Lindsay Balfour

Sessional Lecturer

English and Cultural Studies

Research Summary

Literature and cultural studies; theory; hospitality; technology and intimacy; artificial intelligence, digital memory and culture; migrancy and geopolitics; community-engaged learning; media studies; visual culture; social justice and activism; public policy; globalization and resistance; intersectional feminism; pedagogy.

Courses & Teaching

First-year English


Dr. Balfour is currently a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Critical and Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan, and in January will begin her role as Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University. Her research considers the digital future of hospitality and the ways in which the figures of host, guest, and stranger are mediated through artificially-intelligent emerging technologies such as the android in popular culture, digital assistants, wearable devices, and hospitality apps for the gig economy. Dr. Balfour is the author of Hospitality in a Time of Terror: Strangers at the Gate, and has held research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


PhD – University of British Columbia Okanagan

Selected Publications & Presentations


Balfour, Lindsay (2017). Hospitality in a Time of Terror: Strangers at the Gate. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press.

Peer-reviewed articles:

Balfour, Lindsay (forthcoming 2021). “#TimesUp for Siri and Alexa: Sexual Violence and the Gendered

Hospitality of the Digital Domestic.” Sexual Violence at the Margins: An Intersectional Analysis of Rape Narratives. Eds. Stephanie Patrick and Mythili Rajiva.

Balfour, Lindsay (forthcoming November 2020) “Ground Zero Revisited – Museums and Materiality in an Age of Global Pandemic.” Museum and Society.

Balfour, Lindsay (Spring 2018). “The Disintegration Loops and the Archeology of Sound.” Sonic Studies. Issue 16.

Balfour, Lindsay (October 2016). “Risky Cosmopolitanism: Intimacy and Autoimmunity in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Volume 58, Number 1. Pp. 1-12.

Balfour, Lindsay (Fall 2015). “Unlikely Cryptfellows: Hospitality, Difference, and Spectrality at the 9/11

Museum.” Journal of Aesthetics and Culture. Volume 7. Pp. 1-9.

Balfour, Lindsay (Fall 2014). “Framing Redress after 9/11: Protest, Reconciliation and Canada’s War on Terror Against Indigenous Peoples.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies. Volume 34, Number 1. Pp. 1-17.

Balfour, Lindsay (Winter 2013). “Organic Shrapnel and the Possibility of Violence.” Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action. Volume 7, Number 1. Pp. 68-82.

Balfour, Lindsay (2012). “Sympathy for the Devil: (Re)Reading The Satanic Verses After 9/11 and Learning to Love the Monster (Within).” Postcolonial Text. Volume 7, Number 4. Pp. 1-19.

Selected Grants & Awards

2015 – 2017 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

2011 -2014 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship

2010 – 2011 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Bombardier Masters Scholarship


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