Dr. Zoe Todd | Academic | Writer | Artist | Fish Philosopher
Presentations and Selected Academic Activities
Zoe Todd and AM Kanngieser. (2021). Keynote: “Environmental Kin Studies for Environmental Humanities: restor(y)ing fish in the 21st century”. Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) biannual conference (Emergence/y)
Zoe Todd and AM Kanngieser. (2021). Keynote: Fishy futures: restor(y)ing fish in the 21st century. IAG-NZ Institute of Australian Geographers & New Zealand Geographical Society Combined Conference, Australia.
Presenter. “Not Lone Wolf Symposium: future proofing colloquium”. Roundtable talk about working within the western academy as Indigenous scholars with Dr. Corrinne Sullivan. May 4, 2021. (invited)
Presenter. “Diversity Working Group: Climate change and sustainability”. An event hosted by the student-run Diversity Working Group at the Carleton Azrieli School of Architecture. April 2, 2021.
Presenter, “Ground: interdisciplinary series – ancestral grounds”. I presented on weaponized fossil kin in Alberta. USC Faculty of Architecture. March 25, 2021.
Presenter, “Freshwater Fish Futures: Strategies for Learning from Fish in Uncertain Times”. Colloquium talk for the West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography. March 19, 2021.
Presenter, “Collaborating Beyond Academe: Disrupting Western Academic Approaches to the Environmental Humanities”, with AM Kanngieser, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Environmental Humanities Speakers Series, Brown University, November 20, 2020.
Moderator, “First Nations; Ethical Landscapes, Sacred Plants”, New York Botanical Garden, November 13, 2020
Co-Presenter, “Enunciations: Knowledge and Worlding”, with AM Kanngieser, part of the ‘Constellations: Indigenous Contemporary Art from the Americas’ series, Hyundai Tate Research Centre International and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, October 29, 2020
Panelist, Presidential Plenary, American Historical Association (AHA), New York, panel on The Anthropocene”, January 3, 2020. (invited)
Panelist, American Anthropological Association (AAA) CASTAC invited lecture, roundtable on “The violences of climate change, Indigenous scholarship, and issues of voice (with Candis Callison, Olga Ulturgasheva, Zoe Todd, and Kyle Powys Whyte)”, November 21, 2019
Keynote, Indigeneity and Climate Justice Conference, “From environmental case study to kin-study: weaponized fossil kin, fish, water, and Métis legal orders and relationality in the Alberta petro-economy “,UC Santa Cruz, May 30, 2019
Panelist, American Association of Geographers (AAG), Washington DC, roundtable discussion on “Decolonizing Water”, April 4, 2019
Paper presented at Postcolonial Tensions workshop, Harvard, April 13, 2019
Panelist, panel on Indigenous Climate research, Johns Hopkins University, April 08, 2019
George Link Jr. Environmental Awareness Lecture Series Speaker, “Fish, fossils, fuel: kinship and claiming in Alberta’s petro-economies”, Dartmouth University: March 4, 2019
Invited Speaker, “Weaponized fossil kin: Examining entanglements among fossils, fish, and capital in Alberta, Canada”, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, February 7, 2019
Invited Speaker, Department of Anthropology, “From fossil fuels to fossil kin: re-imagining Alberta’s ‘energy heritage’ through a Métis feminist lens”, Brown University, December 5, 2019
Panelist, American Anthropological Association, San Jose, “Neither here nor there: loss and longing in the shadow of Alberta’s petro-state economies”, November 2019
Invited Speaker, Ethnographic Social Theory Seminar, “Fossil fuels and fossil kin: re-imagining Alberta’s ‘Energy Heritage’ through a Métis feminist lens”, Yale University, November 5, 2018
Invited speaker (guest faculty, Environmental Reportage Residency), “Fish as kin/fish and kin: tending to more-than-human relations in Alberta”, Banff Centre, Banff, July 19, 2018.
Panelist, Congress 2018, “Reaching a broader public: The how, when and why of working with the media”, organized by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Conversation Canada, University of Regina, May 28, 2018.
Invited Speaker, Metis Ways of Knowing Symposium, Ottawa, April 28, 2018
Keynote Speaker, “Tending tenderness: summoning an anthropology of survival”, McGill Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, McGill, April 7, 2018
Keynote Speaker, “ ReSTURGEONce: prairie-fish-Metis methodologies for refracting the colonial”, Resistance: Indigenous and Postcolonial Perspectives, Royal Military College, Kingston, March 23, 2018
Keynote speaker, “Fish Philosophy: speculative fish(c)tions and refraction on the prairies”, Ottawa inter-university Philosophy Conference, Actualities: Philosophy and our Present. Ottawa, March 4, 2018.
Invited speaker, “Speculative Fi(sh)ction: fishy futures, Métis legal traditions, and refraction on the Canadian Prairies”, McGill University Department of Anthropology, Montreal, February 16, 2018.
Keynote, “Tending tenderness and disrupting the myth of academic rock stars – mentoring students beyond the capitalist colonial euro-american academic model”, Summit on Mentoring Indigenous Graduate Students, OISE (University of Toronto), February 5, 2018
Invited speaker, “fishy futures”, Technoscience Salon, University of Toronto, February 2, 2018
Organizer and speaker (panel), Carleton University, “How can Indigenous knowledge systems in Canada contribute to interdisciplinary research on the global extinction crisis?”, January 29, 2018.
Invited speaker, UBC Department of Sociology, “Refraction and ReSturgeonce: Métis law, fish, and prairie decolonization”, December 7, 2017
Invited speaker, gallery show, “Tree Temporality” (presented on Sturgeon Time), OCADU (Ontario College of Art and Design), Toronto, November 25, 2017
Invited speaker, panel, SSHRC plenary panel “Indigenous research, gender and reconciliation”, Gender Summit 11, Montreal, November 6, 2017.
Invited speaker (panel), Yale Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Studies (WGSS) Wilbur Cross medal celebration for Donna Haraway, “Wahkohtowin, Fish and Otherworldly Visitors”, Yale University, October 24, 2017.
Chair (panel), NAISA, “Beyond Ontology: Indigenous Immateriality and Relatedness” (Dr. Jessica Bardill and I invited Indigenous undergrads and graduate students to participate in a panel on their work on Indigenous refractions of the ‘material turn’), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), UBC, June 22, 2017.
Invited speaker (workshop), SSHRC panel on Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the Academy (Congress of the Humanities, 2017), Ryerson University. May 30, 2017.
Invited speaker (workshop), ‘On Tenderness as an Ethical Response’, Kinship, Communitas, Communidad: Afterall Journal Symposium, University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture. May 28, 2017.
Invited participant (workshop), Indigenous Constellations of Land and Life, OISE Social Justice Education. May 24-26, 2017
Invited Panelist, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Media Training (2017 Trudeau Foundation Summer Institute), Winnipeg, May 7, 2017.
Invited speaker (workshop). ‘Tending tenderness: human-fish relations, Métis legal traditions and care in the Sixth Mass Extinction’. Workshop: Critical Indigenous STS: Technoscience & Transition in Native North America. Harvard University. April 11, 2017. https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/critical-indigenous-sts
Invited speaker (solo), Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace and Imagining Indigenous Futures ‘Indigenous Future Imaginary’ speakers series, ‘Prairie Fish Futures: Métis Legal Traditions and Refracting Extinction’. Concordia University. March 31, 2017.
Invited speaker (panel). Temporality of Trees (March 28). OCAD.
Invited speaker (panel), Ethics For the Anthropocene (E4A) working group, McGill Law, March 23.
Visiting fellow (invited), UBC Geography. ‘Fish against borders: imagining fish, oil, water and Métis law beyond the settler state’. March 9-10, 2017.
Invited speaker, Walrus Talks: ‘We Desire a Better Country’ Canada 150 speakers series, Yellowknife, March 7, 2017
Invited keynote, Penn State Women’s and Gender Studies Annual Graduate Student Conference, ‘Fish Benedictions: reclaiming tenderness and care in the face of fascism’. February 25, 2017.
Invited speaker (solo), York University STS speakers series, ‘Métis legal orders, kinship and love in the Lake Winnipeg watershed in the time of the Sixth Mass Extinction’. January 31, 2017
Invited speaker (panel), Federal Department of Justice Workshop on Indigenous legal traditions, ‘Métis human-fish relationships, Métis legal traditions, and the Lake Winnipeg Watershed’. January 26, 2017
Invited speaker (solo), ‘Thinking with the trouble: human-fish relations, reciprocity and the petro-state in Treaty Six Territory, Alberta’, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, December 9, 2016.
Presenter (invited, executive panel), ‘Resituating Alberta as a Fish Place: petro-state imaginaries, oil as kin, and human-fish relations in Treaty Six Territory, Alberta, Canada’, 116th American Anthropological Association annual meeting (Minneapolis), November 19, 2016.
Invited speaker (solo), ‘So long, and thanks for all the fish: Navigating the impact of settler colonial violence and the Anthropocene on human-fish relations in Treaty Six Territory, Alberta, Canada’. ETH, Zurich. November 10, 2016
Participant (presenter), ‘Mass Extinction: Indigenous Visions’ research workshop, Girton College, University of Cambridge, UK (22-29 August, 2016), funded by Independent Social Research Foundation.
Presenter (with Audra Mitchell) ‘Earth Violence: Indigeneity and the Anthropocene’, Land/Body conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 2016
Invited speaker (solo), ‘Indigenizing the Anthropocene: Prairie Indigenous Feminisms and Fish Co-Conspirators’, Fisher Centre for Gender, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Spring Speakers Series, March 2016
Invited speaker (solo), ‘Fish pluralities, refraction and decolonization in amiskwaciwâskahikan’, University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Master’s of Visual Studies Proseminar series, March 2016
November 21, 2015: Presenter, American Anthropological Association annual meetings in Denver, Colorado. Paper title: “Refracting the State: Paulatuuq human-fish relations, bureaucratic management, and the commercial Hornaday River char fishery”
June 12-13, 2014: Invited Scholar, “Arctic Crossings” workshop, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, unceded Musqueam Territory
May 14, 2014: Chair, panel on ‘Indigenous Communities and Economic Development’, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Summer Institute on “Truths, Indigenous Peoples and Public Policy”, Osoyoos.
November 19, 2013 Presenter,’Canadians in their Natural Environment: From Experience and Values to Actions and Outcomes’ workshop organized by Nathan Bennett, Melanie Millette and Karina Benessaiah, part of Trudeau Foundation Week (Montreal)
November 18, 2013 Presenter,‘Making Knowledge Public’ — a Trudeau Foundation Master Class with Trudeau Fellow Ronald Rudin. (Montreal)
November 18, 2013 Presenter, ‘Women Claiming Rights: Local Action, International Advocacy’ workshop organized by Leila Qashu and Tamil Kendall, part of Trudeau Foundation Week (Montreal)
May 2013 Participant/Presenter, International PhD Summer School for Studies of Arctic Societies (Wendake/Essipit/Quebec City)
November 2012 Participant, 9th Annual Trudeau Foundation Public Policy Conference (Edmonton)
November 2012 Organizer, two-day Trudeau Scholars’ Workshop “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Aboriginal Housing, Homelessness, Space and Identity in Canada”, in partnership with Homeward Trust Edmonton, the University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies and the University of Alberta International’s Global Education Program (Edmonton)
November 2012 Presenter, “Fishing as Knowing: Intimacy, Vulnerability and Trust in women’s relationships to the environment through fishing in Paulatuuq”, 111th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting (San Francisco)
October 2012 Co-chair, “Rebuilding home: Housing as a social determinant of northern economic prosperity”, Northern Governance and Economy Conference (Yellowknife)
June 2012 Presenter, “Activating the Heart: Storytelling, Knowledge Sharing, and Relationship”, Trudeau Scholars’ Workshop (Yellowknife)
May 2012 Participant, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Summer Institute (Montebello)
February 2012 Participant, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Mentors-Scholars Retreat (Victoria)
November 2011 Participant, 8th Annual Trudeau Foundation Public Policy Conference (Halifax)
June 2011 Presenter, ‘“This is the life”: Fishing in the context of environmental change in Paulatuk, Northwest Territories: an examination of the gendered aspects of local subsistence fishing activity’. Paper presented at International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, Akureyri, Iceland
March 2011 Participant, Blackfoot Shirts Project Conference (Oxford)
February 2011 Participant, ESRC Seminar: ‘Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes: the New Geopolitics of the Polar Regions’, (London)
June 2010 Participant, Agriculture Canada workshop onFirst Nations Agriculture and Climate Change (Winnipeg)
April 2010 Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Forest Research (reviewed a manuscript on Aboriginal involvement in Forestry planning)
September 2009 Co-presenter with Dr. Parlee, lecture onSocial Determinants of Health—Aboriginal Healthcare Careers Day (orientation of first year Medical students, U of A)
July 2009 Presenter, 14th International Congress for Circumpolar Health (Yellowknife)
July 2009 Abstract accepted 15th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (Vienna) [unable to attend]
May 2009 Presenter/Partcipant, International PhD School for Studies of Arctic Societies (IPSSAS), Edmonton
March 2009 Presenter at Arctic Science Summit Week in Bergen, Norway
January 2009 Presenter at Department of Rural Economy annual Graduate Students’ conference
November 2008 Poster displayed at University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies 20th Anniversary Research Symposium
June 2008 Poster presentation, “Boom Bust Economies: Impact on Rural and Remote Communities Conference”,Inuvik
May 2008 Participant, “Science in the Changing North Conference”, Yellowknife
April 2008 Abstract accepted for “Human Dimensions in the Circumpolar Arctic: An Interdisciplinary Conference under the Auspices of the International Polar Year” 8-10 October, 2008, Umea University, Sweden [unable to attend]
August 2007 Presenter, U of A Faculty of Native Studies “Researching Resistance” Conference