David Gaertner


Dr. Gaertner specializes in new media and digital storytelling, emphasizing the ways in which Indigenous artists, storytellers, and programmers engage the land and community with technology. As a teacher, David aims to empower Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with the skills and confidence to tell and share their stories via old and new media. He offers workshops and classes in digital storytelling, podcasting, blogging, gaming, radio broadcasting, and website development. He is currently at work on his first book, A Landless Territory: Theorizing Indigenous New Media and Digital Storytelling and is the co-editor of the collection Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island, forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. He blogs at Novel Alliances. You can reach Dr. Gaertner by email at david.gaertner@ubc.ca or in his office, Buchanan E175.

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. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

~Prerequisite: none
Term 2


FNIS 220 001 (3) Representation and Indigenous Cultural Politics
Representation, identity, and cultural politics through Indigenous literature, film, and the visual arts; the relationship between these sites of cultural production and the self-determination struggles of Indigenous peoples. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Term 1


FNIS 300 001 (3) Writing First Nations
A writing-intensive course examining approaches to writing Indigenous research: Representation & the Other; Indigenous critiques of research & representation; Indigenous, feminist and cultural studies approaches to writing ethnography, oral history, and related research methods. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

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


FNIS 454 101 (3) Indigenous New Media
Students will contextualize and comparatively analyze Indigenous new media from 1990 to the present moment. New media is loosely defined as digital, interactive and/or networkable content that involves user feedback and creative interaction, such as net and video art, video games, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), interactive installation, podcasts and stereoscopic photography. Focus will be on Internet art and curation, interactive websites and audio maps. Students will develop and put into practice a set of skills for analyzing, comparing, researching and writing about Indigenous new media and produce a collection of digital stories. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. David Gaertner at david.gaertner@ubc.ca.

~Prerequisite: One of FNIS 100, FNSP 200, FNIS 210, FNSP 210, FNIS 220, FNSP 220 or instructor permission.
Term 2


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

David’s current book project is entitled A Landless Territory?: Theorizing Indigenous New Media and Digital Storytelling. He is also co-editor of Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island, available from Wilfrid Laurier UP in Spring 2017. 

He blogs at www.novelalliances.com

Selected Publications

“Indigenous in Cyberspace: CyberPowWow, God’s Lake Narrows and the Challenges of Creating Indigenous Territory in Cyberspace.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 39.4 (2015): 55-78. 

“A Landless Territory: How Do We Articulate Cyberspace within the context of Indigenous Studies?” Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaches to Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century. Eds. Linda Morra & Deanna Reder. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier UP. 493-498.

“sehtoskakew: ‘Aboriginal Principles of Witnessing’ and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” The Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and Around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Eds. Keavy Martin and Dylan Robinson. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press. 135-156.

“‘Something in between’: Monkey Beach and the Haisla Return of the Repressed.” Canadian Literature 225 (Summer, 2015): 47-65.

“Translating Reconciliation.” Translation Effects: The Shaping of Modern Canadian Culture. Eds. Louise von Flotow, Sherry Simon and Kathy Mezei. Ottawa: McGill-Queens University Press, 2014. 444-57. 

“‘Redress as a Gift’: Historical Reparations and the Logic of the Gift in Roy Miki’s Redress.” Tracing the Lines: A Symposium to Honour Roy Miki. Eds. Christine Kim, Maia Joseph, Larissa Lai, and Chris Lee. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2013. 67-75.

Practicing Reconciliation: A Collaborative Study of Aboriginal Art, Resistance and Cultural Politics. (Co-author). Commissioned by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. Kamloops: CiCAC Press, 2013.

Here Comes the Neighbourhood. Special issue of West Coast Line, co-authored with Jason Starnes. West Coast Line 73 64 (2012).

“‘The Climax of Reconciliation’: Transgression, Apology, Forgiveness and the Body in Conflict Resolution.” Bioethical Enquiry 1.1 (2011): 245-56.