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Eco Cultures

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:

Future Delta
About Looking
Eco Art Incubator
Green Space
LAKE: A journal of arts and environment
From Forested Hills to Paved Plateaus

Eco Cultures Faculty Researchers

Neil Cadger
Interventionist Performance; Site-specific performance; Live Art and New Media; Eco-activism

Jodey Castricano
Critical Animal Studies; Eco-Criticism; Critical Theory (feminist, queer, gender studies)

Aleksandra Dulic
Media for Social Change; Climate Change; Interactive Art; Experience Design

Greg Garrard
Anglophone literature; Eco-criticism; Critical Animal Studies; Pedagogy

Fern Helfand
Photography; Digital Imaging; The Transforming Landscape; Fabricated Environments; Tourism; Taxidermy

Nancy Holmes
Creative Writing; Canadian Literature; Okanagan; Ecopoetry; Community-based art

Denise Kenney
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

Eco Cultures

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

WoodhavenThe 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. Woodhaven sign

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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