Associate Professor; Graduate Coordinator
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
- Social justice and inequality
- Applied - action research
- Decolonizing studies and methodologies
- Indigenous peoples
- Knowledge, science and expertise
- Political anthropology
- Property and law
- Settler states
- International Development Studies
- Canadian Studies
- BA, MA, PhD, University of Alberta
- PDF, University of British Columbia
Brian Noble is a social anthropologist currently active in two research areas. One addresses anti-colonial resolution of relations between Indigenous Peoples and settler Canada, and the processes animating indigenous land, economic and knowledge authority in global arenas. Noble, and his graduate students, have collaborated with Piikani, Secwepemc, Kwakwka'awakw, Mi'kmaq, and Cree peoples. He is also Co-investigator on the SSHRC-MCRI Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice, Policy, Ethics.
Noble’s second area is the anthropology of science, techniques and expertise. His 2016 book Articulating Dinosaurs: A Political Anthropology investigates how expert scientific and public practices intersect in constituting dinosaur natures. He is also Dalhousie’s partner in a multi-university American Philosophical Society project on the natural / human science contributions of fore-runner anthropologist Franz Boas; co-manager of the Atlantic node of the Situating Science Knowledge Cluster; and co-investigator in the CIHR-funded project Constituting Commercialization. He has organized symposia including “To See Where it Takes us: Conversations with Isabelle Stengers” (Cosmopolitics Lecture) and “Reconciliation: The Responsibility for Shared Futures” (M Asch “Confederation Treaties”, J Borrows “Aki-noomagewin”).
Selected publications, presentations and reports
- 2016 Articulating Dinosaurs: A Political Anthropology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
- 2015 “Tripped up by Coloniality: Anthropologists as Instruments or Agents in Indigenous – Settler Political Relations?” Anthropologica 57(2): 427-443.
- 2015 "Consent, Collaboration, Treaty: Toward Anti-Colonial Praxes in Indigenous-Settler Research Relations." (Introduction) Anthropologica 57(2): 411-417.
- 2012 Report: Joining the Conversation: An Inventory and Report on Indigenous Research Engagement at Dalhousie University, Chair of Dalhouse Ad hoc Committee, and lead author (B. Noble, H. Castleden, D. Martin, K. Paul, F. Wien). [PDF - 846kB]
- 2008 “Owning as Belonging/ Owning as Property: The Crisis of Power and Respect in First Nations Heritage Transactions with Canada.” C. Bell and V. Napoleon (eds.) First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law (vol.1: Case Studies, Voices, Perspectives.) Vancouver: UBC Press, pp. 465-488. [PDF - 143 kB]
- 2007 "Justice, Transaction, Translation: Blackfoot Tipi Transfers and WIPO’s Search for the Facts of Traditional Knowledge Exchange.” American Anthropologist, Vol. 109, Issue 2, pp. 338–349.