Fall 2021

Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professorship

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) invites applications for the position of Visiting Professor. 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 professors within McGill and in neighbouring universities - all this located at the centre of a stimulating, bilingual, urban environment.

Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Catherine Roach

Catherine M. Roach
Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, Fall 2021
The University of Alabama

Catherine M. Roach is Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies in New College, an innovative liberal arts program at The University of Alabama (USA). She has twenty-five years of research experience on gender and sexuality studies in American popular culture. With a PhD from Harvard (1998) and a two-time Fulbright Award winner (the UK and Greece), she is the author of Mother/Nature: Popular Culture and Environmental Ethics (Indiana Univ. Press, 2003) and Stripping, Sex, and Popular Culture (Berg, 2007), along with two historical romance novels published as Catherine LaRoche (Simon & Schuster, 2012, 2014). Her last academic book, Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture (Indiana Univ. Press, 2016), won Silver Medal in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Most recently, she’s published invited chapters on “Erotica” and “Sex and Sexuality” in Routledge Research Companions (2017, 2020) and is completing Good Sex, a general-audience trade book on America’s new gender and sexual revolution. At The University of Alabama, she has won the school’s top research and teaching awards and is a Fellow in the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, working to bring research alive through the arts for a broad public audience. Every semester, she teaches a popular cross-university course, “Sexuality and Society,” that addresses cultural change and campus sexual wellbeing.

While at IGSF, Catherine Roach will be finishing the final section of her current book manuscript, entitled Good Sex: How the New Gender and Sexual Revolution Is Changing America—For the Better. The book is under contract with Indiana University Press through their general-audience trade arm of Red Lightning Books for publication in later 2022. Good Sex tells the story of how, in 21st century America, we live in a promising era of transformational shift around gender and sexuality. With same-sex marriage legalized, #MeToo everywhere in the news, transgender stories risen to celebrity and civil rights status, and universities nationwide teaching body positivity and consent-based sexual health, this accessible book frames and explains these changes as a cultural turning point toward equity, inclusion, and sexual justice. Prof. Roach writes as a feminist public scholar and cultural observer for a mainstream audience curious about changing norms of gender and sexuality. She looks forward to finishing the book in Canada, to enrich it with comparative perspective in the context of IGSF’s intersectional feminist commitment to social justice education and outreach.

Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Marnina Gonick from winter 2021
Marnina Gonick
Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, Winter 2021
Mount St Vincent University

Marnina Gonick is Professor of Education/Women and Gender Studies at Mount St Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was Canada Research Chair in Gender from 2007-2017. She is the author of Between Femininities: Ambivalence, Identity and the Education of Girls, published by SUNY Press, the co-author of Young Femininity: Girlhood, Power and Social Change published by Palgrave and the co-editor of Becoming Girl: Collective Biography and the Production of Girlhood published by Women's Press. Her articles have appeared in journals such as: Feminist Media Studies, Gender and Education and Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Studies.


Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Jean Baptista from 2019-2020
Jean Baptista
Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, 2019-2020
Federal University of Goias, Brazil

Jean Baptista is Professor at the Federal University of Goias, Brazil, where he teaches in the departments of Museology and Social Anthropology. As a queer historian of Indigenous descent, his studies are dedicated to the memory of political minorities in contexts of exclusion, especially in failed democracies. His current project, Rimbow Diaspora, investigates strategies of resistance based on the memory of the violence of people who were forced to leave their home countries to protect themselves from gender and sexual persecution.


Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Melinda Luisa de Jesus from Winter 2019
Melinda Luisa de Jesús
Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, Winter 2019
California College of the Arts

Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Associate Professor and former Chair of Diversity Studies at California
College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Filipinx/American cultural production, girl
culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States.

She edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American
feminisms (Routledge 2005). Her writing has appeared in Mothering in East Asian Communities:
Politics and Practices; Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art;
Approaches to Teaching Multicultural Comics; Ethnic Literary Traditions in Children’s Literature;
Challenging Homophobia; Radical Teacher; The Lion and the Unicorn; Ano Ba Magazine; Rigorous;
Konch Magazine; Rabbit and Rose; MELUS; Meridians; The Journal of Asian American Studies, and
Delinquents and Debutantes: Twentieth-Century American Girls’ Cultures.

Melinda is also a poet and her chapbooks, Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems, Petty Poetry for
SCROTUS Girls’ with poems for Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama, Defying Trumplandia, Adios
Trumplandia, James Brown’s Wig and Other Poems, and Vagenda of Manicide and Other Poems

were published by Locofo Chaps in 2017. Her first collection of poetry, peminology,
was published by Paloma Press (March 2018).

In Spring 2019 Melinda will be Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Gender,
Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she will be co-chairing the
Pinay Power II: Celebrating Peminisms in the Diaspora conference.

See http://pinaypower.ca for more info.

She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty.
More info: http://peminist.com


Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Hee-Jung Serenity Joo from Winter 2018
Hee-Jung Serenity Joo
Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, Winter 2018
University of Manitoba

During the Spring 2018 term, I will be working on my manuscript, entitled Locating Disaster: Racial Futurity at the End of the World. Focusing on contemporary disaster film and fiction, I map the racial logics of cultural narratives of disaster to develop a theory of race that is not only embodied, but also temporal and spatial. I argue that disaster narratives constitute “speculative panic sites” wherein the fundamental divisions and boundaries that define humanity do not fall away, but rather crystalize.

For humans, futurity often assumes a capitalist and developmental linear narrative that hinges on heterosexual reproduction. My project traces the gendered and racial limits of such ideas of futurity, and I turn to authors and directors of color who reimagine the future from a non-anthropocentric perspective. These artists critically rethink almost-but-not-quite-human figures (zombies [Colson Whitehead], robots [Greg Pak], superheroes
[Jeff Yang et al.]) or turn away from the human altogether to instead focus on our relationality with non-human animals (Behn Zeitlin, Bong Joon Ho), objects (Karen Yamashita, Julie Dash), and plants (Ruth Ozeki, Octavia Butler). Together, they articulate diverse versions of a queer futurity that rejects assimilation into liberal humanism and insist on imagining otherwise. My work is inspired and informed by the queer theory of Mel Chen, Jose Muñoz, J. Halberstam, Elizabeth Freeman, and Eve Sedgwick, as well as the critical race feminism of Christina Sharpe, Hortense Spillers, and Saidiya Hartman.

My research provides a cultural intervention into the growing discourse of the Anthropocene (our current geological era wherein human agency is recognized as a geological force, including being responsible for climate change). The main concern of the Anthropocene involves the future survival of the human species. Yet, for whom are we saving the world? Who has more to lose? For whom has the world already ended? What other futures are possible? Have been here all along? I interrogate the race and gender politics of cultural imaginings of both the end of the world, and surviving it. My project as a whole is committed to an understanding of cultural literacy as a means of participating in a public humanities devoted to social justice.


Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Rachel Hurst from Fall 2016
Rachel Hurst
Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, Fall 2016
St. Francis Xavier University

Rachel Hurst is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Rachel’s research is broadly concerned with the relationships between (visual) culture, embodiment, and power, from the perspectives of psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and decolonial thought. She is the author of Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), which Kathy Davis reviewed as “a poetic, strong, and innovative study that develops and elaborates on issues of fantasy, photography, and the limitations of the skin.” Rachel is also co-editor of Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2013). She teaches courses on historical and contemporary feminist theories, cultural studies, and embodiment. Rachel’s teaching is infused with passion for integrating creative expression and community engagement as a central component of intellectual work, combined with an ongoing reflective practice through research on pedagogy; an example of this work is the Doing Feminist Theory Through Digital Video project.

As the Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, Rachel will be working on a book manuscript, currently titled Settler Fantasies and Colonial ‘Before and After’ Photography. Focusing how colonial violence was legitimized as a part of nation-formation and the construction of citizenship in Canada from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, this research looks at parallel processes within visual culture that uphold the legality of settler violence in order to ‘unsettle’ settler lawfulness.

More information on Rachel’s work can be found on her website: http://www.rachelhurst.ca.


Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Brian Martin from 2015-2016
Brian Martin
Muriel Gold Visiting Professor, 2015-2016
Williams College

Brian Martin is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Williams College in western Massachusetts (USA), where he teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century French and Scandinavian literature and film. Martin’s research focuses broadly on gender and sexuality in France, and on Nordic masculinities from Scandinavia to Québec. He is the author of the book Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France (2011), a history of queer soldiers in the French military, from Napoleon to the First World War. Among other prominent reviews, the book was praised by the American Historical Association as “a remarkable contribution to historical, literary, military, and queer studies,” and by H-France Review as “the postmodern military history that Foucault never wrote.” Nominated for a Lambda Literary Prize in 2012, Napoleonic Friendship was awarded the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies in 2013. As the Muriel Gold Visiting Professor at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University, Martin is working on a new book project, tentatively titled Queer Lumber: Forest Fraternity, Masculinity, and Sexuality from Loggers to Lumbersexuals. In Queer Lumber, he argues that northern loggers and lumbermen are iconographic figures of both Northern European and North American masculinity, fraternal intimacy, and homoerotic sexuality.


Muriel Gold Visiting Professor Brenda Weber from Fall 2014
Brenda Weber
IGSF Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professor, Fall 2014
Indiana University Bloomington

My work engages with a wide archive of mostly discredited cultural texts, including non-canonical nineteenth-century transatlantic women's literature and contemporary media, specifically literature, film, and television. As it relates to these texts I have particular interest in how identity is discursively gendered, constructed, and embodied through written and mediated means, as well as how gender, sex, sexuality, race, and class work together to inform notions of the "normative" self. Celebrity, masculinity, and American religious cultures have become important themes offering a framework for coherency across the many modalities in which I work.
While at the IGSF, I am working on a new book project on mediated Mormonism. Based on both unpublished materials and mass-produced entertainment, Gendered Modernity and Mediated Mormonism charts contemporary media across multiple platforms (blogs, novels, memoirs, television, film, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to demonstrate how the idea of Mormonism as a faith fixes the meanings of a gendered modernity marked by flexible domestic labor practices, “progressive” social relations, fluid interpersonal communication styles, and deliberative family structures. The book examines how Mormonism is variously used by those within and outside of the Church and by both amateur media producers and professionals to reinforce and renegotiate codes that align with contemporary American ideals of egalitarianism, meritocracy, and self-actualization in an orientation toward screens, self-reflexivity, and the monetization of identity or self-branding that typifies modernity.


Professor Kornbluh, IGSF Visiting Scholar
Felicia Kornbluh
IGSF Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professor, Winter 2014
University of Vermont

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.



Stacy Gillis
Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature
Newcastle University, UK
IGSF Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Scholar


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


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


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


Ellen Waterman
Lisa Guenther
Tanya Fitzpatrick
Isabel Arredondo


Margaret Denike, Carlton University
Maryanne Dever, Monash University

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