Lisa Binkley

Assistant Professor "Coordinator Art History Certificate"

Lisa Binkley Wp Pic Aug 2019

Phone: 902 494 3361
Fax: 902 494 3349
Mailing Address: 
Department of History. Dalhousie University, 6135 University Ave., PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Indigenous and settler women's histories
  • Material culture, Visual culture
  • Textiles and Needlework; Craft histories and geographies of craft
  • Historical geography, fur trade, mapping
  • Native Feminisms
  • Museums and critical heritage studies


BAH (Human Geography, Queen's)
MA (Human Georgraphy, Queen's)
PhD (Art History and Material Culture, Queen's)
Post-doctoral fellow (W.P. Bell Post-doctoral Fellowship, Mount Allison University)

Note: Dr. Binkley is on leave Fall 2023

Current Research

2020 Indigenous Approaches to the Western Literary and Visual Canon, New Frontiers Research Fund, SSHRC, Co-investigator

2020 Creating Vocabularies and Rituals for Climate Grief Through Multiple Knowledge Systems and Artistic Process, New Frontiers Research Fund, SSHRC, Collaborator

Book Chapters and Peer Reviewed Articles

Peer reviewed articles
Binkley, Lisa, "Marketing Indigenous Craft: A Kanien'keha:ka Silk Patchwork Quilt," Journal of Canadian Art History,Vol. 39:2/40:1, (Special Edition 2019), 64-80.

Peer reviewed book chapters
Binkley, Lisa, "(Re)Viewing a 1960s Mi'kmaw Ribbon Skirt: Reclamation, Resilience, Resistance," in Transnational Perspectives on Feminism and Art, 1960-1985, Angelique Szymanek, Jen Kennedy, and Trista Mallory, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2021).

Binkley, Lisa, "Dis(playing) Politics: Craft and the Caughnawaga Exhibition, 1883," in Craft is Political (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021).

Binkley, Lisa, "Piecing Heritage in Transition:  Star Quilts as a Symbol of Pan-Indigeneity. In Susan Surette and Elaine C. Paterson (Eds.), Craft and Heritage: Intersections in Critical Studies and Practice (London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Academic Press, In press, 2021).

Binkley, Lisa, "Whig's Defeat:  Stitching Settler Culture, Politics and Identity." In Stitching the Self: Identity and the Needlearts. Eds. Lisa Binkley and Johanna Amos, (London: Bloomsbury Academic, (2020), 83-96.

Binkley, Lisa, "Introduction: Stitching the Self."  In Stitching the Self: Identity and the Needlearts. Eds. Lisa Binkley and Johanna Amos, (London: Bloomsbury Academic, (2020), 1-20.


Current Community Engagement Activities and Collaborations

  • Mi'kmawey Debert Cultural Centre: Repatriating the Digital and Physical Archives
  • Stiched in Spirit Circle, Facilitator and co-host with Indigenous Student Centre, Dalhousie University (monthly)
  • Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network, Mentor and Activity Leader

Teaching 2021-2022

  • HIST 2050F - Historical Issues in Indigenous Studies
  • HIST4215F - Museums, Archives and Material Culture
  • HIST 2900W - Introduction to Art History
  • HIST 3215W - A History of Indigenous Textiles, Globalization, Industrial Development, and Settlement

Office Hours Fall 2022:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00-12:00
  • MS Teams by appointment