Rosemary-Claire Collard, PhD
Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment
Fellow, Simone de Beauvoir Institute & Womens Studies
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
|Phone:||(514) 848-2424 ext. 2054|
Rosemary is a human geographer interested in broadening critical thought beyond a strictly human subject. The overarching subject of her work is the relationship between capitalism and biological life, and the role this relationship plays in extinction and biodiversity loss. Specifically, Rosemary studies how animals' lives and deaths are de/valued, used and transformed in capitalist regimes. She also looks at environmental politics and conservation, science, and film with an eye to how dominant institutions, ideas and practices rely on and produce particular human relationships with animals. In all cases her research aims to consider the political and ethical possibilities these relationships open or close, as well how they create conditions of im/possibility for how different beings - human and not - can live.
Rosemary draws on multisite and multispecies fieldwork combined with scholarship from critical theory, feminist thought (especially feminist political economy and ecofeminism), economic geography and sociology, and political ecology. With this approach her most recently completed research project tracked the global exotic pet trade across six countries, investigating how an animal is transformed from a forest or desert resident into a commodity in a living room halfway around the world. She has two current projects. The first is developing a better understanding of how specifically lively commodities are decommodified, following exotic pets as they exit commodity circuits through various means (sanctuary, illegal release, rehabilitation). The second project is looking into how human-animal relations are reconfigured in the aftermath of environmental disasters (i.e. oil spills) that cause mass animal death.
With Jesse Arseneault, Rosemary co-directs the The Society, Politics, Animals & Materiality (SPAM) Centre at Concordia. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto in 2013-14. She completed her PhD (2014) and MA (2009) in geography at the University of British Columbia and her BA Honours in geography and environmental studies on Vancouver Island at the University of Victoria (2007), not far from her hometown of Sooke.
Editorial Board Member
Annals of the Association of American Geographers (2016-)
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (2016-)
Fields of interest & research
Commodification, value & enclosure (especially of nature/life)
Politics of nature/life
Extinction & biodiversity loss
Political ecology, environmental justice
Political economy, economic geography & socio-economic thought
Feminist thought, feminist political economy, ecofeminism, feminist geography
Animal geographies & posthumanist thought
Biopolitical & bioeconomic theory
Science and technology studies, feminist science studies
Film geographies & documentary film production
Current research projects
Eco-debt: reparations and rehabilitation in the wake of environmental disasters (PI, FRQSC Nouveaux Chercheurs Grant)
The afterlives of exotic pets and the death of lively commodities (PI, SSHRC Insight Development Grant)
The bio-economies media project (Co-investigator, SSHRC Connections Grant, PI J Dempsey): bioeconomies.org
- Collard, R-C. Zoö-fetishism and the politics of commodity life in the global exotic pet trade. Durham: Duke University Press (under contract)
- Gillespie, K and R-C Collard, eds. 2015. Critical animal geographies: Politics, intersections and hierarchies in a multispecies world. New York: Routledge.
- Collard, R-C & J Dempsey. 2017. Capitalist natures in five orientations. Capitalism Nature Socialism 28 (1): 78-97
- Collard, R-C. 2016. Electric elephants and the lively/lethal energies of wildlife documentary film. Area 48 (4): 472-479
- Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & J Sundberg. 2015. A manifesto for abundant futures. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105 (2): 322-330
- Collard, R-C. 2014. Putting animals back together, taking commodities apart. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104 (1): 151-165
- Brown, S, R-C Collard & D Hoogeveen. 2014. Pedagogical declarations: feminist engagements with the teaching statement. The Journal of Geography in Higher Education 38 (1): 148-154
- Collard, R-C & J Dempsey. 2013. Life for sale? The politics of lively commodities. Environment and Planning A 45 (11): 2682 – 2699
- Collard, R-C. 2013. Panda politics. The Canadian Geographer 57 (2): 226-232
- Collard, R-C. 2013. Apocalypse meow. Capitalism Nature Socialism 24 (1): 35-41
- Collard, R-C. 2012. Cougar-human entanglements and the biopolitical un/making of safe space. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30 (1): 23-42
- Collard, R-C. 2012. Cougar figures, gender and the performances of predation. Gender, Place and Culture 19 (4): 518-540
Chapters & entries
- Collard, R-C. 2017. Companion species. In The Interdisciplinary handbook of gender, vol 10: Animals (series ed Renée Hoogland; volume ed Rheana Parreñas). Farmington Hills: Gale Cengage (in press).
- Collard, R-C. 2017. Exotic pets. In Humans and animals: A geography of coexistence encyclopedia, eds J Urbanik & C Johnson, 137-139. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press.
- Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & J Rowe. 2016. Re-regulating socioecologies under neoliberalism. In The Handbook of neoliberalism, eds K Birch, S Springer & J Macleavy, 455-465. New York: Routledge.
- Collard, R-C. 2015. Ethics in research beyond the human. In The handbook of political ecology, eds T Perreault, G Bridge & J McCarthy, 127-139. New York: Routledge
- Collard, R-C & K Gillespie. 2015. Introduction. In Critical animal geographies: Politics, intersections and hierarchies in a multispecies world, eds K Gillespie & R-C Collard, 1-16. New York: Routledge
- Collard, R-C & K Gillespie. 2015. Doing critical animal geographies: future directions. In Critical animal geographies: Politics, intersections and hierarchies in a multispecies world, eds K Gillespie & R-C Collard, 203-212. New York: Routledge
- Collard, R-C. 2014. W for Wild. In The ABCs of multispecies studies, ed E Kirksey. www.multispecies-salon.org/abc/wild
Response/review essays & symposia
- Dempsey, J & R-C Collard. 2016. If biodiversity offsets are a dead end for conservation, what is the live wire? A reply to Apostolopoulou and Adams (2016). Oryx 51 (1): 35-39
- Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & J Sundberg. 2015. The moderns’ amnesia in two registers. Response to “An ecomodernist manifesto” in a collection of commentaries edited by Eileen Crist & Thom Van Dooren in Environmental Humanities 7: 227-232
- Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & J Sundberg. 2015. Disentangling the multiple and contradictory logics of Nature™ Inc. A review symposium for Nature™ Inc.: environmental conservation in a neoliberal age. Environment and Planning A 47 (11): 2394-2399
- Collard, R-C & J Dempsey, organizers. 2016. Review forum on Emilie Cameron's Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories and the Making of the Canadian Arctic. AAG Review of Books 4 (2): 100-110
ANIMAL TRAFFIC. 2016. Short animated film that tracks the global exotic pet commodity chain: bioeconomies.org/animal_traffic/
WILD LOVE. 2010. Short documentary film about debate over a Vancouver exotic animal rental agency: vimeo.com/36452370
GEOG 398 Political Ecology
HENV 605 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
HENV 670 Environmental Governance
ENVS 667 Situating EA: Knowledge, Politics & Development
GEOG 400 Political Ecology
ENVS 601 Environmental Assessment
I can offer graduate supervision to students with an undergraduate degree in human geography or another discipline in the social sciences or humanities. I can supervise qualitative research projects in the following topics and areas: the valuation, commodification and/or enclosure of nature or biological life; environmental justice; environmental politics or the politics of nature, and especially the politics of wildlife management, wildlife rehabilitation, wildlife conservation and captivity; and other topics approached through political economy, political ecology, feminist thought, or posthumanist thought.
Stephanie Eccles: MSc (2016-) thesis on the pest industry, animal geographies, human-animal relations
Meghan Gagliardi: MSc (2016-) thesis on social difference, feminist and postcolonial thought, the university
Angela Parker (co-supervised with Alan Nash): MSc (2014-2016) on farm animal sanctuaries, "safe space" and human-animal relations