Summer Reading Plans

Person reading a book on a couch. Sign saying "Sorry for what I said when it was winter"

It is finally warm outside! And though summer is still awhile away, Spring is definitely in the air and I have been thinking about my summer reading goals.  I also have a fair bit of travel coming up in May and June, so I plan on getting a head start on some summer reads.  My reading list currently includes:

Archival Theory and Archival Practice

  • Melanie Delva, “Decolonizing the Prisons of Cultural Identity: Denominational Archives and Indigenous ‘Manifestations of Culture‘”, Toronto Journal of Theology (2018): 1-17.
  • Trish Luker, “Decolonising Archives: Indigenous Challenges to Record Keeping in ‘Reconciling’ Settler Colonial States”, Australian Feminist Studies 32 (2017): 108-125.  DOI:
  • Michelle Caswell, “Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in Archives”, The Library Quarterly 87, no. 3 (July 2017): 222-235.  DOI:
  • Jimmy Zavala et al., “‘A process where we’re all at the table’: community archives challenging dominant modes of archival practice”, Archives and Manuscripts 45, no. 3 (2017 ): 202-2015. DOI: 10.1080/01576895.2017.1377088

Public History and Community Engagement 

  • Aaron Glass, “Drawing on Museums: Early Visual Fieldnotes by Franz Boas and the Indigenous Recuperation of the Archive”,  American Anthropologist  120, no. 1 (2018): 72-88 DOI: 10.1111/aman.12975
  • Shauna MacKinnon, ed. Practising Community-Based Participatory Research: Stories of Engagement, Empowerment, and Mobilization (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018)
  • Pam Schwartz, et al., “Rapid-Response Collecting after the Pulse Nightclub Massacre,” The Public Historian 40, no. 1 (2018): 105-114. DOI: 10.1525/tph.2018.40.1.105
  • Trevor Owens, “Digital Sources & Digital Archives: The Evidentiary Basis of Digital History” in Companion to Digital History ed. by David Staley. DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/T5RDY

Indigenous Histories and Narratives

  • Emily Snyder, Gender, Power, and Representations of Cree Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018)
  • Jane Dickson, By Law or In Justice: The Indian Specific Claims Commission and the Struggle for Indigenous Justice (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018)
  • Leanne Simpson, Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories & Songs (Winnipeg: ARP Books, 2013)
  • Kate McCoy, Eve Tuck and Marcia McKenzie (eds), Land Education: Rethinking Pedagogies of Place from Indigenous, Postcolonial, and Decolonizing Perspectives (London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016).

For Fun

  • Uncanny Magazine.  If you like diverse narratives and SFF this is my go to recommended read.  Plus, co-editor Lynne M. Thomas is an archivist, so one could almost make the argument that it is kind of work related…right?

What is on your summer reading list? 

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