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Opening Remarks: Norm Friesen & Richard Cavell

Dr. Norm Friesen is Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Friesen has been developing and studying Web technologies in educational contexts since 1995, and is author of Re-Thinking E-Learning Research: Foundations, Methods and Practices (Peter Lang, 2009), and also of the forthcoming monograph, The Place of the Classroom and the Space of the Screen: Relational Pedagogy and Internet Technology (Peter Lang, 2010). Dr. Friesen is co-editor of Phenomenology & Practice  (www.phandpr.org). Supported by Social Science and Humanities Research Council scholarships and grants since 2003, Dr. Friesen is presently undertaking funded research in media theory and in discursive psychology.

Richard Cavell is the author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography (2002; 2003; digital publication 2007), which is the first book to examine McLuhan's work as foundational to the spatial turn in media studies. Professor Cavell is also editor of Love, Hate and Fear in Canada’s Cold War (2004; digital 2007), co-editor (with Peter Dickinson) of Sexing the Maple: A Canadian Sourcebook (2006), co-editor (with Imre Szeman) of the special double issue of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies (2007) on “Cultural Studies in Canada,” creator of the websitespectersofmcluhan.net, and has published more than 70 chapters, articles and reviews. His work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Rumanian and Japanese. Professor Cavell’s research interests focus on spatial production in a broad cultural context.