Space, Place, Knowledge and Power

Research by faculty working within this theme attends to political economy, global connections and assemblages, flows, and governmentality.  Our work attends to power and its manifestations through examination of land rights, human rights, finance, formal and informal economies, science and technology, migration and mobility, the legacies of colonialism, conservation and development.  We are concerned with the situatedness and positionality of knowledge, and the ethics and politics of knowledge production and circulation.  The broad conceptual terrain of ‘space’ -- which is inclusive of notions of ‘place’, belonging, cultural landscapes, displacement, borders, land tenure, and built environments -- grounds much of research executed within the theme. Our research engages with a wide range of ethnographic, historic, and archaeological contexts, from collaborative partnerships with indigenous communities and disenfranchised populations to critical engagement with political and economic elites in diverse global contexts.

Take a look at the ongoing research page for more information on current research projects related to this theme.

Recent publications

  • 2016 – (Iain McKechnie and Madonna L. Moss) Meta-analysis in Zooarchaeology Expands Perspectives on Indigenous Fisheries of the Northwest Coast of North America. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.04.006.

  • Duncan McLaren, 2011- McLaren, Duncan, Andrew Martindale, Quentin Mackie, and Daryl Fedje, Relict Shorelines and Shell Middens of the Dundas Islands Archipelago.  Canadian Journal of Archaeology 35: 86-116.
  • D. Fedje, Quentin Mackie , N. Smith & D. McLaren, 2009 - Function, Visibility and Interpretation of Archaeological Sites at the Pleistocene-Holocene Boundary in Haida Gwaii. In T. Goebel and I. Buvit, eds., Explaining Lithic Assemblage Variability Across Beringia . College Station : Texas A & M University Press.
  • Iain McKechnie, 2015 – Indigenous Oral History and Settlement Archaeology in the Broken Group Islands, Western Vancouver Island. BC Studies (187):191–225.
  • Angelbeck, Bill and Eric McLay, 2011 - The Battle at Maple Bay: The Dynamics of Coast Salish Political Organization through Oral Histories. Ethnohistory. Volume 58 Number 3:359-392.
  • Ann Stahl, 2014 - Vantage Points in an Archaeology of Colonialism. In Rethinking Colonial Pasts through Archaeology, edited by Neal Ferris, Rodney Harrison and Michael Wilcox, pp. 483-499. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ann Stahl, 2015 The Transactional Dynamics of Surplus in Landscapes of Enslavement: Scalar Perspectives from Interstitial West Africa. In Surplus. The Politics of Production and the Strategies of Everyday Life, edited by Christopher T. Morehart and Kristin De Lucia, pp. 267-306. Boulder: University of Colorado Press. DOI: 10.5876/9781607323808.COII 
  • Peter Stahl, and Deborah M. Pearsall 2012 Late Pre-Columbian Agroforestry in the Tropical Lowlands of Western Ecuador. Quaternary International 249:43-52.
  • Brian Thom, 2009 - The Paradox of Boundaries in Coast Salish Territories. Cultural Geographies 16:179-205. [ full or abstract ]
  • Andrea Walsh, 2009 - Healthy Bodies, Strong Citizens: Okanagan Children's Drawings and the Canadian Red Cross. In Loren Lerner, ed., Depicting Canada 's Children. Waterloo, Ontario. Wilfred Laurier Press.