Alexander Zahara

Office: Chat Lab, CS Portable 1017
Telephone: (709) 864-2966
Fax: (709) 864- 3119
email: ardz76[at]mun[dot]ca

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. Arn Keeling (Memorial, Geography)
Dr. Lianne Leddy (Laurier Brantford, Indigenous Studies)
Dr. Max Liboiron (Memorial, Geography)
Dr. Nicole Power (Memorial, Sociology)

Visiting Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute (2018)
Master's of Environmental Studies, Queen's University (2015)
Bachelor of Science in Biology (Hons), University of Saskatchewan (2012)
National Student Exchange, University of Hawai'i at Hilo (2011)

Title of Project:
Worlding Fire Management: An Examination into Wildfire Policy and Practice in Northern Saskatchewan

Project Description:
When anthropogenic climate change combines with historical forestry and fire management practices, wildfires burn in ever changing ways. In the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, wildfires are differentially felt by some 80 000 Indigenous people (Cree, Dene, Métis) who live in the province’s Boreal Forest region. In the last 5 years, Indigenous and northern lobbying and protest groups have formed around wildfire issues, describing them not as an issue of scientific versus traditional knowledge, but one of dignity and self-determination.

This project examines the history of wildfire management policy and practices in Northern Saskatchewan in the context of settler colonialism and Indigenous resurgence. While most research has focused on the impact of wildfires on Northern communities, this project focuses on wildfire management itself. The purposes of the project are to:
• Better understand the social and historical context of wildfire management policies and practices.
• Contextualize how wildfire management practices make possible particular ways of living in forested areas
• Examine opportunities for wildfire management to address issues raised by northern residents.
This project will contribute to a broader understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of wildfire management, which may assist local organizations in developing best practices for managing fires in a context of changing wildfire activity and controversy.

Social Science and Humanities Publications

Scientific Publications

Public Writing:

Queering Chemicals (EDCs). Discard Studies, 15 April 2019
When your research is attacked. Discards Studies, 24 January 2019.
Against Risk Perception. Discard Studies. 1 October 2018
• ‘Categories aren’t these things that are just there’ (with Elise Earles and KJ Sheppard), Lady Science. 15 July 2018.
Difference in the Anthropocene: Indigenous Environmentalism in the Face of Settler Colonialism Discard Studies. March 14th. 2017. Originally published on Boundaries of the Human in the age of the Life Sciences blog.
Ethnographic Refusal: A How-To Guide. Discard Studies. August 8th, 2016.
Anthropocene Adjustments: Discarding the Technosphere. (with Jesse Peterson) Discard Studies. 26 May 2016.
Refusal as Research Method in Discard Studies. Discard Studies. 23 March 2016.
Bringing Waste to Public Spaces: A Discussion with Artist Keeley Haftner. Discard Studies. 7 July 2014.

• SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2018)
• Society for History of Technology Fellow (2017)
• Dr. Alan MacPherson Award in Historical and Cultural Geography (2016)
• Memorial University Dean’s Excellence Award (2016-2018)
• SSHRC J.A. Bombardier Doctoral Award (CGS-D, 2016-2018)
• Queen’s Environmental Studies Graduate Scholarship (Sept 2014)
• SSHRC J. A. Bombardier Master’s Award (CGS-M 2014-2015)

Research Groups:
Discard Studies (editor)
Northern Exposures
Queer Science Reading Group
Deakin Science and Society Network (Alumni)
Civic Lab for Environmental Action Research (Alumni)


Department of Geography

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Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000