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Microcosmic Design

Glass Envelopes and Otherworldly Entanglements (2020-2023)

Small worlds, even in their presence, elude us. But terrariums—miniature, sealed gardens—are sites imbued with the potential for everyday, otherworldly encounters. This project explores the ontological and sensuous affordances of terrariums by tracing how their design allows us to grasp at otherwise ‘insensible’ realities. Drawing from a process-based speculative realism and a feminist politics of care, I use these botanic enclosures to conceptualize a post-phenomenological practice of microcosmic design: a toolkit for cultivating fragile and imperceptible forms of existence. This conceptual work is informed by empirical material generated through interviews, virtual ethnography and autoethnography, which foreground three embodied techniques for apprehending the more-than-sensible—abstraction, care, and imagination. Ultimately, I posit that people do not create small worlds, but rather cultivate the circumstances from which these worlds may or may not emerge. And by turning towards the microcosmos, we attune to novel arrangements of existence in order to reimagine alternate futures.

> Abbreviated work published in annual edition of gta papers

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Shadow Mapping

Opening Up Material Imaginaries (2019-2020)

This project develops the concept of shadow mapping which serves as a thinking-tool to enhance the “material imagination” (Anderson and Wylie 2009) when examining the notion of a presumed real, or the idea of a single, common world. First, through encounters with flat or planar shadows, I argue that Cartesian spatialities adversely conceive of both matter and shadows as inert. Instead, I offer a dynamic reconceptualization of shadows by drawing from speculative realism, specifically Levi Bryant’s onto-cartography (2014). Second, via three shadowy encounters, I claim that shadows are capable of envelopment, becoming penumbral realms of affect similar to Kathleen Stewart’s atmospheres (2011). Using these encounters, this project argues that shadow mapping is a valuable mechanism for sensing how shadows perform materiality and spawn processual worlds of their own. I conclude by analyzing the onto-political implications of shadowy forms and penumbral realms, positioning shadows as a site of politics that contest the Western notion of a single, factual, and mappable world.

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Olafur Eliasson, Your uncertain shadow

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Knots and Nests

Weaving Care and Curation into Worldly Fabrics (2019)

Drawing upon scholarship from feminist materialisms and political ontology, this work explores the possibility of using “nesting” as an alternative framework in challenging established modernist assumptions about living and interacting in the world. I argue that “nesting” becomes one potential toolkit to both deprioritize conceptions of human agency and highlight matter’s resilience. In confronting notions of intentionality or purposiveness, then, I follow Abrahamson et al. (2015) to posit that nesting practices demonstrate “modes of doing” that occur across three primary axes: care, curation, and dwelling. These practices converge to become a mode of making do, a process of enduring together in otherwise messy worlds. Within the first two sections, I position curation and care within the context of avian nesting to establish the limits of a more liberal notion of agency when thinking about materials and relations. Relatedly, nesting reconfigures the threads of matter into new onto-epistemic arrangements that challenge particular modernist binaries, such as life-nonlife and self-other. I conclude by discussing the processes and implications of dwelling within worlds composed of many temporary homes. 

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Small Scale Agrarian Acclimation

Climate Narratives of Farmers in the Northeast and Northwest (2017-2018)

Within this mixed-methods study, semi-structured interviews were conducted to gather the climate-related accounts of thirty-two small-scale crop farmers in the Pacific Northwest (n=17) and the Northeast (n=15). These accounts were then examined to reveal the ways in which farmers’ perceptions of their climate experiences interacted with their pre-existing values and knowledge to influence their narratives about climate. Ultimately, this report analyzes the ways in which farmers’ environmental values and climate experiences impact their decision-making systems and management practices, while identifying other potential influencing factors. It also juxtaposes these farmers’ climate narratives against the climate discourse of knowledge-producing institutions, such as extension agencies and government organizations.

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Traditional Agricultural Livelihoods and Knowledge Transfer in Bhutan (2017)

A Case Study in Wangchuck Centennial National Park, Nasphel

This case-study aimed to deconstruct narratives around gendered labor structures and the implications of knowledge transfer on economic development in the context of national park governance in the village of Nasphel, Bhutan. Thus, our research sought to answer the question: how does gendered knowledge transfer occur in the traditional agricultural livelihoods of Nasphel in the context of national park governance? 

Through semi-structured interviews with park residents, foresters, and key informants (n=57), we found that knowledge in Nasphel is transferred through observation and participation, also known as experiential learning. Moreover, we discovered that this transfer of agricultural knowledge is being intercepted by various factors, including park development initiatives. This study concluded that while knowledge transfer is gendered, it is also multigenerational. Additionally, we assert the claim that economic development and traditional knowledges can coexist under responsible governance.