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My name is Léna Remy-Kovach. I was born and grew up in Épinal, a medieval town in northeastern France, home to the still-running 18th century Pellerin printing house, where the world famous Images d'Epinal were created, the 11th century Basilique Saint-Maurice, and a 13th century castle, which was started as one of 3 regional fortresses in the year 1000. Legend has it, the ghost of Napoleon still haunts the fortified city wall, where he stood in September 1811 to deliver a speech... I went to college in Strasbourg, formerly known as the Gaulish city of Argentorati, and as the Roman Argentoratum between 12 B.C. and the 5th century. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, whose construction began in the 4th century, is the highest that was ever built during the Middle-Ages, and hosts one of the last remaining astronomical clocks. I lived a few years in Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canada, which sits on unceded Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory. I was a guest on traditional Susquehannock and Lenape territory for 10 years, in the area that we've known as Pennsylvania since the treaty signed in 1681 by William Penn and Tammany, Chief of Chiefs of the Lenape nation in the Delaware Valley. I recently moved to Wisconsin, on the traditional Ho-Chunk, Kiikaapoi, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Sauk, and Meskwaki territories. I am grateful and honored live here, and to have the opportunity to work with and for my Indigenous neighbors and landlords.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in North American Indigenous Literatures at the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, in Germany. My doctoral research focuses on the strategies for healing in contemporary horror and fantasy Indigenous wonderworks.
My other projects include the imagery of hunger and cannibalism in contemporary Indigenous horror literature, the commodification of Indigenous monsters in Horror television series, and the use of traditional Euro-American creatures and tropes in modern Horror by Indigenous writers from Turtle Island.
I am also a lecturer in North American Studies at the University of Freiburg. I currently teach introductory classes in Indigenous Studies, and literary seminars on Native American detective fiction, and memoir writing. I also created #IndigenousReads, a bookclub dedicated to contemporary Indigenous fiction, currently in its 5th consecutive semester, for which I received a development grant.