Carmen Robertson

Carmen Robertson

Carmen Robertson is the Canada Research Chair in North American Indigenous Visual and Material Culture and is jointly appointed to the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, the School for Studies in Art and Culture, and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture at Carleton University. A Scots-Lakota professor of art history, her research centres on contemporary Indigenous arts and constructions of Indigeneity in popular culture.

In 2016, Robertson published both Norval Morrisseau: Life and Work (Art Canada Institute) and Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau: Art and the Colonial Narrative in the Canadian Media (University of Manitoba Press). Her essays have been published in scholarly journals such as American Indian Quarterly, the Journal of Canadian Art History, Media History, and RACAR: Canadian Art Review. Robertson co-authored with Mark Cronlund Anderson the groundbreaking Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers (University of Manitoba Press, 2011).

Robertson sits on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education and holds memberships in a number of scholarly associations. She is a board member of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society, and also maintains an independent curatorial practice. In 2017, she guest curated the Dana Claxton: The Sioux Project—Tatanka Oyate exhibition and symposium at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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