Category Media Studies

Why We Need to Talk About Indigenous Literature in the Digital Humanities

Will cyberspace enable old knowledge to be experienced and expanded or will cyberspace create the the present anew each day, so that there never again is tradition or a past? –Loretta Todd Over the holiday break, while the in-laws were transporting my family and I to an outdoor light show, I found myself caught up in […]

Submit to Novel Alliances

All too often we write papers, hand them in or deliver them at a poorly attended conference, and then leave them to collect digital dust on our laptops. Novel Alliances began as a space to honour the labour we, as students and teachers, put into research and pedagogy. We invite submissions on Indigenous issues circulating around […]

Bibliography for FNIS 401F: Indigenous New Media

Below is the reading list for FNIS 401F a special topics course I teach in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.  Dowell, Kristen. “Vancouver’s Aboriginal Media World.” Sovereign Screens: Aboriginal Media on the Canadian West Coast. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. 1-20. Fish, Adam. “Indigenous Digital Media and the […]

“Poor Impulse Control”: Remediation as a Decolonial Reading Practice

In my Indigenous new media and digital storytelling class, my students and I use remediation as a means to interrogate text and to consider what sovereignty might mean in terms of art. Remediation—refashioning one media in another—provides the opportunity to question modernist binaries between old and new, tradition and innovation, and to make art in […]

How Should I Play These?: Media and Remediation in Never Alone

“Games 10,000 years in the Making.” -Slogan for Upper One Video Games, the first Indigenous Owned Video Game Company in the United States and creators of, Never Alone. When it comes to Indigenous-made video games what is the “new” of New Media. The 2014 video game Never Alone has been lauded as cutting-edge gaming (Peckham) and […]

Back to the Future: Sovereignty and Remediation in Skawennati’s Timetraveller™

Timetraveller™ is a love story. It’s a piece of science fiction. It’s a history of colonialism and Indigenous resistance. But of all these things Timetraveller™ is a story about media and remediation. This is not to say that the work is more of an aesthetic than political piece. It is to say, however, that the […]

Traditional Innovation: The Turn to a Decolonial New Media Studies

As a teacher, one of the core issues I run up against with my students in Indigenous literature and Indigenous studies classes is what Thomas King calls “the Dead Indian” (55): the fallacious notion that Indigenous culture is not authentic if it intersects with the present or the future. Unfortunately, the fallacy of the dead […]