President: Lorne Holyoak
President-Elect: Christine Jourdan
Past-President: Ellen Judd
Treasurer: Caura Wood
Secretary: Susan Vincent
Anglophone Member at Large: Robin Whitaker
Francophone Member at Large: Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier
Communications Officer: Michel Bouchard
Dr. Lorne Holyoak is an anthropologist and senior policy and research analyst at Status of Women Canada, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Holyoak conducts research in China, New Caledonia and Palau, with particular focus on cultural preservation, gender-based analysis, shamanism and peasants.
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Christine Jourdan received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology in 1987 from the Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University and joined Concordia in 1991. Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, her work focuses on theories of cultural and social change, on the pidginization and creolization of languages, on the linguistic representation of cultural knowledge and practice, on language ideology and on changing food practices in Québec and in the Pacific. She has published books and articles on Solomon Islands Pijin, urbanization in the Pacific, socio-cultural creolization, and food ideologies and practices. She is the author of two books, the co-editor of Language, Culture and Society (Cambridge University Press) and 4 scholarly anthologies, has published articles in English and French in journals such as Language in Society, Journal de la Société des Océanistes, Annual Review of Anthropology, Anthropologie et Sociétés, Culture, Ethnology, etc, as well as in many book collections. She is currently finishing a book on the anthropology of pidgin and creole languages (Cambridge University Press) and researching a book on the transformations of food practices and ideologies in Quebec.
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Ellen Judd is Distinguished Professor, Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor in the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba. She is an ethnographer currently working at the intersection of political economy, gender analysis and the anthropology of care. Her field research has been conducted primarily in China, beginning as an exchange student 1974-77, and has continued through a series of contemporary transitions.
She has recently been conducting field research on the political economy and social implications of large-scale migration from rural west China to urban and coastal regions. This research explores multiple dimensions of gender and mobility and the effects of migration on persons at risk (including the elderly, disabled, widowed and orphaned) remaining in the countryside. Since 2009 field work has been extended to explorations of emergent health care initiatives for translocal west China migrants and their families.
Earlier, she conducted research in the north China countryside, examining changes in rural social organization in the wake of the rural economic reform. Much of this work involved exploration of the reformulation of gender in the countryside, and this led to work on China's distinctive gender and development initiatives. She has also worked as a practicing anthropologist in rural development and gender analysis. She has long been involved with CASCA, as Anglophone Book Review Editor and on the Editorial Board for Culture/Anthropologica, and was guest editor of its special issue on War and Peace.
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Caura Wood PhD (ABD), York University, specializes in the anthropology of energy, finance, space and place, and neoliberalism. Her dissertation is entitled Crude Ambitions: Spectacles of Capital and the Spatial Trials of Energy in Alberta’s Petroleum Industry. At present, Caura resides in Calgary, Alberta where she consults in the energy industry in the area of corporate governance and regulation. She also works part time as a corporate secretary/treasurer for a Calgary corporation while continuing with ongoing anthropological fieldwork. Caura looks forward to applying her several years of treasury experience in the service of CASCA.
Susan Vincent is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at St. Francis Xavier University. Her research focuses on questions related to how people negotiate livelihood strategies within complex local, national and global political economies. This has led her to consider how class, gender, kinship and formulations of community both structure and are mobilized in the process. Most of her work has addressed these questions in the context of a peasant village in Peru, although she has carried out a small study of Tupperware in Canada.
Her recent book, Dimensions of Development: History, Community and Change in Allpachico, Peru (2012, University of Toronto Press) provides a history of development processes in a Peruvian peasant community. It demonstrates how prior experience and broader context overshadow the stated goals of various popular development trends by analysing how they were applied in Allpachico. At the same time, it emphasizes how diverse allpachiqueños assert their agency.
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Robin Whitaker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is especially interested in problems of democracy, citizenship and human rights, the politics of representation, and feminist anthropology. She has explored these mainly in the context of the Northern Ireland peace process, including the post-Belfast Agreement transition, but also through research in Newfoundland and the Republic of Ireland. She holds a PhD from the University of California (Santa Cruz).
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Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Her research interests include: visual anthropology, music, sound and youth culture mainly in Cuba and Canada. Since October 2011, she has been collaborating on a research project called “Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies” based at the Faculty of Music of the University of Oxford and funded by the European Research Council. As part of this project, she is investigating digital technologies and social media in Montreal. She has also conducted long-term research in Havana and Santiago de Cuba on everyday music consumption and on the influences of digital technologies on intellectual property rights.
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Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern British Columbia, Dr. Bouchard received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta.
My main areas of expertise include the Russian-speaking Diaspora, the Russian Federation and its constituent populations, nationalism and ethnicity, identy and belonging and French North America.At the outset, the research I conducted took for granted the recent invention of nations. However, as new lines of inquiry emerge, I have developed a new theoretical framework for understanding nationhood and other forms of community. Rather than accepting the easy premise that states create nations, I am proposing that other institutions are equally (if not more) important than states in the emergence of national communities.
Currently, I have assumed the task of webmaster for CASCA. Please, forward any concerns about the website and suggestions as to how to improve the design and structure of the website. I welcome all feedback.
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