Keynote Speakers

Armand Garnet Ruffo (Queen's University)

Ruffo belongs to the Chapleau Fox Lake First Nation, and has familial roots in the Sagamok First Nation. He is the author of Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, a finalist for a 2015 Governor General’s Award, and five books of poetry, including Treaty #, a finalist for a 2019 Governor General’s Award. He has written an award-winning feature film, A Windigo Tale (2010), and has edited several collections on Indigenous literature and criticism. Recent projects include a libretto for Sounding Thunder: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow, (2018), and a video-poem, On The Day the World Begins Again (2019). He is currently the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston.

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Brenna Bhandar (University of British Columbia)

Dr. Brenna Bhandar is Associate Professor in the Allard Law Faculty, UBC. Prior to joining Allard she was Reader in Law and Critical Theory at SOAS, University of London. She is author of Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership (DUP: 2018) and co-editor (with Rafeef Ziadah) of Revolutionary Feminisms: Conversations on Collective Action and Radical Thought (Verso: 2020). 


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Cannon Schmitt (University of Toronto)

Cannon Schmitt is the author of two monographs: Alien Nation: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fictions and English Nationality (Pennsylvania, 1997) and Darwin and the Memory of the Human: Evolution, Savages, and South America (Cambridge, 2009). With Nancy Henry, he co-edited the collection Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture (Indiana, 2008). With Elaine Freedgood, he co-edited a special issue of Representations titled Denotatively, Technically, Literally (2014). His essays have appeared in Representations, ELH, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Genre, and elsewhere. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Currently, he is completing a book on the ocean, the Victorian novel, and the possibility of literal reading.

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