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Eco-criticism, Colonial Legacies, and the Broadleaf Plantain in Urban Spaces

Armouch, Rim (2024) Eco-criticism, Colonial Legacies, and the Broadleaf Plantain in Urban Spaces. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Armouch, Rim

This research examines the intricate relationship between humans and nature in urban environments, with a focus on the Broadleaf Plantain. Drawing on theories such as Postcolonial Ecocriticism (Banerjee, 2016), Cultural Ecology (Zapf, 2016), the More Than Human from Tsing (2015) and Kimmerer (2013), as well as insights into Hybridity and Co(a)gency from Michael (2002) and Haraway (1991), and the concept of "naturecultures" (Latimer & Miele, 2013), it aims to understand ecological dynamics and challenge colonial perceptions of the environment. Utilizing a research-creation methodology, it integrates theoretical frameworks with practical engagement to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This facilitates a holistic understanding and encourages embodied learning, fostering a profound connection between the researcher and the environment under study.

Employing various research methods such as fieldwork, observations, visual documentation, reflexivity, and prototyping, the research explores how ecocritical installations can decolonize perceptions of nature. Furthermore, the study delves into the historical and contemporary significance of Broadleaf Plantain, highlighting its resilience and adaptability amidst human-induced environmental changes.

The study hopes to empower communities to forge deeper connections with their urban environments, shed light on indigenous ways of knowing, and elevate the significance of plants within ecological discourse and environmental stewardship. The project concludes with the creation of a series of prototypes, functioning as artistic statements to spark socio-political dialogues, and prompt contemplation on human interventions in the environment, and the absurdity of controlling nature amid the climate crisis.

Date: 8 May 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: Broadleaf Plantain, Urban Ecology, Colonialism, Indigenous Knowledge, Research-Creation, Environmental Stewardship, Decolonization, Ecocritical Installations.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 16:16
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 16:16
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4390

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