Candis Callison is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Journalism and the Chair of the Bachelor of Media Studies Program. Her research and teaching are focused on changes to media practices and platforms, journalism ethics, the role of social movements in public discourse, and understanding how issues related to science and technology become meaningful for diverse publics.
This year, Candis is the Pathy Distinguished Visitor in Canadian Studies at Princeton University for Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters. She is on research and teaching leave and will return to UBC in July 2019.
At Princeton, Candis will be finalizing her recently finished co-authored book manuscript (currently under review) with J-school colleague, Mary Lynn Young that looks at journalism, technology, gender and colonialism.
She will also be wrapping up a multi-year research project on Arctic Journalism that uses multiple research methods to examine changing professional norms, practices and standards for Canadian Arctic journalists working in an era of environmental change and global audiences. Since the project launched in 2014, research assistants have jointly conducted ethnographic research, completed a portion of their required Master of Journalism summer internships in the three northern Canadian territories, and provided live reporting and media analysis during the COP21 meetings in Paris.
Candis’ first book, How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke University Press, 2014) used ethnographic methods and a comparative lens to bring together the work of science journalists, scientists, and three distinct social groups that are outside environmental movement and policy frameworks in an American context.
Candis is Tahltan, an Indigenous people located in Northwestern British Columbia. She is a regular contributor on the podcast, Media Indigena. She was also named to Open Canada’s 2018 list of Indigenous Twitterati.
Candis holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society. She also has a Master of Science from MIT in Comparative Media Studies.
Prior to her academic work, Candis produced, wrote, and reported for television, the Internet, and radio in Canada (CBC, CTV) and the United States (Lycos, Tech TV). Candis was the original host and co-creator of First Story, the first news and current affairs series on Indigenous issues to be broadcast nationally in Canada on CTV; it was later syndicated to APTN. For her early concurrent work in media convergence, Candis was profiled in the 2003 book, Technology with Curves: Women Reshaping the Digital Landscape. Her independently produced film, Traditional Renaissance was included in UBC Museum of Anthropology’s 2003-04 exhibition on Tahltan culture, “Mehodihi: Our Great Ancestors Lived that Way.”
At UBC, Candis teaches the required Master of Journalism course, Media Ethics and Leadership (JRNL 533) with Kirk LaPointe and the new elective, Feminist and Postcolonial Critique and Journalism in a Digital Age (JRNL 400) with Mary Lynn Young. She also teaches Anthropology of Science and Technology (JRNL 520F), cross-listed with Anthropology and Journalism. In previous years, Candis has taught Science and Environment Journalism and New Media and Society (JRNL 100), the J-school’s first undergraduate course taught as part of UBC Coordinated Arts Program’s Media Studies Stream and the Bachelor of Media Studies Program.
Other ongoing longer term research projects include an investigation into how social networking technologies are being used by Indigenous individuals and communities in Canada for social engagement, self-representation, and governance (See interview on CBC Radio’s Spark), and the Social Media Advanced Research, Teaching and Training Lab (SMARTT Lab), a new interdisciplinary lab at the J-school dedicated to understanding the interplay between social networks, the media and public discourse. The first project of the SMARTT Lab resulted in an analysis of the Twitter hashtag of the Idle No More movement in Canada.
Candis was the guest speaker at MIT’s 2018 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods.
Callison, “Communal matters and scientific facts: Making sense of climate change” in Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination: A Casebook, edited by Henry Jenkins, Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, and Sangita Shresthova (Forthcoming, NYU Press)
Callison, “Narrating climate change on northern terms: Arctic Journalisms, Civic Spaces and Indigenous Publics,” Annual Meetings for the Society for Social Studies of Science, Sydney, Australia, 2018
Callison, Panelist on Why gender and colonialism matter in journalism startups, International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy, 2018
Callison and Young, “Rethinking Journalism Ethics with Indigenous Standpoint and Situated Knowledge,” Annual Meetings for Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), Los Angeles, 2018
Young and Callison, “When gender, colonialism and technology matter in a journalism startup,” Journalism, 2017
Callison, “Climate Change Communication and Indigenous Publics” Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Science, 2017.
Callison and Tindall, “Climate Change Communication in Canada” Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Science, 2017
Callison, “Arctic Journalism: Reporting on climate, economics, and policies,” Royal Anthropological Institute, Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change Conference, London, May 2016
Callison and Hermida, “Dissent and Resonance: #Idlenomore as an emergent middle ground,” Canadian Journal of Communication, 2016
Callison and Hermida, “Idle No More in Canada: Dissent, Resonance, and a Middle Ground,” Civic Media Project, MIT Press, 2015.
Callison, How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts, Duke University Press, 2014