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Land/Body Relations in the Aftermath of Colonial Environmental Violence on the Great Lakes


This talk understands environmental pollution as a colonial disruption to both Land/Body relations.  Building from Indigenous and Black feminisms on the lower Great Lakes, the talk will ask, what might a desire-based approach to living with, and altered by, colonial toxicity look like?


Michelle Murphy is a Professor in the History Department and Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. She holds a tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Science and Technology Studies and Environmental Data Justice, and she directs the Technoscience Research Unit, where she leads the Environmental Data Justice Lab and co-organizes the Technoscience Salon. She has additional graduate appointments at the  School of Environment and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto, and in Science and Technology Studies and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.  She has a PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University (1998), and a Bachelors degree in Biology and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto (1992). She is Métis from Winnipeg. Her family is Métis on her mother’s side (the Carriere family) and French white settler on her father’s side.