My urban futures
Decolonized greenspaces, hackable smart cities, global environmental justice, kinship with other beings.
Dr. Jill Didur’s current research and research creation in the area of urban environmental humanities is linked to her SSHRC Insight Grant, Greening Narrative: Locative Media in Globalized Environments ($389 000, 2014-2021). This project investigates the affordances of locative media for environmental storytelling in urban greenspaces, and includes the creation of site-specific locative media projects exploring the history of colonialism, environmental conservation, and climate change, such as the Alpine Garden MisGuide/ le Jardin alpin autrement locative app installed at the Jardin botanique de Montréal (Apple iTunes 2015) and the Global Urban Wilds app at Montreal’s Champ des Possibles (in progress). She is also the leader of the inter-university research team, After the Anthropocene: Environmental Humanities in a Global Context (Concordia, McGill, UdeM, ULaval). This team of nine interdisciplinary researchers pursues humanities based approaches to the problem of environmental justice and the political, social, and economic inequalities that underpin the effects of anthropogenic climate change related to the history of globalization, colonialism, capitalism and militarism. Didur is Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of English, a founding member of the Urban Futures Institute, the Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology, and a Research Fellow at the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre.