Haida Antolick completed her master’s in 2014. Her capstone project is entitled Toward a Productively Negative Politics of Irritation: Reading Racial Trauma and Its Attendant Anger in Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy. She benefited primarily from the supervision and mentorship of Drs. Christine Kim and David Chariandy. Though eclectic, her research interests focused on contemporary diasporic North American fiction, racialization, affect theory, and the instrumentalization of narratives of trauma.
A truncated version of her master’s capstone project was presented at Silence and Documentation, the Department’s 2015 Graduate Conference, which she co-organized. Her presentation can be viewed here.
Haida also earned her undergraduate degree at SFU, completing an honours in the English department, and an additional major in Anthropology. Her honours capstone project is entitled
Unmarked Survivors / Marked Inhumanity: Loss and the (Self) Instrumentalization of What Remains in Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
During her time at SFU Haida was active in the university community, including serving on the executives of the Simon Fraser Student Society, the Graduate Student Society, and the Teaching Support Staff Union.
Shortly after graduating, Haida joined the staff of the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC, a provincial umbrella group of university faculty unions. Her position requires a dynamic skill set and includes research, communications, political support, member relations, event planning, and office administration. Her side hustles include contract work in communications and organizing, and child care.
Outside of staffer life, she is active politically, in both electoral and radical spheres. While she hasn’t yet given up on the dream of doing a PhD, for now a modicum of economic security and the freedom of a writing practice outside of academia are winning out. Haida blogs (very infrequently) at thispractice.ca and tweets (sporadically) @haidaantolick.
Haida lives, works, and writes in Vancouver, on the unceded and occupied lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.