English professor Len Findlay was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. Professor Findlay is director of the U of S Humanities Research Unit and has served as the Northrop Frye Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Toronto. He has worked closely with the Canadian Centre for Native Law, University of Saskatchewan International, and the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, and has served as senior policy analyst with the universities branch of the Saskatchewan government.
Len Findlay trained at Oxford in European cultural history and produced influential work on Romantic and Victorian authors and movements. He has more recently turned to the reciprocal nineteenth-century flows of radical thought between Europe and Canada, and to the failure of Canadian radicals to show common cause with Canada's First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. He works on and for academic freedom, on decolonizing universities, and on the role of culture in nation-formation. For the past decade he has collaborated with Aboriginal colleagues in defining and promoting the Indigenous Humanities.
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