Living in the Ruins

From: Refuse


MacGregor, Rak and Wunker discuss activism in CanLit that has emerge in light of recent controversies, such as UBCAccountable, the sexual harassment revelations at Concordia University, the “Appropriation Prize,” and debates about Joseph Boyden’s identity claims.



Hannah McGregor

HANNAH McGREGOR is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, a feminist podcaster, and a CanLit killjoy. She co-hosts the popular Harry Potter podcast Witch, Please, and hosts the slightly less popular podcast Secret Feminist Agenda, a weekly discussion of the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives. She lives in Vancouver on the territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, Contributor Bios · 203 and Tsleil-Waututh, and has two cats; one is named after a poet, and the other is named after a breakfast.

Julie Rak

JULIE RAK is a Professor at the University of Alberta who lives and works on Treaty 6 and Métis territory. Julie was a Killam Professor for 2017–18 at her university. She is the author of two books, eight edited collections, and other publications in the areas of life writing and other non-fiction, Canadian literature in English, and book history. With Keavy Martin, she edited the new and way better edition of the landmark memoir about Inuit life, Life Among the Qallunaat, with the full participation of author Mini Aodla Freeman. Julie is completing a SSHRC-funded book manuscript, Social Climbing: Gender in Mountaineering Expedition Writing, for McGill-Queens University Press, and she promises her editor that she really is almost finished.

Erin Wunker

ERIN WUNKER researches, teaches, and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.