2021 Fall Colloquium

GUEST SPEAKER: Zoe Todd, Associate Professor, Carleton University

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (PDT) on Zoom

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"In this talk I will explore two major projects I've worked on over the last decade that examine the role of plural Indigenous legal orders and sciences in protecting freshwater fish well-being. This short talk examines the role of Indigenous sovereignty in disrupting settler Canada's harmful legacies in western and arctic watersheds."

Dr. Zoe Todd is an artist and researcher who studies Indigenous perspectives on freshwater fish conservation in western Canada (specifically, Alberta). Their fish philosophy work brings together Indigenous science, art, social studies, stories, and legal thinking about fish as more-than-human kin. Their current projects examine how Indigenous governance shapes and refracts western fish conservation paradigms. They are a co-founder of the Institute for Freshwater Fish Futures (2018), which is an international collective of scientists, artists, writers, landscape architects, architects, environmentalists, journalists, and community leaders dedicated to honouring reciprocal responsibilities to freshwater fish in watersheds locally and globally. 

GUEST SPEAKER: Debra Mackinnon, University of Windsor

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (PST) on Zoom

Cities have repeatedly turned toward forms of entrepreneurial urbanism and technological solutionism marketed by the private sector. From Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to smart cities, each generation of these devices promises to revitalize cities and “improve” their governance. This talk examines the mobility and use of geospatial applications, platforms and smart security initiatives by BIDs in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and London. Focused on their potential to limit accountability, deepen systemic racism and further corporatize service delivery, this research traces and theorizes how these technologies are used to police, account for, render, and manage urban space and populations.

Debra Mackinnon is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Windsor, and incoming Assistant Professor at Lakehead University. Her general research areas are in urban studies; socio-legal theory and critical criminology; surveillance studies; science and technology studies; smart cities; and qualitative research methodologies. She also the co-editor on a forthcoming volume Digital (In)Justice in the Smart City with the University of Toronto Press.