Professor David Stirrup and Elizabeth LaPensée in Conversation
David and Elizabeth will have a conversation about her project “Along the River of Spacetime”, a virtual reality game about activating Anishinaabe star knowledge to enhance river ecosystems – please visit https://www.spacetimeriver.com/about.
David Stirrup is Professor of American Literature and Indigenous Studies in the School of English at the University of Kent. His research interests in Indigenous Studies focus primarily on Native North American literature and visual art. He is particularly interested in the relationship between literary and artistic production; in the intersection of politics and aesthetics; and in the legal, political, and theoretical debates over cultural and political sovereignty, indigeneity, and post-Imperial Britain’s responsibilities to the peoples it made treaties with during the colonial era.
He is the author of two monographs (Louise Erdrich, Manchester UP, 2010; and Picturing Worlds: Visuality and Visual Sovereignty in Contemporary Anishinaabe Literature, Michigan State UP, 2020), and has co-edited five volumes of essays and four special journal issues on subjects ranging from culture and the Canada-US Border to Native Americans in the European Imaginary. David is also co-founder and co-editor of the online, open access journal Transmotion, hosted by the University of Kent, which prioritises contemporary, innovative Indigenous writing.
In 2019 he launched a new Centre for Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies at the University of Kent, drawing on a broad network of institutions in the UK, US, and Canada. This is the first Centre of its kind in the UK.
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