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Wilson Tina

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Tina Wilson

Graduate Students
School of Social Work

Biography

Supervisor: Y. Rachel Zhou
Committee Members: Chris Sinding, Sarah Todd

My broad research interests encompass changing social justice imaginations in contexts of economic globalization and modernity/coloniality, as these relate to social distance/solidarity and the provision of welfare supports.

  • Primary practice influences include 15 years of front-line and research work in the violence against women, homelessness, and youth sectors.
  • Primary experiential influences include poverty, disability, trauma and service use, and perhaps especially, the ways in which these are differently perceived in community, practice, and academic spaces.
  • Primary theoretical influences include the canon-disrupting extra-disciplinary studies, feminist materialisms (‘new materialisms’ and some work on affect and assemblage), and science, technology and society (STS) studies.
  • Methodologically, I follow a cultural studies preference for working creatively to engage with particular matters of concern, rather than necessarily enacting established disciplinary methods or proper objects, and a feminist post-qualitative research preference for fewer dichotomies regarding what is and is not ‘data.’

For my doctoral research I explore the influence on the discipline of social work in Canada of the institutionalization of social justice projects within the university. My specific focus is on the dynamics of generational knowledges, and the often-awkward multi-temporality of scholarship and social change. I am grateful for the Vanier Canada Scholarship that allows me to engage in this work.