I am an interdisciplinary scholar, researching public discourse, social movements, urban politics, and community archives. I am interested in questions of collective identity, rhetoric and representations, and social transformation. During my phd, I studied an anti-gentrification campaign in Vancouver, Canada. This research focused on the formation of publics, exploring emergent citizenship practices, public spheres, and possibilities for democratic participation. My current work focuses on urban publics in Vancouver and London, investigating the relationship between knowledge production and democracy. In particular, I look at social movement archives and documentation practices of radical political groups. I am also interested in questions about the relationship between research and activism, looking at cases in the university, archives and libraries, and social movements.
For more information, contact me at: smlpell at gmail.com