Social and political uses of art and photography, Environmentalism and climate change in visual culture and photography, Landscape and environmental/eco art, Ecocriticism and Animal Studies, Western Canadian photography and the representation of nature as wilderness, Canadian photography of indigenous and settler cultures
Karla McManus is an art historian and visual theorist who specializes in the study of photography and the environmental imaginary. As a SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow at Queen’s University (2015-2017), Karla is researching the narratives of indigeneity, colonialism, and environmental conservation in the work of mid-20th century wildfowl photographer Lorene Squire, as seen in the Beaver magazine. In 2015, Karla graduated from Concordia University where she completed her Ph.D. on the study of contemporary eco-photography and the global environmental imaginary. Karla’s writing has been published in Intermédialités, and is forthcoming from the Journal of Canadian Art History and the Journal of Canadian Studies.