Jennifer Chutter

GLS/SAR PhD Candidate

Education

  • BA, UBC, 1997
  • BEd, UBC, 1998
  • MA, GLS, SFU, 2011
  • MA, History, SFU, 2014

Research Description

Palimpsests & Place-making: an exploration of home in Vancouver

My research explores the points of intersection, overlap and possible divergence of views of home and place-making as expressed by citizens living in Vancouver as civic changes were made with regards to housing. In order to critically examine the ways in which citizens are actively expressing their feelings of attachment and belonging to the city, I will draw from theoretical frameworks in performance studies. I will pay particular attention to the language and actions used by citizens to demonstrate their rituals, patterns and protests in relation to domestic spaces.

Changes in domestic spaces also have a civic agenda of what is acceptable home-making is as the demolition and alteration of houses reveals changing ideas of gender, class and race. By tracing changes in domestic architecture, both historically and geographically, I will gain an understanding of how ideas of home and place-making have changed over time, which is important because the organization, structure and aesthetics of a neighbourhood today are a reflection of past municipal decisions. Rather than viewing houses as objects in municipal planning, my research will explore them as subjects in order to highlight their importance in the memories of people living both in the neighbourhood and in the houses themselves.  

Recent Publications

Conference Papers

  • Chutter, Jennifer. “Honing in on Heritage Houses: Exploring the Role of Domestic Architecture in Place-making.” Paper presented, annual conference of Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, San Jose, CA, October 17, 2015.
  • Chutter, Jennifer. “Preservation of Heritage Homes: Keeping the Past or Stifling the Present?” Paper presented, New Directions in Active History: Institutions, Communications and Technologies conference, London, ON, October 3, 2015.
  • Chutter, Jennifer. “Parks and Playgrounds: An investigation into class differences in Vancouver’s neighbourhood parks.” Paper presented, Qualicum History Conference, Parksville, BC, January 31, 2015.
  • Chutter, Jennifer. “Alumni Relations and Fundraising.” Panel discussion, annual conference of Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Philadelphia, PA, October 9, 2014.
  • Chutter, Jennifer. “Creating a National Identity from the Inside Out: the House in Canada.” Paper presented, Qualicum History Conference, Parksville, BC, February 1, 2014.
  • Chutter, Jennifer. “Reviving Settlement Houses in the 21st Century.” Paper presented, annual conference of Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Chicago, IL. October 18, 2013.
  • Chutter, Jennifer. “What is the role of nostalgia in shaping an understanding of home?” Paper presented, West Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, San Rafael, CA. June 22, 2013.
  • Chutter, Jennifer. “Should I invest in an e-reader or more bookshelves?” Paper presented, annual conference of Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Portland, OR. October 19, 2012.
  • Chutter, Jennifer. “Is the Kitchen still the hearth of the home?” Paper presented, West Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, Los Angles, CA. June 24, 2012.
  • McLennan, Jennifer. “Applications of Fractal Geometry to Urban Planning.” Paper presented, annual conference of Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Dallas, TX. October 8, 2010.
  • McLennan, Jennifer. “Defining a sense of Home.” Paper presented, West Coast Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium, Portland, OR. June 26, 2010.
  • McLennan, Jennifer. “Seeking a sense of Home.” Paper presented, SFU Work In Progress Symposium hosted by the SFU 

Awards

  • MA SSHRC Fall 2014
  • SFU Graduate Fellowship, 2014
  • Douglas Cole Memorial Entrance Award, 2013
  • SFU Graduate Fellowship, 2010

Teaching Assistantships

  • ENG 103 - Introduction to Drama, Fall 2015
  • HIST 102W - Post Confederation Canadian History, Spring 2014
  • HIST 115 - Introduction to the History of Sexuality, Fall 2013
  • HUM 130 - Introduction to Religious Studies, Fall 2009-Fall 2011