Dr. Dann Downes

Dr. Dann Downes

Dann Downes is an Associate Professor of Information and Communication Studies in the Department of Social Science at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

He received his BA from the University of Ottawa, MA from Carleton and PhD from McGill University in Communication.  He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Law at McGill and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He teaches courses in media theory, popular music, intellectual property and media ecology.

Dr. Downes has published articles on copyright, the structure of the new media economy and the role of media in the construction of community and personal identity.  His research interests include the relationships between Irish, Canadian and American musical practice and technology and the role of intellectual property in the regulation of cultural industries and popular culture.

As a musician, Dann has written and performed in the roots/americana tradition for over twenty years.  His first solo record was released in 2011 and garnered Music New Brunswick award nominations for folk recording and male artist of the year.

Selected Publications

  • "What's new about the new media landscape?" in Questioning Sociology.  2nd Edition.  Edited by George Pavlick and Myra Hird (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 119 - 134.
  • "No Contest:  American Idol and the Culture of Competition" in Transformations and mistranslations:  American remakes of international television.  Edited by Carlen Lavigne and Heather Marcovitch (Lexington Books (Rowan and Littlefield, 2011), pp. 17 - 34.
  • "The Mouse is Dead, Long Live the Ogre: Shrek and the Boundaries of Transgression" with J. Madeley, Investigating Shrek: Power, Identity and Ideology Edited by Aurelie Lacassagne (Palgrave, 2011), pp. 75 - 85.
  • Post-colonial Distances.  The Study of Pop Music in Canada and Australia.  Edited by Bev Diamond, Denis Crowdy and Daniel Downes (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2008).
  • "New Media Economy. Intellectual Property and Cultural Insurrection".  Journal of Electronic Publishing, 9(1).
  • Downes, D. Interactive Realism: the Poetics of Cyberspac. (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005).
  • Discography: "One Runs at Midnight" (The Shaggy Dogs 2006), "A Very Vintage Christmas" (2009), "Saint John 225 A Celebration in Song, (2010)" Mike Biggar's "The Season" (2010), "New Wolf at the Door" (2011), Brent Mason's "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue (2011) and the digital single "Mary Had a Baby" (2011).

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