Office of Academic Indigenization's Emerging Scholar-in-Residence
In The Conspiracy of NDN Joy, Billy-Ray Belcourt examines a diverse range of texts — literary, filmic, archival, and artistic — to show that wherever NDNs are, so too is the feeling of utopia. He writes in the modes of poetry, autotheory, and the speculative to argue that indigeneity potentiates in excess of the racialized embargo on care that is Canada.
Modernity is something like a terrain of bad feeling and the reserve is one of its outposts, but, Belcourt explains, it also flowers an affect world in which we can open up to the conspiracy that is our joy.
The Conspiracy of NDN Joy
Lincoln Park Room, J301
Mount Royal University
Keynote address followed by book signing.
This event is free. Everyone is welcome to attend. Register here.
Joshua Whitehead Talk
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Mount Royal University
Billy-Ray Belcourt will be hosting Joshua Whitehead for a discussion around Whitehead's book of poetry, full-metal indigiqueer, and forthcoming novel, Jonny Appleseed. Details.
Office Drop-in Hours
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Thursday: 9–11 a.m.
Friday: 9–10:45 a.m.; 2–3:30 p.m.
Introducing the inaugural emerging scholar-in-residence in the Office of Academic Indigenization
Billy-Ray Belcourt, from the Driftpile Cree Nation northwest of Edmonton, is a highly acclaimed author and scholar and will be on campus next week (March 5–9, 2018) as the first emerging scholar-in-residence of the Office of Academic Indigenization (OAI). Belcourt is a poet, 2016 Rhodes Scholar and PhD candidate in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He was named one of six Indigenous writers to watch by CBC Books for his book of poems, This Wound is a World, published 2017.
OAI co-directors Renae Watchman and Liam Haggarty say Belcourt represents emerging scholarship. “By calling him an emerging scholar, we don’t mean ‘young or new,’” explains Haggarty. “We mean that his work represents emergent knowledge and movement within and beyond the academy.”
“He’s multi-faceted, and his scholarship is innovative,” adds Watchman, who credits the interdisciplinarity of Belcourt’s research for his wide appeal to faculty at Mount Royal.
During his week on campus, he’ll visit classes in English & Film, General Education, and History. ”His active research and scholarship bridges so many disciplines,” says Watchman. “His work on violence and in framing Indigenous masculinities is of interest to a broad cross-section of faculty, for example.”
Belcourt will be available in the OAI (T123) on a drop-in basis for faculty and students and will present a keynote talk Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln Park Room called “The Conspiracy of NDN Joy.” Belcourt says his talk “examines a diverse range of texts — literary, filmic, archival, and artistic — to show that wherever NDNs are, so too is the feeling of utopia. I write in the modes of poetry, autotheory, and the speculative to argue that indigeneity potentiates in excess of the racialized embargo on care that is Canada. Modernity is something like a terrain of bad feeling and the reserve is one of its outposts, but it also flowers an affect world in which we can open up to the conspiracy that is our joy.” Belcourt’s keynote address, which is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and VP-Academic, will include a book signing. This free event is open to the public. Register at mru.ca/adc.
Belcourt is also hosting a discussion on Friday, March 9, 2018 with Joshua Whitehead, a doctoral student at the University of Calgary focusing on Indigenous literatures and cultures and author of full-metal indigiqueer. Their conversation will be held in room T126 at 11:30 a.m in collaboration with Kit Dobson’s North American Indigenous Literatures course. Belcourt was chosen as the OAI’s inaugural emerging scholar-in-residence through a collaborative process involving a cross-campus selection committee. In addition to Watchman and Haggarty, members included John Fischer of the Iniskim Centre, faculty-librarian Jessie Loyer, Cory Cardinal with the Global Citizen Centre at SAMRU and Tracy Friedel, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies.
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