Laura Beard, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Vice President, Vice-President Research Innovation

Contact

Associate Vice President, Vice-President Research Innovation
Email
lbeard@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-5320
Address
2-51 South Academic Building
11328 - 89 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J7

Overview

About

I am Associate Vice President (Research), working in the Office of the Vice President (Research and Innovation), where I work primarily with researchers from the social sciences and humanities faculties, Indigenous initiatives, and issues of equity,diversity and inclusion. In the Faculty of Arts, I co-chair the Arts Working Group on Indigenous Initiatives. I am also one of the co-leads of the Faculty of Arts Signature Area on Stories of Change.

Degrees

  • PhD, Hispanic Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • M.A., Hispanic Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • B.A., English, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA



Research

My research interests include life narratives, Inter-American literature, Indigenous literatures and cultures and contemporary Latin American women writers. I serve on the steering committee for the International Autobiography Association Chapter of the Americas and am a consulting editor for the journal a/b Autobiography Studies

One of my current research projects, entitled "Wanted: A Life Narrative in Deadwood," takes up the 1939 memoir "Pioneer Days in the Black Hills:Accurate History and Facts Related by One of the Early Day Pioneers " by John S. McClintock alongside current Days of 76 tourism events to explore how how life narrative and heritage tourism are media through which we continually play with the past, reconfigure it, and  try to make meanings out of the traces we chose to pick up from it.


Scholarly Activities

Research - Wanted: A Life Narrative in Deadwood

20190601 - 20220531

"Wanted: A Life Narrative in Deadwood (SSHRC Insight Grant 2019-2022) examines the “persistent power of nostalgia” (Hirsch and Miller 5) and the affective will to know that drives so much genealogy research, life narrative, and cultural heritage tourism through the specific example of a life narrative from my own family tree, John S. McClintock’s Pioneer Days in the Black Hills: Accurate History and Facts Related by One of the Early Day Pioneers (1939; University of Oklahoma Press, 2000). Research into McClintock’s memoir, its influence on the written and popular history of Deadwood and the Black Hills, and the traces of that history in present day cultural heritage tourism in Deadwood (specifically the Days of 76 events) allow me to explore how both individual acts of memory and collective acts of memory participate in the construction of national narratives on contested lands.

Publications

‘Accurate History and Facts’ or Memoir?: Unravelling the Weave of History and Life Narrative in the Black Hills
Author(s): Beard, Laura J.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Life Writing
Volume: 16
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 539-551

Indigenous Autobiography Writings in the Americas
Author(s): Laura J. Beard, ed
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: a/b: Autobiography Studies
Volume: 31
Issue: 3

Teaching Native Autobiographies as Acts of Narrative Resistance: Ethical Issues and Approaches
Author(s): Laura J. Beard
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Pedagogy
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 109-134

Acts of Narrative Resistance: Women’s Autobiographical Writings in the Americas
Author(s): Laura J. Beard
Publication Date: 2009
External Link: http://books.upress.virginia.edu/detail%2Fbooks%2Fgroup-4008.xml
“Mapping Out a Treacherous Terrain: Working at the Crossroads of Autobiographical Studies and Inter-American Literary Studies,”
Author(s): Laura J. Beard