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Élie Jalbert

I am a PhD student in Anthropology at Concordia University. Broadly speaking, I am interested in politics, or how we negotiate our place in the world. Specifically, my research interests tend to gravitate around environmental politics — from land use, resource management, and the administration of collective life to concerns about knowledge construction and circulation and the distribution of agency and imagination in the contest over divergent social futures. My Master’s thesis tried to analyze these themes by following the controversy over the currently defunct Energy East Pipeline Project (RIP 2013-2017), which pinned the projected expansion of western bituminous sands against a range of local, regional, and global concerns. At present, I am interested in the social, political, and technical agency of water in and around Montreal, an interest I have been developing within the Montreal Waterways group at the Ethnography Lab. Previous research looked into the controversy that bubbled up in response to the city’s plans to dump 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence river as part of preventative maintenance conducted on a major interceptor sewage pipe in 2015. We are currently investigating how the Lachine Canal has been involved in shifting forms of urban development.