University of Calgary

Brian Rusted

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication - Media - and Film

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


B.A., Trent University , M.A., University of Toronto , M.A.,The Annenberg School of Communications , Ph.D., Northwestern University


Visual and material culture

Cultural performance,  folk knowledge, and place

Use of visual media in qualitative research

Current Research:

Cowboy artists of southern Alberta; Calgary Stampede and the performance of western heritage; video and the NFB's Challenge for Change; Tourism and the performance of place



Courses Taught

Art 311 Topics in Art

Art 461 Advanced Studio I

Art 513 Directed Study

Art 560 Honours Thesis

Art 611 Research Methods in Art

Anthropology 567 Advanced Studies in Visual Culture;

Canadian Studies 337 Introduction to Canadian Folklore;

Canadian Studies 451 The Culture of the Calgary Stampede;

Communications Studies 441 Cultural Research in Communications;

Performance Studies 601 Introduction to Performance Studies;

Performance Studies 605 Performance Studies and Tourism;

Film Studies 305 Canadian Documentary Film;

General Studies 201 Documentary

Teaching interests:

Canadian folklore; Canadian visual culture; Documentary media; Tourism and performance


Founding co-editor and editorial board member for Culture and Organization, and an editorial board member for the journals, Text and Performance Quarterly; Visual Studies; and Visual Communication Quarterly.

Guest editor for a special issue of Ethnologies on Space;

Guest editor of special issues of Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies on Visual Culture, and also on Organizing the Past;

Guest editor of a special issue of Visual Studies on Digital Imaging and Social Research;

Guest editor of a special issue of OnSite Review on Architecture and Performance;

Past chair of the Visual Communication Division of the National Communication Association;

Former Coordinator of the Calgary Stampede's Western Art Show, and past chair of the Calgary Stampede's annual Western Art Auction.


Sense of Place, Nickle Arts Museum 2005

Alberta Scene albertaine, National Archives 2005

Simple Folk, Southern Alberta Art Gallery 2004

2nd Annual Detroit International Video Festival, Museum of New Media 2003

Great Teachers at U of C

Chapters in Books

"Portapak Performance: VTR St. Jacques and VTR Rosedale" in Challenge for Change/Société Nouvelle: The Collection, edited by Waugh, T., M. Baker and E. Winton (under review).

"'A wonderful picture': Western art and the Calgary Stampede" in Icon, Brand, Myth: The Calgary Stampede, edited by Max Foran. Athabasca University Press 2008.

"Hank Snow and the Eastern Frontiers of Western Music" in Challenging Frontiers, edited by Felske, L. and B. Rasporich. University of Calgary Press 2004.

Journal Articles

"Performing visual discourse, cowboy art and institutional practice", Text and Performance Quarterly 26:2, 2006.

"Performing the visual north: Image, place and the Hubbard Wallace Expeditions, Cultural Studies 19:2, 2005.

Conference Presentations

"Under western eyes: The visual discourse of trail riders and rodeo cowboys", presented at the Art of Management conference, Banff, Alberta 2008.

"Portapak performance: Documentary, Visual culture, and the NFB's Challenge for Change", presented at the annual Performance Studies International conference, PSI 14, Copenhagen, Denmark 2008.

"Visual Culture as non-representational performance: A footnote", presented at VISCOM 22, the 22nd  annual Visual Communication Conference,  Lake Tahoe, California, 2008.

"(In)Visual Studies, or how I talked myself out of a job", presented at the International Communication Association annual meeting, Montreal, Quebec 2008.


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