Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Celeste Pedri-Spade

Celeste Pedri-Spade

Associate Professor and
Queen's National Scholar in Indigenous Studies

PhD (Visual Anthropology)
  University of Victoria, British Columbia

MS (Culture and Communications)
  Royal Roads University, British Columbia

BComm (Marketing)
  Lakehead University, Ontario

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B409
Department of Global Development Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Office Hours:
  By Appointment

Research Interests

I am an Anishinabekwe sociocultural (visual) anthropologist and practicing artist interested primarily in Anishinabe culture. I am particularly interested in the role of Indigenous visual and material culture in decolonial praxis. I currently conduct Indigenous community-based research that draws on Indigenous-based photographic archives and other visual/material culture to create performative and transformative spaces that privilege the voices, marks and bodies of Indigenous women. I have also taken up research on using art as a means to re-assert Anishinabe sovereignty, reclaiming land-based practices, Anishinabe women’s oral and visual histories, Anishinabemowin language revitalization, Indigenous research methods and northern Indigenous health. 

Supervisory Interests

I welcome graduate students interested in topics related to Indigenous art, identity, histories, decolonization and community well-being.  Additionally, I supervise in broader topics related to visual ethnography, autoethnography, and visual/material culture.

Other Appointments
  • Jointly appointed to the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Queen's National Scholar in Indigenous Studies
  • DEVS 392 The (De)Colonial Struggle
  • DEVS 492 Visualizing Culture 

Selected Articles

2019   Pedri-Spade, C. Preservation and the Denial of Life: Towards the Emancipation of Our Sacred Relatives in the Mus(mausol)eum. Fwd Museums, 4, 100-110.

2017   Pedri-Spade, C. ’The day my photographs danced’: Materializing photographs of my Anishinabe ancestors. Visual ethnography, 6(1), 133- 172.
2017   Pedri-Spade, C. ‘But they were never just the master’s tools’: The Use of Photography in Decolonial Praxis. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 13(2), 1-8.

2017   Pedri-Spade, C. The Drum is My Document: Decolonizing Research Through Anishinabe Song and Drum. International Review of Qualitative Research, 9(4), 385-406. 

Major Art Exhibitions 

September 2020   C. Pedri-Spade. 'Material Kwe'. IFWTO2020. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario.

May 2017 to August 2017   C. Pedri-Spade with R. Favel.  Kweok.       Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, M’Chigeeng. 

October 2016 to January 2017   C. Pedri-Spade with L. Marshall. The Teaching is in the Making, Sudbury Art Gallery,  Sudbury, Ontario.

Selected Book Chapters

2020   Pedri-Spade, C.  Centring the Lived Struggle of Indigenous Women in the Academy: A Performance Autoethnography. In S. Cote-Meek and T. Moeke-Pickering (Eds.), Indigenizing the Canadian Academy: Critical Reflections. 

2019   Pedri-Spade, C. Caring for past/present/future through Anishinabe photography on the land. In M. Hankard (Ed.), The 'Clean Place:' Honouring the Indigenous spiritual roots of Turtle Island. 

Curatorial Work and Art/Photography Catalogues 

2020   A Geography of Grief-Love: A Solo Exhibition of Angelene Humphrey. Curated by C. Pedri-Spade. McEwen School of Architecture, Sudbury, Ontario.

2016   Waasaabikizoo: A Gathering of Ojibwe Photographs. Community-based catalogue, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.