fri. 12 – 1:30pm: scales of waste: an island, an archipelago, and a river with Liz Miller and Isabelle Boucher

Capacity is limited to 15 participants, please register here

Join us on a two-hour bike tour to explore Île Notre Dame with artist/scholars Isabelle Boucher and Elizabeth Miller from Communication Studies. The tour is part of the locative App, WasteScapes.

Shifting our gaze from the city of Montreal to the Hochelaga archipelago, a group of islands in the heart of the St. Lawrence River, we will reconsider our relationships to the waters flowing through and around us. Instead of following landmarks, we will let ourselves be guided by the watery infrastructures, histories, and processes that shape how we relate to this place. Cycling through the many scales of waste, we will listen and discuss stories of human and non-human dwelling, stories that range from microbes, to contaminants, to fish, to people, to whole nations. 


In front of the Jean-Drapeau metro station


Bring your own or rent a Bixi, available near the metro station. 


September 16. The tour leaves at 12PM and lasts two hours.


The tour will take place rain or sun. Bring a bottle of water! 


Please download the WasteScape App before advance

Please fill out this form to register

About Liz Miller

Elizabeth (Liz) Miller is a documentary maker and professor in Communications Studies at Concordia University in Tiohti:áke, Montreal who uses collaboration and interactivity as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns. Her films and interactive multi-platform projects address water privatization, refugee rights, gender issues and environmental justice and her book “Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice (2017) has been integrated into diverse educational curricula.

About Isabelle Boucher

Isabelle Boucher (MA in Philosophy) is a PhD student in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Drawing on feminist STS, energy humanities, and waste studies, her research project examines the socio-environmental impacts of energy transition plans. Her current focus is on analyzing how Western epistemologies and ontologies inform current sustainability politics in Quebec and Canada. By considering the triangulation of knowledge, power, and aesthetics through their colonial and extractive histories, she highlights the critical intersection of environmental and social justice issues and argues for the importance of epistemic justice at the heart of decolonial energy imaginaries.