Jessica KolopenukPre-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta
Jessica Kolopenuk (Iyiniw/Cree) is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. On her mother’s side, she descends from Chief Peguis’ people (who are Cree and Anishinabe) from the Red River region north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Specializing in political theory and indigenous politics, Kolopenuk is a Joseph Bombardier winner and PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria located on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. She is also completing a pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta (U of A) under the supervision of Dr. Kim TallBear. Jessica is interested in understanding the spaces where science and politics intersect especially when they interfere with indigenous peoples’ relationships to each other, to territory, and to other human and non-human relatives. Her dissertation explores the power generated through science to impose meaning onto the everyday lives of indigenous peoples in Canada particularly as indigeneity becomes redefined through genetic/genomic configurations of life.
Rick W. A. SmithNeukom Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College
Rick W. A. Smith is a Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. His research is concerned with the interrelations of power and materiality, especially the ways that social, political, historical, and biological forces are entangled in the production of human and non-human bodies. Merging queer and feminist materialisms, bioarchaeology, paleogenomics, and epigenetics, one of Rick’s ongoing projects has focused on reconstructing the DNA-level effects of social violence, political transformation, and environmental change across the rise and decline of the ancient Wari society, the first expansive state in what is now the central Peruvian Andes. Rick is also interested in the reconfigurations of matter that are enacted through the production and maintenance of contemporary settler colonial states, of which enduring human inequalities as well as human/non-human hierarchies are symptomatic. Ranging from questions of indigenous, queer, and white trash belonging, genetically modified organisms, and ancient humans and Neanderthals, Rick draws linkages between epi/genomics, queer and feminist materialisms, postcolonial theory, and multispecies relations to question the conditions of possibility through which human and non-human bodies are recomposed through regimes of power.
Krisha J. HernándezPh.D. Candidate in Anthropology at the University of California
Krisha J. Hernández is a Xicanx Bisayan Indígena scholar whose work reflects her commitment to community-centered scholarship and politically-engaged interventions. She is a Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, UCSC Graduate Division, and UCSC Science and Justice Research Center. Her forthcoming dissertation, “Agents of Pollination: Indigenous Bodies & Lives, and U.S. Agriculture Technosciences,” is concerned with Indigeneity and materialisms, (de)colonization and settler colonialism, and collaboration as healing. Hernández researches human-insect relations in food and agricultural systems, more-than-human socialites, foodways, and environmental change in which she employs a critical Indigenous feminist lens toward more-than-human personhood. She currently works and thinks with desert pollinators in the ‘Southwest’—primarily bees and moths.
Jimmy Beveridge is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Texas-Austin. Since his undergraduate honors thesis, Jimmy’s research has examined decolonization and development processes in Amazonian protected areas such as indigenous territories and national parks in Bolivia and Ecuador. He is currently developing a set of ideas called ‘knowledge articulation’ that analyzes how government officials, NGOs, and local indigenous communities draw upon components of indigenous and western scientific knowledge systems in realizing development projects. In addition to anthropology, this theorizing draws from STS, Indigenous studies, feminist science, and Political Ecology. Furthermore, Jimmy employs an activist approach co-designed with indigenous Amazonian communities that forefronts the local indigenous communities’ knowledges, social relations and practices, in designing and implementing small scale development projects. This is part of a larger collaborate project intended to forge North-South alliances between U.S. and Canadian Native students with decolonization/development projects in Bolivian and Ecuadorian Amazon. [Email Jimmy at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in participating in this collaboration].
Aadita ChaudhuryPh.D. Candidate in Science and Technology Studies at York University
Aadita Chaudhury is a PhD student at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University and a Graduate Associate at the York Centre for Asian Research. Previously, she completed a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Applied Science at University of Toronto’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. Her research interests are broadly surrounding the anthropology and philosophy of biology and the ecological sciences, cartography, postcolonial and feminist STS, and environmental and medical humanities. She has worked in mining consulting for projects in Saskatchewan, Panama and Turkey and interned at the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris, France. She also served as a science writer and the founding editor for Technology and Engineering of the Canadian science communication platform Science Borealis.
Merissa DabornPh.D. Student in History at the University of Alberta
Merissa Daborn is a master’s student in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. She will be beginning her PhD in History at the University of Alberta in Fall 2017. Merissa has received a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship for her research “Toxic Relations: Colonization, Contamination, and Food Security in the Northwest Territories.” Merissa’s research is largely informed by Indigenous Studies, STS, environmental history, and feminist theories of science, vulnerability and economy. She researches toxic environments resulting from processes of colonization, Indigenous peoples’ food security, generational changes in food use, and federal policies regarding health, food, and environments. Merissa will be working with communities in the NWT who have been impacted by contamination from abandoned mines and/or military sites. She will work with key community members who hold knowledge of contamination occurring through the 1970s to 1990s to co-produce a comprehensive testimony of contamination and subsequent threats to food security.