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Montreal Waterway Project: Infrastructure and Environment

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This project is an experiment in collaborative ethnography that reimagines the city’s relationship with the many waterways that course through and around it against the backdrop of environmental and infrastructural change. Run by Dr. Kregg Hetherington out of the Concordia Ethnography Lab, the Waterways Project funds small initiatives to create ethnographic portraits of pieces of Montreal’s water infrastructure, from sewer collectors to leisure spaces, sacred sites to scenes of colonial expropriation.

The project is multi-disciplinary, but its theoretical focus comes from the growing literature on ethnography of infrastructure in both anthropology and science and technology studies, with a strong emphasis on post-colonial thought. Through modest portraits of humans interacting with water, we hope to contribute to an understanding of how our current age of ecological crisis forces us to rethink the relationship between infrastructure, environment and the many entities that build and inhabit them.

Funding Notes

The project will offer a Research Assistantship valued at approximately $4,970 over two terms to a student coordinator for the project. Research stipends are also available for students whose own research is directly linked to the Waterways Project. Selected candidates will also be considered for standard merit-based entrance awards, bursaries and tuition remissions.

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