Paisley Cozzarin

  • Graduate Student
  • University of Waterloo
  • Twitter: @paisleyev

I’m an MA candidate in English and Experimental Digital Media at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Prior to starting my MA, I was a climate and environmental justice activist advocating for clean energy and an end to tar sands pipeline expansion.

I’m currently working on a thesis that examines how disability rhetoric is imported into the bodies of transgenic salmon, and what it means from a disability studies perspective when attitudes around the sanctity of the human body inform our values about the alteration of nonhuman bodies. More broadly, this project is trying to think about what it means to have a body in the Anthropocene. In an age of unprecedented human intervention in the environment, who or what determines valid and not-valid (non)human embodiment? I’m working with two fish biology labs to collect salmon bodily data to create an accompanying media project.