Jessica Roda is an anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, Assistant Professor of Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Her research centers on performances, religion, gender, technology, and globalization. Immersed in the French and the North American schools of anthropology and ethnomusicology, she earned Ph.Ds from Sorbonne University and the University of Montreal.
Visiting Professor from Georgetown University
Her first monograph, Se réinventer au présent. Les Judéo-espagnols de France. Famille, communauté et patrimoine musical has been published in 2018 by the Presses Universitaires de Rennes and is finalist for the J. I. Segal Award for the best Quebec book on a Jewish theme. She is currently working on her second book Beyond the Sheitl. Orthodox Jewish Women and Performances in the Digital Age based on an ethnography of ultra-Orthodox Jewish life in Montreal and New York City. The work investigates the new female artistic scene in music and film by Hasidic and former Hasidic artists analyzing performances in relation to women’s agency, relatedness, and global belonging, challenging gender and religious identities in the context of decolonizing feminism.
Before joining Georgetown University, Roda was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University (Jewish Studies), visiting scholar at UCLA, Columbia University (Heyman Center), Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (Department of Anthropology), and was selected by the Royal Society of Canada and the Science Council of Japan to participate in the WISET Program (Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology, http://src-rsc.com/en/events/wiset-exchange-programme).
Personal website: www.jessicaroda.com
Visiting Professor from Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil
Soraya Barreto Januário holds a PhD in Communication Sciences and is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies (IGSF), McGill University. She is a Professor in the Communication Department at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) in Brazil as well as Professor and researcher at the Postgraduate Program of Human Rights at UFPE (PPGDH/UFPE.) She has experience in Gender Studies and Media, acting especially on subjects related to: Masculinities, Femininities, Feminisms, Consumption, Sports and Media. She is currently researching the impacts of the commoditization of feminisms on social representations and market practices.
Visiting Professor from Lafayette College
Megan Fernandes is a poet and academic. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Lafayette College. Her recent academic work has been focused on poetics, feminist science studies, and eco-criticism. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, Postmodern Culture, Configurations: Journal of Literature, Science, and the Arts, among many others. In Spring 2019, Megan will be co-organizing with Director, Alanna Thain, a two day workshop at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies entitled "Thresholdings: Intimacies, Opacities, and Embodiments." The workshop is focused on theories of relationality, suspension, and fatigue and will include a one day reading group on the work of Édouard Glissant as well as a day of talks by scholars and artists on related topics.
William Hébert is a PhD Candidate and Trudeau Scholar in Social-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto. While at IGSF, he will complete his dissertation manuscript, a book project entitled Prisoners of Paradox: Trans-Affirmation, Penal Reform, and the Ambivalent Politics of Canadian ‘Multisexualism’. Based on over 24 months of multi-sited fieldwork including participant-observation, more than 100 interviews, and case law and policy analysis, this ethnography examines the ambivalent regime of penal governance that has emerged through Canadian correctional facilities’ reform of their placement and treatment policies for trans prisoners. As an engaged researcher, William has also worked and volunteered on numerous community-based research projects, including studies on: trans Ontarians’ access to justice; elderly trans people’s experiences in health care and social services; trans youth’s wellbeing; and the implementation of addiction and mental health services in Quebec public health centres.
Heather Davis is an itinerant researcher and writer. Her current book project, Plastic: The Afterlife of Oil, examines the constitutive character of plastic in our contemporary world, it’s complicated inheritances, and its links to petrocapitalism. She has written widely for art and academic publications on questions of contemporary art, politics and ecology. She is the editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (Open Humanities Press, 2015) and Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (MAWA and McGill Queen’s UP, 2017). Her writing can be found at heathermdavis.com.
Dr. Jennifer Drouin is a Visiting Scholar at the IGSF for the 2017-2018 academic year. Previously, she was a tenured Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama where she was also an adjunct faculty member of Women’s Studies in the Department of Gender and Race Studies. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor at Allegheny College with a joint appointment in English and in Women’s Studies.
Drouin is the author of Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation, published by University of Toronto Press in 2014. This book analyzes the intersection of feminist, queer, and nationalist discourses in Québécois adaptations of Shakespeare since the Quiet Revolution. Drouin has also published several essays on gender, sexuality, and queerness in early modern drama and contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare. See, for instance, “Cross-Dressing, Drag, and Passing: Slippages in Shakespearean Comedy” in Shakespeare Re-Dressed: Cross-Gender Casting in Contemporary Performance (2008); “Diana’s Band: Safe Spaces, Publics, and Early Modern Lesbianism” in Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze (2009); and “‘Get a Look at Your Wife’s Beautiful Cones’: Lady Macbeth’s Stone Butch Blues and Rural Second-Wave Feminism in Scotland, PA” in Shakespeare on Screen: Macbeth (2013). As a Visiting Scholar at the IGSF, Drouin will be editing a book volume entitled Shakespeare/Sex.
For a full scholarly profile, consult the “Universitaire” page of her website at http://jendrouin.quebec/
Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning
Visiting Professor from Ontario College of Art & Design University (Toronto)
Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning is an Assistant Professor at the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, Ontario College of Art & Design University (Toronto). The youngest of twelve and a band member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nations. She was raised off-reserve in rural Southwestern Ontario by her Ojibwe Anishinaabe mother and Irish father. Her mother, who spoke Anishinaabemowin as her first language, imparted a profound sense of the world as both interrelated and living – a central theme which Manning continues to investigate through her art and scholarly practice. This work attends to the enigmatic territory where image and reality, appearance and objects, self and world, collide.
During her stay with IGSF Manning will be completing her dissertation Mnidoo-Worlding: Merleau-Ponty and Anishinaabe Philosophical Translations (working title), which brings critical theorists and phenomenology in dialogue with Anishinaabe ways of knowing. She turns to Ojibwe concepts such as mnidoo or manitou (spirits, energy, or other-than-human persons) to propose an interrelational theory of consciousness that involves a possession by these living potencies. She contends that this possession transmits to Anishinaabe visional modes and the experience of imaging and time itself. In her usage, vision is not limited to sight but rather refers to a presencing in the absence of an immediate visual representation.
This research lays the groundwork for two book projects (in progress). The first traces the persistence of Anishinaabe traditions in everyday contemporary indigenous practices, while revealing how they have had a transformative effect on the development of western thought. The second explores the significance and structure of Anishinaabe practices of imaging, along with the implications of pathologizing these philosophies. She is a Doctoral Candidate at the Centre for the study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada), and holds interdisciplinary graduate degrees in contemporary art (MFA, Simon Fraser, BC, 1997) and critical theory (MA, Western University, ON, 2005). Her publications include “The Becoming-Human of Buffalo Bill” in Intensities and Lines of Flight [Calcagno, et al, eds., 2014], and “The Murmuration of Birds: An Anishinaabe Ontology of Mnidoo-Worlding” in Feminist Phenomenology Futures [Fielding and Olkowksi, eds., Spring 2017].
Visiting Professor from UC Riverside
Marguerite Waller’s current interests include gender and colonialism, decolonial film and media, and eco-aesthetics. Originally trained in early modern comparative literature, she has published on Dante, Petrarch, Wyatt, Surrey, and Shakespeare. More recently she has worked in the overlapping areas of dialogue between Western and nonWestern feminisms, the impact of neoliberal policies on women’s poverty, and Italian, transnational, and postcolonial media studies.
She is the author of Petrarch’s Poetics and Literary History (University of Massachusetts 1980) and co-editor of Federico Fellini: Contemporary Perspectives (Toronto 2002). Over the course of three co-edited volumes—Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance (Routledge 2000), Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization (Palgrave 2005), The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Resistance, and Women’s Poverty (Paradigm 2007), and a special issue of Social Identities (2006), she has been committed to facilitating communication and collaboration among feminist projects rooted in different epistemes. Also committed to engaging visual media in these dialogues, she co-edited, with Sandra Ponzanesi, the volume Postcolonial Cinema Studies (Routledge 2012).
In the early1990s, she was a member of the women’s art-making collective Las Comadres, active in the San Diego/Tijuana border region, and she has twice chaired the Women’s Studies Department (renamed Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2014) at UC Riverside. She has held two Fulbright professorships, one in France and the other in Hungary.
IGSF, McGill University
Born and raised in Canada, Dr Wendy Cumming-Potvin is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Education, Murdoch University in Western Australia. A recipient of a Vice-Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching, Wendy coordinates graduate courses about research methods and literacies. Focusing on literacies and human rights, Wendy is a qualitative researcher with a strong interest in LGBTQI+ topics, gender democratisation, teacher education and technology. Wendy is chief investigator of a Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre project, which is funded by the Australian government, a consortium of universities and approximately 80 community organizations. Through literacy and technology, the study aims to develop inclusive and safe schools for all students, highlighting the need for LGBTQI+ friendly curricula. Wendy is also a research collaborator for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) project, headed by Professor Wayne Martino (University of Western Ontario). This multi-site study examines policies and practices of gender democratisation and transgender equality in Ontario, California, Colorado and Western Australia. A list of Wendy’s publications can be found at:
Visiting Professor from University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lisa Henderson is Professor of Communication, recent past Chair of the Department of Communication, and Affiliate Faculty in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. Her research and teaching interests include cultural production, sexual representation, feminist media studies, and cultural studies of social class, with essays in a number of collections and such journals as Feminist Media Studies, GLQ, International Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication, Key Words: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, and Screen. Her recent book, Love and Money: Queers, Class and Cultural Production (NYU Press, 2013) argues that we can’t understand contemporary queer cultures without looking through the lens of social class.
In 2011, Henderson received the Roy F. Aarons Award for Outstanding Contribution to GLBT Education and Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her new work looks at collaborations between cultural scholars and artists, at friendship as a political form, and the relationship between cultural participation and thriving. Professor Henderson will give a talk titled "Making Things Together, a research-creation swerve on Howard Becker’s Doing Things Together" in the Winter edition of the Esquisses series, on February 24. See our events page for more information.
Dont Rhine co-founded the international sound art collective Ultra-red in 1994. He serves on the advisory board of the needle-exchange program, L.A. Community Health Project (formerly Clean Needles Now), which he co-founded in 1992 while a member of the Los Angeles chapter of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). He attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1994-95 and in 2006 received his MFA from UCLA in Interdisciplinary Studio with artist, Mary Kelly. Dont is currently the co-chair of Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts where he has taught part-time since 2007. Dont has received fellowships from California Community Foundation in 2007 and from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2010. Dont is co-facilitator of the Los Angeles branch of Ultra-red’s mentorship program, School of Echoes, as well as co-founder of the L.A. Tenants Union. He lives in Hollywood.
Ultra-red are a sound art collective founded in 1994 by two Los Angeles AIDS activists. Today, with twelve members in Germany, United States, and the U.K., Ultra-red conduct research embedded within social movements. Sound and listening are the medium and the site of inquiry. Ultra-red have released dozens of albums, published numerous texts, and conducted workshops around the world. Ultra-red have received commissions and residencies with the Department of Interior of Ireland (2003); Raven Row Gallery (2009) and Serpentine Gallery, London (2009-2013); Arika, Scotland (2009-2012); Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York (2010); Fritt Ord Institute, Oslo (2010); Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2014); and the Social Practice Art Research Center at U.C. Santa Cruz (2013-2015).
Contact: info [at] ultrared.org
Online resources: https://www.facebook.com/ultraredcollective/
Ultra-red, “Re-Assembly” (2013): https://vimeo.com/63868467
Ultra-red, “Practice Sessions” (2014): http://welcometolace.org/lace/practice-sessions/ultra-red/
Ultra-red, “URXX: Second Encounter” (2014): https://vimeo.com/110452615
Visiting Professor from Indiana University Bloomington
Colin R. Johnson is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Adjunct Associate Professor of American Studies, History and Human Biology at Indiana University Bloomington where he teaches courses of feminist theory, queer theory, and the history of gender and sexuality. He is the author of Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2013), which was named a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. Johnson is also co-editor, with Brian Gilley and Mary L. Gray, of a forthcoming collection of essays entitled Queering the Countryside: New Directions in Rural Queer Studies. To date, Johnson’s research has dealt primarily with the history of gender and sexual non-conformity in the rural United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His second book project, which will be the focus of his research during his tenure as a Visiting Professor at the IGSF, considers the historical relation between misanthropy and sexual alterity. In addition to his term as a Visiting Professor at McGill, Johnson has held fellowships and other visiting scholarly appointments at the University of Helsinki, the Johns Hopkins University, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Michigan, where he completed his PhD in the Department of American Culture. Johnson also recently concluded serving a three year term as a member of the governing board of the Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History (CLGBTH), an affiliate organization of the American Historical Association.
Visiting Professor from Middlebury College
Sujata Moorti is a feminist media studies scholar who has specialized in analyzing the representations of race and gender. She has also published extensively about the transnationally circulating media of the South Asian diaspora and about Indian cinema. She is completing a manuscript, iFeminism, exploring how social media have helped transform transnational gender justice activism. Her most recent book manuscript, All-American Crime Drama (co-authored with Lisa Cuklanz), examines the US television series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Her first book The Color of Rape: Gender and Race in Television’s Public Spheres (SUNY Press, 2002) was honored by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. She is the co-editor of Global Bollywood: The Transnational Travels of Hindi Song and Dance and Local Media, Global Violence: Feminist Analyses of Gendered Representations. She is professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College.
Visiting Professor from York University
Enakshi Dua is currently the out-going Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, at York University. She teaches critical race theory, anti-racist feminist theory, post colonial studies and feminist theory. She has extensively published on theorizing racism and anti-racism, the racialised and gendered histories of immigration processes, racism in Canadian Universities, equity policies and anti-racism policies and the racialisation of masculinity and femininity. She has also published on women and health and globalization and biodiversity. Her notable publications include Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, The Hindu Woman's Question, From Subjects To Aliens: Indian Migrants, The Racialisation of Canadian Citizenship and Decolonising Anti-Racism. She has a forthcoming co-edited publication Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories (University of Toronto Press). She has more than 30 years of experience in anti-racist work in the community as well as within the academy. Within the academy, she has held a number of administrative positions that deal with gender, anti-racist, and equity issues. She has served as Chair of the CAUT Equity Committee, the co-chair of the Sub-committee to the Joint Committee of the Collective Agreement on Equity, at Queen’s University, as well as the York University Faculty Association’s Equity Officer.
Visiting Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
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.
Professor in Social and Policy Studies
London South Bank, UK
Professor of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Science
Newcastle University, Australia
Tracy Y. Zhang
The School of Communication
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.
School of Communication & Creative Arts
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Religion and Culture, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan
Department of Media and Film, University of Sussex, UK
Margaret Denike, Carlton University
Maryanne Dever, Monash University