Current Students – PhD Program
I hold a MA in Art History from Queen’s University (2010) and am currently a Doctoral Student in the Canadian Studies program. My thesis will examine Inuit art, but specifically Ookpik–a whimsical interpretation of a snowy owl created by Jeannie Snowball in 1962. It gained fame after being circulated, promoted, and adopted as an official emblem by the Canadian federal government in the mid-1960s.
My research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century Canadian art history; Inuit visual and material culture in the twentieth century; and twentieth century Canadian history and cultural policy.
Trycia is a francophone student from northern Québec, from so called Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Concordia University and a Master of Arts in International Development and Globalization with a Specialization in Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa.
She is interested in exposing in depth the affective, intimate and emotional components of the structure of white settler colonialism. She wants to use “new materalisms” as well as visceral and emotional geographies for the purpose of non-metaphorical decolonization.
Trycia is a proponent of centering the grassroots struggles of land protectors in praxis and in theory making.
I am Anishinaabe, Loon Clan and member of Opwaaganisiniing First Nation (Red Rock Indian Band).
My desire, passion and will is to strengthen my community’s relationship to our traditional territory. This involves, among other things, the question of land-based education, as well as recovering the dynamism of our intellectual and practical traditions. In this sense, I am also concerned with the relationship between Indigenous resurgence and decolonization, which, I believe, we cannot assume to be self-evident.
Along with my academic work I am constantly learning new things about my culture and doing my best to build the relationships that enable this learning as well as the responsibilities it carries.
Amy is a PhD student in Carleton’s Canadian Studies program. Upon completing her BA (1999) and MA (2003) at Trent University, Amy worked as a community-based researcher in the areas of health and social services for Aboriginal communities in the Gaspe Region of Quebec. As part of her PhD research, Amy plans to pursue research about the evolution of healthcare policies and social services in First Nations communities. To address inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples in the area of health, it is critical to envision ‘ethical space’ for dialogue.
Amy currently lives in the First Nation community of Listuguj, Quebec with her husband and their three children.
Rachelle Dickenson is a PhD Student at Carleton University. Previous to this she was Curatorial Assistant in the Indigenous Art Department at the National Gallery of Canada and has an MA in Art History from McGill University.
Rachelle is co-curator of Reading the Talk, with independent curator and artist, Lisa Myers. Rachelle is engaged in relationships and distinctions between Canadian and Indigenous art histories, pedagogies and curatorial practices in Canadian exhibition and educational institutions.
William Leonard Felepchuk
My name is William Leonard Felepchuk. I am called William after my mother’s father, who was raised by his Italian immigrant grandparents in downtown Hamilton. I am called Leonard after my father’s father, whose people came from Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine to settle in Saskatchewan. My mother’s mother Isabel’s people were Protestant Ulster Irish settlers in Southern Ontario, as was the family of my father’s mother Ivy.
I was born in North York, on the lands of the Mississauga nation, and moved with my family at the age of four to Ottawa, on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation, where I have lived since. My research looks at the history and consolidation of regimes of coloniality and racial domination in the Ottawa region and in the watershed of the Kichi Sibi (Ottawa River), while exploring and interrogating my position as a settler (non-Indigenous) white man.
I have presented papers on the history of racialization and coloniality in the Ottawa region at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate History Conference in Kingston, Ontario, and at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am also the co-organizer, with Professor Nimo Bokore, of the annual academic colloquium at Carleton University entitled “Somali Studies in Canada: Resistance and Resilience”. I am the co-coordinator, with Professor Cristina Rojas, of the Decolonial/Postcolonial Reading Group, a monthly gathering of graduate students and professors who read decolonial and postcolonial theory together.
Amy Fung is a writer, curator and organizer of multifarious events.
Born in Kowloon, Hong Kong, she has lived and worked on the Treaty 6 territory of Edmonton, the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations of Vancouver, the Treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit in Toronto, which is subject to the Wampum Belt Treaty of the Dish With One Spoon, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabe to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes, and currently on unceded Algonquin, Anishinabek territory.
She received her Masters in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009 with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. Taking a decade long break from academia, she has been working professionally as an independent writer and curator for newspapers, magazines, journals, festivals, galleries, and museums since 2007.
Her first book on Canadian art and identity, Before I was a critic, I was a human being, was published by Artspeak and Book*hug Press in 2019.
I completed a master’s degree at the New School for Social Research in New York (thesis: ‘Archaic Vulnerability: Wonder in Ancient Greece, Pity in Revolutionary France’. I interned with the Associate Editor at Columbia University Press, and the Publisher at Telos Press Publishing. I stepped away from academia and worked for ten years variously in legal research, as a postsecondary education lobbyist, and in the construction and restaurant industries.
My principal area of research is in critique of the philosophical dimensions of reconciliation in the Canadian context and the (im)possibilities of settler colonial thought and action in the Canadian context (anti/de-colonial methodologies).
I am also interested in intellectual histories and philosophical figures of the Canadian context. I consider myself a vulnerability theorist, and one aspect of my work is developing ‘vulnerability’ as a normative grounds of critique.
Amy Fung is a writer, curator and organizer of multifarious events. Born in Kowloon, Hong Kong, she has lived and worked on the Treaty 6 territory of Edmonton, the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations of Vancouver, the Treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit in Toronto, which is subject to the Wampum Belt Treaty of the Dish With One Spoon, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabe to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes, and currently on unceded Algonquin, Anishinabek territory.
She received her Masters in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009 with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. Taking a decade long break from academia, she has been working professionally as an independent writer and curator for newspapers, magazines, journals, festivals, galleries, and museums since 2007. Her first book on Canadian art and identity, Before I was a critic, I was a human being, was published by Artspeak and Book*hug Press in 2019.
I am a first year PhD student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. I received my Bachelor of Arts, Honours, from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University. In that degree, I examined the intersection of disability, gender/sexuality and the political economy through a close reading of the critiques of ‘compulsory able-bodiedness’ offered by queer disability artists.
My present research lies in the area of exploring ways to build new relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples in Canada through the arts. Specifically, I am interested in marrying my personal artistic practice as a traditional wet felt-maker with rigorous academic research.
To that end, I am examining whether, and if so how, a critical arts-based pedagogy might facilitate the delivery of Indigenous-centered curricula to high school students in Ontario, thereby creating the conditions for respectful intercultural dialogue and social change.
After recently completing my MA in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University, I decided to further my education and am now a Doctoral Student at Carleton in Canadian and Indigenous Studies.
My area of focus centers on the role of corporate social responsibility in the corporate mining sector in regard to local Indigenous communities. I advocate for the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge and CSR practices into federal legislation, as well as the restructuring of traditional environmental assessment. I am particularly intrigued by the role consumption ethos plays in the development of mining practices, as well as how this ethos relates to cultural environmental relationships.
Miranda was born and raised in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton) in Treaty 6/Métis Territory. She is a settler student of Italian and Yiddish-German ancestry. She holds a BA(Hon) and MA from the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.
Miranda’s research focuses on child welfare policy from a critical political economy perspective, with specific attention given to the intersections of settler-colonialism and neoliberalism in contemporary Canadian policy and public opinion-making. She is particularly interested in government discourses of transparency and accountability in child death inquiries.
I am a Franco-Ontarian from Blind River Ontario and a 4th year PhD candidate with a focus on Francophone studies. I have a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Information Science with a focus on archives and special collections management. To date, my graduate research has focused on collective identity and mobility, the production of culture by linguistic and cultural minorities, and social media spaces as virtual communities.
I have over 20 years of experience working with non-profits and have been working as an independent consultant since 2012. More recently I contributed to research projects for the Canadian Research Institute for Linguistic Minorities at Université de Moncton and for the Factor Inwentash School of Social Work at the University of Toronto. I’ve published articles on the role of Canadian law libraries in preserving legal blogs, the applications of simulation-based learning in social work education, and the opportunities ICT and digital media research present for Francophone studies. I believe that new technologies can help under-represented and mis-represented groups resist assimilation and reclaim their identities and place through cultural and knowledge production. My dissertation focuses on the role of social media as a transcultural meeting place for francophone world music artists.
Through my recent travels to South America, I’ve developed a love for Afro-Colombian music and have started to learn Spanish.
Lindy Van Vliet
I completed my BA at the University of Waterloo with a joint honours in Political Science and History, and my MA in Canadian Studies at Carleton.
My research interests for my PhD are broad and ever-changing, but most recently I have become interested in the way that online “memes” critique and reproduce counter-narratives. I am also interested in tracing the ways western liberal subjecthood is performed and questioned online.
I spend my spare time “analyzing” the Mindy Project and knitting a sweater (it is a lifelong project).