Larissa Wodtke


Larissa Wodtke Title: Project Manager (Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak Project)/Research Coordinator (Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures)
Office: 3C26
Building: Centennial
Phone: 204.786.9351

Biography: Larissa Wodtke is the Project Manager of the Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak, a project funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant and directed by Dr. Mavis Reimer. The Six Seasons project aims to move forward the ongoing work of reclaiming Indigenous languages, histories, and knowledges among the Asiniskow Ithiniwak (Rocky Cree), work that is taking place now in the context of the calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) for, among many other things, the revitalization of Aboriginal cultures, the "relearning of Canada's national history," and the reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The objectives and activities of the project are to undertake collaborative, community-directed archaeological research in order to advance the understanding of the Rocky Cree during the protocontact period of the mid-1600s; to build a rich historical understanding of the people of the region at the time; to create a cycle of stories about the life of the Rocky Cree that is grounded in the archaeological and historical records and set during the six seasons of the Rocky Cree year; to translate the oral stories into a series of picture books directed to young people, into a series of digital texts that invite players to actively engage the Rocky Cree world, and into travelling and permanent museum exhibits; to develop teachers' guides to support the curricular use of the narratives and to provide training for educators in culturally competent pedagogy; to document, analyze, and assess the methods of collaborative, participatory, and community-based research used by project researchers; and to mobilize the results of this meta-analysis for the purpose of advancing public policy and programming for reconciliation.

In her role as Research Coordinator of the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC), Larissa provides overall coordination of multi-funded and/or multi-site research project(s) for CRYTC, organizes academic events hosted by CRYTC, and assists in facilitating research connections between CRYTC and other research institutions, as well as oversees the day-to-day activities of the Centre.


Wodtke, Larissa. "Breaking Binary Codes: On Being a Female Fan Who Prefers Music Produced by Males." Under My Thumb: The Songs That Hate Women and The Women That Love Them. Ed. Rhian E Jones and Eli Davies. Repeater, 2017.

Wodtke, Larissa (book section). "Architecture of Memory: The Holy Bible and the Archive." Triptych: Three Studies of Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible. Co-authors Rhian E. Jones and Daniel Lukes. Repeater, 2017.

Wodtke, Larissa. "A Lovely Building for Difficult Knowledge: The Architecture of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights." Caring for Difficult Knowledge: Prospects for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Ed. Angela Failler, Peter Ives, and Heather Milne. Spec. issue of Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 37.2-3 (2015): 207-226.

Wodtke, Larissa. "Public Service Announcements with Guitars: Rock ‘n Roll as Crowdfunding Cause for Amanda Palmer and IAMX." Crowdfunding the Future: Media Industries, Ethics and Digital Society. Ed. Lucy Bennett, Bertha Chin, and Bethan Jones. Peter Lang, 2015.

Wodtke, Larissa. "MP3 as Contentious Message: When Infinite Repetition Fuses with the Acoustic Sphere." Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat. Ed. Mavis Reimer, Nyala Ali, Deanna England, and Melanie Dennis Unrau. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Wodtke, Larissa and Mavis Reimer. "Making Change: The Cost of 'Free'." Jeunesse 4.2 (2012): 1-14.

Reimer, Mavis, Cat Tosenberger, and Larissa Wodtke. "'Je suis fatigué par le culte de la jeunesse': Or, Walking on Ice in High Heels." Jeunesse 3.1 (2011): 1-10.