Catriona Sandilands

Study program:
Faculty of Environmental Studies
Current affiliation:
York University

Professor Catriona Sandilands’s project will develop a significant public conversation about climate change, environmental justice, and everyday life, working from the premise that stories, writing, and storytelling –fiction and nonfiction, traditional or experimental– are a crucial ground in which to cultivate creative, collaborative, just, and meaningful responses to environmental issues.

Trudeau Project: Storying Climate Change: Narrative, Imagination, Justice, Resilience

Project objectives:

Storying Climate Change will create a public process of collaborative engagement focused on listening to, creating, and sharing stories about everyday experiences of climate change. Privileging Indigenous and environmental justice traditions in which stories are inextricable from environmental and social understanding, the project will include:

1. a workshop in which an interdisciplinary and multi-community group of climate and community experts will come together to talk about climate, place, justice, and story;
2. an edited collection of essays, reflections, stories and poems that emerge from the workshop, oriented to a popular audience; and
3. a series of local community “book group” discussions of the collection, complemented by a social media site where selections from the collection and accompanying videos, readings, and related works will be shared to an electronic public.

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Catriona (Cate) Sandilands is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, where she has taught since 1994. Her research, graduate supervision, and teaching lie at the intersections of environmental literature, history, and cultural studies; feminist, gender, and queer studies; and social and political theory.

She was Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture from 2004 to 2014, and has recently served as President of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and of the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada (ALECC). Much of her recent work focuses on the ways in which the arts and humanities – especially creative writing and literary criticism – illuminate and shape the cultural politics of environmental change.

An internationally-recognized leader in the field of the environmental humanities, she is the author of over 60 scholarly papers, popular articles, and creative works, as well as the author or co-editor of the books The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and Democracy (1999); This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment (2005); Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (2010); and Green Words / Green Worlds: Environmental Literatures and Politics (TBA). She is currently completing a monograph that considers the literary and political legacy of B.C. author Jane Rule, entitled A Very Queer Citizen? Jane Rule’s Public Lives, and is writing a series of literary nonfiction essays on urban botany and environmental history that will become the book Plantasmagoria.

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