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Position: Teaching & Learning Librarian
Department: Research Support Services
Research Specialist
  • Music
  • Pedagogy
  • Citation Management

David Jackson is Carleton University’s Teaching and Learning Librarian and a Contract Instructor and Adjunct Professor in Communications in Media Studies.

As Teaching and Learning Librarian, David is focused on promoting collaborative practices for library instruction, helping with online learning initiatives, and advocating for and embedding information literacy into the broader curriculum.

His research is focused on artistic practice as a methodology for understanding the overlapping categories of ecology, sound, and media. His dissertation, Becoming Sonic: Ambient Poetics and the Ecology of Listening in Four Militant Sound Investigations examined politically oriented listening practices influenced by feminist, ecological, and queer perspectives in the development of listening as a vital media process.

Research Interests

Sound and Sonic Studies, Sound Ecology, Urbanism, Environment, Media


Jackson, David C. (2019). Rhythm Politics: Militant Sound Investigation, Tactical Media, and Listening to Los Angeles’ Public Housing Redevelopment of Aliso Village, Democratic Communiqué, Vol. 28., No. 2 2019 pp. 14–27.

Jackson, D. (2019). Repetition, Feedback, and Temporality in Two Compositions by William Basinski. Intermédialités: histoire et théorie des arts, des lettres et des techniques/Intermediality: History and Theory of the Arts, Literature and Technologies, (33).

Jackson, D. C. (2017). The Sonic Anthropocene: Dark Ecological Soundscapes in Chris Watson’s ‘Vatnajökull’. Evental Aesthetics, 6(1), 43-62.

Papers Presented At Conferences

Pedagogy Roundtable. INTO THE AIR: An International Symposium on Communication and Media Theory. Carleton University. Communication and Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, January 16-17, 2020.

Are You Listening? What is it? And Why should I care About it? Ontario Library Association, Toronto, February 1, 2019.

Destroying, Dying, Screaming: Sonic Aesthetics in Alex Garland’s Annihilation. Society for Literature, Science and the Arts. Toronto, November 15-18, 2018.

Repetition, Feedback, and Temporality: The Cultural form of the Loop. Canadian Communication Association: Gathering Diversities. University of Regina, May 30-June 1, 2018.

Dark Ecologies and Sonic Fictions: Listening, Perception, and Documenting the End of the World in Chris Watson’s Weather Report. Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) 2017: Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery. Wayne State University, Detroit. June 20-24, 2017.

Acoustic Environmentality: Ecology as Research and the Ethico-Acoustics of the Soundscape. Canadian Communications Association. Far and Wide: The Next 150. Ryerson University, May 30 – June 2, 2017.

Militant Sound Investigation: Sound Based Research and Activist Listening. Carleton Communication Graduate Caucus 2015: Failure, Interruptions, Confrontations, and Silences. Carleton University. March 5 and 6, 2015.

Tactical Field Recording in the War Against the Poor. Union of Democratic Communications: Circuits of Struggle. University of Toronto. May 1-3, 2015.

Controlled Burn: Re-Imagining Space in Bill Dixon’s 17 Musicians in Search of a Sound. Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium 2012: Pedagogy and Praxis: Improvisation as Social Justice and Social Responsibility. Guelph University. Panel Presentation. Improvised Placemaking: Communities in Action. September 6, 2012.

Political Sound Art: Field Recording the Capitalist City. Sound Changes: Music and Social Justice Symposium. Carleton University. Panel Presentation. The Musical Politics and Poetics of Spaces, Places and Bodies. February 24-25, 2012.

Resonant Cities: Soundscape, Space and Culture. Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium 2010: Improvising Bodies. Guelph University. Panel Presentation. Bodily Knowledge, Cultural Memory, Public Space. September 8, 2010.

Sound/Politics: Towards a Minor History. Conference: Spaces of Violence, Sites of Resistance: Music, Media and Performance. University of Regina, International Association for the Study of Popular Music Canada. Panel Presentation, Music as Torture, Music as Shield. June 3-6, 2010.

Fabricating Soundscapes: An Exercise in Militant Sound Investigation. Conference: NCOUNTERS: Living in a World of Sound and Noise, University of Alberta, Graduate Music Students’ Association. Panel Presentation and Performance, Extending Bodies. March 5-7, 2010.