Hailing from the National Capital Region, Métis scholar Karine Bertrand researches the areas of film studies, communications and indigenous studies. She completed her Ph.D. in 2013, her thesis focusing on First Nations and Inuit cinemas in Quebec and Nunavut. She is also interested in researching subjects such as the road movie genre, transnational cinemas, American pop culture, oral practices of cinema and Canadian and Quebec films. She is co-director of the interdisciplinary research group Politics and Aesthetics of the Image, based at the University of Ottawa.
She has received numerous grants and awards from SSHRC, FRQSC and she is the recipient of the 2017 Research leader’s Fund award. She is currently working on Indigenous women’s cinema in the Americas, putting together an online database with Indigenous women filmmakers’ works. Her more recent publications include an article on Arnait Video Productions (Revue canadienne de littérature comparée, 2017) as well as book chapters on Arctic cinema and Indigenous representations. On a more personal note, she also writes poetry, loves to be outside (gardening, trekking, doing yoga) and hopes to one day get filmmaker Wim Wenders to come to Queen’s!