Publication Date


Degree Type

Creative Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



Date of Closing Conversation


First Committee Member

Jaswinder Bolina

Second Committee Member

Maureen Seaton

Third Committee Member

Joel Nickels


In A Theory of Birds, I seek to explore the entanglements between settler colonialism and species extinction. Within this manuscript, I was particularly interested in examining how designating certain ethnic groups or species as dangerous or disposable sets the precedent for enacting extractive violence; and what resistance at the level of language to both this naming and subsequent extermination can look like. It is estimated that species extinction now occurs at a rate 1,000 times faster than before human activity, due in particular to habitat destruction and human-caused climate change. It is estimated that 94% of Palestine was inhabited by Palestinians in 1946. It is estimated that Palestinians control about 15% of Palestine’s land today. It is estimated that 5 million Palestinians currently live in foreign refugee camps. It is estimated that the United States has bombed at least 14 majority-Muslim countries since 1980. I seek to explore the threads of these processes of destruction and loss and what stories become archived in the wake.


decolonial; Palestine; archive; classification; Species-Being; abolition

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