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Indigenous Studies

Introducing Indigenous Imaginings


Building on the important critical interventions of the Indigenous Studies Series under Deanna Reder's editorial tenure, Indigenous Imaginings publishes compelling interdisciplinary scholarship that takes seriously the visionary and grounded work of Indigenous thinkers, artists, and activists, centred in ethical engagement with Indigenous worldviews, sovereignties, philosophical frameworks, legal orders, and politics. We seek projects that expand and unsettle the boundaries of discipline, form, and method in the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on the literary and expressive arts. Books in the series challenge us to think in deeper and more complex ways about Indigenous peoples’ intellectual, artistic, and cultural productions, histories, politics, and lived relations (both human and other-than-human), and to help us envision vibrant Indigenous futures beyond the settler colonial imaginary.

The series welcomes scholarly monographs, hybrid scholarly forms, and cohesive edited collections from Indigenous scholars and non-Indigenous researchers in substantive solidarity that extend important discussions in Critical Indigenous Studies. Submissions should consider diverse audiences, including non-academic and community readers, and be firmly grounded in and prioritize Indigenous scholars, scholarship, perspectives, and concerns. We particularly welcome works that attend to expansive understandings and analysis of Indigenous literary, intellectual, and artistic expression; ethical research, citation, and teaching practice; Indigenous feminist, Indigiqueer, and two-spirit issues; Black, Indigenous, and Black Native conversations, engagements, and solidarities; land-based learning and teaching praxis; other-than-human kinship and restorative ecological relations; Indigenous digital, media, and technology studies; Indigenous decolonial, anti-colonial, and resurgence politics, especially those in conversation across cultural, geographic, and nation-state boundaries; community-specific cultural, social, and literary histories; Indigenous theory and criticism; and Indigenous futurisms and speculative imaginings across time and space.

Series Editor

Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation/ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ)
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture
University of British Columbia
1866 Main Mall Vancouver, BC 
Canada V6T 1Z1
phone: 604-827-5176

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Autobiography as Indigenous Intellectual Tradition

Autobiography as Indigenous Intellectual Tradition critiques ways of approaching Indigenous texts that are informed by the Western academic tradition and offers instead a new way of theorizing Indigenous ...

Literatures, Communities, and Learning

Literatures, Communities, and Learning: Conversations with Indigenous Writers gathers nine conversations with Indigenous writers about the relationship between Indigenous literatures and learning, and ...

I Am a Damn Savage; What Have You Done to My Country? / Eukuan nin matshi-manitu innushkueu; Tanite nene etutamin nitassi?

Quebec author An Antane Kapesh's two books, Je suis une maudite sauvagesse (1976) and Qu'as-tu fait de mon pays? (1979), are among the foregrounding works by Indigenous women in Canada. This English translation ...


Indianthusiasm refers to the European fascination with, and fantasies about, Indigenous peoples of North America, and has its roots in nineteenth-century German colonial imagination. Often manifested ...

The Homing Place

Can literary criticism help transform entrenched Settler Canadian understandings of history and place? How are nationalist historiographies, insular regionalisms, established knowledge systems, state ...

Activating the Heart

Activating the Heart is an exploration of storytelling as a tool for knowledge production and sharing to build new connections between people and their histories, environments, and cultural geographies. ...

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

Part survey of the field of Indigenous literary studies, part cultural history, and part literary polemic, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter asserts the vital significance of literary expression to the ...

Violence Against Indigenous Women

Violence against Indigenous women in Canada is an ongoing crisis, with roots deep in the nation’s colonial history. Despite numerous policies and programs developed to address the issue, Indigenous women c ...

Read, Listen, Tell

“Don’t say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story. You’ve heard it now.” —Thomas King, in this volume
Read, Listen, Tell brings together an ...

Essential Song

Audio Files located on Soundcloud Essential Song: Three Decades of Northern Cree Music, a study of subarctic Cree hunting songs, is the first detailed ethnomusicology of the northern Cree of Quebec and ...