Jason Demers

Sessional Lecturer III

Office: AH 365
E-mail: Jason.demers@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-4465

Research interests

The politics of translation, prison writing, 20th and 21st-century American literature, cultural studies, literary theory, literature and social justice.

Jason Demers is interested in the politics of translation, 20th and 21st-century American literature, cultural studies, literary theory, and literature and social justice.

He employs a combinatory approach to translation to explore what happens when knowledge, social movements, and culture move across national borders, disciplinary boundaries, and institutional walls. In this vein, he has examined French poststructuralist theory’s associations with American literature, theatre, music, and political activism.

His work in literature and social justice encompasses various moments and movements, but he is particularly interested in the liberation movements of the 1960s-70s, and in the effects of prison writing (novels, film, television, memoirs, essays, letters, blogs, podcasts) on perceptions of criminality, justice, equality, and the law.

Jason Demers’s work has appeared in numerous book collections, as well as in the journals Atlantic Studies, Theory & Event, Angelaki, and the Canadian Review of American Studies. He is the author of Warehousing Prisoners in Saskatchewan: A Public Health Approach. His book on The American Politics of French Theory is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press. 

Select Recent Publications

“Prison Liberation by Association: Michel Foucault and the George Jackson Atlantic.” Atlantic Studies 13.2, (2016): 165-186. Print. 

Warehousing Prisoners in Saskatchewan: A Public Health Approach. (Regina: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Saskatchewan Office, 2014), 40 pages. 

“Taking Deleuze in the Middle, or, Doing Intellectual History by the Letter.” Trans/acting Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godard.  Ed. Eva Karpinski, et al. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013. 211-224. Print. 

“Control, Resistance, and Racism in the Contemporary Prison.” Review Essay. Canadian Review of American Studies 43.3 (Winter 2013): 502-511. Print. 

 “An American Excursion: Deleuze and Guattari from New York to Chicago.” Theory & Event 14.1 (2011): n.pag. Project Muse. Web.