Natalie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, currently writing her dissertation (working title: Re-Aboriginalizing the Landscape: Knowledge Production, Alterity, and Space in Post-Olympics Vancouver). Natalie examines how everyday lives are shaped by and inflected with racialization, societal inequalities, disparate and joined histories, and geographies of power. Her research explores how local knowledge about Aboriginal people and their contemporary and historical concerns is developed through spectacular global moments, such as the 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as through everyday connections and interactions in local spaces.
Now writing her dissertation, Natalie conducted ethnographic fieldwork at the Aboriginal Pavilion during the Vancouver Olympics, in a public library branch, and with a construction training program. All of these sites brought Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together through inclusionary initiatives, creating opportunities for encounter and knowledge production. In these sites, Natalie considers how non-Aboriginal research participants imagine themselves within a (post)colonial context and identify with Aboriginal people through their experiences as new immigrants, settler descendants, allies, and neighbors. Her focus on Aboriginal inclusion initiatives in these domains is an effort to ascertain the ‘ripple effects’ of this form of social work in practice. She frames these micro-local processes within wider fields of power, history, representation, and colonial relations.
Natalie’s research is informed by scholarship on international forms of colonialism, contemporary multicultural policies, and race relations in settler states worldwide. The ultimate aim of her study is to gain insights into everyday reproduction of social memory and societal inequalities, so that individuals and groups working toward social change can build this knowledge into their practice.
PhD: Anthropology, University of British Columbia, expected May 2013
MA: Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 2008
Thesis: “Exploring the Potential for Native Language Revitalization in an Urban Context: Language Education in Vancouver”
BA-Honors: Anthropology, Eastern Michigan University, 2006
2011 in press “Getting the Story Right: Negotiating Academic Responsibility and Collaborators’ Expectations,” Collaborative Anthropologies.
2011 “We Can’t Feel Our Language: Making Places in the City for Aboriginal Language Revitalization,” American Indian Quarterly 35(4):515-548.
2011 “Spectacle in Circulation: Linking the Everyday and the Spectacular through Ethnography,” Anthropology News 52(2):14.
HONORS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
2011 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, UBC
2009-2012 Premier University Graduate Fellowship, UBC
2008/2009 Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC
2008/2009 Simons Foundation Doctoral Scholarship
2007-2009 University Graduate Fellowship, UBC
PRESENTATIONS AND ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPATION
2011 “Aboriginalizing the Cityscape: Vancouver’s Olympics, Local Representations, and the Everyday,” paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropology Association, Montreal, November 16.
2011 “A Colorful Spectacle: Contrasting Indians and Modernity at the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Sacramento, May 21.
2011 “Author Meets Readers: Nicholas Blomley’s Rights of Passage: Sidewalks and the Regulation of Public Flow,” March 11.
2011 “Anthropology in a Box Roundtable: Extending the Reach of Anthropology in Institutional Settings,” Roundtable at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle, March 30.
2011 “Beyond (and Behind) the Spectacle: Anthropology, Aboriginality, and the Olympics,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle, March 31.
2010 “Entanglements: Aboriginality in the Knots of Multiculturalism,” paper presented at the Race/Knowledge Project Conference: ‘Life in Marvelous Times’: Cultural Work in the Racial Present, Seattle, May 14.
2010 With Solen Roth, Eva Sierp, and Priya Vadi. “Aboriginal Participation in the Vancouver 2010 Games: Towards a Re-Aboriginalized Landscape,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C., April 14-18.
2009 “Topographical Topics: Land, Place-Based Education, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, December 2-6.
2009 “The City as a Site for Native Language Education,” paper presented at the Communicative Cities: Integrating Technology and Place Conference, Columbus, Ohio, June 25-26.
2009 “The Other Half: Considering Urban Aboriginal Issues in Anthropology,” paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Society-Societe Canadienne d'Anthropologie and American Ethnological Society, Vancouver, May 13-16.
2009 With Arianne Lorainger-Saindon. “Race, Space, and Place: Historical and Contemporary Spatialization in Prince Rupert,” paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Society-Societe Canadienne d'Anthropologie and American Ethnological Society, Vancouver, May 13-16.
2008 “Talking Their Languages in the City: Aboriginal Language Education in Vancouver,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November 19.
2008 “Material Means, Immaterial Ends: Differing Motivations and Outcomes for Native Language Learning,” paper presented at the Northwest Anthropology Conference, Victoria, April 26.
2008 “Getting the Story Right: Negotiating Academic Responsibility and Collaborators’ Expectations,” paper presented at Annual Meeting of Society for Applied Anthropology, Memphis, March 26.
2008 With Lainie Schultz. “You Got Served, or the Beneficiaries of Service-Oriented Anthropology,” paper presented at the UBC Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, Vancouver, March 15.
2007 “Repatriating the Language Artifact,” paper presented at the UBC Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, March 17.