OCAD University
Mark Dickinson
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies


Mark Dickinson was educated at the University of British Columbia (General Studies), York University (Master's of Environmental Studies) and Trent University (Ph.D., Canadian Studies). His publications include Lyric Ecology: An Appreciation of the Work of Jan Zwicky (Cormorant, 2010); Listening for the Heartbeat of Being: Perspectives on the Arts of Robert Bringhurst (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015); and Canadian Primal: Poet-thinkers and the Rediscovery of Earth (forthcoming from McGill-Queen's University Press). He has also published eight refereed book chapters and journal articles along with over thirty book reviews, magazine articles, and conference presentations. He has been nominated for ten teaching awards over three different departments and two universities, and was the 2014 recipient of the Symons Award for Teaching Excellence, Trent University's highest honour. Current research interests include colonialism, decolonization and indigeneity as a universal human possibility; epistemological reconciliation with First Nations peoples; wisdom traditions, mysticism and the land. Prior to returning to academia he made films and worked on two international development projects in Indonesia, where he once lost a wrestling match with an orang-utan over a bag of peanuts.