Photo by Loch Evergreen Photo & Film. 2018. 

 

Undergraduate Student and Researcher Anthropology 

Community and Knowledge Mobilizer | Institute for Community Engaged Research 

University of British Columbia | Okanagan | Syilx Territory 

Department of Community, Culture, and Global Studies | Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

 Research Interests | Visual Anthropology, Applied Sensory Ethnography, Design Anthropology, Critical Disability Studies, Accessibility and Public Space, Public Knowledges, Commons Theory, Digital Ethnography, Community Based Research, Female Subjectivities within Religion, and Multispecies Ethnography.  

Personal Pronouns: She, her, hers

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. As an ethnographer and anthropologist, her research interests are in the intersections of visual and material culture, as well as public policy and disability with a focus on sensory and multi-modal knowledges. 

Madi is a Community and Knowledge Mobilizer at the Institute for Community Engaged Research and an undergraduate researcher at the Collaborative + Experimental Ethnography Lab at UBCO. 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).

In her free time, you can find Madi in her kitchen with sourdough on her hands. 

madelaine.lekei@alumni.ubc.ca

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