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Brown Bag Lecture: Sara Humphreys on “Decolonizing the Academic Edition (with Indigenized Cyberspace)”

The Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory at the University of Victoria ( invites you to attend the first meeting of the 2017-18 Brown Bag Speaker Series. This is a series of informal lunchtime seminars for faculty and graduate students in the Department of Humanities and across the university to discuss issues in digital literacy, digital humanities, and the changing face of research, scholarship, and teaching in our increasingly digital world. For an hour once per month, we meet to hear from an invited speaker, share ideas, and build knowledge.


On Monday, October 2nd, from 12 until 12:50p.m., Sara Humphreys (Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Victoria) will be presenting a talk entitled,


Decolonizing the Academic Edition (with Indigenized Cyberspace)


Monday, October 2nd12 – 12:50 p.m

Digital Scholarship Commons (3rd Floor)

Mearns Center for Learning, UVic Libraries 


Abstract: Is it possible to produce an academic edition that respects and even facilitates the holistic relationship to community and land vital to Indigenous stories? This talk discusses the ways in which Indigenous and indigenized cyberspace can help to produce academic editions that serve Indigenous storytelling as opposed to forcing such texts to conform to western academic editing, publishing, and even teaching practices. When Okanagan author Mourning Dove published her western, Cogewea, in 1927, her struggle with her editor (and friend), Lucullus McWhorter was apparent across the nearly thirteen years it took to edit and publish her work. However, this relationship, the editing process, and the publication of Cogewea has been mainly defined through Eurocentric assumptions of textual authority.


Biography: Sara Humphreys is a settler Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of English. Broadly, she engages in activist and critical pedagogy and research. She is also working on collaboratively re-editing Cogewea, a novel by Okanagan author Mourning Dove, via Indigenous editing practices and protocols (and with a great deal of guidance by Indigenous scholars). There will not only be a new print edition but an academic edition that incorporates digital gaming protocols. This project is under contract with Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Sara is also an Open Knowledge Practicum Fellow with the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory (ETCL).


Bring your lunch and join us to discuss digital technologies and research in our community!


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