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Gabriele Woolever

M.A. Student

Faculty of Arts


I’m preoccupied with sound and with sanctuary – two important elements of my research with migrants in North America, whose lives are made precarious by qualifications of the state. I’m working collaboratively with Dr. Gerry Pratt and migrants (primarily in British Columbia) to create a podcast of their stories and experiences. How can audio stories help create a kind of fugitive sanctuary and alternate public presence for those excluded from state belonging? How can this practice both describe and cultivate a hospitality that disrupts dominant narratives of the migrant other? Underpinning these questions are my interests in geographies of encounter, geographies of care, abolition futures, and the expansive approaches of feminist and creative methodologies.