Study Indigenous Literature with Dr. Warley

What do you know about Canadian indigenous artists? Do you know about artist Brian Jungen‘s work transforming Nike sneakers into sculptures evoking Northwest Coast Native culture? What about Mark Igloliorte‘s skateboard-inspired artworks? If the answer is no, fair enough: this is the blog of the University of Waterloo’s English department, after all. Maybe a better question would be: how many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit writers can you name?

If you are drawing a blank and think maybe it’s time to find out a bit more, or are already immersed and hoping to expand your knowledge, you might consider taking Dr. Linda Warley‘s course English 211, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literatures. It’s being offered again this year, Mon/Wed, 1-2:20 in Hagey Hall 2107. Here’s your chance to find out who the literary equivalents of Jungen and Igloliorte are!

Reasons to follow UW English on Twitter

What might be reasons to follow UWaterloo English on Twitter? You can:

5) Hear about available jobs & career resources4) Discover what friends, former classmates, and faculty are up to
3) Find about upcoming local events–most of them free!
2) Keep up on news in English and literature
1) Connect! Or in the words of E. M. Forster, “Only connect!”


(Bonus points if you recognize the Forster quote: “That was her whole sermon.”)


Digital Dilemmas at UW

Have you heard about the Digital Dilemmas Colloquium, happening August 5 – 6, 2016, at University of Waterloo? Our own Dr. Aimée Morrison is one of the keynotes; the other is Dr. Brittney Cooper, of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, and a frequent contributor to For more information, see below.

Transforming gender identities and power relations in everyday life


The proliferation of digital technologies, virtual spaces, and new forms of engagement raise key questions about the changing nature of gender relations and identities within democratic societies.  This colloquium will bring together scholars, graduate students and policy makers/advocates to explore how our everyday leisure lives are being transformed by technology in ways that inform and challenge gender injustice for women, men, and transgender citizens.  Identifying leisure related practices that are virtual and visceral, the discussion will be broadly oriented around three digital dilemmas:

  • How do virtual voices influence issues at the intersection of gender and (in)justice?
  • How do innovative methodologies enable new insights into the social transformation of gender relations, digital cultures, and social justice?
  • How is digital technology shaping relationships between diverse citizens, communities and policy makers in the context of gender equity?

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the colloquium will draw upon different theories, methodologies, and applied (policy and practice related) perspectives to examine the interrelationships of gendered leisure, advocacy, and civic engagement.

In doing so, we seek to advance new approaches to understanding, critiquing, and mobilizing action within the complex gendered relations between leisure spaces and digital practices.


Podcasts from our People

Did you know you can listen to podcasts featuring some of our UWaterloo English scholars? It’s all courtesy of First Person Scholar, the online scholarly games journal founded and edited by our graduate students working at the forefront of Games Studies. Check out the interview with Chris Park from Arcen Games, or maybe episode 7 (“Nintendon’t”), or the latest, episode 9, billed as “ALL ZELDA ALL THE TIME.” A little bit of levity, a little bit of fandom, and the scholarly all meet.

You can support thepairabirds, who created the image above, by visiting their Etsy shop and buying something.

The English Society Recruits

The UWaterloo Undergraduate English Society wants YOU! Yes you, undergrads. They want your opinion, your ideas, your wonderful company. And if you would like to be more involved with the English Society here is the application form for Fall 2016.

If you have any questions email the society at The application deadline is July 31st 2016.

Also, this is where you can find a wooden owl like the one in the photo.

Pokémon Go and English?

English PhD candidate Betsy Brey is in the news, speaking on the Pokémon Go craze. CBC interviewed her for the article “Pokémon Go more than just looking at your phone, UW researcher says.” An excerpt:

“It’s really fun to be walking down the street and see five, six other people doing the exact same thing as you and I’ve had so many casual conversations with people about the game and about what we’re doing and there’s been a lot of high fives on the bus and things like that. So it’s very, very communal,” said Betsy Brey, a researcher at the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo.

Or you can listen to Betsy on the CBC Morning Show, or see her interviewed on CTV. For more on the Games Institute, founded by English’s Prof. Neil Randall, see their website.

Stratford Course and Summer Discounts

Did you know that UWaterloo English professor Alysia Kolentsis teaches a course in conjunction with the Stratford Festival? It’s a “historical, theoretical and analytical introduction to Shakespeare in performance.” Better yet, not only do you get to work with Dr. Kolentsis, the course also features guests from the Stratford Festival. Courses are offered between Monday, July 18, to Friday, August 5; you can find out more information here. And did you know that UWaterloo alumni get discounts at the Stratford Festival? As well as Canada’s Wonderland, The ROM, Ripley’s Aquarium, The Science Centre and more.