Decolonial Disruptions: Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island

Membership, description of activities, contact information

Decolonial Disruptions: Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island

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.
Ashley Morford, Ph.D. student, English
Isabella Huberman, Ph.D. student, French

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