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MURRAY, Laura

 

I am Professor in the Department of English and Graduate Program in Cultural Studies and have taught and done research in the areas of Indigenous Studies; 19th Century American literature, culture, and media; and copyright and cultural policy. Most recently I am author with Tina Piper and Kirsty Robertson of Putting Intellectual Property in its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labour, and the Everyday (Oxford, 2014). Currently I am working primarily in the area of Critical Heritage Studies and leading the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project in Kingston, Ontario.

My current project, “The Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project”, aims to document the twentieth-century history of two of the oldest neighbourhoods of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Until the early 1970s, the Inner Harbour was a vital industrial area of the city, complete with railroads, factories, and docks; the Swamp Ward, adjacent to it, was where workers and their families lived, went to school, went to church, shopped, and played. Through archival research and oral history, SWIHHP will bring people, time periods, spaces, and issues into Kingston’s story that have usually stood in the shadow of nineteenth-century limestone buildings and illustrious politicians.


 

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