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Athabasca University

Dr. Veronica Thompson

Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences,
Associate Professor, English



  • B.A. (University of Calgary)
  • M.A. (University of Calgary)
  • Ph.D. (University of Queensland)


Veronica Thompson is an Associate Professor, English in the Centre for Humanities.

Veronica has a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland (Australia), and an M.A. and a B.A. from the University of Calgary. Her doctoral research examined the intersections of postcolonial and feminist theories with a focus on maternity and imperialism in Canadian and Australian settler literature; her Master’s research explored postcolonial discourses in South African literature. She is presently researching representations of terrorism in postcolonial writing and as part of this project on terror and the postcolonial recently co-convened seminars titled “The Enemy Within: Cultures of Terror in South Asian Literature and Film” at the 2010 and the 2012 European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Conferences.

Before being appointed to the faculty of Athabasca University in 2003, Veronica taught at the University of Calgary, Red Deer College, and Mount Royal College. Since joining AU, she has coordinated and revised numerous courses, including English 211: Prose Forms; English 302: Introduction to Canadian Literature; English 307: Women in Literature; English 433: Post-Colonial Literatures. She has also supervised several MA-IS graduate students.

Veronica is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations

 “‘Jihadists in the woods’:  Ausma Zehanat Khan’s The Language of Secrets and the Toronto 18.”  EACLALS Triennial Conference.  University of Oviedo.  April 2017.

“The Precarious Lives of Girls and Women: Mothers and Daughters in Indo-Canadian Fiction.”  Invited  Plenary. The Cultures of New India Conference.  Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University. February 2017.

 “‘I can speak freely now that I am dead’:  Audrey Thomas’s Local Customs.”  ACLALS Triennial Conference. University of Stellenbosch. July 2016.

“‘Kanishka’s Souls’:  Air India and Farzana Doctor’s All Inclusive.”  History, Memory, Grief: A 30th Air India Anniversary Conference.   McMaster University.  Hamilton ON, May 6-7, 2016.

“Every child is a mother’s blessing”:  Mothers and Children in Ana Kokkinos’ BlessedScreening Motherhood in Contemporary World Cinema.  Ed. Asma Sayed.  Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2016.  55-73.

Familiar and Foreign:  Identity in Iranian Film and Literature.  Edited collection with Dr. Manijeh Mannani.  Edmonton:  AU Press, 2015.

‘“Basic Relationships in the Twenty-First Century’:  Urban Insecurities in Shauna Singh Baldwin’s We are not in Pakistan.”  Images of Terror, Narratives of (In)security: Literary, Artistic and Cultural Responses Conference.  Centre for Comparative Studies. Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon.  Lisbon, April 2013.

“‘Ruthless Terrorist or Valiant Spy:’ The Muslim ‘Other’ in Shauna Singh Baldwin’s The Tiger Claw.”  ESSE 11 Conference.  Bogazici University.  Istanbul, September 4-8, 2012.

Selves and Subjectivities:  Reflections on Canadian Arts and Culture.  Ed. with Manijeh Mannani.  Edmonton: AU Press, 2012.

“Pulling Her Self Together: Daphne Marlatt’s Ana Historic.”  Selves and Subjectivities:  Reflections on Canadian Arts and Culture.  Ed. Manijeh Mannani and Veronica Thompson.  Edmonton: AU Press, 2012.  115-149.

“The battle came to the Delhi Junction: Terror and Territory in Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?”  The Other India: Terror, Communalism and Violence.  Ed. O.P. Dwivedi. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 118-127.

“Remembering Partition in Canadian Literature and Film:  Earth, What the Body Remembers, and Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?” EACLALS Triennial Conference.  April 2011.

“From Komagata Maru to Kanishka:  The Indian Diaspora in Canada in Anita Rau Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?”  CERPAC Conference.  Paul Valery University.  Montpellier, 2009.

“Trauma, Memory and Testimony: Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? and the Air India Inquiry.”  EACLALS Triennial Conference.  Venice International University.  Venice, 2008.

Updated July 24 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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