Graduate Profiles

Di Battista, Amanda

  • https://yorku.academia.edu/AmandaBattista

  • Email:

  • amandadi@yorku.ca

  • Year Entered: 2009

    Student Info

    Dissertation Title

    Accomplices in Possibility: Literary Engagement in Postsecondary Environmental Pedagogy

    Comprehensive Areas

    • Canadian Literary Ecologies
    • Critical Pedagogies of Place
    • Theories of Place

    Supervisory Committee

    • Dr. Catriona Sandilands (Chair), Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
    • Dr. David Greenwood, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education, Department of Graduate Studies and Research in Education, Lakehead University
    • Dr. Leesa Fawcett, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

    Previous Education

  • HonBSc, Biological Anthropology/Biology and Visual Studies, University of Toronto (2000-2004)
  • MES Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (2005-2007)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Sandilands, Catriona, Ella Soper, and Amanda Di Battista, eds. Green Words/Green Worlds: Literatures, Environments, Politics. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP. Forthcoming.

    Di Battista, Amanda, and Andrew Mark. “CoHearing Consequences of the Commons: Podcasting, ecopolitics, and the power of listening.” Green Words/Green Worlds: Literatures, Environments, Politics. Ed. Catriona Sandilands, Ella Soper, and Amanda Di Battista. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP. (Under Review.)

    Mark, Andrew, and Amanda Di Battista. “Making Loss the Centre: Mourning Environmental Loss Through Podcasts.” Environment and/as Mourning. Ed. Ashlee Willox and Karen Landman. Montreal, QC: McGill-Queens University Press. (Under Review.)

    Di Battista, Amanda, Oded Haas, and Darren Patrick. “Conversations in Queer Ecologies: An Editorial.” UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies, 19 (2015):  3-5. Print.

    Di Battista, Amanda and Michael Classens. “End Times and Beginnings: A Retrospective and Relaunch.”UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies, 18 (2014): 3-6. Print.

    Di Battista, Amanda. “A Place for Affect.” Rev. of Ecologies of Affect: Placing Nostalgia, Desire, and Hope, ed. Tonya K. Davidson, Odine Park, and Rob Shields. The Goose 11(2012): n. pag. Web.

    Di Battista, Amanda. Rev. of Divided We Stand, United We Fall: Volume 19(1) Our Schools, Our SelvesCanadian Journal of Environmental Education, 16 (2011): 187-198. Print.

    Di Battista, Amanda. Rev. of The Winter Vault, by Anne Michaels. The Goose 7(2010): n. pag. Web.

    Di Battista, Amanda. “Environment in Mind: A Creative and Ecocritical Look at Popular Literature. “Outstanding Graduate Paper Series, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (2007): n. pag. Web.

    Professional Experience

    Technical Analyst, Public Education and Outreach Department, Regional Municipality of Peel, Brampton, ON. 2008-2010.

    Services & Experience

    Services & Experience

    University Service

    Graduate Student Representative, Faculty of Environmental Studies Dean Search Committee2011-2012.

    Co-Founder and Member, Support for PhD Environmental Writing Group, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2010-Present.

    Member, PhD Environmental Studies Student Association, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2009-Present.

    Co-organizer. Lunchwords: Reading and Writing Series. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2013-2014.

    Co-Host and Co-Oragnizer. FES Reads! Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2010-2013.

    Academic Service

    Co-Editor, Green Words / Green Worlds: Writing, Environment, Politics. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Forthcoming.  

    Book Review Editor, The Goose, The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture. 2013-Present.

    Co-Editor, UnderCurrents, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2012-Present.

    Teaching Experience

    Course Director, ENVS3010: Qualitative Methods in Environmental Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Winter 2016.

    Teaching Assistant, ENVS1800: Environmental Writing/Writing the Environment, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2009-2015.

    Teaching Assistant, ENVS 1500: Introduction to Environmental Science: The Web of Life, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2006-2007.

    Research Assistantship

    Graduate Assistant: Faculty of Environmental Studies Program Review, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Fall 2015.

    Research Assistant, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference Assistant, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2014-2015.

    Research Assistant, Green Words/Green Worlds Copyeditor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2013-2014.

    Research AssistantSustainable Writing Lab, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2010-2011.

    Graduate AssistantEcoArt and Media Festival, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. 2005-2006.

    Awards

    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award, 2014-15.

    Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2012, 2013-14, 2014-15 (Declined), 2015-16.

    Unilever Graduate Award in Environmental Studies, 2015.

    dian marino Award, 2013. 

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference Organization

    Conference Assistant. Notes from the Underground: Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho: June 23-27, 2015.

    Co-Organizer. FES Research Matters Symposium. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario: December 4, 2012.

    Co-Organizer. Green Words/Green Worlds Conference. York University. Toronto, Ontario: October 23, 2012.

    Conference Presentations

    (Selected)

    The Pedagogy of Podcasting: Changing our Acoustic Environment. Making Ourselves Useful: Environmental Scholarship in an Unsustainable World, Environmental Studies Association of Canada Conference. University of Waterloo. Waterloo, Ontario: May 30-31, 2012.

    Writing Politics of/in Place: Short Story Writing, Politics, and Place. Green Words / Green Worlds Conference. York University. Toronto, Ontario: October 23, 2011.

    CoHearence: Exploring the Environment Through Podcasting, an Interactive Workshop. Envisioning Communities and Schools: Art, Equity, & Environmental Education. Summer Institute, York University. Toronto, Ontario: August 8, 2011.  

     

    Conference Papers

    (Selected)

    Hybrid Geologies: Material Ecocritical Approaches to Canadian Fiction. Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Biennial Conference. University of Idaho. Moscow, Idaho: June 23-27, 2015.

    Ground and Matter: Imagined Geologies and Environmental Justice Education. Environmental Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference. University of Ottawa. Ottawa: June 2-4, 2015.

    Material Ecocriticism and Imagined Places. The End of Place as We Know It: Shifting Perspectives on Literature and Place Conference. University of Strathclyde. Glasgow, Scotland: September 17-19, 2014.

    Looking for Place: Material Ecocritical Perspectives on Place-Conscious Pedagogy. Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Biennial Conference. University of Kansas. Lawrence, Kansas: May 28-June 1, 2013.

    Fertile Ground: Ecocritical Study and Creative Writing. Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada Biennial Conference. University of British Columbia Kelowna. Kelowna, British Colombia: August 7-12, 2012.

    Audio Landscapes: Exploring Interdisciplinary Environmental Podcasting with CoHearence. Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Rochester Conference, New York: May 17-20, 2012.

    “The body will not tell”: Landscape and Trauma in Joy Kogawa’s Obasan. Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada Biennial Conference. University of Cape Breton. Sydney, Nova Scotia: August 19-22, 2010.

    Writing Home: Investigations into Place, Environmental Education, and Creative Writing. PhD Research Matters Symposium. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Toronto, Ontario: November 26, 2009.

    Invited Lectures

    An Intro to Podcasting and Environmental Strudies. Wild Garden Media Centre, York University. Toronto, ON: Sept 9, 2015. 

    CoHearence: An Introduction to Podcasting and the Environment. Community Arts Practice Program Workshop. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Toronto, ON: March 11, 2011.

    Playing With Words: When Creative Writing and Academic Language Meet, a Creative Writing Workshop. Sustainable Writing Lab, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Toronto, ON: November 16, 2010. 

    Guest Lectures

    The Art of Essay Writing: Composing Strong Thesis Statements for Environmental Writing. Guest lecturer in ENVS2400: Foundations of Environmental Management: Policy, Resources and Conservation: March 2, 2015.

    Uncovering the Urban: Poetic (re)Imaginings of Toronto. Guest lecturer in GEOG4250: Imagined Landscapes: February 4. 2013.

    The Art of Essay Writing. Guest lecturer in ENVS3800 Development in a Globalized World: From Aid Environments to Environmental Aid: October 17, 2012.

    Concrete landscapes. Guest lecturer in ENVS4100 Environmental Literatures. October 15, 2012. 

    Landscape and Loss in Obasan. Guest lecturer in ENVS1800 Writing the Environment/ Environmental Writing: February 3, 2011. 

    Other Activity

    Co-Producer, CoHearence, Culture, History and Environment Podcast Series. 2010-Present.

    Why FES?

    My PhD research, which looks that the importance of literary texts in postsecondary environmental teaching, is highly interdisciplinary. The PhD program at FES allows me to work with scholars across disciplines and to draw from the expertise of faculty with a long history of critical interdisciplinary work in environmental studies.