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Benjamin J. Kapron


Kapron, Benjamin

  • Honours BSc, Majors: Zoology & Philosophy, University of Toronto
  • MES, "Transforming Relationships with Indigenous Peoples and Animals," Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University


Settler Decolonial Pedagogy, Ethics, and Epistemology of Land

Year Entered: 2016

Comprehensive Areas

  • 1. Pedagogies and Epistemologies of Land
  • 2. Ethics of Land
  • 3. Settler Colonialism, Decolonization, and Anti-Colonial Epistemologies

Advisory Comittee

  • Dr. Celia Haig-Brown
  • Dr. Deborah McGregor (Supervisor)
  • Dr. Leesa Fawcett


Kapron, B. (in review). Storying futures of the always-already extinct: Challenging human exceptionalism; upholding animal survivance and agency. UnderCurrents: journal of critical environmental studies21.

Kapron, B. on behalf of UnderCurrents Editorial Collective. (forthcoming; 2017). Editorial essay. UnderCurrents: journal of critical environmental studies20, 4-5.

Kapron, B. (forthcoming; 2017). [Review of the book A Canadian climate of mind: Passages from fur to energy and beyond, by T. B. Leduc]. UnderCurrents: journal of critical environmental studies, 20, 54-55.

Kapron, B. (2016). Cacophonous settler grounded normativity: Interrelationship with the more-than-human world as a path for decolonial transformation (MES Major Paper). Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Series22(16). Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Retrieved from http://fes.yorku.ca/files/documents/research/outstanding_papers/Kapron_B.pdf.

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant for Venilla Rajaguru. ENVS3440: Resource Management. Winter 2017. Environmental Studies, York University.
  • Teaching Assistant for Kevin Yam. ENVS3520: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems in Environmental Studies. Fall 2016. Environmental Studies, York University.

Research Assistantship

Kapron, B. & McMahon, D. (2015). Language and nature. Internal report prepared for S. Evans & S. Winterton, World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Toronto, ON.

  • Graduate Assistant for Dr. Liette Gilbert. Fall 2014-Spring 2016. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.

Paper Presentations

Kapron, B. (2017, April 22). Settler grounded normativities: Learning settler decolonization through engagement with Land. Paper presented at Work of Settler Colonialism II: Emergent Solidarities, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto.

Kapron, B. (2016, November 3). Cacophonous grounded normativity: Steps toward settler decolonization and transforming relations in a more-than-human world. Paper presented at Decolonizing Conference 2016: Race, Anti-Racism and Indigeneity: Anti-Colonial Resurgence and Decolonial Resistance, Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto.

University Service

Co-Chair, PhD Environmental Studies Students' Assocation (PhESSA), 2017-2018 academic year, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Other Activities

Resurgencies: Settler-colonialism and radical Indigenous politics, led by Dr. Glen Coulthard (2016, May 16-27). International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School, York University.