Congratulations to Cultural Mediations alumna, Dr. Trina Cooper-Bolam, who was recently awarded a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Her postdoctoral research project, Storied Transformations: Decolonizing Inherited Space through Memorial Performance, builds upon her doctoral work at Carleton.

Responding to the priorities of Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, the Survivors of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, Storied Transformations is a research-creation and pedagogical project of transdisciplinary Indigenous/settler research collaboration that investigates and reveals the evidentiary landscape of the Shingwauk Indian Industrial and Residential Schools. Using land-based learning, praxiological museology, and other cultural, creative, and performative methods developed for the project’s experiential field-schools exchange program, Storied Transformations deploys pedagogies from diverse disciplines to engage students in building and supporting Survivor-driven, technologically-enhanced, in situ interpretation, memorialization, and Indigenous place-(re)making.

Dr. Cooper Bolam will be undertaking her fellowship at Concordia University’s Curating and Public Scholarship Lab.