Found Poetry in 18th-Century Medical Discourse

These poems are comprised of material found during my research on medical literature, health guides, and newspapers dating from approximately 1680-1776. The language in much of the material I encountered communicated not only information about how people thought about disease and the body, but also how positions of authority and social hierarchies are heightened or challenged when illness and injury come into play.

Guns Don't Kill People, Settlers Do: The Second Amendment and the Myth of Defense

Firearms are the tools and symbols of a larger counterrevolutionary policing that binds settlers together despite contradictions of class in their mutual support of upholding colonial and racial hierarchies. Through gun ownership of today—what was, earlier, participation in militias—the white settler defends the state that in turn ensures his sovereignty and superiority. 

Ecotourism in Peru: An Interview with Kristi Foster from Crees

It’s easy as a tourist to fetishize the beauty, but what does it mean to consume these spaces that are increasingly under threat, and are evoked in our cultural imaginary as a kind of “dark jungle”? Many people travel just to get the images for their Instagrams as conspicuous leisure and consumption, ignorant of history and the future impact of their presence, but what is our responsibility to the places we are privileged to visit? 

Free Speech and the University

Recent conversations around student activism, free speech on campus, and the pedagogical value of debate in the classroom reflect intensifying crises in the university as it engages more and more in the public sphere and is subject to attack from both within and without.

“The Cage”: Seeds of Star Treks to Come!

When I was a young person, I would watch Star Trek: The Next Generation every day at 5pm after school. I loved the characters and fantastical planets. Like any good science fiction, it made me think about different ways of being, different social configurations; science fiction made me realize that a lot of accepted conventions are merely that, and not natural.

Who is the United Conservative Party?

While Alberta is widely known as a deeply conservative province, the reality is somewhat messier than that. While it’s true that Albertans regularly elect conservative representatives to office, both on a federal and provincial level, and while many prominent conservative politicians call Alberta home, presupposing that Alberta conservatism is homogenous would be a mistake.

Spring Dreams of Bike Lanes

Early this snowy, windy, and rainy spring in Edmonton, the city began to install its long awaited downtown bike network, along with sections of the bike boulevard along 83rd Avenue in old Strathcona and the bike network improvement and renewal in Queen Alexandra.

Canada 150 Links!

While some of us enjoy the privileges of this place, we also have a duty to educate ourselves about living responsibly on Indigenous land—an imperative for both white settlers and settlers of colour. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some links to read on Canada 150.