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Lois Klassen, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Simon Fraser University

My field of research is art in sites of intense ethical demand or human rights violations. I have been studying the way artists intervene or respond to forced and failed migrations, militarized and free-trade border zone cultures, and the damaged environmental ecologies that are often associated with inequities in border regions. I host an on-going art project, Reading the Migration Library, that invites participants to produce small artist books on themes related to human and ecological migration. My research has been enabled by a Fulbright Scholarship with University of Texas in El Paso (2020) and an artist’s residency at Santa Fe Art Institute (2015). As a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), I am researching the impact of artists’ practices (including research-creation methods) on ethics in the development of machine learning technologies. I serve as the parttime coordinator of the research ethics board at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. As a member of the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) Circle of Experts, I provide consultation on research ethics in research-creation, creative practice and cultural studies. My doctoral studies were completed in the Cultural Studies Program, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (2019).