Erin Chewter

Erin Chewter
Interdisciplinary, Germanic Studies & Political Science
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Erin Chewter is a master's student of the interdisciplinary Cultural, Social, and Political Thought and Indigenous Nationhood graduate programs at the University of Victoria. Her dual specialization in Indigenous and Frankfurt School critical theories is inspired by her commitment to building tangible frameworks for decolonial collaboration and intercultural communication between communities in settler-colonial contexts. Her current research seeks to uncover and assess latent decolonial potentials and aporias in the thought of Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm, Walter Benjamin, and other theorists associated with the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. Chewter's writing reflects her multidisciplinary background and interests in European and Indigenous cultural studies, trauma theory, spectrality, and global history with an emphasis on the entanglements of imperialism and capitalist modernity. 

Co-supervisors:
Dr. Heidi Stark, Department of Political Science
Dr. Elena Pnevmonidou, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

Published papers:
“‘Dogism’: Fascism and the Philosophy of Violence in André Alexis’s Fifteen Dogs”
“Martyr or Murderer: Mewa Singh and the Assassination of William C. Hopkinson” 

Papers currently being prepared for publication: 
“Messianic Dreaming: Walter Benjamin, Indigenous Futurisms, and the Explosion of History” 
“Dynamic Traditions: Rupture, Relationality, and Redemption in the Works of Gershom Scholem and Mikhail Bakhtin” 

BA Honors Thesis (History, University of Victoria):
“An Unsettling Presence: Indigenous Specters, Enchanting History and Decolonizing Epistemologies”