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Medak-Saltzman, Danika Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Medak-Saltzman is an interdisciplinary comparative Ethnic Studies scholar. She takes race in general, and American Indian/Indigenous peoples’ historical experiences in particular, as her objects of study. Her research and teaching interests are focused on Indigenous histories, visual and material culture, Native women, and the transnational movement of U.S. colonial policies –particularly to Japan which is the subject of her current book project. Her second book project will examine how Native peoples are portrayed and are portraying themselves in horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. While her current manuscript and second book topic seem divergent, they are both focused on reevaluating representations of Native people and recognizing that both in the past and in the present Native peoples have managed to negotiate difficult situations and visualize/create futures even in spite of persistent colonial narratives that mandate Native disappearance.

keywords

  • Indigenous histories; Indigenous feminisms; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Race and representation; Visual and material culture; National memory; Haunting and the post-colonial trace; Transnational movement of American colonial ideologies–particularly in the case of Japan; Historical Silences; Postcolonial science fiction; Indigenous Futurisms in Native horror, sci-fi and fantasy narratives

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • ETHN 3213 - American Indian Women
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the experiences, perspectives, and status of American Indian women in historical and contemporary contexts. Examines representations of Indigenous women in mainstream culture. Emphasizes the agency of American Indian women-their persistence, creativity, and activism, especially in maintaining Indigenous traditions. Recommended prerequisite: ETHN 1023 or ETHN 2001 or WGST 2000 or WGST 2600. Same as WGST 3210.
  • ETHN 4213 - Indigenous Futurisms: Speculative Genres and Native Tomorrows
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines how Indigenous authors, artists and filmmakers have recently begun exploring the genres of Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy. Considers this shift in light of past and present Native realities. Explores why this shift is happening now, how it helps communities and individuals make political statements, address/redress historical subjects and help to build better futures for us all.
  • WGST 3210 - American Indian Women
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the experiences, perspectives and status of American Indian women in historical and contemporary contexts. Examines representations of Indigenous women in mainstream culture. Emphasizes the agency of American Indian women-their persistence, creativity and activism, especially in maintaining Indigenous traditions. Recommended prerequisite: WGST 2000 or WGST 2600 or ETHN 2001 or ETHN 1023. Same as ETHN 3213.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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