Women's and Gender Studies

Post Doctoral Fellows

Beth Capper


Office:
3-66 Assiniboia Hall
Email: bcapper@ualberta.ca

Bio

Beth Capper is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Women's & Gender Studies and English & Film Studies at the University of Alberta from 2019-2021. She received her Ph.D. in Modern Culture & Media from Brown University in 2019. Her research is broadly concerned with the history and theory of feminist media and performance in relation to questions of labour, social movements, and the politics of aesthetics. Beth's writing has been published in Art Journal, Media Fields, Third Text, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. She is also assistant editor (with Rebecca Schneider) of a consortium issue of TDR: The Drama Review on "Performance and Reproduction." Beth is currently working on two book projects. The first, Collective Housework: Post-1970s Feminist Media Cultures and the Crisis of Social Reproduction, traces Black, queer, and women of colour film and media interventions into dominant imaginations of social reproduction at the inception of the neoliberal era. Attending to sites, institutions, and labours – from sex work to the prison – that reconfigure the meaning of reproductive freedom, Collective Housework demonstrates how feminist media practices participate in political struggles against neoliberalism. Beth's second project, tentatively titled Get Ready, Stay Ready: Lizzie Borden and the Collective Feminist Image in U.S. Cinema, considers the oeuvre of filmmaker Lizzie Borden as a lens to retheorize the relation among cinematic form and feminist collectivity. Beth is also a film and media programmer. She is currently co-presenting (with Shama Rangwala) a film series at Metro Cinema in Edmonton on the changing conditions of working life in late twentieth and early twenty-first century cinema.

Simone Pfleger


Office:
1-02B Assiniboia Hall
Email: pfleger@ualberta.ca

Bio

Simone Pfleger is a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta for the academic year 2018–19. She received her Ph.D. with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2018. Her dissertation introduces the notion of (un)timeliness to describe a subject’s relationship to the temporal mandates of neoliberal capitalism and focuses on the emergence of non-conforming identities and bodily desire. In 2017–18, Simone joined a cohort of international scholars as a research associate at the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research is grounded in gender and queer theoretical methodologies and focuses on temporality, (political) subjectivity, affect, intimacy, and precarity in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century German-language literature, film, and culture.