Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies
Katherine McKittrick

Dylan Robinson

Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts

PhD (Music), University of Sussex
MA (Music and Visual Arts), University of Victoria
BA (Art and Cultural Studies), Simon Fraser University

Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D217
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext.78144
Research interests: The politics of Indigenous inclusion and recognition in the arts; The use of Indigenous Languages in Public Art; Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Indigenous and Settler Affect

Professor Robinson is a Stó:lō scholar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University, located on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. His research has been supported by national and international fellowships at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, in the Canadian Studies Program at the University of California Berkeley, the Indigeneity in the Contemporary World project at Royal Holloway University of London, and a Banting Postdoctoral fellowship in the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.

From 2010-2013 Dylan led the SSHRC-funded “Aesthetics of Reconciliation” project with Dr. Keavy Martin that examined the role that the arts and Indigenous cultural practices played in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the Indian Residential Schools. This research led to a second collaborative project, “Creative Conciliation”, supported by a SSHRC Insight grant, to explore new artistic models that move beyond what many Indigenous scholars have identified as reconciliation’s political limitations.

Dr. Robinson’s current research project documents the history of contemporary Indigenous public art across North America, and questions how Indigenous rights and settler colonialism are embodied and spatialized in public space. Funded by the Canada Research Chair program, this project involves working with Indigenous artists and scholars to collaboratively imagine new forms of public engagement and create new public works that speak to Indigenous experience. Dr. Robinson is also an avid Halq'eméylem language learner. Yú:wqwlha kws t'í:lemtel te sqwá:ltset!


Selected Publications

“Feeling Reconciliation, Remaining Settled.” In Erin Hurley (ed.). Theatres of Affect. Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.

“Intercultural Art Music and The Sensory Veracity of Reconciliation: Brent Michael Davids’ Powwow Symphony on the Dakota Music Tour.” MUSICultures: Journal of The Canadian Society for Traditional Music. Special Issue, Indigenous Modernities. 39, 1. (2012): 111-128.

“Listening to the Politics of Aesthetics: Contemporary Encounters Between First Nations/ Inuit and Early Music Traditions.” In Anna Hoefnagels and Beverly Diamond (eds.). Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and Exchanges. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012. pp. 222-248.