Sabujkoli Bandopadhyay

Dr. Sabujkoli Bandopadhyay holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta. Her research and teaching interests are informed by and contribute to the fields of women of color feminisms, critical race studies, intersectionality, and anti/de/postcolonial criticism. Her recent and upcoming publications include ““Subaltern’s Resistance Against Rape and Sexual Assault: An Aporia?” (2020), Politics of Engagement and Empowerment in the Genre of the Testimonio” (2018), “Affective Alliances in Turbulent Times: Revisiting 1930s and 40s Leftist Politics and Gendered Subjectivities in Mid-century Bengali Women’s Writing” (forthcoming).
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Emily Gerbandt

Emily R. Gerbrandt (She/They) is an anti-violence activist, Survivor, and Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology. Their research engages intersectional feminist theory and anti-carceral perspectives to explore the connections between gendered violence, punishment, and the state. Her research has also explored the #MeToo Movement and the role of digital feminist activism in the creation of extra-legal justice mechanisms by sexualized violence Survivors. Her dissertation, “Surviving the Shadow Pandemic” explores the connections between pandemics and gendered violence, and investigates how COVID-19 management policies on university campuses can exacerbate institutional conditions that give rise to sexualized and gendered violence as well as disadvantage students-Survivors seeking sexual education, resources, justice, and support. Their co-authored work on violence amongst other adults in residential care facilities has been published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work (2019), and the Canadian Review of Sociology (2022).

Kristen Hutchinson

Dr. Kristen Hutchinson is the editor-in-chief of Luma Quarterly, an online open access journal about media art and film. Her research interests include contemporary art, representations of gender and queerness in popular culture, women in horror, and supernatural creatures in film and television. Her most recent publication is an essay about the 2016 film Prevenge in the upcoming anthology Transgressive Horror.
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Randi Nixon

Randi Nixon is a queer-feminist scholar whose work lies at the intersections of affect, queer theory, and equity. She teaches at the University of Alberta and NorQuest College. She likes cooking, swimming, reading, and spending quality time with her kin. In her spare time she also moonlights as Beatrix, a ruthless justice-seeking half-demon.
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Megan Perram

Megan Perram (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research centres the experiences of women and nonbinary individuals with hyperandrogenism by exploring innovative digital tools for writing illness narratives.

Megan has most recently published on the topics of choice-based digital fiction for body image narrative therapy, illness narratives in virtual reality for bodies at the margins, and pedagogical approaches to interactive literary hypertext.

Megan is a 2021 SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and recipient of the President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction. She has twice won the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship, the Joan Shore Memorial Scholarship in Graduate Studies, and received the Government of Alberta’s Persons Case Scholarship in both 2017 and 2020.

Kateryna Shunevych

Kateryna Shunevych, Head of Analytical Center JurFem (Ukraine), the think tank that focuses on researching the adherence to the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination in the public authorities’ activities in Ukraine.

Lawyer, the Ukrainian Women Lawyers Assosiation JurFem board member, Ph.D. student in Law at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (doctoral dissertation ‘Models of organization and conduct of forensic examination in criminal procedures in foreign countries and Ukraine’).

Her professional and teaching interest are gender-based analysis of draft legal acts, as well as their impact on the protection of women's rights in Ukraine; advocacy for women’s rights; institutional development of public authorities based on gender equality and non-discrimination in Ukraine.

She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Wroclaw, Poland (2020) and the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, the University of Alberta, Canada (2022). 

She studied at the University of Bologna (2018) as a participant in the program ‘Erasmus+’. She finished her internship at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian Parliament) (2019) as a part of her professional development.


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Dorothy Woodman

After working in various sectors throughout her adult life, Dr. Dorothy Woodman began graduate work in academics, first to complete research in postcolonial topics and then, following treatments for Stage 3 Breast Cancer, to focus on how the breast has material and symbolic significances and how cancer is explored in memoirs and fiction. She convocated in 2012 and began full-time work as a sessional lecturer. While her teaching occurs primarily in English departments, the interdisciplinary nature of her work brought opportunities to focus on feminist topics in gender within the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Woodman is currently a member of an international committee exploring research collaboration and gender. She sees classrooms as communities of inquiry by incorporating participants’ knowledges and experiences and by engaging intersectional analyses while actively indigenizing/decolonizing academic work. 

Recent publications include:

  • The Cancer Plot: Terminal Immortality in Marvel’s Moral Universe. With Reginald Wiebe. Forthcoming with the University of Alberta Press.
  • “Getting Hammered by Cancer: ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Re-examines the Hero’s Journey” The Conversation (Canada). 21 July 2022. With Reginald Wiebe.
  • “When the Phallus is a ‘Dick’: The Cultural/Material Turn to Breasts.” The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality and Culture. 2022. With Reisa Klein.
  • Reimaging Breasts. Special Edition for Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020). Co-editor with Reisa Klein and Gabrielle Siegers.
  • “Erotic. Maternal. Cultural. Symbolic. Medical. What are Breasts? How are They Imagined? And Who Gets to Decide?” Introduction to Special Edition for Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020). With Reisa Klein and Gabrielle Siegers.
  • Photograph-Essay on Breast Prosthetics. For Imaginations: Journal of Cross- Cultural Image Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2020). With Aloys Fleishmann.