Research Affiliates and Postdoctoral Fellows / Chercheurs associés et boursiers postdoctoraux


CLC Research Affiliates / Chercheurs associés 

Benjamin Authers (Australian National University) -

Asma Barek (U of A) -

Susan Brown (Guelph/U of A) -

Leilei Chen (U of A) -

Matthew Cormier (U of T) -

Patricia Demers (U of A) -

Kit Dobson (U of C) -

Jay Friesen (U of A) -

Danielle Fuller (U of A) -

Evelyne Gagnon (Athabasca University) -

Libe García Zarranz (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) -

Carole Gerson (SFU) -

Adrien Guyot (U of A) -

Dominique Hétu (Brandon University) -

Simon Harel (UQAM) -

Lucie Hotte (University of Ottawa) -

Dean Irvine (Dalhousie) –

Martin Kuester (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany) -

Amanda Lim (U of A) -

Ursula Mathis-Moser (Canadian Studies Centre, University of Innsbruck, Austria) -

Eftihia Mihelakis (Brandon University) -

Orly Lael Netzer (U of A) -

Stephanie Oliver (U of A) -

Julie Rak (U of A) -

Asma Sayed (KPU) -

Danielle Schaub (Oranim Academic College, Israel) -

Karis Shearer (UBC) -

Marie Vautier (U Vic) - 

Christl Verduyn (Mount Allison) -

Jerry White (U of S) -

Erin Wunker (Dalhousie) -


Benjamin Authers

Benjamin Authers was educated in law and literary studies at the University of Adelaide, Dalhousie University, and the University of Guelph, and is a former Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta. His research examines how literary and other non-legal texts create meaning in the Canadian and international human rights systems, as well as the possibilities presented by cultural production for strengthening rights. In 2019 Benjamin’s monograph, A Culture of Rights: Law, Literature, and Canada, was awarded the Pierre Savard Award by the International Council for Canadian Studies. Benjamin is currently the Manager, Investigations, at the Office of the South Australian Ombudsman and a Visiting Fellow at the School of Regulation and Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.


Asma M’Barek

Asma M’Barek received her BA and her “Agrégation” in French language and literature from the Université de la Manouba, Tunisia. Currently, she is an associate lecturer at Faculté Saint-Jean and a PhD candidate in the department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (University of Alberta). Her research focuses on women’s writing in French and the use of literature to teach second/foreign languages.


Susan Brown

Susan Brown’s major areas of expertise and publication are digital humanities, Victorian British literature, and women’s writing, though she has published a little bit on Canadian literature. She is engaged in an ongoing interdisciplinary collaborative research endeavor – the Orlando Project – whose major publication, Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, appeared online from Cambridge University Press in 2006, co-edited with Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy (also available at This critically acclaimed database, roughly 80 volumes worth of born digital and collaboratively produced scholarship, pioneers new uses of semantic markup to support digital literary history. Her current research involves interface development for scholarly research tools, and the visualization and analysis of social network information in literary historical materials. She leads an interdisciplinary team that will produce the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory/Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CWRC/SCÉC). This virtual research environment will support scholarship on Canadian writing, provide open access to a rich collection of resources on Canadian writing, and foster the use of digital tools by literary scholars.


Leilei Chen

Leilei Chen is Associate Lecturer of English at the University of Alberta. She was a professor of English in Jinan University, China, before granted the FS Chia Doctoral Scholarship to do her English PhD at the University of Alberta in 2004.  She completed her PhD program in 2010 and became a Canadian citizen in 2014. She published Re-Orienting China: Travel Writing and Cross-cultural Understanding (University of Regina Press, 2016), the simplified and traditional Mandarin versions of Steven Grosby's Nationalism: A Very Short Introduction (Yilin Press, 2017; Hong Kong Oxford University Press, 2020). She researches and publishes in the fields of Victorian British literature, Chinese diasporic literature, travel writing, transnational and transcultural migration, translation studies, and cosmopolitan feminism. Her creative writing is seen in literary anthologies such as Home: Stories Connecting Us All (2017), Looking Back, Moving Forward (Mawenzi House, 2018), Beyond the Food Court: An Anthology of Literary Cuisines (Laberinto Press, 2020); as well as literary magazines, journals, and websites such as TranscUlturAl: A Journal of Translation and Cultural Studies, The Polyglot, ellipse海外诗粹(WePoetry南方艺术网,粤海风(Yue Hai Feng, and中国妇女(Women of ChinaHer current literary projects include translating contemporary Chinese poetry and ecological literature, and early 20th-century Chinese women’s writing, and contemporary Canadian literature. Her current research focuses on transculturation in Chinese Canadians’ and Americans’ scholarly works. She is the Vice-President (West Canada) of the Literary Translators Association of Canada (2020-2023), Vice-President of Canada-China Friendship Society of Edmonton (2019-), and a research associate of the Arts Faculty of Jinan University, China. 


Matthew Cormier

Dr. Matthew Cormier is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. His ongoing research primarily intersects Anglophone and Francophone literatures in Canada, the digital humanities, memory studies, affect theory, and the apocalyptic genre. The author of Sieve Reading Beyond the Minor (forthcoming UOttawa Press) and co-editor of Digital Memory Agents in Canada (forthcoming U of A Press), his work appears in several books as well as in journals such as Studies in Canadian Literature, English Studies in Canada, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Canadian Poetry, American, British and Canadian Studies, and Canadian Review of American Studies. He also currently serves as the Vice-President (Francophone) of the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures as well as on the Research Board of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory.


Patricia Demers

Patricia Demers is a U of A professor in the Comparative Literature Program and the Department of English and Film Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. from McMaster University. Her research areas include: Early modern women’s writing, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, 17th century poetry, biblical literature, children’s literature and contemporary women’s writing. From 1991 to 1993, she was Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and from 1995 to 1998 she was Department Chair. From 1998 to 2002, she was Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She was made a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 2000 and served as its first female president from 2005 to 2007. She was awarded the University of Alberta Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Arts Faculty Teaching Award, the McCalla Research Professorship Award, and the University Cup. She is the author of several books, including A Garland from the Golden Age: An Anthology of Children’s Literature from 1850 to 1900 (Oxford University Press, 1983), Women as Interpreters of the Bible (Paulist Press, 1992), Heaven Upon Earth: The Form of Moral and Religious Children’s Literature to 1850 (University of Tennessee, 1993), The World of Hannah More (University Press of Kentucky, 1996), and Women’s Writing in English: Early Modern England (University of Toronto Press, 2005).


Kit Dobson

Kit Dobson is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He is the author of the monograph Transnational Canadas: Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2009) and the non-fiction book Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017); the editor of Please, No More Poetry: The Poetry of derek beaulieu (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2013); and the co-editor of the books Transnationalism, Activism, Art (with Áine McGlynn; U of Toronto P, 2013); Dissonant Methods: Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom (with Ada Jaarsma; U Alberta P, 2020); and All the Feels / Tous les sens: Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada (with Marie Carrière and Ursula Mathis-Moser; U Alberta P, 2021). With Smaro Kamboureli, he has published a book of interviews with Canadian writers under the title Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2013). He is a member of the Board of the non-profit Edmonton-based publisher NeWest Press. His research interests span literatures in Canada, ecocriticism, and affect. Among his current projects is the non-fiction book Field Notes on Listening.


Danielle Fuller

Danielle Fuller joined the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta in 2018. Before that, she worked at the University of Birmingham, UK for twenty-one years. Her Ph.D. was in Canadian Literature, and her first book was Writing the Everyday: Women's Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada (2004). Although most of Danielle's research is now within the field of contemporary book culture studies, more specifically, in cultures of reading, she maintains a strong interest in the production, circulation and reception of Canadian literatures within and outside Canada as part of that work. Other publications include, with DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture (2013). During her years in Birmingham, Danielle spent eight years on the Board of Directors for Writing West Midlands, the literature development agency for that region, two years on the Board of HEARTH Arts, and also collaborated with several writers, game designers and arts organizations on both research-creation projects and events.


Evelyne Gagnon

Dr. Evelyne Gagnon est professeure d’études littéraires à l’Université d’Athabasca en Alberta. Elle a pour champs d'intérêt la littérature canadienne-française et québécoise ainsi que la poésie. Son doctorat (Ph. D., UQAM) analyse la poésie de Jacques Brault, de Michel Beaulieu et d’Hélène Dorion, en offrant une relecture de la littérature québécoise depuis la poésie du pays, en passant par les avant-gardes, jusqu’à l’intimisme des années 1980 à aujourd’hui, et ce, en proposant une redéfinition du lyrisme qui tient compte de la riche histoire des formes lyriques dans la littérature française, mais qui s'inscrit ici dans une perspective francophone nord-américaine. Elle a effectué un postdoctorat à l'Université de Montréal qui portait sur la poésie contemporaine, puis une seconde recherche postdoctorale au Centre de littérature canadienne (CLC) de l’Université de l’Alberta, grâce au CRSH, sur les formes renouvelées de la mélancolie dans la littérature canadienne contemporaine. Elle y a d’ailleurs fondé le Concours de poésie du CLC, qu’elle a ensuite coordonné pendant plusieurs années. Ses recherches actuelles explorent plus avant les manifestations d'une mélancolie en mode mineur depuis le tournant du XXIe siècle, qui fait par ailleurs écho aux inquiétudes particulières de notre époque.


Libe García Zarranz

Libe García Zarranz (she, her) is Associate Professor of Literature in English in the Department of Teacher Education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Norway). She has published on Canadian literary studies, trans literature and visual art, feminist and queer theory, and affect studies. She is the author of TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics (McGill Queen’s UP, 2017). In 2018, she co-edited a special issue on affect and feminist literary production for Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice. Her latest publications appeared in Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review (2021) and Wilfrid Laurier UP (2021). Her current project, TransLit: Sustainable Ethics, Affects, and Pedagogies (2018-2022), is funded by NTNU. She is also a member of the EU H2020 funded project Inclusive Science and European Democracies (ISEED) (2021-24) and the international research project, Cinema and Environment: Affective Ecologies in the Anthropocene (2020-2023), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. 


Carole Gerson

Dr. Carole Gerson is Professor Emerita in the English Department at Simon Fraser University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has published extensively on Canada’s literary and cultural history with a focus on early Canadian women writers, from well-known figures such as Pauline Johnson and L.M. Montgomery to more obscure authors who can be found in her two databases: Canada’s Early Women Writers ( and the more inclusive Database of Canada’s Early Women Writers ( She was a member of the editorial team of the foundational History of the Book In Canada / Histoire du livre et de l’imprimé, and co-editor of vol. 3 (1918-1980). Paddling Her Own Canoe: Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), co-authored with Veronica Strong-Boag, received the Klibansky Prize in 2001, and in 2011, her study, Canadian Women in Print, 1750-1918, won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian criticism. In 2013 she received the Marie Tremaine medal from the Bibliographical Society of Canada. Her most recent book, co-authored with Peggy Lynn Kelly, is Hearing More Voices: English-Canadian Women in Print and on the Air, 1914-1960 (Ottawa: Tecumseh Press, 2020).


Adrien Guyot

After a maîtrise in film studies, Adrien Guyot left France for Canada where his experience led him to develop a new perspective on Francophone literatures. In 2009, he completed an M.A. at the University of Alberta in which he focused on monstrosity in Québécois and Antillean literatures. He is currently a PhD candidate at the UofA and his research revolves around the study of Americanity, dystopia as well as the creation of literary identities.


Simon Harel

Lauréat d’un prix Trudeau (2009-2012), Simon Harel est membre de la Société royale du Canada. Professeur au Département d’études littéraires de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, il a ouvert, au cours des vingt dernières années, un champ de recherche novateur à la frontière des études littéraires et culturelles. Il a été l’un des premiers à préciser la singularité de l’expérience migratoire au Québec. Son ouvrage Voleur de parcours, publié en 1989 et réédité en 1999, est reconnu comme l’un des livres les plus significatifs des années 1980 et 1990 dans le champ des études culturelles au Québec. Auteur et directeur de publication de plus de vingt-cinq ouvrages, Simon Harel s’est intéressé aux problématiques interculturelles, aux questions qui font référence à la place de l’étranger dans la société, et a poursuivi des recherches sur la précarité de nos espaces de vie. Conscient de l’insuffisance de certains discours critiques (sur l’hybridité, le métissage, l’identité à la carte), il se donne à présent comme objectif de cerner les formes instables, souvent conflictuelles, de la mobilité culturelle. Le concept de mobilité culturelle qu’il retient décrit avant tout l’aptitude à se mouvoir entre des domaines culturels, dans l’espace des signes et, de manière plus générale, des langages que nous manipulons. Elle concerne l’immigrant, l’exilé, la femme d’affaires en constant déplacement aérien, le professionnel contraint de répondre à des exigences de transdisciplinarité comme le sujet victime de discrédit, en situation de précarité dans l’espace social. Il publiera en 2009 L’écriture de la méchanceté aux Éditions VLB, collection “Le soi et l’autre.”


Dominique Hétu

Après un stage postdoctoral au Centre de littérature canadienne de l'Université de l'Alberta (CRSH, CLC, 2017-2020), Dominique Hétu ( est maintenant professeure adjointe au Département de langues classiques et modernes à la Brandon University, sur le territoire du Traité 2. Ses recherches se situent aux intersections des éthiques du care, des éthiques de l’ordinaire et de la littérature contemporaine écrite par les femmes. Elle a publié des articles, entre autres, dans Canadian LiteratureNouvelles vues et Temps zéro, ainsi qu’un chapitre dans l’ouvrage Comparative Literature for the New Century (McGill-Queen’s, 2018). Ses plus récentes contributions sont « Pratiques du care, politiques de l’hospitalité : L’ordinaire et l’extraordinaire chez Heather O’Neill, » chapitre paru dans l’ouvrage Les éthiques de l’hospitalité, du don et du care : regards croisés, actualité (U of Ottawa P, 2020), et l’article « Penser les lieux du care : fiction, wonder et vies ordinaires », paru dans la revue A Contrario de l’Université de Lausanne (no. 31).


Lucie Hotte

Lucie Hotte est professeure titulaire au Département de français et directrice du Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française de l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle dirige également le Laboratoire de recherche sur les cultures et les littératures francophones du Canada. Ses recherches portent sur les théories de la lecture, les littératures minoritaires et l’écriture des femmes. Elle s’intéresse également à la réception critique des œuvres d’écrivains marginaux. Elle a beaucoup publié sur les littératures franco-canadiennes et québécoise ainsi que sur les enjeux institutionnels propres aux littératures minoritaires. En 2001, son essai Romans de la lecture, lecture du roman : l’inscription de la lecture (Éditions Nota bene) a remporté le prix Gabrielle-Roy et, en 2015, elle a reçu le prix du meilleur livre de l’Association des professeurs de français des universités et collèges canadiens pour René Dionne et Gabrielle Poulin : œuvres et vies croisées (Éditions David). En 2017, on lui a remis la médaille commémorative du 150e anniversaire de la Confédération du Sénat canadien en reconnaissance de sa contribution exceptionnelle à la promotion de la culture franco-ontarienne. Elle travaille présentement à trois projets de recherche, dont un subventionné par le Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines sur les lieux de sociabilité littéraire franco-canadiens de 1950 à 2000 (CRSH 2020-2025). Madame Hotte est membre de la Société royale du Canada.


Dean Irvine

Dean irvine is an associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and director of the SSHRC-funded Editing Modernism in Canada project. He is the author of Editing Modernity: Women and Little-Magazine Cultures in Canada, 1916-1956 (University of Toronto Press, 2008), and editor of Archive for Our Times: Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay (Arsenal Pulp, 1998), Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson, 1924-61 (Vehicule, 2003), and The Canadian Modernists Meet (University of Ottawa Press, 2005). His forthcoming work includes a new monograph, Variant Readings: Editing Canadian Literature in English, under contract to McGill-Queen’s University Press, and a two-volume critical edition, co-edited with Robert G. May, of F.R. Scott’s complete poems and translations. He is a general editor, with Zailig Pollock and Sandra Djwa, of the multivolume print edition and digital archive of the collected works of P.K. Page and the director and English-language general editor of the University of Ottawa Press’s Canadian Literature Collection/ Collection de littérature canadienne.


Martin Kuester

Martin Kuester is Professor of English Literature at Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany, where he is also Director of the Marburg Centre for Canadian Studies. For the period from 2011 to 2013, he was elected president of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries. He is a graduate of German and Canadian universities (M.A., University of Trier, Ph.D., University of Manitoba, Dr. phil. habil., University of Augsburg) and has published on British and Canadian literary topics. One of his monographs dealt with parody in the Canadian historical novel (Framing Truths, 1992), another one with John Milton’s attitude towards language (Milton’s Prudent Ambiguities, 2009). Among other publications, he also wrote or co-edited several essay collections on Canadian topics, an introduction to Canadian Studies through literary texts, and a handbook of literary terms. He is co-editor of the volume Narratives of Crisis – Crisis of Narrative, forthcoming in 2012. One of his recent research interests focuses on the writing of Canadian Mennonites.


Ursula Mathis-Moser

Ursula Moser’s research areas include: French and francophone literatures (19th and 20th centuries); transculturality and migrant literatures (France, Quebec, Caribbean); Quebec literature (poetry, chanson, women writers, Quebec studies); Spanish literature; postcolonial theory; intermediality, text and music studies (chanson). Within these areas, her particular research interest is in matters of cultural contact and transfer, which is reflected in a number of publications and in her function as founder of the research group “Cultures in Contact” and the research platform “Cultural Encounters and Transfers” (University of Innsbruck). Among several distinctions (Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, Prix Jean Éthier-Blais de critique littéraire pour sa monographie sur Dany Laferrière, Ordre des francophones d’Amérique, Officier de l’Ordre national du Mérite, etc.), Ursula Mathis-Moser was awarded the Governor General’s International Award in Canadian Studies in 2019. In 2011 she prepared the first dictionary of French migrant authors, Passages et ancrages (1981-2011), to be published by Champion in Paris. She is co-author of a number of books (Acadians and Cajuns. The Politics and Culture of French Minorities in North America, 2008; Writing Beyond the End Times? The Literatures of Canada and Quebec, 2017; All the Feels. Affect and Writing in Canada, 2021, etc.) and has authored several book chapters in History of Literature in Canada: English-Canadian and French-Canadian, 2008, edited by R. Nischik. As Director of the Canadian Studies Centre at the University of Innsbruck (1997-2022), of the Centre d’étude de la chanson québécoise (1995-2015) and of the Archives of Text and Music Studies (1985-2015), she developed new research projects in collaboration with her Albertan partners.


Eftihia Mihelakis

Dr Eftihia Mihelakis joined Brandon University in January 2017 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Université de Montréal. She is originally from Montréal, Québec, Canada. She specializes in 20th and 21st century literature, critical theory, medical humanities, and feminist theory. She is also co-director of the Medical Humanities Research Group and research affiliate at the Centre for Critical Studies on Rural Mental Health at Brandon University. She published La virginité en question in 2017. Her research-creation work has been published in various venues: a collection of essays in J’enseigne depuis toujours in 2020, and her autotheoretical essays and autofictional texts have appeared in MuseMedusa, Spirale, Liberté as well as in 11 brefs essais sur la beauté.


Hannah McGregor

Hannah McGregor is a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellow in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her project, “Martha Ostenso, Middlebrow Magazines, and Digital Remediation,” examines the early twentieth century middlebrow magazine through the lens of the simultaneous 1925 serialization of Martha Ostenso’s classic of Canadian prairie realism, Wild Geese, in Pictorial Review and Western Home Monthly. Nested within the EMiC UA Collaboratory, this project is an interdisciplinary and collaborative undertaking that bridges the areas of periodical studies, middlebrow studies, Canadian literature, and digital humanities. She completed her PhD at TransCanada Institute at the University of Guelph in 2013, where her research focused on contemporary white Canadian women’s representations of distant suffering. Her work has been published in English Studies in Canada, University of Toronto Quarterly, Canadian Literature, and the International Journal of Canadian Studies.


Orly Lael Netzer

Orly Lael Netzer (PhD) works at the intersection of autobiography scholarship, research on cultural memory, and Canadian studies. Focusing on literary testimony in contemporary Canada, her research explores the ethics of bearing witness to creative forms of testimony, with particular attention to the ways the Canada's politics of reconciliation, multiculturalism, and humanitarianism shape practices of literary mediation and reception. Orly has co-organized the CLC Research Seminars (2015, 2016). She is the co-lead of The Teaching Life Writing Project, has co-edited special issues of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and her work on Canadian life writing has been published in Canadian Literature, AmLit – American Literatures,  and Postcolonial Studies.


Julie Rak

Julie Rak holds the Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the author of False Summit: Gender in Mountaineering Nonfiction (2021),  Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market (2013) and Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse (2004). With co-editors Sonja Boon, Laurie McNeill and Candida Rifkind, Julie is completing The Routledge Introduction to Canadian Auto/biography. She is the editor of the “Identities” volume of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory (2020) and the essay collection Autobiography in Canada (2005). She has co-edited with Anna Poletti Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online (2014) in addition to special issues, articles and book chapters about nonfiction, theory and criticism. With Keavy Martin she edited the reissue of Inuk author Mini Aodla Freeman’s landmark memoir, Life Among the Qallunaat (2014). With Jeremy Popkin, she edited a collection of Philippe Lejeune’s essays translated into English, On Diary (2009) and she co-edited Mountain Masculinity: the Writings of Nello “Tex” Vernon-Wood, 1911-1938 (2008). She edited with Hannah McGregor and Erin Wunker  the activist anthology Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (2018).  With Bill Mullen, she edited a cluster of essays for Biography on the idea of academic freedom (2020). She was the President of the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL) from 2002-2004 and was the On-Site Chair for the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies (CACS) from 2006-2008.


Asma Sayed

Dr. Asma Sayed is Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta. Sayed specializes in postcolonial literature with a focus on narratives of exile and displacement from South Asia and East Africa, as well as feminist literary and cultural studies related to these geographies. Her research has explored the cultural and literary relationship between postcolonial texts in English versus those produced in ‘minority’ (heritage) languages—a query further problematized by the political discourse of citizenship and multiculturalism. Her current research projects include: a book on social justice discourse in South Asian Canadian literature; a digital database of South Asian Canadian literary and cultural contributions; and an anthology of multilingual literature in Canada. Her publications include five co-/edited books and numerous articles in a range of periodicals, anthologies, and academic journals: Canadian Review of Comparative LiteratureCanadian Culinary Imagination (McGill-Queen’s UP); South Asian ReviewVirgin Envy (U of Regina P). She is the President of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (2019-21). In 2020, she was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.


Danielle Schaub

Danielle Schaub was born in Kuala Belait, in the Sultanate of Brunei and was raised all over the world, becoming proficient in several languages, including English, French, Dutch, Hebrew and German. She studied at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium and at the University of Cambridge in England, and went on to earn an MA in English and Dutch philology and literature, an MA in Spanish, and a PhD in Canadian literature. Danielle has always been fascinated by the interaction between text and image. While on research trips in Canada, she’s taken photographs of numerous writers at writers’ festivals, which has led to various exhibitions of her work around the world. A writer of short fiction and poetry, Danielle currently teaches at Oranim Academic College near Haifa, Israel in the areas of British and Canadian literature, trauma in literature, stylistics and poetics, the Canadian novel, women’s short fiction, and the oral tradition, among others. Her research interests include bibliotherapy, literary representations of trauma, autobiographical writing, interaction between text and image, multiculturalism/transnationalism, and spatial representation of female subjectivities.


Karis Shearer

Karis Shearer is Principal's Research Chair in Digital Arts & Humanities and Associate Professor in English & Cultural Studies at UBC (Okanagan campus) where her research and teaching focus on literary audio, the literary event, the digital archive, book history, and women’s labour within poetry communities. She is the editor of All These Roads: The Poetry of Louis Dudek (WLUP 2008) and co-editor with Deanna Fong of Wanting Everything: The Collected Works of Gladys Hindmarch (Talonbooks, 2020). She also directs the CFI-funded AMP Lab and is a Governing Board member and lead UBCO Researcher for the SpokenWeb SSHRC Partnership Grant


Marie Vautier

Marie Vautier ran the only undergraduate comparative Canadian/Québécois literature and criticism programme in the country for many years at the University of Victoria, B.C. She is the author of New World Myth: Postmodernism and Postcolonialism in Canadian Fiction), the co-author of Art as an Early-Warning System, and the co-translator (into Canadian English, with Stephen Scobie) of the poetry anthology Paris/Québec. She has published numerous academic articles in many countries, including a survey of comparative Canadian-Québécois literature from its beginnings to the present day (International Journal of Canadian Studies-Revue internationale des études canadiennes, 2014), as well as a survey of Canadian and Québécois literary studies, equally from their origins to the 21st century (Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature, 2014). Her research interests centre on New World writing by transcultured authors, second-wave postcolonialisms, historiography, and studies of theory and criticism.


Christl Verduyn

Christl Verduyn is Professor Emerita at Mount Allison University where she joined the Department of English in 2006. Cross-appointed to Canadian Studies, she served as Director of its research Centre from 2010-2018 and as the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies from 2010-2020. Her areas of research and publication focus on Canadian literature and Canadian studies, in particular Canadian and Québécois literatures; women’s writing and literary criticism; multiculturalism and minority writing; life writing and archival approaches to literature. She has published books, special issues of journals, articles, and reviews in these areas, and has been an active participant in and organizer of conferences in them as well. Her research has been generously supported over the years by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities, and has been recognized by a number of awards. She is currently finishing a project on Canadian women writers as essayists.


Jerry White

Jerry White teaches and writes about cinema, literature and culture in Quebec, Canada and Europe. His most recent book is Stan Brakhage and Rolling Stock: 1980–1990 (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2018).  Other books include Two Bicycles: The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville (WLUP, 2013), Revisioning Europe: The Films of John Berger and Alain Tanner (U of Calagry P, 2011) and The Radio Eye: Cinema in the North Atlantic, 1958–88 (WLUP 2009; paperback 2018).  He has also edited two anthologies on Canadian cinema: North of Everything (U of Alberta P, 2002, with William Beard) and The Cinema of Canada (Wallflower P, 2006, preface by Atom Egoyan).


Erin Wunker

Erin Wunker teaches, researches, and writes in Mi’kma’ki where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University. Her areas of interest include feminist theory, poetry, and poetics as well as literary and cultural production in Canada. She is interim coordinator of the Gender and Women’s Studies program, and teaches creative non-fiction in the creative writing program. She is the co-founder and managing editor of the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe, and the co-director of the Dalhousie Feminist Seminar Series. With Sina Queyras and Geneviéve Robichaud she is the co-editor of Avant Desire: A Nicole Brossard Reader (Coach House), with Bart Vautour, Travis Mason, and Christl Verduyn she co-edited Public Poetics: Critical Issues in Contemporary Canadian Poetry and Poetics (WLUP), and with Hannah McGregor and Julie Rak she is the co-editor of Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (Book*hug). She is the author of Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life (Book*hug).