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

  • 2018 - Salomon, A. K., K. Lertzman, K. Brown, B. J. Wilson (Kii7iljuus), D. Secord and, Iain McKechnie. Democratizing Conservation Science and Practice. Ecology and Society 23(1) 

  • 2015 - Iain McKechnie,  Indigenous Oral History and Settlement Archaeology in the Broken Group Islands, Western Vancouver Island. BC Studies (187):191–225.

  • 2018 - Gonlin, N. and Nowell, A (eds.) 2018.  Archaeology of the Night.  Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.   

  • 2018 - Nowell, A. Paleolithic Soundscapes and the Emotional Resonance of Nighttime.  In Archaeology of the Night, edited by Nancy Gonlin and April Nowell.  Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado. Pp. 27-44.

  • 2017 - Nowell, A. Art as social practice in the Paleolithic. Contribution to Special issue:  Art: Art, Material Culture, Visual Culture, or Something Else. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 27(4): 599-606.

  • 2019 - Rudnyckyj, Daromir.  Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.   

  • Rudnyckyj, Daromir. 2017. “Subjects of Debt: Financial Subjectification and Collaborative Risk in Malaysian Islamic Finance,” American Anthropologist. 119(2).

  • 2018 - Ann Stahl, Market Thinking: Perspectives from Saharan and Atlantic West Africa. In Market as Place and Space of Economic Exchange: Perspectives from Archaeology and Anthropology, edited by Hans Peter Hahn and Geraldine Schmitz, pp. 152-179. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

  • 2016 - Andrew P. Roddick and Ann B. Stahl, Knowledge in Motion: Constellations of Learning across Time and Place. Amerind Seminar Series. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

  • 2017 - Brian Thom. Ancestral Territories for the 21st Century. In Entangled Territorialities: Indigenous Peoples from Canada and Australia in the 21st Century, edited by Françoise Dussart & Sylvie Poirier. Pp. 140-162. Anthropological Horizons Series, University of Toronto Press, Toronto.

  • 2016 - Thom, Brian, Ben Colombi, and Tatiana Degai. Bringing Indigenous Kamchatka to Google Earth: Collaborative Digital Mapping with the Itelmen Peoples. Sibirica. 15(3):1-30.