CFR welcomes new Visiting Scholars

The Centre for Feminist Research is thrilled to welcome Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Emily Colpitts, Visiting Graduate Student Warren Harding, 2019-20 Visiting Scholar in Sexuality Studies at the Centre for Feminist Research Dr. Naveen Minai and Visiting Graduate Student Abdullah Qureshi to York University. See below to learn more about our incoming 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 StudiesBMC 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.




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.