Gemma Tarling

Gemma Tarling

MA student


Brian Thom


Space, place, knowledge and power

I completed my BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at UVic in 2021.

I was inspired to continue my studies because of the potential for my research to go beyond academic conventions and become place-based and participatory. My MA research will focus on the frameworks within which archaeological work is conducted in so called British Columbia. My concerns lay with current renegotiations of the Heritage Conservation Act (HCA) in the ongoing Heritage Conservation Act Transformation Project and the broader framework of atomized development in a settler colonial context that is largely the backdrop on which archaeological work is undergone in the province.

I am excited to begin work on my thesis, but in the meantime will contend with extending the breadth of my knowledge through introductory course work.