Cheryl Lousley is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and English at Lakehead University, Ontario, based at the Orillia campus. I teach and research in the areas of environmental literary and cultural studies, Canadian literature, feminist studies, and social and cultural theory. I am interested in the relationship between rhetorical and narrative forms and environmental politics and justice, particularly the representation and distribution of environmental risk at imagined scales of the local, national, and global. My work in ecocriticism and environmental cultural studies has been published in the journals Canadian Literature, Environmental Philosophy, Canadian Poetry, Essays on Canadian Writing, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Emotion, Society and Space, and elsewhere. I have forthcoming essays in The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism; Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context; and The New Exotic: Postcolonialism and Globalization. I am also the series editor for the Environmental Humanities book series published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Planet and Narration: Narrative Testimonies and World-Making at the Brundtland Commission Public Hearings
This SSHRC-funded (2013-2015) research project is an in-depth examination of the narratives and narrative contexts through which participants in the World Commission on Environment and Development (1983-87) public hearings contributed to developing, contesting, and performing an imagined global community. The project aims to develop an understanding of how this particular imagined globality was brought into public discourse and gained cultural authority. It will contribute to an emerging literary and cultural studies scholarship on imagined globalities and their relationship to fragmentary global regimes of finance, governance, and ecological management.