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Daniel Heath Justice (First Nations Studies Program (FNSP) Chair/ Associate Professor, FNSP and English/ Canada Research Chair: Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture)
Daniel is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before coming to UBC, he spent ten years as a faculty member in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, where he was also an affiliate of the Aboriginal Studies Program.
Daniel is the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History and numerous essays in the field of Indigenous literary studies, as well as co-editor of a number of critical and creative anthologies and journals, including the award-winning Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature.
He is delighted to be on faculty at UBC and to be learning from and contributing to its vibrant intellectual community, as well as participating fully in the important work of the First Nations Studies Program.
David Gaertner (Postdoctoral fellow, FNSP)
David’s research locates Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools within the global history of the TRC, identifying and confronting the neo-colonial and neo-liberal assumptions of “first-world reconciliation.” By analyzing and comparing literature, art and film created by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples he investigates theories of apology, forgiveness and restitution based on Indigenous knowledge and maps them on to the “moral turn” of post-Cold War politics. David is currently studying Indigenous video art and interactive websites as spaces of hospitality in which to re-engage the notion of reconciliation.
David is the recipient of a postdoctoral award from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). He has a PhD in English Literature from Simon Fraser University and an MA in English from the University of Manitoba. He is the co-author of Practicing Reconciliation: a collaborative study of Aboriginal art, resistance and cultural politics (commissioned by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools). His article “‘The Climax of Reconciliation’: Transgression, Apology, Forgiveness and the Body in Conflict Resolution” was selected for a special reconciliation issue of Bioethical Enquiry. He is currently at work on his first book: Neoliberal Reconciliations: Reconciliation in the Canadian Context.