Rafico Ruiz

Rafico Ruiz, Trent University

Rafico Ruiz is the Roberta Bondar Postdoctoral Fellow in Northern and Polar Studies at Trent University, as well as a Fonds de recherche du Québec – société et culture Postdoctoral Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and the History & Theory of Architecture from McGill University. He studies the relationships between mediation and social space across the Polar regions, with a focus on the cultural geographies of natural resource engagements, as well as the philosophical and political stakes of infrastructural and ecological systems. His work appears in a number of journals and edited collections, including the International Journal of Communication, the Journal of Northern Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, and Communication +1. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Smallwood Foundation, Media@McGill, the McCord Museum and Archives, and the Harvard Medical School, amongst others. In the fall of 2017, he will take up a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. In the winter of 2018, he will be the Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College.

Research Interests:
      • Iceberg Alley and emergent natural resources
      • Antarctic climate modeling
      • Environmental history of Polar Communication technologies
      • Polar infrastructures
Polar Communications Technologies, Icebergs, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Climate Change, Models, Media Theory, Environmental History

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