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  New Visiting Research Scholar Prof. Renae Watchman  

Submitted by Anne Grob, MA on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 17:17

American Studies Leipzig is very happy to welcome Prof. Renae Watchman as Visiting Research Scholar from July 2015 to August 2016. Following an invitation by Assistant Lecturer Anne Grob, Prof. Watchman will support the institute’s growing research focus on ethnicity and diversity. Students interested in indigenous cultures will benefit greatly from her vast knowledge in Native American studies.  

Dr. Watchman (Diné) is Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water), born for Kinyaa'nii (Towering House) and also has family in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Tsalagi) through her maternal grandfather. She earned her BA and MA from Arizona State University, and her PhD in German Studies at Stanford University in 2007.

She is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Indigenous Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary and teaches literature and film courses specializing in North American Indigenous Literatures.

Her research interests are transdisciplinary and include indigenous feminisms, comparative literature, and cultural studies, orality, (post-/neo-) colonialism, and decolonizing literature, as well as the globalization of powwows and powwow phenomena.

During her stay in Leipzig, Dr. Watchman will work on a manuscript examining the displacement of Indigenous stories and their connection to land, landscape, and monoliths in major motion pictures.

If you would like to find out more about Prof. Watchman, please visit her website or follow her travel blog on www.renaewatchman.com.

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