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.

FNIS 100 002 (3) Indigenous Foundations 
FNIS 100 will introduce the social, historical, political, religious, and philosophical contexts that inform the experiences of many Indigenous peoples and communities in Canada and throughout North America, with attention to global Indigenous concerns. Emphasis will be on the ways Indigenous peoples have engaged with and challenged colonialism through cultural resurgence and revitalization, education, artistic production, self-government, and culturally responsive economic development, and will include guest speakers, films, and community engagement activities.

~Prerequisite: none
Term 2

FNIS 310 001 (3) Critical Indigenous 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 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 FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Term 2

FNIS 501A 101 (3) Graduate Theory and Methods 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. Students will also learn responsible and community-based research from a critical Indigenous perspective; methods for identifying and assessing research materials, critical analysis, oral history/qualitative research interviewing and analysis, and research ethics in the design and implementation of community-based student research projects.

*Please note that this graduate course does not require instructor approval to register
Term 1

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/

ENGL 231 001 (3) Introduction to Indigenous Literature 
A study of cultural expression in contemporary Indigenous contexts. For more information on this course, please contact the Department of English (604-822-9824).

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.