (SOCI 323) and Sociology of Aging (SOCI 373)


Sessional Full-time Sociology Faculty                                                                                   2014-15

The College of New Caledonia, Prince George, British Columbia

(Four courses per semester, two semesters: SOCI 101 and 102 – Intro to Sociology; WMST 101 – Intro to Women’s Studies; SOCI 220 – Women in Society)


Teaching Faculty (part-time)                                                                                                       2014

University of Texas Medical Branch, IMH, Galveston Texas

Graduate Seminars: MEHU 6383-001 –Practicum in Visual Narratives; Graduate Seminar 6196-001 – Public and Applied Ethnography


Part-time Faculty                                                                                                                  2010-13

Instructor/Lecturer: Department of Sociology and  Anthropology,

Concordia University, Montreal Quebec  (Three courses- six semesters: SOC 203 – Intro To Sociology; SOC 275 – Self and Society; ANTH 377 – Visual Anthropology)


Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                1985-87

Sociology 101Y:  Introduction To Sociology, Professor Lorne Tepperman

University of Toronto, St. George Campus.


Honours and Awards

Academic Awards

Dissertation Award: The Canadian Association of Graduate Studies                           2014

Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dissertation Award: Concordia University Distinguished Dissertation Award            2014

Selected for competition – for the Prix d’excellence de l’ADESAQ , Quebec                2014

Nomination: The Governor General’s Gold Medal Award                                           2014

Scholarship: Power Corporation Graduate Scholarship – Concordia University           2013

Scholarship: Concordia University Merit Scholarship for Academic Achievement      2011


Artistic/Film Awards

The Ontario Arts Council                                                                                               2016

Writer’s Reserve Grant

The National Film Board of Canada                                                                              2004

Filmmakers’ Assistance Program Grant

Ontario Arts Council                                                                                                      2004

The Emerging Film and Video Artists Grant for Subtext – real stories

Ryerson University                                                                                                        2002

Continuing Education Award for Best Achievement in Screenwriting One for “The Horseman,” Original Short Film, Screenplay



Research Affiliations

Research Fellow

The Urban and Community Studies Institute at Saint John, University of New Brunswick, Saint John NB




Policy Advisor and Contributing Author –                                                                                 2017

The Canadian Definition of Indigenous Homelessness.  By Jesse Thistle (COH: York University, Toronto) 


Research Associate                                                                                                                 Current

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, York University

  • Field researcher for study of shelter and housing provisions for the Region of Peel.
  • Led focus groups and one on one interviews with staff and residents of youth and family shelters.


Research Affiliate                                                                                                                      Current

The Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, /Centre d’histoire orale et de récis numerisés, Concordia University, Montreal

  • Contribute to ongoing online community supported by COHDS

Project Lead                                                                                                                                2016 – 2017

The Housing Unit Takeover Task Force – “Safe At Home,” The Dream Team             

  • Lead Researcher on a city-wide study of housing predators in Toronto
  • Capacity building with peers of the Dream Team
  • Social policy instruction on dealing with a growing housing problem
  • Coordinate and facilitate outreach and research presentations
  • Sponsored by the City of Toronto


Principal Investigator                                                                                                                            2016

Wellesley Central Residences Inc. Board

Fieldwork based research of a unique housing community (Wellesley Central Residences Inc.) in Toronto.  A critical study of a socially innovative housing project and assessment of the effectiveness of various community programs

  • Composed and refined REB Protocols (OHTN, U of T), Informed Consent Documents and Project Interview Guidelines
  • Composed the background documents and research proposal for Building A Community project
  • Future and Ongoing duties include: organizing focus groups, media relations, attending relevant conferences and external meetings, interviewing participants, participant observation, coding and synthesis of data, reporting to executive committee, literature review, analysis and compilation of results for publication, preparation of written final report, and all original photography


Contributing Blogger and Research Community Member                                                        2016

The Homeless Hub/Canadian Observatory On Homelessness, York University


Project Coordinator, Director of Photography/Ethnographer                                           2011-13

Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Voir Les Voix: documentary and website for the Chez Soi/At Home participants. Montreal, QC.

  • Co-Designed REB and Visual Ethics Protocol for three-year videographic study of participants and peers in Chez Soi
  • Directed, filmed, edited and produced 50 short videos about the daily lives of participants – used as internal resource for participants in Chez Soi
  • Co-Produced and facilitated temporary web site for “Voir les Voix”
  • Managed language facilitators and translators, editing staff and web specialists
  • Organized and oversaw participant group conferences
  • Answered directly to the Principle Investigators
  • Attended related research symposiums and meetings


Research Associate                                                                                                             2010-12

The Concordia Centre for Broadcast Studies. Montreal, QC.

  • Content and narrative analysis of newspaper articles


Research Assistant                                                                                                               2009 11

Global Futures Lab. Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

  • Facilitated seminars and conferences on food sustainability
  • Videographer and web consultant for seminars, speakers and conferences


Research Assistant                                                                                                               2010-11

Fondations Privées et Action Communautaire en Contexte Québécois.  Investigator; Richard Morin, Co-chercheurs; Jean-Marc Fontan, Pierre Hamel, Eric Shragge:  UQAM, Montreal, QC.

  • Literature review of scholarly research on English based charitable foundations in Quebec


Research Assistant                                                                                                               2009-10

Special Individualized Programs, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

For Prof. Greg Nielsen, “New Ethics in Corporate Media,” Concordia Center for

Broadcast Studies. Montreal, QC.

  • Literature reviews
  • Editing assistance


Assistant Editor                                                                                                                          1988

Readings In Sociology, an introduction, Lorne Tepperman, James Curtis Eds.

McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Toronto, Ontario

  • Submission selection
  • Editing Assistance


Assistant Editor for INSNA                                                                                                   1985-86

The International Network for Social Network Analysis   Journal.

University of Toronto.  Toronto, Ontario

  • Submission Assistance
  • Editing and copyrighting





Tranquility on the Razor’s Edge: changing narratives of inevitability.                           2017 Toronto: Rock’s Mills Press


Dignity in Exile – Stories of Struggle and Hope From a Modern                                       2012

American Shantytown. Mount Forest: Exile Publications


Book Chapters                                                                                                                           2017

“Spaces, Places and States of Mind: A Study of Two Homeless Communities.”

In Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. Toronto: Oxford University

Press, 3rd edition, with Lorne Tepperman, Patrizia Albanese and

Emily Alexander (eds.)


“Culture.” In Principles of Sociology. Edited by Lorne Tepperman and

Patrizia Albanese.  Toronto: Oxford University Press.


Refereed Publications

Cover Photo                                                                                                                                 2016

“Spaces, Places and States of Mind…” Brief Introduction to Research and

Cover Photography for Special Edition of Contemporary Social Science,

Volume: 11, Issue: 02-03, pages 282 – 282. 21 Dec 2016.


Invited Conference Paper  (Published in Annual Journal)                                                         2016

“Ethnographie critique et elicitation visuelle: en voyant comment entendre.”

in Écosysteme philanthropique: perspectives, perceptions et échanges: Actes

          du Sommet 2015 sur la culture philanthropique.  Institut Mallet, Montreal.


Journal Contribution                                                                                                                  2016

           “A Razor’s Edge.” In En Mission: le bulletin de Missionnaires Oblats de

           Marie Immaculée. Vol. 4 No. 2 November 2015.


Assistant Editor                                                                                                                              2010

“Critical Theory and Sociology of Journalism.” Invited paper presented to the

Journalism Symposium, Ottawa. Canadian Communications Association

Meetings, Montreal.


Assistant Editor                                                                                                                              2010

“Critical Theory and Sociology Of Journalism: Mediating Citizenship in the New

York Times.” Invited Lecture paper. The Center for Interpretive and Qualitative

Research, Duquesne University, McNaulghty College and Graduate

School of Liberal Arts. Pittsburgh, PA.


Recent Conference Papers/Presentations                


Special Guest Speaker and Facilitator                                                                    January 26 2018

             The Red Deer Justice Film Festival – Dopesick, Fentanyl’s Deadly Grip.


Presenter                                                                                                                          October 25, 2017

The Housing Unit Takeover Task Force, (for The Dream Team):  “Housing Unit

Takeovers in Toronto.” Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, Winnipeg, Manitoba,



Project lead and. facilitator                                                                                          January 20, 2017

Open Dialogue – SPIDER  – Open Dialogue on Vulnerability, City of Toronto. Housing Unit

          Takeovers and The Dream Team.


Project lead, facilitator and Co-Organizer                                                                   January 6, 2017  Housing Unit Takeover Taskforce Roundtable at City Hall, City of Toronto.


Presenter/Discussant                                                                                             February 10-11, 2016

“Housing Affordability Across the Spectrum.”

University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business, Westman Centre for Real Estate



Presenter/Discussant                                                                                     February 10-11 2016

“Making Space for Intentional Community in Ten Year Planning, VWIRE and Visual

presentation of research in Dignity Village and R2DToo, University of Calgary, Alberta.


Presenter/Discussant                                                                                       November 10. 2015

“Digital Bridges et le voix de la besoin.”

Sommet 2015 sur la culture philanthropique. The Mallet Institute

Summit on Philanthropic Culture. Montreal, Quebec Panel 1- Identification of Needs.


Presenter/Discussant                                                                                             October 19 2015

“Making Room for Other Spaces”

Toronto Homelessness Research Symposium:  The City of Toronto,

Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness, and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Ontario.



Keynotes and Special Sessions

Featured Presentation                                                                                             June 12 2015

Creating a Culture of Caring: The Digital Bridges Project: Uniting Voices and Efforts for the Common Good. The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Annual Conference, Montreal, QC.


Featured Speaker                                                                                                    March 20 2015

“A Practical Ethnographic Guide to User Experiences of Housing First.”

CPAH – Community Partners Addressing Homelessness, Prince George, BC.


Keynote Address                                                                                                                       2014

“Finding Space for Intentional Community.”  The Texas  Conference on Ending Homelessness. October 1 2014.  Omni Hotel, San Antonio Texas, The Texas Homelessness Network. 2014.


Session Leader/Facilitator                                                                                                     2014

“Finding Space for Intentional Community.” The Texas Conference on Ending Homelessness. October 1 2014.  San Antonio Texas, The Texas Homelessness Network. 2014.


Featured Breakout Session                                                                                                      2013

“Spaces, Places and States of Mind: A pragmatic ethnography of liminal critique.” Organizer and Presenter – Featured Session Presentation. The Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology. Portland, OR.


Film Presentations/Papers

Film                                                                                                                      February 10, 2016

“Subtext – real stories.” Hosted by The Doorway, Calgary, Alberta.


Film                                                                                                                                           2014

“Subtext 2014. “ College of New Caledonia.  Part of the Prince George Homelessness Action Week at the College Of New Caledonia, Prince George, BC.  October 16, 2014.


Film                                                                                                                                            2012

Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec. FIFEQ.

Invited Film Presentation: “Ethical Traces – rough cut long version One”.

FIFEQ – Selected Feature Film, Experimental Block, Concordia University, January 27.


  Invited Conference paper and short film                                                                                 2012

“Ethnovideography as Ethical Ethnography” – EASA – European Association of Social    Anthropologists, Nanterre, France.


Invited Special Feature Film Screening                                                                                    2012

“Ethical Traces – Self-Other.” Selected for Experimental Ethnographic Film Screening

at the EASA, Film Block – European Association for Social Anthropology, Nanterre, France.


Film and Paper                                                                                                                        2011

“Ethical Traces” – “self-other”. – The American Anthropological Association Annual               Conference (AAA). “ Exploring the Technological Disjoint in Communities,” Montreal,


Film and Paper                                                                                                                       2010

“Finding Meaning in Negative Spaces – a videographic re-examination of the

shantytown as resistance” (with new footage from the ongoing Subtext Project and   conference paper) in the “Spaces of Resistance” Conference at the (UQAM)

University of Quebec, Montreal, QC.


Film and Discussion                                                                                                              2010

“Subtext- real stories.”  (52 mins.) Sponsored by the    Sociology and Anthropology

Student’s Union: Film screening with question and     answer period.  J.A. de  Séve

Theatre, Concordia University, Montreal QC.


Special Film Screening                                                                                                           2009

Royal Ontario Museum, Institute for Contemporary Culture: Invited Filmmaker:

Screening of feature version of film, “Subtext” and Leader of panel discussion on

“Homelessness, Housing and Ethnovideography.” Toronto, ON.


Film exhibition and panel discussion                                                                                    2010

“Ethnography as Education, Subtext in the Classroom”, in “From Concept to Practice”

Concordia University Department of Education Graduate Student Symposium.

Montreal, QC.


Video Installations/Exhibitions

Royal Ontario Featured Video Installation                                                                        2008-9

Royal Ontario Museum, Institute of Contemporary Culture: Featured Video Artist

“Subtext, version two,” exhibition cut installed in “HOUSEPAINT PHASE 2.”



Personal Websites

Personal Website:



Professional Memberships

Member, Canadian Sociological Association                                                              2011-Present

Member, American Sociological Association                                                             2011-Present



  • English (Fluent)
  • French (Basic)


Computer Skills

Microsoft Office, NVIVO, OSX, IOS 11,  Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop CS4, WordPress