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Wayne Wapeemukwa

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Wayne Wapeemukwa

Professional Bio

Areas of Research/Interest  

Social and Political Philosophy (esp. Critical Theory); Indigenous and Decolonial Theory; Critical Philosophy of Race; 19th - 20th Century Continental Philosophy (esp. Marx and Marxism); German Idealism; Eco-Phenomenology   

Research Description 

Wayne Wapeemukwa is a Métis philosopher with a BA (honors) in philosophy and politics from the University of British Columbia and an MA in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. He will defend his PhD in philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University in June 2022.  

His dissertation, “Indigenizing the Commons: Indigenous Critiques of Socialism, Capitalism, and Settler-Colonialism,” interrogates the fraught yet increasingly relevant intersection of Marx’s thought and Indigenous politics insofar as they structure our theorization of settler-colonialism’s relation to capitalism.

Wayne has articles published in Division/ReviewContoursEducation Studies, as well as a recent chapter contribution to Lacan and Race: Racism, Identity, and Psychoanalytic Theory, edited by Derek Hook and Sheldon George. He currently has work under review at Rethinking Marxism and a forthcoming chapter contribution to Unsettled Environments, edited by Tom Lynch, April Anson, Kyle Keeler, and Isabel Lockhart.

Before graduate school Wayne was an independent filmmaker whose debut feature-film, Luk’Luk’I, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where he was honored with the Best Canadian First Feature Award as well as the Discovery Prize for new talent from the Director’s Guild of Canada.

Wayne is a citizen of Canada and the Métis Nation of British Columbia. His Métis family names are Bear, Thorpe, Lenoir, and Schindler. For more see his personal website:


Selected Publications 

“Oedipal Empire: Psychoanalysis, Indigenous Peoples, and The Oedipus Complex in Colonial Context,” in Lacan and Race: Racism, Identity and Psychoanalytic Theory. Ed., Sheldon George and Derek Hook. Routledge Press. (2021) (LINK) 

“Land, Water, Mathematics, and Relationships: What Does Creating Decolonizing and Indigenous Curricula Ask of Us?” in Education Studies, v.57, no. 3, pp. 345-363. Co-authored with Dr. Hollie Kulago, Paul Guernsey, and Matthew Black. (2021) (LINK

“Contagion Castration: Lacan’s Extimacy and Fanon’s Sociogeny on Anti-Indigenous Environmental Racism and COVID-19,” Contours, Issue 10 (Summer 2020) (LINK

Wayne Wapeemukwa