Indigenous women’s writing scholar to speak at UFV Nov 22

Dr. Cheryl Suzack


An expert on indigenous women’s writing will be speaking at the University of the Fraser Valley on Tues, Nov 22.

Dr. Cheryl Suzack of the University of Toronto will speaking at 4 pm in Room B101 on the Abbotsford campus.

The title of her talk will be “Trapped in one of the oldest ways: Indigenous Women, Literature,and the Law.”

The lecture discusses, among other things, Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel Ceremony and Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez, a 1978 American law case which ruled on the practice of denying tribal membership (to use the American terminology) to children born to female tribal members who married outside the tribe.

Suzack is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto cross-appointed to the English department and the Aboriginal Studies program.

 Her research centres on law and literature, indigenous feminisms, and postcolonial studies, with a focus on the relationship between Indigenous case law and Indigenous women’s writing.

 She is a co-editor of the collection Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (UBC Press 2010), and the editor of the critical edition of In Search of April Raintree (Portage & Main Press, 1999).

 She is currently completing a manuscript entitled Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law.

 Suzack will also meet with students and faculty members in more informal settings during her visit.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

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