Research Now: Contemporary Writing in the Disciplines
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554813292 / 1554813298
  • 400 pages; 6" x 9"
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Research Now: Contemporary Writing in the Disciplines

  • Publication Date: April 15, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554813292 / 1554813298
  • 400 pages; 6" x 9"

Research Now: Contemporary Writing in the Disciplines is designed to help students make the transition into academic discourse. It gathers exciting current scholarship from across the disciplines in a concise collection of research-oriented academic prose. Most of the readings first appeared in academic journals, but there are other forms of research writing, as well, including a book chapter by a senior scholar and a proposal by a graduate student. These studies were written by researchers from around the world working in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The Introduction gives a helpful overview of academic genres, research methods, and the path to academic publication. Each reading includes questions designed to provoke student engagement and discussion; a glossary and short guide to reading statistics are also included.


Section 1: Visual Media and Popular Culture


  1. Gilad Padva, “Educating The Simpsons: Teaching Queer Representations in Contemporary Visual Media”
  2. Katie M. Ellis, “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things: Disability in Game of Thrones.”
  3. Katharina Lindner, “Images of Women in General Interest and Fashion Magazine Advertisements from 1955 to 2002”
  4. Nicholaus Pumphrey, “Avenger, Mutant, Or Allah: A Short Evolution of the Depiction of Muslims in Marvel Comics”
  5. Paul Gansky, “Frozen Jet Set: Refrigerators, Media Technology, and Postwar Transportation”

Section 2: Social Media and Life Online


  1. Amber E. Ward, “Fantasy Facebook: An Exploration of Students’ Cultural Sources”
  2. Wendy Moncur, Kathryn M. Orzech, and Fergus G. Neville, “Fraping, Social Norms and Online Representations of Self”
  3. Jang Ho Moon, Eunji Lee, Jung-Ah Lee, Tae Rang Choi, Yongjun Sung, “The Role of Narcissism in Self-promotion on Instagram”
  4. Kristen L. Zaleski, Kristin K. Gundersen, Jessica Baes, Ely Estupinian, Alyssa Vergara, “Exploring Rape Culture in Social Media Forums”
  5. Lisa A. Costello, “Blogging a Research Paper? Researched Blogs as New Models of Public Discourse”

Section 3: Environment and Society


  1. Stephen B. Hager et al., Continent-wide Analysis of How Urbanization Affects Bird-Window Collision Mortality in North America
  2. Ellen Elizabeth Moore, “Green Screen or Smokescreen? Hollywood’s Messages about Nature and the Environment”
  3. Ylva Uggla and Ulrika Olausson, “The Enrollment of Nature in Tourist Information: Framing Urban Nature as ‘the Other’”
  4. Sheryn D. Pitman, Christopher B. Daniels, and Martin E. Ely, “Green Infrastructure as Life Support: Urban Nature and Climate Change”
  5. Briony M. Lalor and Gordon M. Hickey, “Environmental Science and Public Policy in Executive Government: Insights from Australia and Canada”

Section 4: Democracy and the Global Citizen


  1. Brian D. Loader, Ariadne Vromen and Michael A. Xenos, “The Networked Young Citizen: Social Media, Political Participation and Civic Engagement”
  2. Michael L. Kent, “Using Social Media Dialogically: Public Relations Role in Reviving Democracy”
  3. Maria Consuelo C. Ortuoste, “Social Media, Public Discourse, and Governance”
  4. Joel Westheimer, “Politics and Patriotism in Education”
  5. Klaus Dingwerth, Ina Lehmann, Ellen Reichel and Tobias Weise, “Democracy is Democracy is Democracy? Changes in Evaluations of International Institutions in Academic Textbooks, 1970-2010”

Section 5: Science and Public Discourse


  1. Louise J. McHeyzer-Williams and Michael G. McHeyzer-Williams, “Our Year on Twitter: Science in #SocialMedia”
  2. Sven Ove Hansson, “How to be Cautious but Open to Learning: Time to Update Biotechnology and GMO Legislation”
  3. Rob Boddice, “Vaccination, Fear, and Historical Relevance”
  4. Jamie E. Knight, “Olfactory Decline as a Preclinical Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease” (M.Sc. Thesis proposal)
  5. Jamie E. Knight, and Andrea M. Piccinin, “Foreshadowing Alzheimer’s: Variability and Coupling of Olfaction and Cognition” (poster)
  6. Robert S. Wilson, Steven E. Arnold, Julie A. Schneider, Patricia A. Boyle, Aron S. Buchman, and David A. Bennett, “Olfactory Impairment in Presymptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease”

Section 6: Human and Posthuman


  1. Kevin Warwick, “The Cyborg Revolution”
  2. Nick Bostrom, “In Defence of Posthuman Dignity”
  3. Nicholas Gane, “Posthuman”
  4. Elaine Graham, “The Final Frontier? Religion and Posthumanism in Film and Television”

A Guide to Statistics


Daniel Burgoyne is Professor of English at Vancouver Island University. Richard Gooding is an instructor in the Department of English and in Arts Studies in Research and Writing at the University of British Columbia.

  • — Includes scholarly articles on current topics from a range of disciplines
  • — Compact size and very competitive price
  • — Thematic organization
  • — Discussion questions for every article