Decolonial Disruptions: Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island [Renewal]
Recent events in this nation – including the controversies surrounding whether Canada’s 150 should be a time of celebration or of criticism, the government’s delay in forming an inquiry around missing and murdered Indigenous women, and the TRC’s calls for action – indicate that Indigenous voices must be respected and given significant space within our society and our academies. This working group aims to foster exchanges and relationships across disciplines to engage with how Indigenous literatures disrupt colonial structures through their demands for justice and healing, and their use of decolonial methodologies, epistemologies, and pedagogies.
Our group’s area of focus in 2017-2018 will be on how Indigenous literatures open up the possibilities of what we, as interdisciplinary literary scholars, consider as “text” or “literature.” Indigenous literatures enable us to understand literature beyond the printed text to include oral histories, land, maps, visual art, and more. That is to say, literary texts by Indigenous storytellers emerge as a concerted challenge and decolonial disruption to the Eurocentric imaginings that have persisted in mainstream societies and academic circles across Turtle Island (i.e. North America).
Monthly meetings will be an opportunity to engage with themes and questions from different disciplines linked to the study of Indigenous narratives. As we want this space to benefit each members’ scholarship and research goals, each member will be provided the opportunity to co-lead at least one meeting. The co-leaders of the meeting will select a primary work and theoretical text for the group to discuss.
Faculty, University of Toronto Jill Carter, FAS Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Andreas Motsch, FAS French Keren Rice, FAS Linguistics Neil Ten Kortenaar, UTSC English Brenda Wastasecoot, Indigenous Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto Erin Soros, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow; English
Graduate students, University of Toronto Élise Couture-Grondin, Comparative Literature Arianne Des Rochers, Comparative Literature Nathaniel Harrington, Comparative Literature Roxanne Korpan, Study of Religion Evangeline Holtz, English Christina Turner, English
Faculty, Other Universities Joëlle Papillon, French, McMaster University
Graduate Students, Other Universities Travis Hay, History, York University Marissa Matthews, Political Science, McMaster University