Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Philosophy
Jeannette Armstrong is an award-winning writer and activist, novelist, and poet who has always sought to change deeply biased misconceptions related to Aboriginal people.
Her research into Indigenous philosophies and Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics that are coded into Syilx literature has been recognized locally and globally, and she serves as an active member of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the En’owkin Centre.
Professor, Indigenous Studies
Language revitalization through technology
As a linguistic anthropologist immersed in research, Lacho has worked to reclaim Indigenous placenames of the land, investigate the unique francophone Madelinot culture, translate a sapient humanoid language from French into English, and plunge into modern technology.
Today Lacho works with the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn (Splatsin Teaching Centre), where he collaboratively developed an augmented reality app with the community and its elders for language and learning revitalization. The idea evolved from their collaboration and iterative process.
Alumnus, Anthropology, IGS
Women helping women in the South Pacific
Only a few days into her fieldwork in Solomon Islands, Hobbis noticed someone was in her kitchen. “There was a young woman who appeared to be in her mid-twenties. I soon discovered she was running away from her husband and needed somewhere safe to hide.”
Hobbis learned that on the Solomon Islands, a woman who is a victim of domestic violence has very limited options for medical attention, resources and support. She realized there was a need to examine gender inequality and violence, and how these issues are linked to weak state structures.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology
Christine Schreyer is an expert in invented languages which are called ‘conlangs’. In addition to teaching classes on conlangs, she has also created them herself — most famously creating Kryptonian for Man of Steel, Eltarian for Power Rangers, and Beama for the movie Alpha. She is even an executive producer for a documentary about invented languages, Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues.
Associate Professor, Anthropology
INSTITUTES AND LABS
ICER is an academic research centre that unites researchers from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, including anthropology, gender studies, indigenous studies, economics, education, health studies, human geography, nursing, social work, and sociology.
Sharing a commitment to research that supports diversity, equity, and social justice, the Institute facilitates the participation of community members, organizations,students, and academics as co-researchers. ICER is a hub for building relationships, collaboration, and effective knowledge creation and exchange.
The Centre for Environmental Assessment Research (CEAR) at UBC supports research about environmental assessment (EA) processes and methods, and helps integrate this information into practice. Research conducted and supported by CEAR contributes to resource development by furthering knowledge about the role that EA plays in helping to advance natural resource management practices that benefit Canadians.
Language, Revitalization, Decolonization
Linguistic anthropologists and Indigenous Studies researchers are helping to advance language revitalization in Indigenous communities in Canada, China, and Papua New Guinea.
Environment / Anthropocene
A research cluster in Indigenous Led Impact Assessment is bringing researchers together across several disciplines to support Indigenous led impact assessment, while another research cluster in Enhancing Ecosystem Sustainability is bringing together traditional ecological knowledge, animal biology, plant ecology, and ecosystem management to address climate change and ecological disruption.
Tourism, Migration, Mobilities
Anthropologists, human geographers, and gender and women’s studies scholars are seeking to better understand the complexities of human movement, in relation to housing, tourism, reproduction and kinship, religion, and heritage.
Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy
A Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy is making Syilx (Okanagan) traditional knowledge accessible for the first time.
Feminist Theory and Interventions
Gender and women’s studies and Indigenous studies scholars employ feminist theory to challenge ongoing gendered violence and the surveillance of bodies by the state, as well as to consider how fashion, weddings, and humour are political.
Digital and Multi-media
The use of digital and multimedia technologies to convey storytelling as a means to revitalize language in remote communities and to convey information quickly in response to climatic and poverty-related crises is being advanced by our researchers in human geography as well as anthropology, gender and women’s studies, and Indigenous studies.
Health, Well-being, Biopolitics
Indigenous studies scholars and anthropologists are examining the systems of power that contribute to health risks in racialized and marginalized communities, including diabetes and HIV.
Gender, Sexuality, Nation, and Race
Questions about contemporary and historical identities, and the wider processes that shape them including colonialism, genocide, patriarchy, and citizenship, are being explored by our anthropologists, gender and women’s studies scholars, and Indigenous studies scholars.
Land and Water / Landscape Change
Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers are collaborating with museums and visual artists to educate the public about water rights.
Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
The Department of Community, Culture, and Global Studies offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience. You can participate in research either as a volunteer research assistant, or through Directed Studies opportunities. Explore your options below.
The opportunity: Get experience helping faculty members with their research projects. This is a non-credit job opportunity that will give you the chance to participate in various elements of conducting research. The duties and length of the opportunity is determined by the supervising faculty member.
Prerequisites: Typically, no experience is required, but some opportunities may require the completion of certain courses prior to volunteering.
Consult your program advisor or a faculty member for more information.
The opportunity: Design and carry out your own course under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies. You can earn three or six credits, depending upon the course.
- Anthropology: third-year standing, permission of the department head and a faculty member to supervise the project.
- Gender and Women’s Studies: third-year standing, six credits of gender and women’s studies courses, permission of the department head and a faculty member to supervise the project.
- Geography: third-year standing, permission of the department head and a faculty member to supervise the project.
- Indigenous Studies: third-year standing, three credits in INDG 200- or 300-level courses, permission of the department head and a faculty member to supervise the project.
Consult your program advisor or a faculty member for more information.
The opportunity: The department of Community, Culture and Global Studies often has positions for advanced undergraduate students to work as teaching assistants. Duties include grading exams and teaching-related activities.
The opportunity: That’s What [WE] Said is a journal edited and published by Gender & Women’s Studies students. There are opportunities for undergraduate students to contribute to or serve on the editorial board.
Awards for Undergraduate Students
The IKBSAS Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) provide exceptional research experiences for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
The purpose of the awards is to encourage undergraduate students to pursue innovative and original research as part of their learning experience.
In 2019, three winners from CCGS explored topics related to consumer food behaviours, conlangs, and public bathrooms as sensory inclusive spaces.
Other major external awards are available, including the Outstanding Graduating Anthropology Student Award from the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASA), and the Undergraduate Graduation Award from the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG). Our department performs strongly in these competitions. Visit the links below to learn more about the awards and the winners from our department.
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