French Studies, Faculty of Arts
York University
Ross Building, N704
Tel: 1 416 736 2100 #31912
Fax: 1 416 736 5734

McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology
Coach House Institute
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto,
Tel: 1 416 946 5407


Dominique Scheffel-Dunand has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Lyon (France) and is a LLM candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of French Studies at York University. Her fields of research in linguistics are Language Ecology (Relationship between language, landscape and worldviews); Discourse and Conversation analysis; Pragmatics and Cross-cultural communication; Second language acquisition and Computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). Other areas of study include semiotics and the important role of voice in public speeches: radio and television broadcasting, business communication, adverising, political and legal discourse.

Her current work in Law is related to the laws of media and freedom of expression. Her research aims at assessing the impact of media on cultural and language policies in political environments of cultural diversity. Her research entails the development of an interactive database of the written and unwritten constitution in Canada on language rights. The study will offer a real time visualization of discourse on the politics of the canadian model in constitutional theory. She is conducting her studies in legal discourses and sociolinguistics as a Research Associate at CURL (Collaborative Urban Research Laboratory at Osgoode Hall Law School) and as a Research Associate at the Centre for Research on Language Contact (Glendon College, York University)

At the University of Toronto she is currently the Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology and has been involved for more than ten years in the Knowledge Media Design Institute as a member of the Steering Committee and since 2007 as a Research Fellow.

She is a consultant in North America and Europe in cross-cultural communication and knowledge management. Consulting work, research and managerial positions at the University of Toronto and York University in Canada engaged her in exploring the nature and dynamics of human and non-human communication and the various media and technologies that enhance the understanding of information practice and knowledge building. She believes that only this understanding will lead to the recognition of the possibilities afforded by new configurations of perception.