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Oliver Keane

Geography

Introduction:
Oliver Keane is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Dr. Paul Kingsbury. He received his B.A. in Geography from the University of Birmingham, then after living in Wuhan, China, received his MA in Geography from Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Prof. Peter Hall.

Previous Education:
University of Birmingham, Geography (BA Hons.)
Research Project: Criticising Critical Geopolitics

Simon Fraser University (MA Hons.)
Research Project: Social Enterprise in British Columbia: The Profile Page as a Crisis Heterotopia  
Link to research paper here: http://summit.sfu.ca/item/16391

Current Program: PhD Geography

Supervisor: Paul Kingsbury

Research: Social Enterprise in British Columbia

This research looks at social enterprise in British Columbia and how social enterprises communicate, connect and are distributed across space within the region, and beyond. This is an area of on-going research.

Publications:

Keane, O., Hall, P. V., Schuurman, N. and Kingsbury, P. (2017), Linking online social proximity and workplace location: social enterprise employees in British Columbia. Area. doi:10.1111/area.12333

Research: A Spatial Approach to the Science and Technology Spaces of Sasquatch Investigation

This research uses a geographical framework to analyse spaces of Sasquatch investigation where the scientific method and positivism are deployed in a serious effort to uncover an alleged as yet unknown relic hominoid said to be alive today. The 20th century saw a turn towards cryptozoology as large colonial states and institutions proclaimed an era where most large mammals and their territories had been charted, mapped and entered in to repositories or museums. This turn towards cryptozoology, a reaction to the desublimation of the natural world by colonial institutions, was spearheaded by Ivan T. Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans, a Franco-Anglo intellectual duo who inspired journalists, amateurs and a new wave of intellectuals to ponder whether mankind had indeed discovered all within the contemporary Hominidae taxonomy. These men cited the many, varied and highly credible First Nations accounts of a version of what is called the 'Sasquatch'. Since the fall of the Berlin wall and the end, or perhaps the beginning, of history, new cryptozoological spaces have arisen, meshing technologies and communities into a hybridised nexus, one that heralds in a golden age for cryptozoology not seen since the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Encouraged by notable recent findings, such as the skeletons of Homo floresiensis on the island of Flores, as well as the rise of the Internet and modern investigation groups, cryptozoology enthusiasts are now legion across the North American continent, and particularly in British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA. Their gatherings bring together a wide cross-section from local communities, including First Nations, amateur enthusiasts and Ph.D. scientists. It is to the agency behind the spatial dynamics of these golden age gatherings, in relation to Bigfoot/the Sasquatch, that this research turns.

Stabilised still from a video recorded by Patterson and Gimlin, showing a female Sasquatch in Bluff Creek, California, 1967

I am very keen to talk with anyone who has either seen a Sasquatch, knows somebody who has or who investigates the Sasquatch. Please do not hesitate to contact me on okeane@sfu.ca

Link to video about Dr. Paul Kingsbury's research project

Teaching:

Previous appointments (Teaching Assistantships):

GEOG 100 – Society, Space, Environment: Introducing Human Geography
GEOG 261 – Introduction to Urban Geography
GEOG 102 – World Problems in Geographic Perspective

On-going appointments (Research Assistantships):

Working alongside Dr. Paul Kingsbury to collect interviews among cryptozoologists