Dr. Boudreault-Fournier is a professor of anthropology at the University of Victoria. She specializes in visual anthropology, sound, relational aesthetics, digital technologies, cultural policy, and Cuban and Latin American studies, and her research explores an “ethnography of image and sound production” through experiments with audio-visual media.
Storytelling, performance, and ethnography intrigue me, and questions about political processes of co-creation, witnessing and acting challenge me every day. I work at bringing imaginative and sensory ethnography, memory work, writing, and live performance into provocative conversations inside and outside the university where I teach. Currently I am working on two creative research projects. One, a manuscript entitled “Encore! Travels With The Ghost of Margaret Sheehy”; and, two, a solo performance, “Hear Me Looking At You”. I am currently a candidate for certification as a Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher.
Denielle’s projects explore the politics of experimental medicine and therapeutic interventions in colonial and postcolonial contexts. In her current work, she plays with textual ethnography, visual anthropology (stills), and creative nonfiction to assemble an ethnographic montage of the disrupted landscapes and subjectivities produced by medicine and science. Her most recent writing projects are experiments in ethnographic form, attentive to the poetics and politics of postcolonial encounters between the new subaltern and elite scientific communities, and the history of ‘good intentions’ with marginalized communities in Kenya and the urban poor in British Columbia. She teaches on the anthropology of biomedicine, postcolonial and indigenous science studies, and social suffering in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Social Science at York University. She has graduate appointments in the Science and Technology Studies program.
She is currently working on two projects: 1) A social history of epidemiological knowledge emerging from the University of Manitoba in the 1970s and 1980s and 2) an ethnography of traumatic brain injuries and cerebral suffering (funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and SSHRC).
She is the author of Reimagining Science and Statecraft in Postcolonial Kenya: Stories from an African Scientist (Routledge, 2018). She is co-editor (with Dr. Dara Culhane) of A Different Kind of Ethnography (UTP, 2017). Other publications can be found here.
Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston is Associate Professor of Theatre at York University, whose research focuses on performance and experimental ethnography. She has developed performance ethnography projects with Roma minorities in Poland, Nazi-Holocaust survivors in Poland and Canada, and low-income residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She has also worked as a professional theatre director, performer, and playwright both nationally and internationally. Her book, Staging Strife (2010), is co-winner of the 2011 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Outstanding Qualitative Book Award and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research Ann Saddlemyer Book Prize.
Cristina Moretti works at the crossroads between urban and visual anthropology. She is interested in the politics of public space, and in the relationships between vision, aesthetic practices, and city spaces. Most of her research takes place in Milan, Italy, where she examines how acts of seeing, concealing, and being seen are a central way for people to participate in public spaces, and in the negotiations which accompany their everyday use.
She is the author of Milanese Encounters: Public Space and Vision in Contemporary Urban Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2015).