Presenter Information

Abhilasha Jain, PhD candidate
Center for Women's Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Paper Name: Categorisation and Colonisation: Criminalisation of Marital Rape in India

Abhilasha Jain is a final year Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Women’s Studies, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She is currently working on a PhD titled Intimacy, Caste and Gender: A study of Law and Sexuality in India where she is looking at intimacy, and intimate connections of the sexual, state/law and violence through a study of divorce laws in India, rooted in feminist, queer and Dalit scholarship. She has previously written on the digital cultures of women’s resistance against sexual violence; #metoo in university spaces; commercial gestational surrogacy laws in India, and the intersections of sexual violence and the laws against caste-based atrocities. Her research areas of interest are embedded in studying state, state-sponsored violence, sexual violence, militarisation and criminalisation as well as the role of the law in the making of the modern, post-World War 2, nation-states. Besides trying to build an academic research career, she is also fumbling her way through raising a hyperactive ginger tabby named Bagheera.

Allen Baylosis, Masters
Social Justice Institute, University of British Columbia
Paper Name: Not Hidden, But Untold: Difficult Knowledge and the Story of the Indipino Community in Corpuz’s "Honor Thy Mother"

Allen Baylosis is an emerging dramaturg and a graduate student at the Social Justice Institute, The University of British Columbia. He holds a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He comes to the field of performance studies as a socio-academic activist and an artist. He is now looking to explore the intersections of performance studies, migration, and cultural memory as he locates himself immersing in the field of Critical Filipinx studies.

Anne McKinnon-Yeomans
Women's and Gender Studies, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Settler Sexuality, Eco-Erotics, and Decolonization

Anne McKinnon-Yeomans (she/her/hers) is a current Master of Arts student in the Gender and Social Justice program at the University of Alberta. She is a current board member of Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton, a non-profit that dreams of a world without sexual violence that is currently concerned with calls to defund the police in Edmonton. Through SAVE, Anne has participated in the development of a Zine on alternatives to the police in our community, consulted on the YEG Police Violence Archive, and currently helps run the organization's social media accounts. In 2020, alongside a fellow student, she created and facilitated a workshop at Law Needs Feminism Because…on the construction of Indigenous women as “risky” and “disposable” through Canadian law. She has volunteered as a crisis line supporter for the Alberta One line for Sexual Violence and the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton’s crisis line, a tutor for EMCN’s Sky Club, and with Métis Child and Family Services through their SNUG program. Anne previously worked as a care worker in a low-barrier women’s shelter in the inner city of Edmonton. She holds a B. A in Political Science and History from the University of Victoria as well as a second B.A in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Alberta. Anne’s current research interests include, but are not limited to: transformative justice, politics of abolition in relation to sexual violence, programing for men who have chosen to commit harm, and gender-based violence.

Chibuzor Azubuike and Abena Yalley
Leadership Studies / Gender Studies, Kansas State University / University of Konstanz
Paper Name: The Role of Women in the End SARS Protest in Nigeria: Mothering the Nation against all odds

First author
Chibuzor Mirian Azubuike is a PhD student in the leadership communication program of Kansas State University. She is also a Graduate teaching assistant where she co-teaches Culture and Context of Leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Benin, Nigeria and a Master's Degree in Diaspora and Transnational Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is the founder of Haske Water Aid and Empowerment Foundation, through her NGO she has partnered with corporate and International Organizations to provide clean water for over 55,000 Nigerians. She has experience in community development, facilitating leadership trainings and forced migration studies. Her interests include humanitarian interventions, civic leadership, youth development women and migration, and civic engagement. She is a recipient of  several awards like Mandela Washington Fellowship, Young African Scholar of Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation,  Next Generation of African Scholars, amongst others.

Second Author
Abena Yalley, PhD, is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz where she researches and teaches African feminist theories and masculinities.  She holds a PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She bagged a Bachelor of Arts in English language from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and a Master's Degree in Gender, Development and Coorporation from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Abena’s research focuses on gender inequalities, violence against women, masculinity, policing domestic violence, African feminism and development, migration, and security. She was a recipient of the ECOWAS Fellowship Programme.

Claire Yurkovich
Women and Gender Studies, Saint Mary's University
Paper Name: The Impact of Catholic Education on LGBTQ+ Students in Canada

Claire Yurkovich is a feminist researcher and poet based in K'jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Claire is an MA candidate in the Women and Gender Studies program at Saint Mary’s University, where her current research examines the potential impact writing and reading poetry can have on individuals who have experienced trauma, aiming to understand how we can use language and the written word to generate empowerment and further personal expression. Alongside her academic pursuits, Claire enjoys writing, cooking, and spending time near the Atlantic Ocean. While Claire has lived on the East Coast for several years now, she frequently returns to her hometown of Edmonton to spend time with family and friends.

Cynthia Olufade, PhD candidate
Anthropology/Arts, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Mama na Mama; Good Traffickers in the Edo Transnational Trafficking Network

Cynthia Olufade is a second year PhD student of anthropology at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on sex workers of Nigerian origin in Europe and the intersection between them and several kinds of actors in the transnational trafficking network.

Daniel Halpern
Drama, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Queer Hetero(topia): Transformations of Quotidian Spatiality and the Staging of Queer Space 

Daniel Halpern (they/them) is a Canadian-based playwright and theatre artist. They are the co-founder and artistic co-director of the BodyCube Arts Collective, which has had work appear throughout Canada, New York, Germany, and the Netherlands. Some notable recent credits include writing and acting for An Orchid and Other Such Lilies and Lies (BodyCube) at the 2019 Toronto and Atlantic Fringe Festivals, and performing in The Second Woman (Harbourfront Centre) at the 2019 Brave Festival. Their play The Immaculate Perfection of Fucking and Bleeding in the Gender Neutral Bathroom of an Upper-Middle Class High School was recently featured in the Westport Country Playhouse’s New Works Initiative. Recently, they presented their paper, “Subjecting an Object to Grief, the Puppet’s Co-Presence, and the Experience of Mourning,” at the 2021 Associate for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference. They graduated from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University with a combined honors in Theatre Studies and Contemporary Studies in 2020, and are currently enrolled in the University of Alberta, pursuing an MA in Drama with a focus on gender performativity and performance-based activism.

Emily R. Gerbrandt, PhD candidate
Sociology, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Surviving a Shadow Pandemic of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Emily R. Gerbrandt (she/they) is a cis queer Mennonite settler and Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Their research explores digital feminist activism, extra-legal and anti-carceral approaches to justice, and the role of 'Survivorhood' as both a collectivizing identity position used to give meaning to experiencing sexualized and gendered violence and as rhetoric increasingly deployed in the post-#metoo era as a political nexus through which anti-violence activism is mobilized. Their community work has included organizing against police-expansionary budgets in so-called Winnipeg and they currently organize with Students for Consent Culture Canada. They are located on the Treaty 1 Territory of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, and the Metis Homeland.

Emmanuel Akwasi Marfo, PhD student

Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Older women’s problems in Ghana: Witchcraft accusations and the feminist gerontology approach

Emmanuel Akwasi Marfo is a second-year doctoral student at the Faculty of Nursing. Marfo originally hails from Ghana, where he completed his BScN program and worked as a nurse in rural and suburban settings before migrating to Alberta to pursue his master’s in nursing. During his Master of Nursing program at the University of Alberta, his passion for equity, social justice, and inclusivity led him to explore witchcraft accusations and abuse in older Ghanaian women. Marfo is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusivity. He approaches his doctoral work, which seeks to understand enablers and facilitators to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination practices in Ghana with intersectionality theory. Marfo is hoping that the findings of his doctoral work will shape HPV vaccination practices among nurses by ensuring all target populations, regardless of the social locations and identities have access to HPV vaccines.

Eric Chan
Women's and Gender Studies, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Nikânikiskowêhikêwin

My name is Eric Chan, I use he/him/his pronouns and currently attend the University of Alberta, located on Treaty 6 Territory in ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᕀ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (amiskwaciy-wâskahikan), also known as Edmonton. I have a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Microbiology and Genetics and am currently completing a Master of Arts in Gender and Social Justice. My research interests have radically changed over time, initially exploring Oncology through studies at the University of Leeds as a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholar. Over time, I began to explore other avenues of health research, working in maternal fetal medicine research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto, Ontario. Currently, I am working on an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiative within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta, studying the experiences and stories of underrepresented and marginalized students as it pertains to their self-efficacy, feelings of belongingness, and development of Engineering identity. Outside of my academic and professional interests I have a deep passion for working with youth and young adults in athletics/education. Working as a tutor, Career Peer Educator, and NCCP-certified endurance athletics coach, I find a deep sense of satisfaction working with people to help them find their path.

Katya Ivette Salas Del Angel, PhD candidate

Law School, UAQ (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro)
Paper Name: The epistemologies of the South: A reading from the border of decolonial feminism

Katya Ivette Salas Del Angel. Graduated in Law from the Anahuac University of Querétaro; Master’s in public policies and Gender from FLACSO Mexico, and candidate for Doctor of Legal Sciences from the Autonomous University of Querétaro. He is a member of the Institute for Research and Promotion of Development (IINFODE A.C), dedicated to the development of productive projects, consulting and research with a gender and human rights approach. His area of specialty is the analysis of public policies with a gender perspective. In the academic field, his research has focused on the Transversality of the Gender Perspective and the economic autonomy of women. In recent years he has dedicated himself to carrying out research-advocacy projects with a gender perspective, consultancies, advisory services and training in gender, human rights and public policies for candidates, political parties, public administration personnel and NGOs. He participated in the moderation of the Consultation Forums on the National Program for Equality between Women and Men (2020-2024) in Mexico, as well as in the research project "Inclusive Economies Puebla" of OXFAM Mexico and the European Union.

Kaydeen Wright
Educational Policy Studies- Social Justice and International Studies, University of Alberta
Paper Name: The Gateway to Liberation and the Re-shaping of the Black Female Image

I am Kaydeen Wright. I have graduated from tertiary institutions specializing in Educational Policy Studies, International Studies, Language Education, English Literature, and History. My most recent academic accomplishment, Master in Education (Social Justice and International Studies), allowed me to complete courses such as Learning and the Workplace, Perspectives on Policy and Practice, Law and Feminism in Canada.

I have over five years of experience as an educator and have taught in Jamaica and Japan. My motivation is to bring joy and access to black children and youth worldwide. My lived experiences as a visible minority in countries like Canada and Japan have positioned me to personally and intimately relate to the importance of fostering understandings around equity and liberation. I am a woman, black, immigrant, and young. I am also a type one diabetic from a low-income family in Jamaica. My passion and purpose are rooted in creating and promoting healthy understandings on accommodating those who are ‘different,’ misunderstood, and exploited.

“If caterpillars can fly, so can I.”

Leah Delaney, PhD candidate
English/ African American Literature, Florida State University
Paper Name: “But What About All the Rapists?”: An Abolition Feminist Approach to Healing from Sexual Violence in Hari Ziyad’s Black Boy Out of Time

Leah Delaney is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Florida State University specializing in African American literature. There, she teaches courses in African American literature, science fiction, English studies, and first year composition courses. Her research interests include Abolition studies, Black Feminism, Black masculinity studies, and Afrofuturism. She is active in community mutual aid organizations, and is particularly invested in the ways in which scholarly work and activism intersect to care for communities.

Leah Wilson
Law & Legal Studies, Carleton University
Paper Name: Fostering Feminist Futures: Provincial Gender-Based Analysis+ in a Post-COVID World

Leah Wilson (she/they) is currently a Master of Arts candidate in Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Her research focuses on human rights, transitional justice and settler-colonial relations. Originally from Treaty 1 territory, Leah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg in 2019, receiving the Mayor’s Medal and Gold Medal for Human Rights. Leah’s passions include advocating for women’s rights and writing with journalistic pursuits, including work that has been featured in CBC Manitoba. Leah has served two terms on the board of the Manitoba-based Institute for International Women’s Rights as Advocacy Co-Chair, as well as engaging in local community organizing focused on poverty eradication and support for public and social sectors. In 2020-21, Leah held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Graduate Master’s Scholarship, and she currently holds the Hamlin Graduate Fellowship at Carleton University. 

Madeline Youngman
Philosophy, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Beyond the Binaries of Sex and Gender: Intra-Personal Conferrialism

Madeline Youngman. I am a Masters student of philosophy at the University of Alberta, but I am originally from Austin Texas and received my undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently a teaching assistant at the philosophy department and I hope that my experiences and approaches to teaching the material help students feel comfortable in their learning environment as well as feel safe and supported throughout the terms. I am a non-binary lesbian who uses she/they pronouns who is attempting to eventually get my phd in the same field and teach students at the university level about the philosophy and the research that I am passionate about. The area of philosophy that I am currently researching involves the critical phenomenology, feminist and queer theory, and social justice. My main focus surrounds deconstructing oppressive social structures within the realm of sex, gender and sexual orientation, however these identities are do not exist in a vaccum, they are largely intersectional and complex and must be treated as such. This type of work includes, but is not limited to, the intersections of identities, such as lesbiansim and gender non-conformity, and how they influence how individuals experience the world from a first person perspective.

Nahje B. Royster
Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition, La Salle University
Paper Name: Feminine Domination and Harnessing Our Power

Nahje Royster is a Master of Public Health candidate at La Salle University and has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and an African American Studies minor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Over the years, she has grown experienced in public speaking, writing, and community education. She is dedicated to educating people on intersecting identities as well as marginal and systemic oppressions.

Professionally, Royster has worked as a peer educator for the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy and the Co-Director of Youth Activist Press. She has presented at Rainbow Connect, Women’s Leadership Conference, and the Gender Justice Conference at West Chester University. She has also presented at the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference at Bloomsburg University. As a peer educator during college and community educator, Royster has spoken about inclusive and radical activism and what that looks like for our society today. She has written for A Voice At The Table, a feature section of The Quad, WCU’s student newspaper and Youth Activist Press. During her final semester at WCU, she co-founded OURS: Black Folks Discourse, a conference that centers Black women and marginalized genders of the LGBTQIA+ community and focused on individual and collective knowledge, love, and healing for Black folks.

Outside of work and academia, Royster enjoys reading and listening to her favorite artists on repeat. She loves reruns of her favorite shows and can eat cereal for every meal. She is passionate about gaining true liberation and abolishing all systems of oppression that hinder that goal.

Noelle Jaipaul, PhD candidate
Political Science, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Whitey's on the Moon... Again - Outer Space Colonization and Possession

Noelle Jaipaul (she/her) is a second-generation Canadian settler, with roots in the Caribbean, born in amiskwaciwâskahikan / Edmonton. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. Noelle is currently in her second year of the PhD program in Political Science at the University of Alberta.

Noelle’s research interests centre around political theory and ethics related to outer space travel and exploration. In particular, she is interested in the so-called 'billionaire space race', and the colonization of outer space. She is also interested in what we can learn from contemporary political theory, and its application to current issues and tensions both on our planet and in our quest for greater expansion into the cosmos.

In the community, Noelle is an associate consultant with the Centre for Race and Culture, where she provides research and training on issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism. She is an organizing member of the Teaching and Pedagogy in Political Science working group, and serves as President of the Board of John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. In her free time, she enjoys puttering around the garden, hiking in the great outdoors with her dog Kosdoglotov and her partner, playing video games, baking/eating elaborate cakes, and exploring the cosmos through her space binoculars. 

Rachel Zukiwski-Pezim
Women's and Gender Studies, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Historiography of the Flesh: Diversity as Metonym

Rachel Zukiwski-Pezim (she/her) is a graduate student in the Gender and Social Justice Studies MA Program at the University of Alberta with a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Dalhousie University. She also currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Intersections of Gender Signature Area at UAlberta. Her research interests are extensive and include feminist historiography, critical race theory, decolonization, social justice praxis, and intersectional theory and practice. She believes in dynamic and accessible academic research and writing, and thinks all academics should do variations on the Bechdel test when looking at their data and sources - scan for BIPoC voices, queer and trans folks, disablity frameworks, class strata, and religious affiliations, among others. For Rachel, part of the decolonialization of academia is allowing for new and radical digressions from and dismantlings of the imperialist white supremacist capitalist colonial heteropatriarchy that invades and occupies every part of the neoliberal academic state.

Romina Tantaleán-Castañeda & Arely Amaut Gomez-Sanchez, PhD candidate
The Social Justice Institute (GRSJ), University of British Columbia
Paper Name: Radical imaginaries and futurities beyond extractivism in the Peruvian Amazon and Andean territories. A collaboration with Indigenous women’s territorial defenders.

Romina Tantaleán-Castañeda (born in Lima, Peru) is a Ph.D. student in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and has completed her Master’s in the same program. She is a queer cis-woman, a lawyer by training specialized in human rights and public policy, and co-founder of Warmipura. Her dissertation centres on a collaborative research process with Amazonian Indigenous peoples, particularly with Indigenous women’s territorial defenders in the context of extractivism, eco-territorial conflicts, and climate environmental-related injustices in the Amazon, while centering and prioritizing Indigenous ontologies and knowledges, and co-mobilizing “the Rights of Nature”.

During her Master’s studies, Romina conducted a research process for the City of Vancouver (through the UBC Sustainability Program) in order to develop a high-level equity approach to inform the new 2021 City of Vancouver’s Equity Framework through an intersectional analysis with decolonization, racial and gender equity as a basis. Before starting graduate school, Romina worked in her country for more than seven years in the public sector (e.g., the Peruvian Government, the Peruvian Ombudsperson Office) and in the nonprofit sector as a legal/policy specialist and advisor in the area of human rights, gender equality, and gendered violence, including advocacy and oversight of the rights of Indigenous peoples and giving advice to grass-roots and local organizations on a range of issues.

Inspired by the Zapatista invitation for the pluriverse, her ethical, affective and political commitments lie in des-investing from and hospicing modernity/coloniality given our collective entanglements and different implications in times of intensifying social and ecological global crises.

Arely Amaut Gomez-Sanchez (born in Cusco, Peru) is a mestizo woman, part of the Quechua Indigenous People. She is a reader, visual artist, graphic designer, architect and remembers the ancestral-digital study. She intersects Andean-Amazonian cosmology, training in architecture, and the embodied study of the principles applied in the Andean ancestral architecture to share the study: "Remembering the future." She conceived in collaboration with the community of Quebrada Verde in Pachakamak the "Radio Apu" (Apu is a Grandfather or Grandmother, the sacred mountains). She collaborates with Sigrid Espelien (Oslo), Tatjana Kolpus (Sámi), Irma Alvarez Ccoscco (Quechua) in the ongoing project "Collective Thinking Machine" "Mapping the unseen" with Liisa-Ravna Finbog (Sámi), with Valentina Desideri and Denise Ferreira da Silva in the "Sensing Salon."

Collectively Arely questions the hidden structures that predetermine our social and political imagination limits. She accompanies processes of repositioning Ancestral memory and embodied practices by remembering that we are interconnected beyond separation and linear time. Remembering that we are the Land, clay, mud, Pacha (space-time). Remembering the Land, the Mountain, the River, as pedagogy, Ancestral tools of healing, reading (oracles), and poetic speculation. Remembering, they create diagrams, videos, drawings, texts that explore decolonial possibilities of imagining and tools to deal with the ancestral forgetfulness and alienation produced by Modernity. She holds a Master's degree in Art and Public Space from the National Academy of Arts in Oslo. She is currently a Ph.D. student at The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia.

Samantha Louie-Poon, PhD student
Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
Paper Name: Racism and the Mental Health of East Asian Diasporas in North America: A Scoping Review

Samantha Louie-Poon is a settler and uninvited guest of Chinese ancestry living on Turtle Island. As a Registered Nurse, researcher, and a doctoral student, Samantha is keen on finding impactful avenues to integrate social justice and anti-racism within the delivery of health services. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) with Distinction and her clinical background is in the area of pediatric oncology/haematology and pediatric medicine. Apart from nursing, Samantha is passionate about community advocacy. Currently, Samantha is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) national Anti-Racism Advisory Council, is a Director on the Board of Directors for the Centre for Race and Culture, and is the Chair of Public Relations with Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Mu Sigma Chapter). Samantha has published in the areas of child health, racism, immigrant health, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. Currently, Samantha is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing. Her research aims to address the gap between child health knowledge translation practices and anti-racism. Specifically, Samantha’s PhD is exploring anti-racism solutions to improve the mental health outcomes of East Asian children. Given her research focus and dedication to improve the wellbeing of East Asian children, Samantha is the recipient of multiple awards including Chinese Graduates Association of Alberta Graduate Scholarship and the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute Graduate Studentship. Samantha’s research interests focus on qualitative inquiry using creative methods including storytelling, poetry, and photography.

Sandra Lamouche
Indigenous Studies, Trent University
Paper Name: Red & White

Sandra Lamouche is a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree Woman) from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta and married into the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta, with two sons. She received my B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of Lethbridge in 2007. Currently I am completing my M.A. Thesis on Indigenous dance and well-being. She is an award winning educator, a champion women’s hoop dancer, and a two –time TEDx Speaker. She is a writer and recently completed an Indigenous Writers Residency with the Banff Center. She is a choreographer that blends traditional and contemporary styles of dance, with past works that have been showcased across Canada.

Selma Guadalupe Morales Hernandez, Master in Legal Sciences
Law, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
Paper Name: Decolonize gender discourses

Selma Guadalupe Morales Hernandez is a non-binary person who has advocated for the rights of sexual and gender diversities from critical theory and decoloniality. They has worked and published on topics related to decoloniality, social justice and critical theory. Translator who co-translated into spanish the book The invention of women by Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí. Honorary Professor at the Autonomous University of Querétaro, Honorary Professor at Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro. They have worked for more than seven years in university teaching and developed their own pedagogical method for decolonizing the classroom. They most important academic degrees areLaw degree in Law by the Autonomous University of Queretaro; Master in Legal Sciences by the Autonomous University of Queretaro, with honorable mention; Doctorate in Legal Sciences by the Autonomous University of Queretaro. In progress. Also participates in advocacy research that directly assists populations in situations of vulnerability, for which it is member of the research project PRONACES 2020-2026 "Analysis, critical balance and proposals for confirmation of public policy lines and regulatory framework on transnational human mobility in southern Mexico".


Tiffany Morris, Masters
English, Acadia University
Paper Name: “Cured by the Apocalypse?”: Survivance and Alternative Temporalities in the Apocalypse of Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Tiffany Morris is a Mi’kmaw/settler writer from Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Nova Scotia. In December 2021, she successfully defended her thesis in the Master of Arts in English at Acadia University. Her thesis, entitled “The Apocalypse Will Not Be Colonized: Crisis, Monsters, and Futurism in Recent Indigenous Narratives,” brings the Mi’kmaw framework of etuaptmumk, or Two-Eyed Seeing, into conversation with Indigenous horror narratives to interrogate the collapse of settler-colonialism as a site of possibility within the field of Indigenous Futurisms. This examination is focused upon the novels Moon of the Crusted Snow by Anishinaabe writer Waubgeshig Rice and The Marrow Thieves by Michif writer Cherie Dimaline, as well as the film Blood Quantum by Mi’gmaq director Jeff Barnaby. Her research interests are focused on Indigenous Futurisms and Indigenous speculative literatures, as well as Canadian literature, ecohorror, and apocalypse narratives.

As an editor, Tiffany has worked for chapbook publishers Gap Riot Press, as well as Apparition Lit’s “Satisfaction” issue, and Eye to the Telescope’s Indigenous Futurists issue, and others. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. As a writer of speculative fiction and poetry, her work has recently appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and Apex Magazine’s Indigenous Futurists issue. Her chapbook, Havoc in Silence, was nominated for an Elgin Award in 2020. Her debut full length poetry collection will be released in Fall 2022 with Nictitating Books. Find her on twitter @tiffmorris or online at

Zakkiyya Anderson, Masters
Sociology, Norfolk State University
Paper Name: Meet me at the Crossroads - The Impact of COVID-19 Evictions on Black Women in Norfolk, Va

Zakkiyya currently serves as the Community Partnership Manager at a nonprofit in Hampton Roads, Virginia whose aim is to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness for children and families. In her role, Zakkiyya works with strategic partners to build sustainable solutions for healthy communities. 

Zakkiyya earned her Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University in Journalism with a double minor in Sociology & African-American Studies, and her Masters of Arts from Norfolk State University in Urban Affairs.

While not at work Zakkiyya stays committed to serving in the community and sits several regional boards and commissions, including her neighborhood Civic League and the Hampton Roads Advisory Transit Panel, serving on the Affordable Housing subcommittee.

Other than that, you can find her playing really bad dodgeball, binge-watching murder mysteries, screaming at the TV while watching her Atlanta sports teams, and jamming out to 90s R & B. 

Nirupama Rajan
Women's and Gender Studies, University of Alberta
Paper Name: If I’m Not A Feminist, What Am I?

Nirupama Rajan (she/her) is a graduate student in the Gender and Social Justice Studies MA Program at the University of Alberta. She has a BA in Media Studies, Economics and Political Science from Christ University, India. She also has experience working with not-for-profit spaces in India and Germany involved in efforts for ending global gender-based violence. Her research interests are constantly evolving as she progresses through her graduate school journey at the University of Alberta, and currently include transnational feminism, the gendered experiences of immigrants and the bonds between settler and exploitation colonialism, to name a few. Niru believes that the time has come for transnational perspectives to be at the forefront of all research and activist undertakings, and sees within such an approach the potential for revealing universal interrelationships and kinship systems.