Visiting Scholars & Students


Applications for 2019-20 Visiting Scholar positions are now closed.

Current Visiting Scholars


Dr. Emily Colpitts

Dr. Emily Colpitts is a Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at the Centre for Feminist Research and teaches in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. Weaving together scholarship and activism, her research critically analyzes ways of understanding and responding to gendered and sexual violence. Funded by the Elia Scholars Program and SSHRC, her dissertation drew on ethnographic research with stakeholders at three Ontario universities to examine how they address the intersectional nature of sexual violence and found that while many universities have adopted intersectional language, their prevention efforts and support services continue to frame sexual violence as a depoliticized, identity-neutral issue. Her current project, which is funded by a York Postdoctoral Fellowship, explores whether and how Canadian universities engage with male students and masculinities in their efforts to prevent sexual violence on campus. Emily’s work appears in the Canadian Journal of Development Studies, BMC Public Health, the International Journal for Equity in Health, and in the forthcoming Rape culture 101: Programming change.

Warren Harding

Warren Harding is a PhD candidate (ABD) in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University. While pursuing his PhD, he earned an A.M. in Comparative Literature at Brown through the Open Graduate Education Program and an A.M. in Africana Studies. Warren also earned a B.A. with Honors in Africana Studies and History from Oberlin College where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. He is currently researching and writing for his dissertation, which explores how Black Caribbean migrant women construct notions of belonging between the African and Caribbean diasporas through their creative expression, curatorial, and publishing practices. Warren’s study combines the fields of Black Feminist Literary Criticism, Black Caribbean Migration Studies, and Caribbean Women’s Writing and Criticism. More broadly, he is interested in literary and cultural movements throughout the African diaspora. Warren’s research has received funding from the Social Science Research Council and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has published “The Silences, too, Deserve a Place,” a review of Dr. Shalini Puri’s book The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory (2014) in SX Salon.

He is currently conducting fieldwork in Toronto on twentieth-century Black Anglophone Caribbean migrant women in Toronto where he is researching the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at the Toronto Public Library (Parkdale and Malvern) and conducting interviews with Black Caribbean migrant women writers, publishers, and performers in Toronto.

Naveen Minai

Dr. Naveen Minai is the 2019-20 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies at the Centre for Feminist Research. for holds a PhD in gender studies from UCLA and specializes in transnational sexuality studies, queer and trans masculinities of color, transnational visual and literary cultures of North America and South Asia, and diaspora studies. She has been a research/teaching fellow at Sciences Po, Paris (2018), and is currently a research fellow at the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory (DREC) at the University of Toronto. Her current work is on digital archives, sexualities, and queer affect within a transnational framework.



Dr. Tiffany Pollock is a Visiting Postdoctoral Student at the Centre for Feminist Research. Her research employs feminist ethnographic methods to examine the negotiations involved in the transnational mobility of cultural practices, people, capital and ideas. Situated within an interdisciplinary framework that encompasses feminist and queer anthropology, transnational gender and sexuality studies, and ethnomusicology/dance studies, her work elaborates how social actors grapple with the politics and tensions of contemporary global encounters through affective and musical modalities.

Her SSHRC-funded dissertation, “Frictions and Flows: Affective Economies of Fire Dance in the Thai Tourism Industry,” elaborates the affective worlds of Thai and Burmese male fire dancers who perform for tourists on the Thai islands. Drawing on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, it brings together theories of affect, sexuality, gender, spatiality and embodiment to examine how changing landscapes of danced labor and value are negotiated by dancers. It distills how extra-corporeal “energies” are employed by dancers as part of a complex of affective labor and ethico-political solidarities. In collaboration with fire dancers, she is working on a co-authored monograph detailing the aesthetics of Thai fire art.

Tiffany’s current postdoctoral project critically examines the intersections of music, embodiment and mobilities in young peoples’ lives. It investigates how the (re)embodiment of musical heritages by refugee youth in (re)settlement contexts is a way through which the tensions of social integration and politics of inclusion/exclusion are grappled with. This project is supported by a MITACS Accelerate Grant, and a SSHRC Insight Development Grant through the transnational and multi-generational Connecting Culture and Childhood Project. Employing participatory action research methods, the project develops youth-led knowledge and dissemination practices.

Abdullah Qureshi photographed by Hammas Wali

Abdullah Qureshi photographed by Hammas Wali

Abdullah Qureshi is a Pakistani born artist, educator, and cultural producer. Within his practice, he is interested in using painting and collaborative artistic methodologies to address personal histories, traumatic pasts, and childhood memories. His on-going doctoral project, Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias, examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim migratory contexts - in particular, working with narratives of LGBTIQ+ Muslim refugees and asylum seekers in Finland, and situating them within Islamic history and culture as a way of challenging issues of invisible whiteness in the Nordic region. In 2017, Qureshi received the Art and International Cooperation fellowship at Zurich University of the Arts, and in 2018, a research fellowship at the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, Boston. His work is currently supported by Kone Foundation, Finland. 

Past Visiting Scholars & Students

Please check out our Past Visiting Scholars & Students page for a list of other academics who have significantly contributed to our community and their respective fields.

General Information about Our Visiting Scholars & Students

CFR Visiting Scholars are full-time or emeritus faculty members at another University or senior (non-student) researchers not affiliated with a university who would like to be located at York University for a temporary and limited time period. These researchers are engaged in research in the field and are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the CFR while associated with the Centre. Applications are posted on this webpage below. Appointments are made by the Executive Committee for specified periods, using criteria approved by the Council, if any.  Visiting Post-Doctoral Scholars are those with recent Ph.D.’s who would like to be associated with the Centre for a limited time period. These scholars are engaged in research in the field and are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the CFR while associated with the Centre. Applications are posted on this webpage below. Appointments are made by the Executive Committee for specified periods, using criteria approved by the Council, if any.  Visiting Graduate Students are those enrolled at another University who are visiting York University though an international exchange. Applications are posted on this webpage below. Appointments are made by the Executive Committee for specified periods, using criteria approved by the Council, if any.

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