March 8, 2018: Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

Prof. Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation/ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ)
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature & Expressive Culture, UBC
Thurs, March 8th 3:30-5:00 Humanities Centre L-1, University of Alberta (North Campus)

How do we learn to be human? How do we become good relatives? How do we become good ancestors? How do we learn to live together? These are questions, argues Daniel Heath Justice, that Indigenous literatures take as central—and pose to their readers as well. In grappling with these problems, Indigenous literatures (and their audiences) can challenge those settler-colonial policies and practices that have targeted Indigenous connections to land, history, family, and self—and instead nurture strong relationships into the future. This talk welcomes new audiences to Indigenous literary studies while offering more seasoned readers a renewed appreciation for these transformative literary traditions. Justice’s book, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, is newly available from Wilfrid Laurier University Press (and will be at the event).

ALSO FEATURING readings by up-and-coming Indigenous writers (and EFS graduate students) Mackenzie Ground, Brittany Johnson, and Kaitlyn Purcell!

Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born citizen of the Cherokee Nation/ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ. He works on Musqueam territory at the University of British Columbia, where he is Professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English and holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture. A literary scholar, fantasy novelist, and cultural historian, his critical and creative work considers Indigenous kinship, sexuality, speculative fiction, and other-than-human relations.

This event has been made possible by the Centre for Teaching and Learning and by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta.



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