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alanna [dot] thain [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Alanna Thain)



Alanna Thain is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and World Cinemas in the Department of English. She directs the Moving Image Research Laboratory (MIRL), devoted to the study of bodies in motion across forms of media. Through the MIRL she runs “Cinema Out of the Box!”, a research-creation project on new expanded cinema, consisting of a completely bicycle-powered, mobile cinema that holds guerrilla screenings in unexpected sites in the city. She is the author of Bodies in Time: Suspense, Affect, Cinema, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. Her work addresses questions of time, embodiment and media across contemporary cinema, dance and performance, including work by David Lynch, Tino Sehgal, Norman McLaren, Dave St-Pierre, William Kentridge and more, and has appeared in journals such as differences, Parallax, Dance Research Journal, and Intermédialités. Her essay, “Tendering the Flesh: The ABCs of Dave St. Pierre’s Contemporary Utopias”(TDR/ The Drama Review, May 2014) co-authored with Virginia Preston, won the Richard Plant Award for Best Essay in English from Canadian Association of Theatre Research. She is currently completing a book on Norman McLaren. Her SSHRC-funded major research project, “Anarchival Outbursts: Dance and the Practices of Post-Digital Cinema” (2014-18), considers dance movement in screen dance and other contemporary productions as a key site for negotiating new potentials of embodiment in the digital age. Her most recent publication in the Visual Anthropology Review is “A Bird’s Eye View of Leviathan”.




natalie [dot] amar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Natalie Amar)
Director of Communications
(currently on leave)

Natalie Amar, IGSF Communications Director
Born in Montreal, Natalie first became interested in communications while completing her MA in Political Science at McGill. Her thesis focused on the relationship between the Supreme Court of Canada and the media. In 1997, Natalie began work at the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she served as the Cultural and Academic Affairs Attaché and later as the Embassy Spokesperson.

iain [dot] blair [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Iain Blair)
Administrative Officer
(as of February 9, 2015)

On loan from the sister Institute for the Study of International Development, Iain Blair is assuming responsibility for administration at IGSF in the absence of Natalie Amar.  Iain has many years of experience at McGill, an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and a graduate degree from McGill.  Outside of the work sphere, he is currently vice-president of Les Archives gaies du Québec.  While at IGSF his goal is to offer excellence of service to all members of the Institute’s community while adapting to the constantly changing administrative structures and procedures of the wider university.

claire [dot] michela [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Claire Michela ) 
Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator
514.398.4400 x089872 / 514.398.3911 x1

Claire completed a Joint Honours Degree in Women's Studies and Anthropology at McGill, with a minor in International Development Studies. Using this interdisciplinary background, Claire works to connect IGSF students with curricular and extracurricular opportunities on campus.


ada [dot] sinacore [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ada Sinacore)
Chair, Women's Studies Program
Associate Professor, Educational and Counselling Psychology (Faculty of Education)


Ada Sinacore, Ph.D., L.P.C., is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at McGill University. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations and publications in social justice, career development, migration and immigration, gender equity, pedagogy, and feminist psychology. She is actively involved in research, scholarship and program development addressing social justice concerns at the individual, institutional, and policy level. Additionally, Dr. Sinacore co-edited a book regarding the teaching of social justice within a multicultural and feminist perspective, and is highly sought out for her consultation and program evaluation skills.  In 2010, she received the Oliva Espin Award for Social Justice Concerns in Feminist Psychology: Immigration and Gender, from the Association for Women in Psychology.  Most recently, she was elected to be a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.

melissa [dot] autumn [dot] white [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Melissa Autumn White)
Faculty Lecturer, Women's Studies Program
514.398.4400 x089632 / 514.398.3911 x4

Prior to joining the faculty at IGSF, Melissa Autumn White taught gender and women's studies and human geography at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Syracuse University and New York University's Centre for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Dr. White's research is broadly concerned with the relationships between sexuality, gender, affect, mobility and transnational regimes of governance. To date, her work has contributed most substantially to the field of queer migration studies, and has been published in the leading journals Radical History Review; Sexualities; and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Her current research focuses on human-nonhuman intimacies, mobilities, and border panics. Parts of this project have been published in WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly (Special Issue: "Viral," eds. Jasbir Puar and Patricia Clough), and forthcoming in Making Things International: Circuits and Mobilities (University of Minnesota Press, ed. Mark Salter).  Dr. White also serves in leadership roles in the fields of Sexuality Studies and Gender and Women's Studies. She is elected Vice-Chair of the Sexuality Studies Association (2014-16), and a founding member of the Gender, Women's, and Feminist Studies (GWFS) PhD Interest Group at the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA).


lloyd [dot] whitesell [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Lloyd Whitesell)
Chair, Sexual Diversity Studies Program


Lloyd Whitesell teaches musicology in the Schulich School of Music. He coedited the book Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (2002), which won the Philip Brett Award for best LGBT musicology. His book The Music of Joni Mitchell appeared in 2008. Articles on film music have been published in Musical Quarterly, Queering the Popular Pitch, and Music in the Horror Film. His current research investigates glamour in the film musical.
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