Jill Didur is Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of English at Concordia University, Montreal, and the PI of Greening Narrative, a SSHRC funded research project (2014-2021) that focuses on locative media, globalization, and environmental storytelling.
Didur is the PI of the inter-university research team, After the Anthropocene: Environmental Humanities in a Global Context. This team of nine interdisciplinary researchers pursues humanities based approaches to the problem of environmental justice and the political, social, and economic inequalities that underpin the effects of anthropogenic climate change related to the history of globalization. Activities of the team in 2019 include a reading group, Thinking the Anthropocene.
Global Urban Wilds is situated in the Champ des Possibles, an urban wild located in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montréal. Drawing from the diverse history of the space–from its ownership by the Canadian Pacific Railway, to its surrounding communities and cultures that include the Carmelite Nuns and a textile district, Global Urban Wilds begins to critically juxtapose the futuristic urban with the conserved natural, using digital tools and narrative methods through which such stories may be told.
Traditionally playgrounds have predominantly been defined as children’s spaces and to be differentiated in time and space from other areas of life. And yet, playgrounds are much more than just child’s play — they are barometers for how play, urban spatiality and sociality are understood culturally and offer the potential to be platforms to develop creative and alternative scenarios for urban environments.