Dory Nason

Dory Nason (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her areas of research include contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and literature. At UBC, Professor Nason teaches Indigenous Literature and Criticism; Indigenous Theory and Research Methods; and Indigenous Feminisms.

Dory Nason joined the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program in August 2008. Dory comes by way of the University of California’s Ethnic Studies Department at Berkeley. Specializing in Indigenous feminism and literature, Dory holds a joint position with the UBC Department of English. In 2013, she was awarded a prestigious Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of her contributions to teaching excellence at UBC.

Dory recently co-edited the volume Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson’s Writings on Native America (Broadview Press, 2016) along with Dr. Margery Fee (UBC English). She is currently at work on her book manuscript, Red Feminist Voices: Native Women’s Activist Literature. She and Dr. Glen Coulthard were also featured contributors to the groundbreaking anthology, The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement (ARP Books), which was released to great acclaim in March 2014.

ENGL 476K 002 (3) Indigenous Literature
Please contact the UBC English Department for more information on this course at (604) 822-5122.

FNIS 310 001 (3) Theory Seminar
The purpose of this course is to introduce some of the more common theoretical concepts, approaches and related issues in the field of Indigenous Studies in order to help prepare students for further advanced study in the FNIS core curriculum. Beginning with the critical discourse around identity and related subjects of whiteness, race, sexuality and gender in Canada and the US, the course will turn to cultural analysis of settler national identities and myth-making, the making of history/narrative, theorizing settler colonialism, and end with critical discourses of Indigenous feminisms, Indigenous resurgence, and Indigenous research methodologies.

~Prerequisite: FNSP 200, or FNSP 210 and 220, or FNIS 210 and 220
Term 1

FNIS 401T 101 (3) Indigenous Theatre and Film
This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of medias and theoretical sources to shape an understanding of contemporary Indigenous Theatre and Film in North America. During this course we will acquire a working knowledge of Indigenous Theatre and Film history and criticism written by Indigenous practitioners to more fully understand how culturally specific worldviews and practices manifest during creation, collaboration and performance processes. Oscillating between reading playscripts and critical theory, screening films and attending performances, this course equips students with the ability to critically analyze and engage with various performative medias. If time and resources permit, this course may also provide practical training and experience, as well as guest lectures by artists, directors and practitioners.

~Prerequisites: One of FNSP 200, 210, 220, or FNIS 210, 220, or third-year standing
Term 2

FNIS 451 101 (3) Indigenous Feminisms
This course will engage contemporary Indigenous Feminisms in Native North America through scholarly texts, film, personal narratives and fiction. While we will be focusing on a diversity of recent scholarship, we will also examine the cultural and historical roots of an emerging Indigenous feminist field. The first half of the course will examine the roots of contemporary Indigenous feminism and the current framing of the field as a project and as a theoretical perspective by contemporary scholars. The second half of the course will take up key issues of Indigenous feminist politics as a movement: 1) violence against Indigenous women (activism, art and analysis) and 2) rebuilding Indigenous forms of governance. Credit will be granted for only one of FNIS 401D or FNIS 451.

~Prerequisite: One of FNSP 200, 210, 220, or FNIS 210, 220, or third-year standing
Term 1

FNIS 501A 101 (3) Graduate Theory and Methods Seminar
If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking this course, follow our standard graduate registration instructions here: http://fnis.arts.ubc.ca/graduate-courses/

FNIS 533D 101 (3) Indigenous Feminisms – Graduate Seminar
If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking this course, follow our standard graduate registration instructions here: http://fnis.arts.ubc.ca/graduate-courses/

FNIS 533T 101 (3) Indigenous Theatre and Film – Graduate Seminar
If you are a graduate student who is interested in taking this course, follow our standard graduate registration instructions here: http://fnis.arts.ubc.ca/graduate-courses/

Indigenous feminism; Indigenous women’s intellectual history and literature.

Selected Publications

 

Tekahionwake:  E. Pauline Johnson’s Writing on Native America. Co-edited with Margery Fee. Broadview Press. January 2016.

“Carceral Power and Indigenous Feminist Resurgence in D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded and Janet Campbell Hale’s ‘Claire’.” American Indian Culture & Research Journal. Vol. 40, no. 1 (2016).

“On Violence in the University and Trying to Live with a Loving Heart.” Hook and Eye. Online publication. April 17, 2015.

“We Hold Our Hands Up: On Indigenous Women’s Love and Resistance” Eds. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Leanne Simpson, et al. The Winter We Danced. Winnipeg: Arbiter Ring Press, 2014 (March).

“Violence is Not a Given.” Indigenous Nationhood Movement Website. Eds.  Leanne Simpson,Taiaike Alfred et al. December 6th 2013.