Research Coordinator
Great Lakes Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts & Cultures
Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art & Culture
Carleton University

Department of English
Carleton University

E-mail: kate [at] kateh [dot] ca
Mail: c/o ICSLAC, 201S St. Patrick's Building, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1S 5B6.
Phone: 613. 520. 2600 x 6761
Fax: 613. 520. 2564

My academic interests include early and contemporary Canadian and Aboriginal literatures; storytelling; representations of captivity in colonial contact zones (primarily in Turtle Island/North America and Australia); issues of repatriation; visual culture (especially photography); historiography; the politics of im/mobility and migration; and aspects of gender, race, and aboriginality in general.  I have published on Rudy Wiebe, Shelley Niro, the Métis Uprising of 1885, colonial rape scares, Derek Jarman, and First Nations narratives of migration (for more details, see below).

I am currently teaching Aboriginal, Canadian and Diasporic literature classes for the Department of English at Carleton as well as working as the Reseach Coordinator for the Great Lakes Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts & Cultures (GRASAC) -- an international research collaborative composed of Aboriginal community partners, artists, university researchers and museum partners working to to re-associate Anishinaabe, Hodenosaunee, and Huron-Wendat cultural heritage currently dispersed in western museum and archival holdings.  For more on GRASAC's innovative Knowledge Sharing software and practices of digital repatriation please refer to GRASAC's preliminary website.

In the Spring of 2010 I finished a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, focussing on artistic and literary aspects of Aboriginal repatriation, with Ruth B. Phillips at Carleton’s Institute for the Comparative Study of Literature, Art, and Culture.  Prior to that I had completed my PhD at McMaster’s Department of English and Cultural Studies in January 2008.  My dissertation, “Caught Up: Indigenous Re/presentations of Colonial Captivity,” examined the repression of, recovery of, and Indigenous response to, representations of pathogenic colonial practices of capturing and confining Indigenous peoples in the lands claimed by Canada, the United States, and Australia.  My current project turns to a different aspect of Indigenous self-representation: the curative cultural practice of what I am calling “creative repatriation” or the conceptual (non-literal) relocation—through diverse artistic means, self-definition, and/or reference to Indigenous epistemologies—of First Nations items or subjects from (neo)colonial settings back to(wards) their communities of origin.  This project aims to augment understandings of art’s value as a vehicle of self-definition, cultural recuperation and decolonization.








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Last Updated: 23 July 2010.