My current research focuses on Energy Humanities, analyzing how we are collectively imagining new ways of being in relationship to energy and the environment. I am most keenly interested in representations of human rights abuses, and intersectional issues of gender, race, class and Canadian politics in the context of the resource extraction economy’s impact on various stakeholders—Indigenous communities, activists and other dissenters, and the wider Alberta and Canadian public. I am the co-founder and co-director of the Petrocultures Research Group that interrogates the social and cultural impacts of oil and energy. In 2017, I began a 7 year project multi-disciplinary collaborative research project with participants from across Canada, called Just Powers, which focuses on feminist and decolonial energy transition and energy futures.

This work builds on earlier work interrogating patterns of exclusion exercised on non-dominant communities within the paradigm of state-multiculturalism, including but not limited to discursive and visual representations of WWII internment of Japanese Canadians and post-9/11 exclusionary practices. I am particularly interested in how women writers and filmmakers represent marginalization, the reception of ethno-cultural media representations, as well as women in the rhetorical tradition. Likewise, I have always maintained an interest in the relationship between the written word and the image as discursive referents in socio-political contexts. These earlier research trajectories are now woven into my ongoing work on oil and culture, as seen through an intercultural feminist lens.

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Image source: Andriko Lozowy