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
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
- 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 February 10, 2016
“Subtext – real stories.” Hosted by The Doorway, Calgary, Alberta.
“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.
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.
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 Website: www.ericpaulweissman.com
Member, Canadian Sociological Association 2011-Present
Member, American Sociological Association 2011-Present
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