Karen Engle

Dr. Karen Engle
Professor, School of Creative Arts

Armouries, room 219

Research interests: Affect, memory, and visual culture, particularly histories of photography. In 2018, Dr. Yoke-Sum Wong and I published our co-edited book, Feelings of Structure: Explorations in Affect. This volume collects work by writers from multiple disciplines, each of whom explores impacts and encounters with various structures, both physical and intangible. My first book, Seeing Ghosts: 9/11 and the Visual Imagination (2009), traces historical echoes found in imagery that resonated during the initial aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. It explores how the work of mourning was conceptualized at the national level, and how certain images were deemed unfit for purposes of commemoration while others were held up as icons of American strength.

Current work: I have two projects on the go. First, a collaborative SSHRC-funded research-creation project, Structures of Anticipation, with Dr. Craig Campbell and Dr. Yoke-Sum Wong. Second, I am writing a book about chronic pain and memory, in the tradition of creative non-fiction. 

Graduate Students: I am interested in supervising graduate students working within and across the fields of memory, affect, and contemporary art (especially photography)