Batrice Collignon lectures on the sustainable home in Canadian Inuit communities

Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism is hosting the 9th Annual Charles Gordon Lecture on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:00pm. Professor Beatrice Collignon delivers a presentation entitled “The Sustainable Home in Canadian Inuit Communities: Building for the Future on Lessons Learned in the Past.” Collignon teaches social and cultural geography at the Université Bordeaux-Montaigne and is the Vice-Director of the National Research Group Polar Mutations (GDR Mutations Polaires – CNRS). Her work focuses on non-academic geographic knowledge. She has been conducting fieldwork among the Inuit of the Western Canadian Arctic (Inuvialuit and Inuinnait) since the early 1990s, studying toponymic systems, spatial orientation, oral tradition in relation to landscapes and world views, pre-settlement and contemporary domestic spaces.

She is currently researching Inuinnait short-term travels within and outside the Arctic. She is the author of Knowing Places – The Inuinnait, Landscapes and the Environment (2006, CCI Press, Edmonton), and numerous articles and book chapters about the Inuit along with geographic epistemologies and a comparative approach of national geographic traditions. She has also produced four video documentaries about various aspects of Inuinnait culture.

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