Kaylan C. Schwarz

Kaylan C. Schwarz is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.

Dr. Schwarz received her PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge, supported by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her thesis project examined the ways international volunteers employed notions of ‘authenticity’ within their personal travel narratives, attempted to differentiate themselves from ‘other’ volunteers, and navigated difficult representational choices when communicating their volunteer experiences to a public audience via social media. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Comparative and International Education, Tourism Recreation Research, and New Media & Society.
In the next phase of her research, Dr. Schwarz plans to utilize visual methods to explore the small-scale ways Canadians seek to ‘make a difference’ in the world, specifically, through artistic modes popularized within ‘maker culture’ (the contemporary resurgence of handmade craft and do-it-yourself projects).
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