Michael Follert

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Michael Follert

Campus Location
Nicholson Tower Rm 621

Dr. Follert's research focuses on aspects of social and cultural life where representation fails - invisibility, silences, repression, unrepresentability. These fields of interest extend from everyday life to labour markets, cultural narratives, media representations, and political processes. Dr. Follert comes to StFX after several years teaching at Carleton University, and the University of Guelph where he developed and regularly taught a popular interdisciplinary first year seminar, Horror Night in Canada.


Sociology of politeness & polite racism, rethinking classical sociology, creative labourers, the semiotics of Canadian soundscapes. 


2023. “Evocations of the Eerie: The Acousmatic Voice in Canadian Radio Drama.” Sound Studies, 9: 1. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20551940.2022.2158677  

2022. “The Cunning of Politeness.” Pp. 346-51 in Reading Sociology, 4th Edition: Unsettling a Settler Colonial Project & Re/writing Sociological Narratives. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. https://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780190164935.html  

2021. “The Silent Majority, Populism, and the Shadow Sides of Democracy.” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, 28(4): 455-465. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-8675.12587  

2020. “Contractual Thought and Durkheim’s Theory of the Social: A Reappraisal.” Journal of Classical Sociology, 20(3): 167-190. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1468795X19826840  

2019. “Burying the Past: Indigeneity and the Canadian Horror Canon.” In The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture, eds. Victoria Kannen and Neil Shyminsky. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press. https://canadianscholars.ca/book/the-spaces-and-places-of-canadian-popular-culture/  

2018. “From Phrygian Cap to Foulard: Looking Back on the Festivals of the Revolution, 1793-1989.” The Age of Revolutions. https://ageofrevolutions.com/2018/06/04/from-phrygian-cap-to-foulard-looking-back-on-the-festivals-of-the-revolution-1793-1989/  

2017. “The Ambivalence of Diplomacy.” In Reading Sociology, 3rd Edition, eds. Patrizia Albanese, Lorne Tepperman, and Emily Alexander. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/reading-sociology-9780199020041  

2011. “Enjoyment’s Petrification: The Luxor Obelisk in a Melancholic Century.” In Spectacular Death: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and (Un)representability, ed., Tristanne Connolly. Bristol: Intellect Books. https://www.intellectbooks.com/spectacular-death  

2010. “Space, Place and Sexual Sociality: ‘Toward an Atmospheric Analysis’”. Gender, Work and Organization, 17(1): 7-27. (Jointly authored with Adam I. Green, Kathy Osterlund & Jamie Paquin). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00378.x