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Keynote Speakers

Armand Garnet Ruffo (Queen's University)

Ruffo belongs to the Chapleau Fox Lake First Nation, and has familial roots in the Sagamok First Nation. He is the author of Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, a finalist for a 2015 Governor General’s Award, and five books of poetry, including Treaty #, a finalist for a 2019 Governor General’s Award. He has written an award-winning feature film, A Windigo Tale (2010), and has edited several collections on Indigenous literature and criticism. Recent projects include a libretto for Sounding Thunder: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow, (2018), and a video-poem, On The Day the World Begins Again (2019). He is currently the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston.

Cannon Schmitt (University of Toronto)

Cannon Schmitt is the author of two monographs: Alien Nation: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fictions and English Nationality (Pennsylvania, 1997) and Darwin and the Memory of the Human: Evolution, Savages, and South America (Cambridge, 2009). With Nancy Henry, he co-edited the collection Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture (Indiana, 2008). With Elaine Freedgood, he co-edited a special issue of Representations titled Denotatively, Technically, Literally (2014). His essays have appeared in Representations, ELH, Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Genre, and elsewhere. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Currently, he is completing a book on the ocean, the Victorian novel, and the possibility of literal reading.

Brenna Bhandar (University of London)

Brenna Bhandar’s research centres on the colonial foundations of modern law, taking property (broadly conceived) as its main focus. This research culminated in the publication of Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership (Duke University Press, 2018), which excavates the co-emergence of racial subjectivities and modern property law in various settler colonies. Brenna has published widely in the areas of critical legal theory, sovereignty and indigenous rights, contemporary disputes over ownership and race and feminist theory, critical indigenous studies scholarship, post-colonial theory, political philosophy and legal history.