Author Archives: David Gaertner

Indigenous Speculative Fiction Definitions & Questions

Below are definitions of Indigenous speculative fiction brainstormed at the end of term by students in English 373: Indigenous Speculative Fiction. You can read the syllabus for that class, including the reading list that these definitions are built from, here. We began the course with this simple definition of sf: Speculative fiction uses genre conventions […]

Strategic Plans for the Apocalypse: Critical Engagement with Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves

Groups of 4-5 Assignment Framework Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves ends with a new beginning. While capitalist-driven climate change is leading to the decimation of settler nation states (and the rapid decline of the settler population), French and his family are full of hope for the futures of Indigenous peoples—particularly now that Isaac, who holds […]

ENGL 373: Indigenous Speculative Fiction

Note: In the early marketing materials for this class I used a creative commons image of Marina Bay Sand and the Gardens by the Bay supertrees in Singapore. Using this image for a course like this erases Singapore’s own colonial history and the oppression of the Indigenous Malays. I have removed the image, but it may […]

(ASTU 260) Knowledge Dissemination: Communicating Research to Public Audiences

PDF available here: ASTU 260_2019 Course Description: This course is motivated by the teachers, researchers, and students that are changing the ways in which research and knowledge is shared within and beyond the academy.  Universities are not insular. As a “public good” (Nixon), universities both produce knowledge and disseminate it to the public for use […]

Repression and the Settler Gothic

The horror novel ‘says, in a symbolic way, things we would be afraid to say right out straight… it offers us a chance to exercise… emotions which society demands we keep closely at hand.’ —Stephen King In the British Gothic tradition, what returns from the repressed is that which has been subjugated by Enlightenment sensibility: […]

Listen to Recoding Relations!

Check out our 4-part audio mini-series on Indigenous new media. Produced by David Gaertner, Melissa Haberl, and Autumn Schnell. All 4 episodes available for download and streaming here.

Decolonial DH?: The Maker Movement Across Indigenous Studies and the Digital Humanities

Text from my keynote for DHSI@Congress. June 5, 2019.   Good morning! It is so wonderful to be here with here with you during Congress 2019. This community has meant so much to me in my career, first as a grad student and now as a teacher and researcher, so it’s an honour to be with […]

Review: Katherena Vermette, river woman

Toronto: Anansi, 2018. Pp. 118. Softcover, $19.95. I need to hear the stories of the river about when she was young and her brown water clean loved -Katherena Vermette, “riverstory” The Red River, the focus of Katherena Vermette’s second book of poetry, river woman,  begins its journey north at the confluence of the rivers Bois […]

Call for Abstracts: Indigenous Relationality Workshop

Call for Abstracts Indigenous Relationality Workshop At the annual meeting of the Prairie Political Science Association (PPSA) September 14, 2019 Treaty Seven, Banff, AB We invite scholars, students, artists, activists and community leaders to submit presentation abstracts for the Indigenous Relationality Workshop (IRW) held during the PPSA annual meeting. The IRW hopes to create a […]

Best Practices for Approaching Indigenous Studies through the Digital Humanities

The following list was compiled out of the Symposium for Indigenous New Media (#SINM18), which was held as part of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in June, 2018. We welcome your feedback and suggestions in the comments below. 1) Be a good relation: build meaningful relationships with community and individuals and resist parachute DH-ing. […]