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Associate Professor, Centre for Global Studies

Katherine Lawless, PhD
My teaching aims to model the methods and principles of critical inquiry, radical democracy, and social equality. I see learning as a collaborative process that emerges through careful and committed questioning, observation and dialogue.

The Centre for Global Studies is unique at Huron (and beyond) for its interdisciplinary approach to multi-scalar social, political, economic, and ecological problems. We provide students with an array of critical tools for investigating these problems and encourage them to create their own distinctive learning trajectories. This empowers them to not only take responsibility for their place in the world but also contribute to the building of a new world in which they are agents for enduring social, political, economic, and ecological change.


  • PhD, Theory & Criticism, Western University
  • MA, Theory, Culture & Politics, Trent University
  • BA, Gender Equality & Social Justice, Nipissing University

Research Areas:

  • Collective Memory and Histories of Enclosure and Primitive Accumulation
  • Aesthetics and Politics of Preservation/Conservation
  • Transdisciplinary Studies of Human-Soil Relations
  • Migration and Sustainability in the Canadian North
  • Environment and Sustainability Studies
  • Globalization and Climate Change

Selected Publications:

“Mapping the Atomic Unconscious: Postcolonial Capital in Nuclear Glow.”Mediations 32, no.1 (Spring 2018): 41-54.

“The Future of Plasticity: An Interview with Catherine Malabou.” Chiasma: A Site for Thought 3, no.3 (2016): 99-108.

“Trauma, Memory and the Matter of Historical Violence: The Controversial Case of Four Photographs from Auschwitz.” American Imago 71, no. 4 (2014): 391-415.

“Down the Rabbit Hole: Five Theses on the Subject of Retreat in the Time of Capital.” PUBLIC: Art/ Culture/ Ideas 50 (2014): 113-122.

“Unrecyclable Times: The Traumatic Topographies of Global Capitalism in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.” The Word Hoard 1, no. 2 (2013): 94-108.

“(Re)Circulating Foreign Bodies: Richard Fung’s Sea in the Blood.” Feminist Media Studies 12, no. 1 (2012): 119-132.