Web links related to student course work:
Travelling Concepts Expo 7270: Montreal & Ottawa (IDES 7270)
Abroad: Winter 2015 (EVIE 4000)
The Chair Project: Winter 2018 (EVIE 4000)
Research and Publications
Dr. Close’s book Framing Identity: Social Practice of Photography in Canada (1880-1920) (Arbeiter Ring Publishing 2007) addressed how Canadian women at the turn of the twentieth century used photography as a social practice to establish identity. This study takes into account key concepts and practices drawn from cultural analysis and issues related to identity, gender, post-colonialism, tourism and travel as a way to analyze her subject matter.
Dr. Close is currently working on a new book on photography and the built environment.
Close, Susan. Framing Identity: Social Practices of Photography in Canada, 1880-1920. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Press, 2007.
Chapters in Books:
Close, Susan. “Gendered Space and the Photographic Interiors of A Victorian Lady.” In Meanings of Designed Spaces, edited by Tiiu Vaikla- Poldma, New York: Fairchild Books, 2013
Close, Susan. “The Camera and the Contact Zone: Re-envisioning the Representation of Aboriginal Women in the Canadian North.” In Transculturation in British Art, 1770-1930, edited by Julie Codell, Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishers, 2012.
Close, Susan. “ Photography and Design Culture: Reading Photographs by Alain Paiement and Richard Holden.” In Eighty-Eight: Mieke Bal PhDs 1983-2011, edited by Murat Aydemir and Esther Peeren, Amsterdam: ASCA Press, 2011.
Chalmers, Lynn and Susan Close. “But is it Interior Design: Considering the intervention of theory into disciplinary practice and education.” In Thinking Inside the Box, edited by Edward Hollis et al, pp.77-83, London: Middlesex University, 2007.
Articles in Academic or Professional Journals
Close, Susan. “Writing Rooms: Reconsidering a room of one’s own.” Journal of Interior Design, Volume 43, Issue 1 (March 2018): 43-52.
Close, Susan. “Framing in Place: Photography and Design Culture in Canada,” Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Common Ground Publishers, Chicago Illinois, (2010) Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.69-82.
Book Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, Exhibition Catalogue Essays and Comments in Journals:
Close, Susan. Review of Desire Change, Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada, Heather Davis ed., Montreal & Kingston: McGill University Press and Winnipeg: Mentoring Artists of Women’s Art, 2017, Border Crossings, Volume 36. Number 4, Issue 144 (2017-18):123-124.
Close, Susan. Review of Towards a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory, Lois Weinthal, ed. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2011” Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture, vol. 4.3 published by Bloomsbury Publishers, London, 2013.
Close, Susan. Review of Scissors, Paper, Stone: Expressions of Memory in Contemporary Photographic Arts, by Martha Langford. Border Crossings, Volume 27, No.3, Issue 107, (2009): 194-196. (invited)
Close, Susan. Review of Suspended Conversations: The Afterlife of Memory in Photographic Albums, RACAR, Canadian Art Review XXVIII, 2003.
Exhibition catalogue essays:
Close, Susan. “Mattie Gunterman” The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists, Alicia Boutilier and Tobi Bruce (eds), Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, (2015). pp. 69-73.
Close, Susan. “History of Photography in Manitoba,” In The Encyclopedia of Manitoba, edited by Ingeborg Boyens, Regina: Great Plains Publisher, (2006): 531-532.
Close, Susan. “ Aboriginal Portraits from the National Archives of Canada,” Archivara 42, Association of Canadian Archivists, Toronto, (1996): 148-150.
Articles in Periodicals
Close, Susan. “ Reading Photographs: Playing the Visual Literacy Game,” CV Photo 52, (2000): 5-6.
Close, Susan. “The Hidden Camera of Kryn Taconis” Queens Quarterly 103/1 (Spring 1996) Kingston: The Quarterly Committee of Queen’s University, pp.62-72.
Close, Susan. “Mattie Gunterman’s Family Album,” Queens Quarterly 103/2, (Summer 1996) Kingston: The Quarterly Committee of Queen’s University, pp.317-339.
Close, Susan. “Victory Spring: Images of Courage in the National Archives of Canada.” The Archivist 109, (1995): 32-38. (invited)
Reviews of publications
Dahle, Sigrid. Review of Framing Identity: Social Practices of Photography in Canada (1880-1920), by Susan Close. Border Crossings, Volume 27, No.2, Issue 106 (2008): 103-104.
Bouzek, Don. Review of Review of Framing Identity: Social Practices of Photography in Canada (1880-1920), by Susan Close. Labour/Le Travail, Journal of Canadian Labour Studies, Issue 62,
( 2008): 240-242.
Dr. Close is also a practicing photographer with work held in national and international collections.
Revised June 24, 2019