MSc. Health Promotion, School of Kinesiology & Health Studies, Queen’s University
I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on the Unceded Territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Peoples. After completing my undergraduate degree in English and Political Science at the University of Victoria, I moved home to the lower mainland and became actively involved with the Japanese Canadian and Downtown Eastside (DTES) communities, volunteering and working for a number of years in a variety of community-driven settings, including arts programming in the DTES; advocacy and activism for human rights; and heritage/cultural work. In many ways, this work has prompted my return to school, and I’m now working towards my MSc in Health Promotion under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Masuda.
I’m interested in the interdisciplinary work that addresses notions of (in)visibility, especially as they relate to theories of haunting and spectrality. My research focuses on thinking about what notions of (in)visibility, haunting, and spectrality have to do with care provision, well-being, and public health, particularly in the context of the DTES. In my first year, my classes focus on a range of topics, from memory studies in history to qualitative methods. In my second year, I will be moving back home to Vancouver to work with CEHE’s on-the-ground research team and the Right to Remain (R2R) project. As a part of the R2R project, I’ll be working closely with the DTES SRO Collaborative, a local grassroots organisation that seeks to increase habitability in Single Rooms Occupancy Hotels (SROs) in the DTES. My primary aims include exploring how care for the dead impacts the care for (and health of) the loving; exhuming narratives, bodies, and stories that have been buried; and understanding more deeply how I am implicated in these processes of caring, exhuming, remembering, and inheriting.
For more information about my ‘non-academic work’: http://www.angelamaykruger.com/
For more information of my collaborative work: “Being Trespassers” (with Nicole Yakashiro) – Landscapes of Injustice Scholarship and Activism Forum