Of the thesis entitled: Encountering the Waterlands: Stories of Environment, Animals and Architecture in the Ahiak
In spring of 2019, I travelled through Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), Nunavut to the Ahiak (Queen Maud Gulf) Migratory Bird Sanctuary for a five-week volunteer position studying populations of migratory geese. In this space of migration, I question not only how we understand our changing environment but also how we can recalibrate a relationship in it. In so doing, I approach the Karrak Lake research station as a multiplicity of landscapes, buildings, animals and climactic forces, putting forward a method of engagement and expression that engages each of these actors through photographic composites and narrative-based writing.
This research is informed by a wide spectrum of cultural study, historical research, the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Henri Bergson, and James Gibson among others as they helped to reflect upon personal encounter with the Arctic environment over the course of five weeks in the Ahiak. The narratives were composed largely in-situ and tell the story of intense interrelations between living beings, landscape, weather and architecture. The thesis reframes the research station as an integrated component in much larger environmental processes. It explores the interconnectedness of the humans and animals whose territories it sits among, as well as its unique ecological surroundings, and looks toward how we can pursue a relationship with the land in the context of Canada’s changing environmental and reconciliatory discourses.
The examining committee is as follows:
Supervisor: Dereck Revington
Committee Members: Jane Hutton, John McMinn
External Reader: David Lieberman
The defence examination will take place:
May 12, 2020, 4:00pm, Zoom URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/98932607468?pwd=N2xKbXJ5YURSeU9vdEJNdEtWeG9GZz09
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The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee. A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.