Current Visiting Scholars
Dr. Nael Bhanji is the 2018-2019 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University and a lecturer at Carleton University. Drawing upon critical race theory, trans studies, psychoanalysis, and affect theory, his research explores articulations of necropolitics, racialization, surveillance, and counter-terrorism within an increasingly globalized trans movement. Nael's work appears in Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition, The Transgender Studies Reader 2, Trans Studies Quarterly 4.1, Canadian Ethnic Studies, and The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities. He is presently working on his monograph entitled “Trans Necrointimacies: Race and the Chalky Affects of Trans Memorialization.”
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.
Vinícius Santiago is a Visiting Graduate Student at the Centre for Feminist Research and a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), Brazil. His master’s thesis at the same university dealt with state violence in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. He has been engaged in an ethnographic work with the mothers whose sons have been murdered by the Military Police in the slums of the city. His field work involved following the mothers on public encounters such as protests, marches, vigils where they are able to mourn publicly those lives. His research attempts to open space to rethink the arbitrariness of some sovereign practices which are put into play by the armed wings of the Brazilian state. Based on the findings of his M.Phil study, he has published a paper on the narratives of mothers who have been engaged in the political struggle for justice after de death of their sons, “From the Backstage of War: the struggle of Mothers in Favelas of Rio de Janeiro,” in the Journal Contexto Internacional. His PhD research follows the master’s study and aims to analyze to which extent the female resistance to state violence unveils the mechanisms of power which operate under the structure of state sovereignty. Recently, he has co-authored a book on urban mobility and the right to the city at Complexo do Alemão slums in Rio de Janeiro, published by Heinrich Boll Foundation. His research interests include post-colonial studies, post-structuralism, aesthetics, gender, racism and violence.
Laura França Martello is a PhD candidate in Political Science, Federal University of Minas Gerais with the support of Foundation for Coordinating Capacity-building of Personnel in Higher Education (CAPES), Brazil, and a Visiting Visiting Graduate Student at the Centre for Feminist Research through the Emerging Leaders of Americas Program from Global Affairs Canada International Scholarships. Laura researches Brazilian and Latin American feminist movements and resistance cultures, especially autonomous groups, collective organizing and feminist gatherings. Her research focus is on intergenerational relations amongst feminists and self defense in its multiple dimensions as a feminist theory and practice of autonomous justice.
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.