Jason Kovacs, Lecturer


Home Campus:
U of T Scarborough

University of Waterloo

Other Degrees:
MA Queen's University

Contact Information:

Email: jason.kovacs@utoronto.ca

Research Interests:

  • Cultural planning and public art
  • Heritage conservation
  • Monuments and memorials
  • Cultural tourism

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGRB05 Urban Geography
GGRD25 Research Seminar in Urban Spaces
GGRC02 Population Geography
GGRC48 Geographies of Urban Poverty
GGR246 Geography of Canada

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Kovacs, J.F. 2016. War remembrance in a sacralized space of memory: the origins and evolution of Volkstrauertag in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Memory Studies, 9(2), 218-234.
  • Kovacs, J.F., Jonas Galvin, K. and Shipley R. 2015. Assessing the success of heritage conservation districts: insights from Ontario, Canada. Cities, 45, 123-132.
  • Lee, A.H.J., Wall, G. and Kovacs, J.F. 2015. Creative food clusters and rural development through place branding: culinary tourism initiatives in Stratford and Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Journal of Rural Studies, 39, 133-144.
  • Shipley, R., Jonas, K. and Kovacs, J.F. 2011. Heritage conservation districts work: evidence from the Province of Ontario, Canada. Urban Affairs Review, 47(5), 611-641
  • Kovacs, J.F. 2011. Cultural planning in Ontario, Canada: arts policy or more? International Journal of Cultural Policy, 17(3), 321-340.
  • Kovacs, J.F. 2010. Cultural plan implementation and outcomes in Ontario, Canada. Cultural Trends, 19(3), 209-224.
  • Shipley, R., Kovacs, J.F. and Fitzpatrick, A. 2010. A new kind of national park for Canada: Waterloo’s Mennonite country could be a model for managing change in valuable landscapes. Material Culture Review, 72, 23-35.
  • Kovacs, J.F. and Osborne, B.S. 2009. A fire in Quebec City, a burning question for Guelph: who was George Wallick, the hero of St. Sauveur? Historic Guelph: The Royal City, 48, 39-49.
  • Kovacs, J.F., Shipley, R., Snyder, M. and Stupart, C. 2008. Do heritage conservation districts work? The case of Kitchener’s Upper Doon district. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 17(2), 125-141.
  • Shipley, R. and Kovacs, J.F. 2008. Good governance principles for the cultural heritage sector: lessons from international experience. Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, 8(2), 214-228.
  • Kovacs, J.F. and Schatz, L. 2008. Conserving a sense of the past: built heritage and adaptive reuse. Plan Canada, 48(3), 38-39.
  • Osborne, B.S. and Kovacs, J.F. 2008. Cultural tourism: seeking authenticity, escaping into fantasy, or experiencing reality. Choice, 45(6), 927-937.
  • Kovacs, J.F. 2007. Sanctifying ethnic memory and reinforcing place attachment: cultural identity, sacred place and pilgrimage in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. International Journal of Canadian Studies, 36, 245-265.
  • Kovacs, J.F. 2006. Con artist or noble immigration agent? Count Esterhazy’s Hungarian colonization effort, 1885-1902. Prairie Forum, 31(1), 39-60.
  • Kovacs, J.F. and Osborne, B.S. 2005. A tale of two heroes and two cities: the Short-Wallick monument, Kingston and Quebec. Historic Kingston, 53, 99-122.

Book Chapters

  • Kovacs, J.F. and Osborne, B.S. 2012. Re-Membering dead heroes: Quebec City’s monument to Short-Wallick. In N. Neatby and P. Hodgins (eds.) Settling and Unsettling Memories: Essays in Canadian Public History (67-93), University of Toronto Press.
  • Kovacs, J.F. 2009. Count Esterhazy’s Hungarian colonization effort, 1885-1902. In G. Marchildon (ed.) Immigration and Settlement 1870–1939 (285-313), University of Regina CPRC Press. [article reprint].