Current research & selected publications

LWAs a theorist who has worked in a variety of contexts, usually comparative, I am interested in contact zones between regulatory discourses, often with an Indigenous and/or minority community focus.

My current research is focused on two projects:

  •  a book-length oral history of the Tsilhqot’in Title case, in collaboration with Plaintiff & former Chief Roger William (Xeni Gwet’in) & the Tsilhqot’in people of Xeni;
  •  a book-length study of competing, culturally specific concepts of space and time in “Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C.”, including studies of the discursive production of “oral tradition,”  spatial deixis and other discursive mapping strategies in Tsilhqot’in testimony, “time immemorial”, and survivor memory in this case.


Areas of Specialization:

  • Community-based oral history
  • Contemporary Indigenous and Settler/multicultural Canadian writing
  • Critical Indigenous studies (with particular interests in Indigenous law, oral history, Tsilhqot’in studies, place and representation, epistemology, land and resource extraction)
  • Theory (sociolegal studies, Indigenous epistemologies, Posthumanism, Semiotics, Poststructuralism, Hermeneutics, History of Theory, Critical Race Theory,)
  • Expressive freedoms & discursive regulation in Canada

Title land (dark green) in relation to the whole Claim Area. From “Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C.” (BCSC 2007)

Recent Conference Papers

“Nexwenen (Our Land): Narrative Memory in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C.”, NAISA, Vancouver, 24 June 2017.

“Performing Dechen Ts’edilhtan: Tsilhqot’in Law and Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C.” American Comparative Literature conference, Seattle, 26 March 2015.

“The Discursive Production of ‘Oral History’ in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. B.C.” Canadian Law & Society Assoc. conference, Winnipeg, 7 June 2014.

Selected publications

“‘Oral Tradition’ as Legal Fiction: The Challenge of Dechen ts’edilhtan in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia,” International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 2015.  PDF

“‘Time Immemorial’ and Indigenous Rights: A Genealogy and Three Case Studies (CalderVan der PeetTsilhqot’in) from British Columbia,” Journal of Historical Sociology 2013 (Special Issue: The End(s) of History: Questioning the Stakes of Historical Reason. Guest Editors: Joshua Ben David Nichols and Amy Swiffen.) PDF

Review of Annharte, Indigena Awry,  in Canadian Literature 220 (Spring 2014): 134-35.

Review of Garry Thomas Morse, Discovery Passages, in Canadian Literature 214 (Autumn 2012) 178-81.

“Mousike/Memory: Sound/Sign: From Joyce to Zukofsky,” from Writing Joyce: A Semiotics of the Joyce System (Indiana University Press, 1989). PDF

“‘Making Up Stories’: Law & Imagination in Contemporary Canada.” ESC 29:3 (2003) PDF

“Meridians of Perception: A Reading of The Journals of Susanna Moodie,” in Arnold E. Davidson & Cathy N. Davidson, eds. The Achievement of Margaret Atwood (Toronto: Anansi, 1981). PDF

“From Picture To Hologram: Nicole Brossard’s Grammar of Utopia,” in Shirley Neuman and Smaro Kamboureli, eds. A Mazing Space: Writing Canadian Women Writing (Edmonton: Longspoon/NeWest, 1987).  PDF

“The Ethos of Censorship in English-Canadian Literature: An Ontopornosophical Approach,” in Klaus Petersen and Allan C. Hutchinson, eds. Censorship in Canada Today (University of Toronto press, 1999). PDF

“The Choreography of Gesture: Marcelle Jousse and Finnegans Wake,” James Joyce Quarterly 14.3 (Spring 1977). PDF

“From Catechism to Catachresis: Aspects of Joycean Pedagogy in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake,” in Morris Beja and Shari Benstock, eds. Coping With Joyce: Essays from the Copenhagen Joyce Symposium (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1989). PDF

“Imagination and Memory in Vico and Joyce,” in Marcel Danesi, ed., Proceedings of the Conference on Vico and Anglo-American Science, Philosophy and Writing (The Hague: Mouton de Gruyter, 1994). PDF

“Laws of Media: Vico and McLuhan on The New Science.” Signature 2 (Winter 1989) PDF

“Portrait of the Poet as Joyce Scholar: An Approach to A.M. Klein.” Canadian Literature 76 (Spring 1978). PDF

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