Meet the Lab

Astrida Neimanis

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FEELed Lab Director & Canada Research Chair in Feminist Environmental Humanities, UBC Okanagan

Astrida (she/they/pronoun anarchy, pronounced us-TREE-duh) is a white settler, born on Dish-With-One-Spoon treaty territory (in Hamilton, Ont), whose ancestors come from the Baltic Sea region of Northern Europe. She writes, researches, teaches and collaborates in relation to water, weather, bodies and feminisms, among other tangled environmental matters. She joined UBC Okanagan in 2021 after living and working for six years on Gadigal land, in Sydney Australia, at the University of Sydney.

Madeline (Madi) Donald

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Research Affiliate (Littoral Listening)

Madeline (Madi) is working on a PhD project that is grounded in relational research methodologies, saturated by the riparian habitats of the Okanagan watershed, and leaning ethnoecologically. In her research Madi is interested in the interaction possibilities that humans perceive in relation with plants in their quotidian environments. This is a process of coming to understand how fields of perceived interaction possibilities, or landscapes of (botanical) affordances, structure and are structured by assertions of value. Madi supported the recurring launches and L/landings of the FEELed Lab as the inaugural Research Associate (2021-2022).

Dani Pierson

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FEELed Lab Administrator

Dani (she/her) is a MA student at UBCO assisting the FEELed Lab with administrative tasks. She is Metis/settler from Treaty Eight territory (Northern Alberta). Her research focuses on rest as an anticolonial, community-building tool. She has a background in arts and entertainment management and loves it when this experience collides with feminist humanities work.

Rebecca Ryall

Research Affiliate (Littoral Listening)

Rebecca (she/her) is a PhD student with Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, whose research interests include people-place relationships and dialogue with the more-than-human.  Her field of study encompasses the Nightcap National Park and her forest home in northern NSW Australia – both situated on the unceded lands of the Widjabul:Waibul peoples.

Irene Trejo

Research Affiliate (Littoral Listening)

Transdisciplinary poet, journalist and editor from Mexico, currently exploring inhabiting different lands. Her work focuses on the investigation of relational practices and ecosomatics within the interaction and limits of bodies, possibility, identity, poetry, sound, space-time, and different disciplines and processes of creation. She is co-founder of Poesía sin Muros (Poetry Without Borders) and waters Fluid Ecotonalism, as well as its strands. She studied music and dance while growing up and has degrees in Digital Media and Investigative Journalism from UB and Columbia NY. She also studied Direction in Independent Experimental Film. She was part of the artistic program IMÁN exploring the concept of voice in 2020. In the summer of 2021, she published her first book of poetry – also documenting some of her video and performative pieces – titled “Rendirse to Resist” with the independent publishing house Aire. She is part of the educational program and scholarship “Ladridos” 2023. And is an enthusiastic autodidact and collaborator.

Tara Nicholson

Research Affiliate (Fringe Natures)

Tara Nicholson is a Canadian artist with a site-specific, photo-based practice that explores ecological activism. She has exhibited across Canada including the Art Gallery of Victoria (BC), Modern Fuel (ON), the Burnaby Art Gallery (BC), the Oxygen Art Centre (BC), Parisian Laundry Gallerie (PQ) and at Gallery 44 (ON, 2023) while receiving funding from the BC Arts Council and Canada Council. She attended ‘Earthed’ an international eco-art residency at the Banff Centre (2019, AB) and was awarded the Künstlerhaus Dortmund (DE) Artist-in-Residence Award (2017). Since 2013, she has taught at the University of Victoria and holds degrees from Ryerson University (BFA), Concordia University (MFA), and UBC (PostDip). In 2020, Nicholson commenced her PhD at UBC Okanagan (SSHRC funded) to document climate research within the Arctic while examining Critical Animal & Extinction Studies, Decolonial and Feminist Readings of Science & Technology and the role of art to produce change.

Olga Koroleva

Research Affiliate (Littoral Listening)

Olga F. Koroleva is a UK-based artist – curator – un-academic researcher – forager – lecturer. Her work honours slow practice and self-care while exploring ways of non-exploitative cohabitation with multiple others on this planet. She works primarily with expanded research cinema, and is the founder of the international peer group The Political Animal. She has previously taught at The Royal College of Art, London, The School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University, Wimbledon College of Arts, Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Bucknell University, PA, US. Her recent work has been made possible with funding from the Arts Council England. Her moving image work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and original written work commissioned for Ocean Archive, TBA21-Academy and CSPA Quarterly.

Natalie Rice

Researcher in / of / on Place /FEELed Librarian (2022-23)

Natalie Rice holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She has been published by Gaspereau Press: Devil’s Whim Chapbook Series, The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, Event Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, The Malahat Review, Contemporary Verse Two, Terrain.org and others. Her full-length collection of poetry, “Scorch” will be published by Gaspereau Press in spring 2023. Her creative research / eco-poetics explores how language can generate a non-linguistic knowing of the natural world and does this challengingly and paradoxically through the use of language. She lives in Kelowna, British Columbia and the Bow Valley, Alberta.

Emilie Ovenden

ALT 2040 Project Team Member

Émilie (she/her) is an MA student in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies at UBCO. She is a settler, born and raised in Montréal (Tiohtià:ke), Québec, but currently residing on the unceded land of the Syilx (Okanagan) People. She has recently joined the FEELed Lab as a research assistant to support the development of a new course in environmental humanities methods. Her own graduate research focuses on carbon offsetting through community forestry as climate adaptation. 

Natalie Forssman

ALT 2040 Project Team Member

Natalie (she/her) will join UBC Okanagan’s Department of Community, Culture, and Global Studies as an Assistant Professor of Teaching in January 2023, where she will teach and pursue educational leadership projects in the new Bachelor of Sustainability (B.Sust.) Program at the intersections of anthropology, science and technology studies, and the environmental humanities. She is an ethnographer of science who experiments in interdisciplinary research, communication, teaching, and facilitation. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies at University of California San Diego, and was a core member of Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene, a transdisciplinary project in Denmark investigating feral landscapes and ecologies through anthropology and the biosciences. Recently, she has taught communication and equity in technology/design at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering.

Jennifer Hamilton

Visiting Scholar

Jennifer Hamilton (she/they) lives and works on Anaiwan Country in the northern tablelands of NSW, Australia. She is a Senior Lecturer in English Literary Studies at the University of New England. Prior to taking on this role she worked with Astrida at the University of Sydney as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Her research uses a combo of literary studies, queer/feminist/anti-colonial theory, creative practice and community economies methods to explore weather, housework and affect.

Jennifer is a Visiting Scholar at the Lab January-March 2023.

Daisy Pullman

ALT 2040 Project Team Member

Bio coming soon!

Therese Keogh

Visiting Artist and Researcher, University of Melbourne

Therese Keogh is an artist and writer living on Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Country. Her practice operates at intersections between sculpture, geography, and landscape architecture, to produce multilayered projects exploring the socio-political and material conditions of narrative and knowledge production. Therese works collaboratively through writing and research projects, and is invested in collective imaginaries as a process of creating more just relations to land.

Therese is a Visiting Artist-Scholar at the Lab January-May 2023.

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