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Thinking with the Trouble: Human-Fish Relations, Reciprocity and the Petro-state in Treaty Six Territory, Alberta

December 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Intersections Lectures, etc., The Political Ecology Working Group (Department of Geography and Planning), The Department of Anthropology, and The Women & Gender Studies Institute (University of Toronto), are pleased to announce the following lecture and workshop:

Thinking with the Trouble:  Human-Fish Relations, Reciprocity and the Petro-state in Treaty Six Territory, Alberta

Dr. Zoe Todd  (Department of Sociology and Anthropology Carleton University)


Donna Haraway has recently called upon us to ‘stay with the trouble’ in these turbulent times of the (so-called) Anthropocene. In this talk, I take up her call to tend to ‘trouble’ in Treaty Six Territory in Alberta, Canada by examining the entanglements of humans, fish, oil, and Indigenous (Métis) legal orders in the 21st century in the Lake Winnipeg watershed. I ask what possibilities and potentials can flow from tending to fish-as-kin in the context of what biologist Lorne Fitch (2015) has identified as Alberta’s ongoing ‘fish crisis’, which is itself shaped, in part, by the realities of Alberta’s political ecology as an oil and gas producing province.

Zoe Todd (Métis) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) in the Treaty Six Area of Alberta, Canada. She writes about Indigeneity, art, architecture, decolonization and healing in urban contexts. She also studies human-animal relations, colonialism and environmental change in northern Canada.


Lunchtime Workshop with Dr. Todd

December 9th, 11am – 1pm, SSH2124A

We will be discussing two papers by Professor Todd.

Everyone is welcome but please RSVP to rreddy@utsc.utoronto.ca if you are planning to attend.

Feel free to bring your lunch.


December 9, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Sid Smith Building
100 St. George Street, Room S5017A
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