CHE-Alaska Webinar: Recorded on February 24, 2021

Colonialism and its long history continue to have far reaching and negative consequences, including exploitation and destruction of lands, cultures, and peoples. Colonialism has also corrupted science and scientific methods. On February 24 we spoke with Dr. Max Liboiron about anticolonial science and how anticolonial research and research methods can foster understanding, work in partnership with communities, and promote equity in science and society at large.   

Dr. Liboiron directs CLEAR (Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research), an Indigenous-led, marine plastic pollution laboratory and is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Liboiron is an author of dozens of peer-reviewed works on plastic pollution, a soon-to-be-released book entitled “Pollution is Colonialism” and Managing Editor of the thought-provoking website “Discard Studies” which weaves together things discarded – consumer products, knowledge, people – with the ideas that perpetuate those behaviors.   

You can listen to the recording of this conversation here.

Related Resources & Readings:

Dr. Liboiron’s website – https://maxliboiron.com/

Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research website – https://civiclaboratory.nl/

Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research inspiring lab manual – https://civiclaboratory.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/clear-lab-book.pdf

Discard Studies website – https://discardstudies.com/

‘Tools, practices, & ethics for monitoring marine plastics from a feminist laboratory’ – A 20 minute video presentation by Dr. Liboiron from the Lives and Afterlives of Plastic online conference – https://youtu.be/Nyxw3gSEuqI