FCCS research in “Eco Cultures” focusses on culture and ecological issues, particularly art and criticism involving relations with the more than human world and ecological collaborations. Our work in this area intends to mobilize sustainable practices within cultures and art-making, to foreground resilience, place, and embodiment in research and creation, and to connect research and community. Areas of research include critical animal studies, ecopoetics, community-based eco art, place-based art and place studies, indigeneity, the Okanagan valley, ecojustice and expanded community.
Current and Recent Research Projects:
Eco Cultures Faculty Researchers
Interventionist Performance; Site-specific performance; Live Art and New Media; Eco-activism
Critical Animal Studies; Eco-Criticism; Critical Theory (feminist, queer, gender studies)
Media for Social Change; Climate Change; Interactive Art; Experience Design
Anglophone literature; Eco-criticism; Critical Animal Studies; Pedagogy
Photography; Digital Imaging; The Transforming Landscape; Fabricated Environments; Tourism; Taxidermy
Creative Writing; Canadian Literature; Okanagan; Ecopoetry; Community-based art
I nterdisciplinary Performance; Applied Theatre; Interventionist Performance; Eco Art; Experimental & Documentary Digital Media
Michael V. Smith
Creative Writing; Canadian Literature; Site-specific Audio; Experimental Documentary; Interventionist Performance
2014 Research Series
The Eco Cultures Research Series focusses on the complex intersection of culture, imagination, and ecological issues. This series connects UBC Okanagan researchers with colleagues and students engaged in diverse explorations of today’s most timely forms of artistic and critical innovation.
More information can be found on the FCCS Research Series event page.
Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre
The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre is located in a 3.5 hectare nature conservancy. With an agreement with the Regional District of the Central Okanagan, FCCS manages a large heritage home with three self-contained apartments. In return for a low rent to cover costs, graduate students or postdoctoral scholars whose research focusses on eco cultures live in two of these apartments during the academic year. The third apartment is used to house visiting artists and scholars. There is a small Studio Cabin on the property that is an ideal place to hold seminars, small retreats, art projects, events, and meetings.
The Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre is located at 969 Raymer Road, and is in a vital wildland corridor along Bellevue Creek which flows down from Myra Bellevue Provincial Park. Read more about the Eco Culture Centre...
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