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Sights of Contestation Part I: Unconscious

Sights of Contestation Part I: Unconscious

by Isaac Thornley This post is the first of three in the Sights of Contestation series. Sights of Contestation explores a variety of resistances, both material and discursive, found in current pipeline debates. The authors of this series focus on different sites of contestation—Keystone XL, Line 3, and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project—to understand the role the unconscious, bodies,

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The production of Iran as a national state spacetime: Late development and formal subsumption

The production of Iran as a national state spacetime: Late development and formal subsumption

Spacetime as a social product is almost absent in Iranian social thought and politics. Environment/geography is still considered to be a mere static background. This contrasts with a dialectical conception of spacetime as simultaneously a formative product and contingent condition (and indirect producer) of social action. Conventional approaches actively function to depoliticize spacetime by promoting

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Sand and stone materials mining in the Jeneberang River in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Sand and stone materials mining in the Jeneberang River in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Wendy Alejandra Medina de Loera My dissertation explores the extractive industry of river sand and stone materials[1] by drawing on empirical research in the Jeneberang river in South Sulawesi province, Indonesia. In recent years real estate capital has been key to reinvigorate the global economy, especially in Asia. This has aroused the commercial interest in

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Inclusion and exclusion in global production networks: The case of Myanmar migrant seafood processing workers in Thailand

Inclusion and exclusion in global production networks: The case of Myanmar migrant seafood processing workers in Thailand

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of global production networks (GPNs). Throughout the pandemic, GPNs have experienced disruptions as manufacturing facilities have closed and consumers have been placed under lockdown. The impacts of such disruption have led to the reduction in wages and unemployment of millions of factory workers across South and Southeast Asia,

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Civic diasporic organizations, cyberspace, and superdiverse locales: Bangladeshis in Toronto

Civic diasporic organizations, cyberspace, and superdiverse locales: Bangladeshis in Toronto

The pandemic has altered the way civic diasporic organizations operate, with a recent rush towards digitized collaborations, activities, and service delivery. These unique multiscalar organizations have been an important part of the lives of residents in large cities across North America in recent decades, particularly in superdiverse migrant receiving neighbourhoods, vis-a-vis physical locations e.g., community

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Birds and plastic pollution – A case study in Toronto

Birds and plastic pollution – A case study in Toronto

by Melina Damian, MES, Ontario Nature's Communications Coordinator When you think of a bird’s nest, what’s the first image that comes to mind? Probably a bunch of sticks and leaves bundled together – right? Unfortunately, for birds that live in urbanized areas, they often use anthropogenic debris (otherwise known as garbage) to build their nests.

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Integrating UN Sustainable Development Goals in university curriculum, research, and partnerships

Integrating UN Sustainable Development Goals in university curriculum, research, and partnerships

How have universities integrated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and what lessons might be learned and applied therein? This is the key question that Nicole Arsenault, MES alumnus and Program Director of York’s Office of Sustainability, sought to address in her MES Paper on The Role of Universities Towards a Sustainable Future: Integrating

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