Michelle L. Hak Hepburn

Research Key Words:

Environmental anthropology, Americas, multispecies ethnography, politics of resource management, forests

Research:

My PhD research, “Thinking with trees to see the forest: Huayruro trees and deforestation in San Martin, Peru,” follows huayruro trees in different forms (as tree, as hardwood, and as seed) across urban and rural spaces in Peruvian Amazonia. Huayruro – as a hardwood tree with seeds that are powerful protective talisman – is an example of how Amazonian people (Indigenous and non-Indigenous mestizos) engage with trees and forests in ways that both allow and restrict deforestation. My research asks: How can we “think with” huayruro to pay attention to the social connections we create with trees and forests?

B.S.Sc  (Hons.), Major in Anthropology, Major in Linguistics, University of Ottawa, 2012

MA, Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 2016

Masters Degree Thesis Title: Trapping Bears in Algonquin territory: Cultural perceptions in practice

M.A. Supervisor: Dr. Shaylih Muehlmann, PhD

Publications:

Hak Hepburn, M. 2020. “Protecting Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A Critical Look at Peru’s Law 27811,” Human Organization 79(1):69-79. https://doi.org/10.17730/0018-7259.79.1.69

Kaulard, A., M. Valderrama, A. Chaparro, and M. Hak Hepburn. 2020. “Policy Brief: Hacia una “revolución de todos y todas” de la región San Martín,” Policy Brief N° 2, trAndes Policy Briefing Series. https://www.programa-trandes.net/Ressources/Policy-Papers/trAndeS-Policy-Brief-No_2-Kaulard-et-al.pdf

Blog Posts:

Hak Hepburn, M. 2020. “The Murkiness of the Peruvian Lockdown,” Allegra Lab. July 1. https://allegralaboratory.net/the-murkiness-of-peruvian-lockdown/

Conference Presentations:

“Pensando junto a los arboles para ver el bosque.” Seminario: Visiones de San Martín. Debates sobre el territorio regional con las ciencias sociales. Universidad Nacional de San Martín. Tarapoto, Peru. July 18, 2019.

“How to Kill a Bear: Justifications of Bear Death in Ontario, Canada.” American Anthropology Association (AAA) Annual Meeting 2016. Minneapolis, MN. November 18, 2016.

“(There are no) Bears on Bloor Street: How living in untamed spaces shapes Northern Ontario perceptions of black bears.” Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Annual Meeting 2016. Vancouver, BC. March 30, 2016.

“Patenting Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A critical look at the Peruvian example.” CASCA 2015. Laval University, Québec, QC. May 14, 2015.

“El telar: ¿potencial para turismo o conocimiento perdido?” Seminario – Taller: Sistematización de información relevante para la determinación de recursos de la biodiversidad orientada a la industria turística. Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana – San Martín. Tarapoto, Peru. January 30, 2014.

“El rol de conocimientos tradicionales en la conservación de la biodiversidad.” Seminario – Taller: Documentación de los recursos de la biodiversidad en comunidades de la Región San Martín. Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana – San Martín. Tarapoto; Moyobamba; Lamas; Rioja; Juanjui, Peru. June-September 2013 (5 dates).

“La contribucion de antropologia en el entendimiento del aprovechamiento de la flora.” Seminario – Taller: Ecología de especies comerciales potenciales, maderables y no maderables en 5 Subcuencas. Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana – San Martín. Moyobamba; Bellavista; Juanjui; Lamas, Peru. July-August 2013 (4 dates).

Conference Posters:

“Trapping Bears in Bears in Algonquin Territory: Cultural perceptions in practice,” PosterPalooza, Department of Anthropology Research Open House, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC. April 2, 2015.

Faculty of Arts Award , 2014
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters , 2015
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship , 2016
UBC Public Sholar , 2020