Leslie Robertson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is the new editor of BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly.
BC Studies is a multidisciplinary journal that stands at the forefront of Canadian regional scholarship and contributes to informed public debate in British Columbia. Leslie has the ability to bridge different disciplinary approaches to research and presents a new vision for the future of the journal.
Leslie has a critical interest in community-generated and collaborative methodologies. Her applied and ethnographic research includes projects about: intergenerational biography; aboriginal activism and historical colonial processes; street drug use, violence and homelessness; place-making and memory. She is the author of Standing Up with Ga’axsta’las: Jane Constance Cook and the Politics of Memory, Church and Custom (with the Kwaguł Gixsam); Imagining Difference: Legend, Curse and Spectacle in a Canadian Mining Town; and, co-editor of In Plain Sight: Reflections on Life in Downtown Eastside Vancouver. Current work focuses on the afterlife of historical colonialism, how people from diverse cultural and social locations inhabit their histories, the imaginative resources they draw upon to speak about them, and the role of scholarship in translating and interpreting them.