- Responsable – CPCC — Culture populaire, connaissance et critique
- Membre – CICC — Centre international de criminologie comparée
- Membre – CÉRIUM — Centre d'études et de recherches internationales
Areas of Expertise
- Mobility studies
- International communication
- Globalisation in mass media
- Political communication
- Digital culture
- Surveillance studies
- Popular culture
- Cultural studies
- Algorithmic governmentality
- War in mass media
- Visual culture
- Social movements
- Information and communications technology
- American studies
- Media Studies
- North America
- United States
I joined the department in 2017, after spending eleven years as a professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. I am happy to have found a new terrain in communication and media studies and to have started a new chapter teaching international communication, media studies, political communication, and popular culture at Université de Montréal.
I am first and foremost fascinated by the relationship between culture, science, media, technology and society, power/knowledge, militarization, and war and security in the US context and in the geopolitical frame set by globalization. My current work brings me to consider issues dealing with the security/mobility nexus and the redefinition of citizenship in the digital age, notably as it relates to borders, surveillance, and governance.
Through communication, we are, consciously or unconsciously in relation with the world. I am heavily interested in our relationship with digital governance – and by extension, to digital media. I thus pay a particular attention to communication infrastructures in security governance, which leads me to study new forms of surveillance in the surveillance society enacted by the digital. As digital media and new media, algorithms are a privileged topic to capture the media infrastructures for the communications they embody as well as to what they make possible for media technologies governing subjects and controlling spaces.
My current research coalesces around the forms of surveillance three main areas of inquiry: 1) the surveillance of mobilities, algorithmic security, and techno political infrastructures governing North American borderlands; 2) the militarization of everyday life, the surveillance society, and the culture of the US national security state; 3) US popular and media cultures, with an emphasis on war and surveillance on the small and big screen and another on comedy, infotainment media, and televisual satire.
In my research, I both mobilize communication and media studies, notably popular culture, cultural industries and cultural studies scholarship, as well as issues of mobility and surveillance, with a reflection that addresses power manifestations in communication and the effects of communications. As international communication, media cultures, political communication, popular culture, cultural studies, and new media studies constitute my main research expertise in media studies and communication, my work is well served by my interdisciplinary bent and undisciplined perspective that draws upon the fields of international relations, international political sociology, political geography, political anthropology, American studies, security studies, and science and technology studies.
At Université de Montréal, I share my research time between the Laboratory on Popular Culture, Knowledge, and Critique (CPCC), the International Center on Comparative Criminology (CICC), and the Montreal Center for International Studies (CERIUM).
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Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.
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Centre international de criminologie comparée (CICC) Projet de recherche au Canada / 2017 - 2025
Policing North American Borderlands in the Digital Age: Of Mobilities, Infrastructures and Algorithmic Security Projet de recherche au Canada / 2018 - 2024
Mobility Control in the Digital Age: The Everyday Securing of Human, Financial and Data Mobilities Projet de recherche au Canada / 2018 - 2022
La guerre et la surveillance au petit et au grand écran Projet de recherche à l’international
L’humour, les médias d’infodivertissement et la satire télévisuelle Projet de recherche à l’international
Imagining the Real/Reel World of Warfare: Technowar and Representing the US National Security State Projet de recherche à l’international
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O'Meara, Dan, Alex Macleod, Frédérick Gagnon et David Grondin (2016), Movies, Myth and National Security State, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
Grondin, David (2016), « Mobilité, vie algorithmique et société de surveillance dans Person of Interest : la traque du national security state cyberspatial », in D’Asimov à Star Wars : représentations des rapports de force dans la science-fiction, Isabelle Lacroix et Karine Prémont, Québec, Presses de l'Université du Québec, p. 165-202.
Shah, Nisha et David Grondin (2016), « Secrets », in Things of the International. Vol. II Assemblages, Mark B. Salter (dir.), University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, p. 92-105.
Grondin, David (2014), « Languages as Institutions of Power/Knowledge in Canadian Critical Security Studies: A Personal Tale of an Insider/Outsider », Critical Studies on Security, 2(1), p. 39-58.
Grondin, David (2013), « L’étude des objets, espaces et sites de sécurité de la vie quotidienne: Enquête sur la militarisation de la vie américaine par le biais de la culture populaire », Études internationales, vol. 44, no. 3, p. 453-473.
Grondin, David (2012), « Understanding Culture Wars through Satirical/Political Infotainment TV: Jon Stewart and The Daily Show’s Critique as Mediated Reenactement of the Culture War », Canadian Review of American Studies, 42(3), automne, p. 347-370.
Grondin, David (dir.) (2012), War Beyond the Battlefield, Routledge, London, 2012.
Grondin, David (2011), “The Other Spaces of War: War Beyond the Battlefield in the War on Terror”, Geopolitics, vol. 16, no. 2, p. 253-79, 2011.
Grondin, David (2010), « The New Frontiers of the National Security State: The US Global Governmentality of Contingency », in Security and Global Governmentality: Globalization, Governance and the State, Miguel de Larrinaga et Marc Doucet (dir.), New York et Londres, Routledge, p. 78-95.
Grondin, David et Miguel de Larrinaga (2009), « Securing Prosperity, or Making Securitization Prosper? The Security and Prosperity Partnership as “North American” Biopolitical Governance », International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis, vol. 64, no. 3, été, p. 667-685.
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