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Tiffany Kaewen Dang

Tiffany Kaewen Dang

PhD candidate

Tiffany Kaewen Dang is a landscape architect and territorial scholar from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Treaty 6 Territory. Her research lies at the intersections of landscape, feminism, native studies, ecology, political theory, development, history, and geography. Her core approach embraces alternate—often non-western, or non-patriarchal—knowledge systems as grounded methods for subverting dominant power structures and infrastructural networks shaping territory today.

Biography

Qualifications

  • PhD, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2018 – )
  • MLA, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (2014 – 2017)
  • BA (Hons) Architecture, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto (2010 – 2013)

Career

  • 2015-2018: Landscape Researcher, Designer, Project Architect, OPSYS Landscape Infrastructure Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 2015-2017: Research Assistant, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 2015/06-08: Intern Landscape Architect, West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture, New York City, NY, USA
  • 2014: Landscape Designer, Topotek 1 Landscape Architects, Berlin, Germany
  • 2013: Research Associate, Designing Ecological Tourism Research Lab, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

Selected awards

  • 2019: Linda Souter Humanities Award, Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)
  • 2019: Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • 2018: Gunter A. Schoch Research Bursary, Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF)
  • 2018: Hilda Richardson Research Studentship, Newnham College
  • 2018: JBC Watkins Award: Architecture, Canada Council for the Arts (CCA)
  • 2014: John E. (Jack) Irving Fellowship, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Research

Tiffany's current doctoral research examines the history and evolution of the Canadian national parks system as an infrastructure of colonization, utilizing interdisciplinary discourses on landscape, wilderness, and settler-colonialism, with the ultimate objective of developing intersectional feminist futurist projections and de-colonial strategies for the future of the parks.

Through this research, Tiffany aims to address the problematic mythologies of the Canadian settler-state, including:

The Myth of Uninhabited Wilderness: In settler-colonial states such as Canada, conceptions of wilderness have been operationalized as an ideological weapon of colonization, masking violent processes of Indigenous dispossession. The representation of Indigenous territories as wild, uninhabited, and uncivilized spaces has served to displace Indigenous peoples, erase Indigenous sovereignties, and depoliticize Indigenous societies.

The Myth of Multiculturalism: The landscapes of the Canadian extractive hinterlands, including the national parks, have been built and serviced on stolen Indigenous territories by the labour of racialized and oppressed people on the peripheries—from the low-wage migrant and indentured Chinese labourers who built the transcontinental railway, to the precariously employed labourers of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker and Temporary Foreign Workers programs of the present day.

Publications

Selected publications:

  • Belanger, Pierre, Ghazal Jafari, Pablo Escudero, Hernan Bianchi-Benguria, Tiffany Kaewen Dang, and Alexander Arroyo. "No Design on Stolen Land: Dismantling Design's Dehumanising White Supremacy," Architectural Design Special Issue "The Landscapists" (Jan 2020): 120-27.
  • Dang, Tiffany Kaewen. "A Glacial Pace: Delineating the Contours of Colonization in Canada's National Parks System," Extraction Empire: Undermining the Systems, States, and Scales of Canada's Global Resource Empire edited by Pierre Belanger. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018, 520-39.

Teaching

  • Visiting Lecturer, MA Environmental Architecture, School of Architecture, Royal College of Art (2019 -)
  • Supervisor, Undergraduate Dissertation, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2019 - 2020)
  • Supervisor, Part II Paper: Global Urbanism, Geography Tripos, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (MT 2019)

External activities

  • Co-Convener, Radical Reading Group, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • Co-Director, Open Systems / Landscape Infrastructure Lab (OPSYS)
  • Member, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA)
  • Academic Member, Landscape Institute (LI)