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Carrie Smith, PhD, MA, BA

Chair, Professor


Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

About Me

After spending time researching and teaching at the University of Potsdam in Germany, Trinity College Dublin, and the National University of Ireland Maynooth, I joined the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta in 2008. My research focuses on post–1960 German culture, publics, the digital economy, and contemporary feminisms. I have given invited lectures at universities in Canada, the US, Germany, and Ireland, and I have been a Visiting Professor at Reed College (USA) and Maynooth University (Ireland). I am currently co-editor of Women in German Yearbook and co-founded Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. In 2015, I received the Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award (Associate Professor) and in 2013, I received the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award (Early Achievement) and the Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


My current research is on Digital Feminism. In the project "Technologies of Popfeminist Activism" (funded by a three-year SSHRC Insight Grant), I—along with Maria Stehle at the University of Tennessee Knoxville—look at how feminist activism has been reconfigured in the 21st Century through digital technologies. The project has resulted in a special issue of Feminist Media Studies on Digital Feminism (2015), numerous article publications, an online lecture series, and multiple presentations and invited lectures in North America and Europe. Our book Awkward Politics: Technologies of Popfeminist Activism (2016), in which we look at the awkward politics that such activism produces is available with McGill-Queen's University Press. In it, we suggest that theorizing the awkward can get at the complicated meanings and unstable positions of the political in popfeminist digital activism, but can also have implications for feminist ethos and a feminist academy.