Lindsay Bell is a sociocultural/linguistic anthropologist interested in the place of indigenous life and arctic environments in (inter)national public culture. Her primary research examines indigenous-state relations vis-à-vis transnational extractive industries. Bell’s writing is grounded in long-term ethnographic fieldwork with indigenous and (im)migrant workers touched by large-scale resource development in Circumpolar North America (Alaska and Canada).
With artist/academic collaborators, Jesse C Jackson (UC Irvine) and Tori Foster (OCAD U), Bell is developing a set of moving and still images to tell the story of urban life north of the 60th parallel. This new work combines data visualization techniques with more standard anthropological methods to have research reach a wider audience. It is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada.
Bell is committed to ethnography as method and craft. She trained as a non-fiction writer at Ryerson University in tandem with her PhD at the University of Toronto. When not north of 60, she has the pleasure of teaching ethnographic writing by way of anthropology at SUNY, Oswego.
Visualizing Canada’s Urban North