Madelaine Lekei (UBCO Undergraduate Researcher)
Personal Website: www.madelainelekei.ca
Research Interests | Visual Anthropology, Applied Sensory Ethnography, Design Anthropology, Disability Studies, Accessibility and Public Space, Bread Culture, Political Ecology, Multispecies Ethnography, Indigenous Epistemologies.
Madi is a fourth year Anthropology major at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. She currently is an Undergraduate Researcher under the supervision of Dr. Fiona McDonald and Dr. Christine Schreyer at UBCO. Her anthropological research “The Enabled Environment” focuses on the sensory inclusivity of public spaces like Okanagan Regional Libraries with an emphasis on less visible impairments like Autism Spectrum Disorder. Madi’s project is influenced by her previous experience in the early education field supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as speech, language, and developmental delays. Her research interests are in the intersections of visual and material culture, public policy and disability with a focus on sensory knowledges. Madi is a member of the executive committee of the Anthropology Student Union at UBCO and is active in the Canadian Anthropological Society (CASCA), and the American Anthropological Association (AAA).