I spend a lot of time navigating and existing in the spaces between writing, games, photography, place, identity, travel, nature, art, reading, politics, music and food; this is where those interests intersect. Schooled in digital humanities, literature, media and anthropology, and working as a digital media storyteller, but I’m compulsively learning and exploring outside of those categories as well.
When I’m not wrangling the digital and print communications at the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, I’m exploring the theoretical potentials of decolonizing digital space, particularly video game ecology, settler-colonial horror media/culture and trauma, Northern identity and representation, border studies, post-structuralist semiotics, and Indigenous research methodologies.
Currently I’m engaged in my Master of Arts in Digital Humanities under the tutelage of Dr. Astrid Ensslin (MLCS/DH). Tentatively titled “Onkwehón:we play: Decolonizing video game ecology and disrupting environmental racism”, I’m theorizing how the signs and simulacra of environmental racism in AAA video games can be reimagined for decolonial and anti-racist education.
I’m based in Amiskwaciy (Edmonton) after a few recent stints living in Tkaronto (Toronto) and Tiohtià:ke (Montreal).
Je parle français et Я знаю українську мову. I’m also in the process of learning Kanien’kehá:ka, German and Spanish.
I’m active on Twitter– it’s a good way to get a hold of me: @barnfeline