Mary-Ellen Kelm, Simon Fraser University

History Professor Vancouver, British Columbia kelm@sfu.ca Office: (778) 782-7299

Bio/Research

I’ve long been interested in the way power flows through relationships that seem unequal. From the unexpected agency of women in an early twentieth century mental hospital to Indigenous men and women using athletics to leverage economic, social and political opportunities, my work pays attention ...

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Bio/Research

I’ve long been interested in the way power flows through relationships that seem unequal. From the unexpected agency of women in an early twentieth century mental hospital to Indigenous men and women using athletics to leverage economic, social and political opportunities, my work pays attention to the powerful and productive forces of patriarchy, capitalism and colonization but also the myriad ways in which people take that productive potential back. My current work asks how the category of “Aboriginal health” as a subject of research has been constituted over time and who it serves. I am tracing the networks of Aboriginal health research, networks that include bench scientists, anthropologists, population health experts, government officials, missionaries, field doctors and travelling nurses as well as Indigenous community health representatives, leaders, elders and midwives.

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