Lantern - Hilary Cunningham
Hilary Cunningham is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her past research has focused on the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borderlands, and she is author of numerous publications on the politics of borders and border-crossings. Her current research is based in northern Ontario on the Bruce Peninsula and explores what she terms “gated ecologies,” especially those pertaining to nature reserves and wilderness areas.
Hilary’s current research is based in northern Ontario on the Bruce Peninsula and explores what she terms “gated ecologies,” especially those pertaining nature reserves and wilderness areas. In her work, Hilary explores boundary-making itself as a multi-faceted encounter with “nature.” She is currently developing a distinctive epistemological framework within studies of environment by arguing that the “bounding” of nature remains a central problematic for contemporary debates on ecological issues. Adopting a unique interdisciplinary framework, she explores “nature” as entailing boundary-making — i.e., as entailing metaphysical, aesthetic and political act(s) that both enact and enable particular human-nature interactions.