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Keavy Martin, PhD

Associate Professor

Arts | Native Studies

English and Film Studies

About Me

Keavy Martin is a settler scholar of Indigenous literatures at the University of Alberta in Treaty 6 and Métis territory. Her first book, Stories in a New Skin: Approaches to Inuit Literature (winner of the 2012 Gabrielle Roy Prize), explores the intersections of Inuit traditional knowledge about literature with southern academic reading practices. She is also the co-editor (with Julie Rak and Norma Dunning) of the 2015 edition of Inuit elder Mini Aodla Freeman’s autobiography, Life Among the Qallunaat, which includes material and phrasing restored from the author’s original typescript. With Dylan Robinson, Martin edited the collection Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action In and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Along with Ashok Mathur (UBCO), David Garneau (U Regina), and Dylan Robinson (Queen's), Martin currently runs a SSHRC-funded collaborative research project called "Creative Conciliations." She was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists in 2016, and she is the mother of a young son, Edzazii.


Research

My research interests include Indigenous literatures and intellectual traditions, Inuit literature, oral history, Indigenous languages (especially Inuktitut), literary history and criticism, Aboriginal and treaty rights, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Indigenous methodologies, and alternative pedagogies.


Teaching

I teach Indigenous literary studies for the Transition Year Program and at the 100-, 300-, 400-, and graduate levels. Most of my classes have a strong local focus and are designed to foster critical thinking about the modes of teaching, learning, reading, and writing that are commonly practiced at the university. Through project-based learning and independent research projects, students will be encouraged to read closely, pose difficult questions, learn about the lands in which we are living and working, and connect the text with their own lives and with the world around them.

Other Teaching:

I have taught both with the University of Manitoba's Pangnirtung Summer School in Nunavut (2009-2012) and at the Faculty of Native Studies's Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning in the Northwest Territories (2010, 2016).