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Laura Pannekoek

Thesis supervisor: Peter C. van Wyck

Thesis title: 'Lithomedia: Extraction, Colonialism and the Cultural Politics of Geology in Canada

Laura's research focuses on the political ecology and technology of geology and earth sciences. Her dissertation project on Lithomedia studies technologies of geological mediation in Canada, from LIDAR to core sampling, and its historical and contemporary extractive impulses and modes of dispossession.

Her project tracks alternative formations of geologic knowledge, through citizen science and anti-colonial science. Laura received an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Amsterdam with a thesis that traces a geological index in cultural production and energy policy. Laura is a member of Feminist Media Studio at Concordia and the Grierson Research Group on Media, Environment, and Infrastructure at McGill. She is co-director of the Montreal Tailings Program, a cultural programming body for art and research on resource extraction in Quebec. At the University of Amsterdam, she founded the Cultural Analysis department's graduate journal: Soapbox: Journal for Cultural Analysis. 


"The Nuclear Mundane: Geology and the Unthinkable." Energy Humanities and Energy Transition: Current State and Future Directions. Edited by Matuś Mišik and Nada Kudjunžić. Springer. December 2020.

"Foreword: Culture, Analysis, and Practices of Listening." Soapbox Journal. vol. 1, no. 1. February 2019.

"Nuclear Media from Signs to Sediment." Kunstlicht. vol 39. no. 3. Special issue on 'Nuclear Aesthetics.' February 2019.


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