The TRU is excited to announce that it is joining the shared space of the Semaphore Research Cluster on the 7th floor of Robarts. The TRU’s physical lab space will have a shared work table, 4 carrels for graduate students, white boards, and an office. We are grateful to the generosity of Semaphore in making this news possible. This move is reflection of the TRU’s new status as a cross-faculty project that brings together the Faculty of Information with the Faculty of Arts and Science. At the Semaphore Research Cluster, the TRU will be sharing space with projects directed by Professors Matt Ratto, Rhonda McEwan, and Sara Grimes. The TRU will be launching its new lab space in August 2017.
We are also thrilled to welcome Kristen Bos as our new TRU Lab Manager. Kristen will be overseeing the set up of our physical space, as well as helping us develop our community building practices. Kristen is a Métis archaeologist-cum-anthropologist, activist, and researcher of Indigenous material culture. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship and the President’s Award for Outstanding Native Student of the Year. Her research engages with the material culture of the Métis, Indigenous feminism, and settler colonial studies with an emphasis on decolonizing methodologies and transgressing disciplinary boundaries. She dreams in vivid colours and her goals include advancing Indigenous and non-Western stories, epistemologies, and ontologies.