Current Research

My diverse interests mean that I’ve got multiple research projects currently underway:

“Collapsible Commons: Canadian Women, Cultural Production and Making National Narratives” is a pilot project for the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC pronounced ‘quirk’). This project considers a range of interdisciplinary work by women in the Canadian context to ask how they create spaces for what Rey Chow calls ‘responsible engagement.’ In addition to creating a digital archive and mapping project I am in the process of writing a companion critical manuscript.

Sina Queyras: Selected Works. Ed. Erin Wunker. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Forthcoming Sept. 2015. I am editing a collection of Queyras’s work for the Laurier Poetry Series.

How to Be a Feminist Killjoy: Practical Lessons from Sara Ahmed’s World-Making ProjectBook Thug. Completion date: March 2015.

Canada and the Spanish Civil War is a project directed by Dr. Bart Vautour and Dr. Emily Robins Sharpe that seeks to make public the complicated and understudied connections between Canadian cultural production and the Spanish Civil War. I am a co-applicant on their Insight Grant and tasked with modelling pedagogical tools for the undergraduate classroom.

I am a collaborator on a SSHRC Research/Creation Grant entitled “Tracing the City: Interventions of Art in Public Space.” This project came about when we asked ourselves what happens when the private experience of art is disrupted, unsettled or reframed by the chance encounters and events of the public space of the city? Conversely, what happens when modes of production of art are opened up so that the public can intervene in processes of creation? The Principle Investigators are two artists – Solomon Nagler (NSCAD), a film-maker, and Kim Morgan (NSCAD), a sculptor/installation artist – and one social scientist – Dr. Martha Radice (Dalhousie), an urban anthropologist. I am one of three named collaborators (the others are Christopher Kaltenbach (NSCAD), an interdisciplinary designer, and Ellen Moffat, an independent sound artist). Together we will embark on a sustained, integrated collaboration in processes of research and creation to explore these questions.