Blake Hawkins is completing his undergraduate in geography at the University of Northern British Columbia and is planning to begin a master’s in library and information studies at the University of British Columbia in the fall. He is from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia and this has been extremely influential in guiding his research interests. Broadly, he has researched the roles of gender and place on women’s and men’s health and well-being in Northern British Columbia. This has given him the opportunity to also engage in feminist research methods (autobiographical and autoethnography) to better understand these interests.
Currently, Blake has a few areas of interests which he would like to hopefully engage more thoroughly. At the moment, he is interested in using autoethnography and autobiographical writings to better understand gender dynamics in the North and how anxiety impacts one’s sense of place. He is very fortunate to have worked with other feminist geographers, such as Pamela Moss, who are interested in using personal narratives in their research. Blake would also like to further engage in research on discursive spaces of health and gender produced in the realm of digital geography. Many different youtube and other websites have a massive amount of material which needs to be explored amongst feminist and other geographers! He hopes to be able to pursue these interests by combining conceptions of space in library and information studies.
Blake would have to acknowledge Drs. Gail Fondahl and Pamela Moss as major influences for his interest in feminist geography. During the Fall 2013 semester, he took an independent study course which gave him the opportunity to become engaged in some feminist geography literature. Blake must also acknowledge that thanks to a co-planned session with Dr. Pamela Moss at the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers. Drs. Moss and Courtney Donovan invited Blake to be a panelist at the Annual Meeting Association of American Geographers, Tampa, 2014. Both sessions validated a need for this scholarship.
Blake must acknowledge that Dr. Pamela Moss’ Feminist Geography in Practice: Research and Methods (2002) and Placing Autobiography in Geography (2001) have been very helpful sources to begin engaging in ideas debated amongst feminist geographers. He did not find the material overwhelming and very accessible to an early-stage feminist geographer.
To conclude, Blake wishes that he could attend in person. Unfortunately, work commitments have prevented this from happening. However, he really hopes to meet people at future feminist and/or general geography conferences!