FIMS Profile

Dr. Basil Chiasson
Assistant Professor

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4059
Phone: 519-519-661-2111 x88501

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
  • About Me

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  • Courses Taught

I am a scholar and an artist and have worked at universities in Canada and Britain. My BA and MA degrees are from Canadian universities and I did my PhD in Britain at the University of Leeds, where I taught and then later worked between 2017 and 2020.  

My appointment at Western began in July 2020 and situates me between FIMS and the new Creative Arts and Production program (CAP). This academic year I taught three courses for CAP -- Introduction to Creative Arts, Creativity in the 21st Century, and Image, Sound, Text I (the latter co-taught with Sally Kewayosh and Joanna Devereux) -- and one FIMS course -- MIT 1025: First Year Foundations in MIT. 

My principal research expertise and publications have focused on the late British playwright Harold Pinter, with special emphasis on his political drama and activism and the affective dimension of his work in those two arenas. More recently my research and publications have considered the politics of memory, the stakes for citizen subjectivity under contemporary capitalism, and the relationship between artistic influence and originality.

My work in these areas informs my teaching and research at Western: In addition to my design and delivery of the courses for CAP, I have designed and taught a course for the Digital Certificate and an MIT special topics course entitled The Politics of Memory: Media, Affect, Activism. I am currently overseeing a research project entitled Forest City Memories. This project, supported by the FIMS USRI and Initiatives funding schemes, examines how the past and collective memories are, and are not, constructed across the civic landscape and, relatedly, how a city's memorial culture enables us to apprehend the way Canada is contending with its colonial history. Forest City Memories employs student research interns and features geospatial mapping technology that plots and and offers a critical re-narration of numerous memorials and commemorative sites around London.      

My focus as a scholar and the way I go about teaching and researching are informed by my diverse background in the arts. I have worked as a professional musician, performing; recording; composing; and teaching, and continue to perform with bands and to compose original music. I have also worked in show production as a carpenter and audio technician and I have experience as an actor, creative writer, and dramaturg. 

Chiasson, B. (2022), "Subjectivity in Dennis Kelly's Drama: Slouching towards Neoliberalism." In The Plays of Dennis Kelly. Manchester: Manchester UP, forthcoming summer 2022.  

Chiasson, B., and C. Fallow, eds (2021), Harold Pinter: Stages, Networks, CollaborationsLondon: Bloomsbury.

Chiasson, B. (2021), "Pinter’s Modernism(s) Revisited: A Drama Reliant upon Prose." In Harold Pinter: Stages, Networks, Collaborations, B. Chiasson and C. Fallow, eds, 15-41, London: Bloomsbury. 

___ (2020), "Harold Pinter's Remembrance of Things Political: What Memory Meant for the Citizen." The Harold Pinter Review: Essays on Contemporary Drama 4.1 (May): 1-19. 

___ (2019), Review of W. Baker Pinter’s World: Relationships, Obsessions, and Artistic Endeavors, Modern Drama 62(3): 366-68. DOI: 10.3138/md.62.3.br3. 

___ (2018), "Simon Stephens, Birdland, and a Few Affects of Neoliberalization." Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 6.2: 331-57. DOI: 10.1515/jcde-2018-0029.

___ (2017), The Late Harold Pinter: Political Dramatist, Poet and ActivistLondon: Palgrave Macmillan.  

 ___ (2017), Review of M. Wickstrom Performance in the Blockades of Neoliberalism: Thinking the Political Anew, Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance 7.1 (Oct.): 48-50. 

___ (2014), "Pinter's Political Dramas: Staging Neoliberal Discourse and Authoritarianism." In M. Taylor-Batty's The Theatre of Harold Pinter, 249-67, London: Bloomsbury. DOI: 10.5040/9781408175293.  

___ (2013), "Harold Pinter's 'More Precisely Political' Dramas, or a Post-1983 Economy of Affect." Modern Drama 56.1: 80-101. DOI: 10.1353/mdr.2013.0007. 

___ (2009), "(Re)Thinking Harold Pinter’s Comedy of Menace." In M. Brewer, ed, Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter31-54,  Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi. DOI: 10.1163/9789042028920_004. 


CA 1020 Introduction to Creative Arts 2023 Winter , 2022 Fall , 2022 Winter , 2021 Fall , 2021 Winter , 2020 Fall CA 2100 Creativity in the 21st Century 2021 Fall CA 2200 Sound, Image, Text I 2022 Fall , 2022 Winter DIGICOMM 2305 Special Topics in DC: Writing Across Digital Media Platforms 2021 Winter DIGICOMM 2311 Writing Across Digital Media Platforms 2022 Winter MIT 1025 First Year Foundations 2022 Fall , 2021 Fall (2 sections) MIT 3953 Special Topics in MIT: The Politics of Memory: Media, Affect, Activism 2023 Winter , 2020 Fall