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IGSF Visiting Professors


The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) invites applications for the position of Visiting Scholar. These positions are open to professors who wish to spend one or two academic terms in a university environment in order to carry out research on gender, sexuality or feminist studies. The Institute offers work space and support, an ongoing seminar program, contact with other scholars within McGill and in neighbouring universities - all this located at the centre of a stimulating, bilingual, urban environment.
The Visiting Scholar positions are ideal for faculty with research leave funding, a portable research fellowship, or sabbatical. Preference will be given to scholars who already hold faculty positions. Research funding in the amounts of $1,000 and $5,000 (for the Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar position) is available from the IGSF.
If interested, please send a proposal that describes in 1-2 pages the research that would be undertaken while in residence as a Visiting Scholar, a copy of a recent publication, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and an indication of what period you would like for your tenure as IGSF Visiting Scholar to:

Carrie Rentschler, Director
Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF)
3487 Peel Street, 2nd floor
Montreal, QC H3A 1W7
Phone: 514.398.3911514.398.3911
Fax: 514.398.3986
e-mail: info [dot] igsf [at] mcgill [dot] ca

While we may be able to provide administrative advice on the following matters, we ask that IGSF visiting scholars assume full responsibility on matters relating to visa applications, health insurance, housing and living expenses. Please note in particular that Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. We ask all visiting scholars to ensure to have health insurance to cover any medical costs for the duration of your visit to Canada.


Monday, 9 December, 2013
Please submit your application and all documents electronically.
Candidates requiring assurance of a position in order to obtain funding elsewhere are invited to apply one year in advance.

Visiting Scholars

Felicia Kornbluh
Professor in the Department of History and Director of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
University of Vermont
IGSF Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar
14 January, 2014 - 31 May, 2014

Professor Kornbluh, IGSF Visiting Scholar

felicia [dot] kornbluh [at] uvm [dot] edu (email: Felicia Kornbluh)

Dr. Felicia Kornbluh directs the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and is Associate Professor of History at the University of Vermont. She is the author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Poverty and Politics in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). Kornbluh is currently writing about the African American, women’s, LGBT, and disability rights movements in a book entitled Constant Craving: Economic Justice in Modern America. She argues that the movements that are often known for “identity politics” in fact sought access to the labor market for their members and tried to reform the public welfare system. She is also writing, with Audra Jennings, Rethinking the Disability Rights Movement, which will be published in 2016 by Routledge Press.

Kornbluh has written for journals including Feminist Studies, the Journal of American History, The Nation, the Women's Review of Books, and the Los Angeles Times op-ed page. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Princeton University and a B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe. Kornbluh is one of 16 Commissioners who serves on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Julie Lavigne
Professor in the Department of Sexology
Université du Québec à Montréal
15 August, 2013 - 31 May, 2014

picture of Julie Lavigne, IGSF Visiting Scholar
lavigne [dot] julie [at] uqam [dot] ca (email: Julie Lavigne)
Julie Lavigne is an Art Historian and a professor in the Sexology Department at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). After completing a PhD in Art History from McGill, she did postdoctoral research at the Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM). She is a member of the Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (IREF), and the Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF). He research examines contemporary art, feminist reappropriation of pornographic codes, the representation of sexuality in art and television, feminism and ethics. During her stay at IGSF, she will be conducting research for her FQRSC-funded project Le rapport éthique à soi et à autrui dans les œuvres de femmes artistes: portrait de la représentation de la sexualité en art contemporain. The project explores the notion of self-sexual objectification, sexual agency and ethics, as addressed by several works of art in the corpus, including works by Andrea Fraser, Jemina Stehli, Madeleine Berkhemer, Cecily Brown, Marilyn Minter, Natacha Merritt, Jenny Saville and Malerie Marder. Lavigne will start another research that examines critical feminist, queer and lesbian pornography and the concept of post-pornography in the Internet age.


Stacy Gillis
Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature
Newcastle University, UK
IGSF Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar
15 August, 2012 - 31 December, 2012
stacy [dot] gillis [at] newcastle [dot] ac [dot] uk (email: Stacy Gillis)
Stacy Gillis will be at IGSF from Aug 15, 2012 to Dec 15, 2012. Stacy is Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University, UK. She is past Chair of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland) and one of the editors of Feminist Theory. She has published widely on third wave feminism and women's writing, as part of her broader research interests in the intersections of gender and genre.
She is currently writing a book on the rise of the British detective novel, paying particular attention to such authors as Christie, Sayers and Allingham.

Yvette Taylor
Professor in Social and Policy Studies
London South Bank, UK
1 March, 2012 - 31 May, 2013
taylory [at] lsbu [dot] ac [dot] uk (email: Yvette Taylor)
Yvette Taylor is a Professor in Social and Policy Studies and Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University. She is a Visiting Scholar at IGSF (March-May 2013) working on a project titled Telling Queer Cares: Citizenship, Community, Capacity which continues her engagement with LGBTQ lives. This project explores the complexities of care in relation to a range of different queer spaces, subjects and stories of (contested) care: its purpose it to define, expand and ‘queer’ the concept, linking this to matters of citizenship, community and (in)capacity. It extends her interest in and commitment to sexualities studies and specifically to the field of LGBTQ research. Yvette was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, Rutgers University (2010-2011) and a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (2012). Publications include Working-class lesbian life: Classed Outsiders (Palgrave, 2007), Lesbian and Gay Parenting: Securing Social and Educational Capitals (Palgrave, 2009) and, most recently, Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (Ashgate, 2012). Edited collections include: Classed Intersections: Spaces, Selves, Knowledges (Ashgate, 2010) Theorizing Intersectionality and Sexuality (Palgrave, 2010) and Sexualities: Reflections and Futures (Palgrave, 2012). She has articles in a range of journals including British Journal of the Sociology of Education; Women’s Studies International Forum; Sexualities; Feminist Theory and she regularly blogs on the BSA’s Sociology and the Cuts blog and on the Gender and Education Association forum.


Karen Houle
Associate Professor in Philosophy
University of Guelph, Ontario
IGSF Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar

Lisa Adkins
Professor of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Science
Newcastle University, Australia


Sheenagh Pietrobruno
Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey
IGSF Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar

Tracy Y. Zhang
The School of Communication
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.

Elizabeth Bullen
School of Communication & Creative Arts
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia


Naima Larbi Benlarabi
English Studies, Ibn Tofail University, Morocco
IGSF Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar

Heidi Epstein
Department of Religion and Culture, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

Caroline Bassett
Department of Media and Film, University of Sussex, UK


September to August:
Ellen Waterman
Lisa Guenther

September to December:
Tanya Fitzpatrick

January to August:
Isabel Arredondo


Margaret Denike, Carlton University
Maryanne Dever, Monash University

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