Brown Bag Lecture: Sara Humphreys

Decolonizing the Academic Edition (with Indigenized Cyberspace)


Dr. Sara Humphreys (Department of English)

Monday, 2 October, 12-12:50 pm,
Digital Scholarship Commons (3rd Floor)
Mearns Centre for Learning, UVic Libraries

Abstract: Is it possible to produce an academic edition that respects and even facilitates the holistic relationship to community and land vital to Indigenous stories? This talk discusses the ways in which Indigenous and indigenized cyberspace can help to produce academic editions that serve Indigenous storytelling as opposed to forcing such texts to conform to western academic editing, publishing, and even teaching practices. When Okanagan author Mourning Dove published her western, Cogewea, in 1927, her struggle with her editor (and friend), Lucullus McWhorter was apparent across the nearly thirteen years it took to edit and publish her work. However, this relationship, the editing process, and the publication of Cogewea has been mainly defined through Eurocentric assumptions of textual authority.

Biography: Sara Humphreys is a settler Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of English. Broadly, she engages in activist and critical pedagogy and research. She is also working on collaboratively re-editing Cogewea, a novel by Okanagan author Mourning Dove, via Indigenous editing practices and protocols (and with a great deal of guidance by Indigenous scholars). There will not only be a new print edition but an academic edition that incorporates digital gaming protocols. This project is under contract with Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Sara is also an Open Knowledge Practicum Fellow with the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory (ETCL).