Faculty of Information & Media Studies

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Amanda F. Grzyb
Associate Professor

FIMS Nursing Building Room 4053
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88012

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
agrzyb@uwo.ca
Amanda Grzyb completed her Ph.D. in English at Duke University, where she wrote her dissertation on literary and cultural representations of American homelessness under the supervision of Professor Houston A. Baker, Jr. She also has an MA in English from Duke, an MA in Theory and Criticism from Western, and a BA in Combined Honors English and Philosophy from Western.

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Dr. Grzyb's teaching and research interests include Holocaust and genocide studies; memory studies; media and the public interest; homelessness; social movements and media; and American and African-American literature. She is an affiliate faculty member in Western's Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Western's Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, and Western's Africa Institute. She served on the advisory board of Canada's National Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research from 2009-2012. From 1997 to 2001, she was director of a residential summer camp program for children living in New York City Homeless shelters, an experience that continues to impact her understanding of the world. She has also served on the board of directors at Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London since 2005, and held the position of board chair from 2012-2016. In 2014, she was an international federal election observer in El Salvador and in 2015, she was an international observer at a municipal popular consultation on metallic mining in Arcatao, El Salvador. In 2015, she was a Erasmus Mundus visiting scholar at in the European Studies Program at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS (in progress):

Dr. Grzyb is the principle investigator on a new SSHRC-funded transnational, collaborative research project in El Salvador (with Prof. Molly Todd, Latin American History, Montana State; Emily Ansari, Musicology, Western; Arlene MacDougall, Schulich, Western; and community leaders in Arcatao and the Suchitoto-region of El Salvador) focused on historical memory and photographs, music, drawings and other documentation from the Salvadoran refugee camps in Honduras during the Salvadoran civil war.

She is also engaged in research projects that focus on genocide memorialization in Rwanda and Poland. She is a co-applicant on a $1.3 million five-year CIHR-funded project led by Helene Berman (Nursing, Western): "Voices Against Violence: Youth Stories Create Change," which is winding up this year. Using a participatory action research (PAR) approach, her media working group is explored both mainstream news media coverage of marginalized/vulnerable youth and youth media consumption.

From 2012 to 2015, she worked closely with Holocaust survivor, Max Eisen, on the completion of his Holocaust memoir, By Chance Alone (HarperCollins 2016). The memoir was one of five finalized for the Taylor Award for non-fiction. In addition to editing and fact-checking draft chapters, she also wrote the historical Afterword. You can read a Western News story about the writing process here: http://news.westernu.ca/2016/04/an-important-story-to-tell/

EDITED BOOKS:

Totten, Samuel and Amanda Grzyb, eds. Conflict in the Nuba Mountains: From Genocide by Attrition to the Contemporary Crisis in Sudan. Routledge, 2015.

Grzyb, Amanda, ed. The World and Darfur: International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, April 2009. Second edition published March 2010. http://mqup.mcgill.ca/book.php?bookid=2336. Foreword by Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Romeo Dallaire. Contributors include: Gerry Caplan, Brent Beardsley, Amanda Grzyb, Frank Chalk and Danielle Kelton, Eric Markusen, Eric Reeves, Samuel Totten, Carla Rose Shapiro, Daniel Listoe, and Peter Langille.

SELECTED BOOK CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES:

Grzyb, Amanda. "Curating Action: Comparative Genocide Exhibits and the 'Call to Action' at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the United States Holocaust Museum, and the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia." Karen Busby, Adam Muller, and Andrew Woolford, eds. The Idea of a Human Rights Museum. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Grzyb, Amanda. “Information Mobility, Human Rights Activism, and International Intervention in Darfur.” Suzan Ilcan, Ed. Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice. S. Ilcan, ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.

Grzyb, Amanda: “From Kristallnacht to the S.S. St. Louis Tragedy: Canadian Press Coverage of Nazi Persecution of the Jews and the Jewish Refugee Crisis, September 1938 to August 1939,” Ruth Klein, ed. Nazi Germany, Canadian Responses, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.

Grzyb, Amanda. “Homeless Impersonations: the Urban Plunge and North-American Poverty Tourism,” Expositions, April 2011.

Smeltzer, Sandra and Amanda Grzyb. “Critical Media Pedagogy in the Public Interest,” Democratic Communiqué, 23:2 (Fall 2009).

Grzyb, Amanda. “Introduction: The International Response to Darfur.” The World and Darfur: International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan. A. Grzyb, ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.

Grzyb, Amanda. “Media Coverage, Activism, and Creating Public Will for Intervention in Rwanda and Darfur.” The World and Darfur: International Response to Crimes Against Humanity in Western Sudan. A. Grzyb, ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009.


TEACHING:

Dr. Grzyb is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including Western's Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012 and the FIMS Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011-12. In 2016-2017, she is teaching MS 9100A/PMC 9700A:Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory; MIT 3901F: Activism and the Mainstream Media; MIT 3931G: Century of Genocide; and MIT 3955: Representing the Holocaust. The latter course includes a two-week travel component to sites of Holocaust memory in Poland in May 2017.