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Environmental Studies PhD Research Day 2021
April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join us for our annual PhD Research Day April 22 as we celebrate many of the outstanding research projects happening in EUC. This year our celebration falls on Earth Day which focuses on the theme of 'taking care of our planet'.
12 to 12:15pm Opening remarks
12:20 to 12:45pm One camera, two cameras, many cameras: community scientists and the North American Bumble Bee Watch program
12:50 to 1:35pm Elaborated Images as Decolonial Photographic Praxis
Laurence Butet-Roch, Deanna Del Vecchio
1:40 to 2:05pm Urban Indigenous populations and settler colonial displacement
2:10 to 3:25pm Fossil Capitalism in Canada
Jacob McLean, Isaac Thornley, Alexandra W. Simpson, Claire Major
3:25 to 3:30pm Closing Remarks
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Research Presentation 1 - One camera, two cameras, many cameras: how community
scientists contributed valuable information about bumble bees across North America
through the Bumble Bee Watch program (12:20-12:45PM)
This presentation by Victoria MacPhail will highlight new insights emerging from her
research on community science and the Bumble Bee Watch program in North America.
Using this case study as an example, MacPhail will explore community science's
potential to increase the scale and scope of data beyond that researchers could
accomplish alone, leading to improved conservation efforts and policies, amongst other
Panel 1 - Elaborated Images as Decolonial Photographic Praxis (12:50-1:35PM)
This panel featuring Laurence Butet-Roch and Deanna Del Vecchio discusses
insights for decolonial visual research praxis that are emerging through photographers
and arts-based researchers intervening on images, marking them up with text,
drawings, or mixed media — a method they refer to as elaborated images. Drawing on
the participative art practices of a growing number of social documentary
photographers, Butet-Roch and Del Vecchio explore how resorting to elaborated images
as a visual research method can enable researchers to honour refusal, support truthtelling,
contribute to the restoration of ancestral and place-based relationships, and
activate the prefiguration of alternative futures.
Research Presentation 2 - Urban Indigenous populations and settler colonial displacement (1:40-2:05PM)
This presentation by Shahreen Shehwar shares insights emerging from research
analyzing how housing-related regulation and policy are weaponized by the settler
colonial state, with evictions and redevelopments being used as a newer form of
settlercolonial displacement of Indigenous peoples. Exploring various issues faced by
Urban Indigenous peoples, Shehwar will share insights on how Indigenous people are
dispossessed by the settler state, issues surrounding the reproduction of Indigenous
space and how urban Indigenous populations are mobilizing to keep their place.
Panel 2 - Fossil Capitalism in Canada (2:10-3:25PM)
This panel features four unique case studies of Canadian fossil capitalism: Jacob McLean will
discuss his dissertation in progress, titled Petro Populism in Alberta: A Case Study of the
Yellow Vests. Isaac Thornley will explore how psychoanalytic concepts (such as fantasy and
disavowal) can be integrated with historical and political-economic analyses to examine
pipeline conflicts in Canada. Alexandra Watt Simpson will share insights about decolonial
approaches to activism that have emerged from the use of camouflage and masking as
performance strategies along the Line 9 pipeline; and; Claire Major will examine some of the
logics, mechanisms, and structures at play in tethering individuals to and in Fort McMurray’s
resource town labour force.