In Progress:

2023 Eco-Photography: Justice, Nature, and the Global Environmental Imaginary, Montreal; Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, under advanced contract.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

2020 “Narrating the Blind Field: Sites of Photographic and Ecological Knowledge in Rena Effendi’s Liquid Land.” Les Cahiers de ARIP, (October 2020).

2017 “‘These Diminished Waters’: Conservation, Camera Hunting, and Settler/Indigenous Conflict in Lorene Squire’s Wildfowl Photographs of Northern Canada.” Journal of Canadian Art History 36, no. 2 (2015): 56-91.

2016Border Lines and Crossing Points: A Response to Andreas Rutkauskas’ Photographs of the Canadian-U.S. Border.” North x West, a special issue of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies 7, no. 1. DOI: 10.17742/IMAGE.NBW.7-1.11

2016Cecil the Lion’s Networked Image: The Post-Photographic Media Ecology of Environmental Concern.” Special Issue of Captures. Figures, théories et pratiques de l’imaginaire 1, no. 1 (Spring).

2016 “Producing and Publishing ‘The Banff Purchase’: Nationalism, Pedagogy, and Professionalism in Contemporary Canadian Art Photography, 1979.” Networked Art History, a special issue of Journal of Canadian Art History, 36/1 (2015): 76-101.

2011 “Questionable Moral Geographies: The Human-Animal Landscapes of Gregory Colbert.”Psychogeographies, Autumn (2011). PDF: McManus – 2011 – Questionable Moral Geographies

2011 “Objective Landscapes: The Mediated Evidence of Repeat Photography.” Edited by Suzanne Paquet, Intermédialités: histoire et théorie des artes, des lettres et des techniques 17, no. 2 (Printemps 2011): 105–118. PDF:

2009 “The Environment in the Museum: the Rhetoric of Photographic Landscapes in Imaging a Shattering Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate,” in Interculture: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Journal, Political Ecologies 6, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 136 – 148. PDF: McManus – 2009 – The Environment in the Museum

Refereed Book Chapters:

2022 “Romance ‘Between Friends’: Revisiting the National Film Board of Canada’s photobook of the Canada-U.S. Borderline,” in Les lieux des savoirs photographique : livre / Sites of Photographic Knowledge: Book. Montreal and Quebec: Artexte and Formes actuelles de l’expérience photographique (FAEP), 48-63.

2020 “The Future-Past, the Future-Present, the Future-Possible: The Chernobyl Exclusion Photographs of David McMillan,” in Through Post-Atomic Eyes. Edited by Claudette Lauzon and John O’Brian. Montreal; Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 286-303.

2018 “Above, Below, and Behind the Camera: the Perspective of Animals.” In From Ego to Eco. Mapping Shifts from Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism. Edited by Tina Pusse and Sabine Müller. Amsterdam; New York: Brill Press, 201-214.

Curated Exhibition and Essay:

2019 Inside/Outside: Images of the LAND in the Artexte Information Centre Collection, Symposium international d’art contemporaine de Baie-St-Paul, Quebec, July 26-August 25.

2019 Inside/Outside : Images du TERRITOIRE dans la collection d’Artexte. Montréal, QC: Artexte, 2019. Catalogue Essay:

Exhibition Catalogue Essays:

2018 “How Anthropo-scenic! Concerns and Debates about the Age of the Anthropocene,” in Anthropocene: Burtynsky, Baichwal, De Pencier. Toronto, ON: Art Gallery of Ontario; Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 45-56.

2013 “The Natural World That Remains to be Seen (and Experienced).” Exhibition catalogue text for Genviève Chevalier’s Orford: Territoire Insulaire/Orford: Insular Territory at Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario, January 24-March 9, 2014. PDF: McManus – 2014 – The Natural World That Remains to be Seen

See Geneviève Chevalier’s website for more about this project:

2013 “Revealing Landscape from Sea to Surface: the photography of Andreas Rutkauskas and Jessica Auer.” Exhibition catalogue text for Sea to Surface, at Evans Contemporary, Peterborough, Ontario, May 23 – June 30, 2013.!sea-to-surface—text/c164x

2008 “The Way of the Cross” and “The Art of the Woodblock,” in Black Against White: John J.A. Murphy, Master of the Modern Wood Engraving. Edited by Diana Nemiroff, 5-6; 10. Ottawa: Carleton University Art Gallery, 2008.

Group Authored Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

2015 Martha Langford, Elizabeth Cavaliere, Phillipe Guillaume, Karla McManus, Sharon Murray, and Aurèle Parisien. “Imaged Communities: Putting Canadian Photographic History in its Place.” Journal of Canadian Studies 49/2 (2015): 296-354.

Journal Book Reviews:

Karla McManus, “Review: The Bomb in the Wilderness: Photography and the Nuclear Era in Canada,” BC Studies (online), accessed March 9, 2022,

2020 “Review: Mark Cheetham, Landscape into Eco Art (2018).” RACAR 44/2 (2019): 208-210.

2020 “Review: Re-Designing the Earth: Do we need more Architecture for the Environment? A Review of Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy’s Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment (2018).” Science Fiction Studies 140/47 (March 2020): 128-131.


2015 “Eco-Photography: Picturing the Global Environmental Imaginary in Space and Time.” Dissertation. Concordia University.

MA Thesis:

2009 “Neutralized Landscapes and Critical Spaces: An Analysis of Contemporary Landscape Photography and Environmentalism in the Art Museum.” M.A. Thesis, Carleton University. Theses Canada abstract.