Field: Feminist and Gender Studies

Field: Feminist and Gender Studies

Research Expertise:
colonialism and control, criminology, Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women, prison, prison education, punishment, state violence, violence against women

Expert: Dr. Vicki Chartrand
Department: Sociology
Interview languages: English, French

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Dr. Vicki Chartrand

Associate Professor – Department Chairperson

B.S.Sc. & M.A. (University of Ottawa), PhD. (Macquarie University, Sydney) Office Hours: Thursday 2:00-4:00 p.m. Dr. Chartrand is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Bishop’s University, Québec and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, Criminology Department. Her current research is concerned with three interrelated areas: 1) the historical links between the criminal justice system and settler colonialism and how colonialism is deployed throughout the justice system today; 2) Indigenous grassroots work to address violence against Indigenous women; 3) alternative understandings and practices of justice and accountability embedded in anti-violence and anti-colonial frameworks. Dr. Chartrand recently received a Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) emerging scholars grant to document the initiatives and strategies of Indigenous families and communities of the disappeared and murdered Indigenous women.…Contact Information
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2409

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B.S.Sc. & M.A. (University of Ottawa), PhD. (Macquarie University, Sydney)

Office Hours:
Thursday 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Dr. Chartrand is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Bishop’s University, Québec and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, Criminology Department. Her current research is concerned with three interrelated areas: 1) the historical links between the criminal justice system and settler colonialism and how colonialism is deployed throughout the justice system today; 2) Indigenous grassroots work to address violence against Indigenous women; 3) alternative understandings and practices of justice and accountability embedded in anti-violence and anti-colonial frameworks. Dr. Chartrand recently received a Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) emerging scholars grant to document the initiatives and strategies of Indigenous families and communities of the disappeared and murdered Indigenous women. Other research includes women and prison release, institutional violence, pedagogy and abolition, and prison education. In addition to her research she is the recipient of the 2017/2018 Divisional Teaching Award. She is also the founder and Director of the Centre for Justice Exchange – a collective of academics, students, and individuals who seek to advance more inclusive understandings and practices of justice. She is the Prisoner Struggles Editor for the Journal of Prisoners on Prison and sits on the Editorial Boards of the Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, Canadian Journal of Criminal Justice, Decolonization of Criminology and Justice, and the Journal of Prisoners on Prison. Dr. Chartrand also has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit, government, and voluntary sectors. This includes advocating for and with women and children, Indigenous communities, and prisoners.

Publications

Journal Issues

Lehalle, S., Chartrand, V. and Kilty, J. M. (Eds.) (2016). Special Issue: Prison Education. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 25(2). http://www.jpp.org/documents/back%20issues/JPP%2025-2.pdf

Journal Articles

Chartrand, V. (2019). Unsettled Times: Indigenous Incarceration and the Links Between Colonialism and the Penitentiary in Canada. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Advance Online. https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/cjccj.2018-0029

 Chartrand, V. and Piché, J. (2019). Abolition and Pedagogy: Reflections on Teaching a Course on Alternatives to Penality, State Repression and Social Control. Contemporary Justice Review, 22 (1), 23-42. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10282580.2019.1576129

 Chartrand, V. (2016). I’m Not Your Carceral Other. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 25(1), 61-62. http://www.jpp.org/documents/back%20issues/JPP%2025-1.pdf

 Chartrand, V. (2015). Landscapes of Violence: Women and Canadian Prisons. Champ pénal/Penal field, VII, 2-20. http://champpenal.revues.org/9158

Chartrand, V. (2014). Penal and Colonial Politics Over Life: Women and Penal Release Schemes in NSW, Australia. Settler Colonial Studies, 4(3), 305-320. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2201473X.2013.864548

Chartrand, V. (2014). Tears4Justice and the Missing and Murdered Women and Children Across Canada: An Interview with Gladys Radek. Radical Criminology, 3, 113-126. http://journal.radicalcriminology.org/index.php/rc/article/view/25/html

Armstrong, K. and Chartrand, V. (2008). Checking Out But Never Leaving: Women, Prison and Community in Colonial Australia. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 16(2), 84-96. http://www.jpp.org/documents/back%20issues/16-2_toc.pdf

Armstrong, K., Baldry, E. and Chartrand, V (2007). Human Rights Abuses and Discrimination Against Women in the Criminal Justice System in New South Wales. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 12(2), 203-227
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/AUJlHRights/2007/28.pdf

Book Chapters

Chartrand, V. and Kilty, J. M. (2017). Corston Principles in Canada: Creating the Carceral Other and Moving Beyond Women in Prison. In L. Moore, P. Scraton and A Wahidin (Eds.), Women’s Imprisonment and the Case for Abolition: Critical Reflections on Corston Ten Years On (pp. 109-128) UK: Routledge. http://tees.openrepository.com/tees/handle/10149/620758

Chartrand, V. (2017). Penal Tourism of the Carceral Other as Colonial Narrative. In J. Z. Wilson, S. Hodgkinson, J. Piché and K. Walby (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism (pp. 673-687). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56135-0_32

Chartrand, V., Abraham, M., Gazan, L., James, C., Osborne, B. and Richard, C. (2016). Visualizing Grassroots Justice: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. In D. M. Lavell-Harvard and J. Brant (Eds.), Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada (pp. 255-266). Bradford: Demeter Press. First Author http://demeterpress.org/books/forever-loved-exposing-the-hidden-crisis-of-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women-and-girls-in-canada/

Chartrand, V. (2016). Normalized Violence: Women and Canadian Penality. In D. Soeiro (Ed.), Exploring Issues of Confinement: Identity and Control (pp. 23-29). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. First Author
http://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/product/exploring-issues-of-confinement-identity-and-control/

Crocker, D. and Chartrand, V. (2015). Prisoner Subjectivity and Resistance Through Restorative Justice. In R. Ricciardelli and K. Maier (Eds.), Imprisonment: Experience, Identity and Practice (pp. 53-79). Oxford: InterDisciplinary Press. Second Author

Chartrand, V. (2014). Inalienable, Universal and the Right to Punish: Women, Prison and Practices of Freedom. In J. M. Kilty (Ed.), Within the Confines: Women and the Law in Canada (pp. 26-58). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press. https://womenspress.canadianscholars.ca/books/within-the-confines

Reports

Chartrand, V. and Lampron, E. (2019). The Centre for Justice Exchange, Bishop’s University. Canadian Criminal Justice Association Justice Actualités-Report, 33(5), 19-20. Co-Author http://www.g251.ca/JusticeReport/slider.php

Chartrand, V. and Petey (2016). Structural Violence in Canada’s Prisons for Women. Canadian Criminal Justice Association Justice Actualités-Report, 31(1), 21-23. Co-Author https://www.ccja-acjp.ca/pub/en/justice-report/issue-31-1/#a6

Chartrand, V. (2012). Business as Usual. Canadian Criminal Justice Association Justice Actualités-Report, 27(4), 11. https://www.ccja-acjp.ca/pub/en/justice-report/

Armstrong, K., Baldry, E. and Chartrand, V. (2005). Submission to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for an Inquiry into the Discrimination Experienced by Women Within the Criminal Justice System in New South Wales. Sydney: Beyond Bars Alliance Group. Co-Author http://www.sistersinside.com.au/media/NSWADCreport.pdf

Published Conference Proceedings

Chartrand, V. (2015). Normalized Violence: Women and Canadian Penality. In D. Soeiro (Ed), Experiencing Prison 5. UK: InterDisciplinary Press.

News Articles

Chartrand, V. (2018). Broken System: Why is a quarter of Canada’s prison population Indigenous? The Conversation, 18 February. https://theconversation.com/broken-system-why-is-a-quarter-of-canadas-prison-population-indigenous-91562

Chartrand, V. (2016). Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada and Grassroots Strategies for Change. The Sherbrooke Record, 5 December. https://www.pressreader.com/canada/sherbrooke-record/20161205/281500750872025

Chartrand, V. (2009). A Stark and Humbling Business. Quesnel Cariboo Observer, 96(88): A8, 10 July

Media Work

Newsprint Interview. Gibbins, E. How these activists are fighting for the rights of missing and murdered indigenous women across North America. Hello Giggles, 24 April
https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/activists-fighting-for-missing-murdered-indigenous-women/

Newsprint Interview. Keith, E. (2019). Community in Corrections: Fostering a sense of belonging can lower likelihood to reoffend. Christian Courier, 11 February http://www.christiancourier.ca/news/entry/community-in-corrections

Newsprint Interview. Connolly, A.  (2019). ‘I don’t understand’: Indigenous advocates question why non-Indigenous offenders in healing lodges. Global News, 9 January https://globalnews.ca/news/4831191/healing-lodge-non-indigenous-offenders/

Televised Interview. Connolly, A. (2019). EXCLUSIVE: White and non-Indigenous offenders made up 11% of those in healing lodges last year, Global News, 8 January https://globalnews.ca/news/4825631/demographic-breakdown-healing-lodges-canada/

Newsprint Interview. Ferreras, J. (2018). Healing lodges – it’s not whether they work, but how well, research shows. Global News, 29 September https://globalnews.ca/news/4491099/healing-lodges-terri-lynne-mcclintic/

Newsprint Interview. Moro, T. (2018). ‘Shock and disappointment’ in Six Nations over Khill not guilty verdict. The Hamilton Spectator, 27 June. https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8700320–shock-and-disappointment-in-six-nations-over-khill-not-guilty-verdict/

Newsprint Interview. Rivard-Boudreau, É. (2018). L’importance des méthodes traditionnelles de guérison en prison. Radio Canada, 9 April. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1094136/detenus-autochtones-methodes-traditionnelles-guerison-prison-detention-aines-commission-viens

Live Radio. (2016). PRS Interview with Vicki Chartrand about Prison Letters Project. The Prison Radio Show, CKUT Montreal / McGill Campus Community Radio, 27 May.

Radio Interview. McKenna, K. (2015). Sherbrooke, Quebec, double national average for pot possession charges. CBC News Radio, 30 September. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/sherbrooke-double-national-average-marijuana-1.3249697

Profiled. Millar, E. and Kelly, A. (2014). Canadian University Report: University profiles to help you choose – Bishop’s University, Hotshot Prof, Globe & Mail, 21 October. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/university-profiles-to-help-you-choose/article21187051/?page=all

Newsprint Interview. McCully, M. (2014). Bishop’s Set to Commit Sociology. Sherbrooke Record, 3 October.

Radio Interview. (2012). Indigenous Women in Prison. McGill Community Radio Station, 26 August.

Televised Interview. (2012). Quebec vigil honours memories of 3 women murdered in Winnipeg. Aboriginal Program Television Network, 28 June. http://aptn.ca/news/2012/06/28/quebec-vigil-honours-memories-of-3-women-murdered-in-winnipeg/

Newsprint Interview. Obbard, K. (2011). Defence Against Rape. The Fulcrum, 72(11): 8, 29 February. http://thefulcrum.ca/arts/defence-against-rape/

Video Interview. (2010). Quesnel’s Affordable Housing. Video Production, Quesnel: Cinemabear Productions.


Research Expertise:
hijab, human rights in Morocco, Islam, niqab, reasonable accommodations, secularism, veil, women’s rights in Morocco

Expert: Dr. Osire Glacier
Department: History, Religion, Politics and International Studies
Interview languages: English, French

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Dr. Osire Glacier

Adjunct Professor

Osire Glacier (Ph.D. McGill University, Montréal, 2010) teaches in the History Department and the Religion Department. She teaches courses in Islam, Women in Islam and Politics and Religion in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research focuses on Moroccan women’s history, politics of gender and sexuality in postcolonial Morocco, and politics of human rights in postcolonial Morocco. She is the author of several monographs, among which Le sexe nié, féminité, masculinité et sexualité au Maroc (Montréal : Pleine Lune, 2019), which was published in English as Femininity, Masculinity and Sexuality in Morocco (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Femmes, Islam et Occident (Montréal : Pleine Lune, 2018), Les droits humains au Maroc : entre discours et réalité (Tarik Éditions, 2015), Universal Rights, Systemic Violations and Cultural Relativism in Morocco (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Political Women in Morocco: Then and Now (Africa World Press, 2013), which was published in French as Femmes politiques au Maroc: d’hier à aujourd’hui (Tarik Éditions, 2013).…Contact Information

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Osire Glacier (Ph.D. McGill University, Montréal, 2010) teaches in the History Department and the Religion Department. She teaches courses in Islam, Women in Islam and Politics and Religion in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research focuses on Moroccan women’s history, politics of gender and sexuality in postcolonial Morocco, and politics of human rights in postcolonial Morocco. She is the author of several monographs, among which Le sexe nié, féminité, masculinité et sexualité au Maroc (Montréal : Pleine Lune, 2019), which was published in English as Femininity, Masculinity and Sexuality in Morocco (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Femmes, Islam et Occident (Montréal : Pleine Lune, 2018), Les droits humains au Maroc : entre discours et réalité (Tarik Éditions, 2015), Universal Rights, Systemic Violations and Cultural Relativism in Morocco (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Political Women in Morocco: Then and Now (Africa World Press, 2013), which was published in French as Femmes politiques au Maroc: d’hier à aujourd’hui (Tarik Éditions, 2013).

Her blog, http://www.etudesmarocaines.com, aims at disseminating academic knowledge about North African issues within the general public.

Fields of research

  • Women, gender, sexuality in North Africa
  • Women’s history in North Africa
  • Human-rights history and politics in North Africa
  • Intercultural relations in Quebec

Scholarly research

Peer-reviewed books

Féminin, masculin : photos d’affiches publicitaires
Preface: Florence Montreynaud
(Saint-Joseph-du-Lac/Montreal: M. Éditeur, Sept. 2019)

Le sexe nié: le féminin, le masculin et la sexualité au Maroc et à Hollywood
(Montreal: Pleine Lune, 2019) (Casablanca: Croisée des chemins, 2020)

Femmes, Islam et Occident
(Montreal: Pleine Lune, 2018)

Femininity, Masculinity and Sexuality in Morocco and Hollywood: The Negated Sex
(New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2017)

Les droits humains au Maroc entre discours et réalité
(Casablanca: Tarik Éditions, 2015)

Universal Rights, Systemic Violations and Cultural Relativism in Morocco
(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

  • Trans. Valerie Martin
  • Foreword: Dr. François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur and Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University
  • Preface: Philippe Tremblay, Director for Legal Affairs, Lawyers Without Borders
  • Epilogue: Dr. Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada

Des femmes politiques d’hier à aujourd’hui
(Casablanca: Tarik Éditions, 2013)

Political Women in Morocco: Then and Now
(Trenton: Africa World Press, 2013)
Trans. Valerie Martin

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

“Kharboucha, poète, chanteuse et militante des Oulad Zayd”
Horizons maghrébins 75 (2016): 71–76
Presses universitaires du Midi (PUM), Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, Toulouse, France

“Arab Revolutions from the Perspectives of Women”
Journal of New Media Studies in the Middle East and North Africa 2 (2013): 1–37
Northeastern University, Boston, United States

“Power and Production of Knowledge: The Case Study of Moroccan Feminism”
Journal of New Media Studies in the Middle East and North Africa 1 (2012): 1–9
Northeastern University, Boston, United States

“Les droits fondamentaux des femmes marocaines entre la loi islamique et le droit international des droits de la personne”
Revue juridique Thémis 43.1 (2009): 205–17
Université de Montréal, Montreal

“Les enjeux qui sous-tendent le relativisme culturel des droits humains, Charte arabe des droits de l’homme et Déclaration islamique universelle des droits de l’homme”
Revue juridique Thémis 39.3 (2005): 597–620
Université de Montréal, Montreal

Peer-reviewed online publications

“Cultural Immobilism in Morocco”
Revue Histoire engagée (Oct. 2016)
histoireengagee.ca

“The Veil: Historical Perspectives”
Revue Histoire engagée (Feb. 2011)
histoireengagee.ca

Book chapters

“The Impact of Impunity for Violating Cultural Rights”
Ed. Anthony Chase, Routledge Handbook on Human Rights and the Middle East and North Africa (Oxfordshire: Routledge Books, 2016), 373–86.

“Moroccan Feminism as Universal Feminism”
Ed. Trevor Getz, African Voices of the Global Past (Colorado: Westview Press, 2013), 169–203

Articles in conference proceedings

“Pouvoir et production du savoir: le cas du féminisme marocain”
Dir. Fatima Sadiqi, Femmes et nouveaux medias dans la region méditerranéenne
(Fez: Imprimeries universitaires/Image Pub, 2012), 47–63

Entries in peer-reviewed encyclopedias

Fatima al-Fihri (?–880), founder of the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque
Zaynab al-Nafzawiyya (?–1072), Almoravid queen
Princesse Fannu (?–1147), Almohad female soldier
Malika al-Fassi (1919–2007), first modern feminist
Halima Embarek Warzazi (1933–), first female diplomat
Chaïbia Tallal (1929–2004), illiterate, yet famous painter
Touria Chaoui (1936–1956), first female pilot
Merieme Chadid (1969–), first female astronomer
Dictionary of African Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

“Sexual Harassment: Arab States”
Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, vol. 3: Family, Body, Sexuality and Health
(Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2006), 372–74

Scholarly presentations

“The Impact of the Construction of Sexuality on Women’s Rights in Morocco” (Nov. 2016)
MESA’s 2016 Annual Meeting, Boston, United States

“When Official Culture Delegitimizes Human Rights: The Case of Morocco” (May 2016)
84e Congrès de l’ACFAS, UQAM, Montreal, Canada

“Tracing Women in Moroccan History” (Aug. 2015)
7e Congrès international des recherches féministes dans la francophonie
UQAM, Montreal

“Power and Resistance: The Case of Moroccan Political Women” (May 2014)
82e Congrès de l’ACFAS, Concordia University, Montreal

“Moroccan Women, Symbolic Violence and Political Violence” (May 2014)
Violence and Society: Interdisciplinary Analysis
82e Congrès de l’ACFAS, Concordia University, Montreal

“Female Subaltern Identities in Morocco” (Aug. 2012)
The Invention of Subaltern Identities in the South
Lucienne-Cnockaert Chair and the History Department
Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke

“Women’s Contributions to Arab Spring” (July 2012)
Summer School, CERIUM, Université de Montréal, Montreal

“Culture or Masculine Dominance? The Case of Moroccan Women” (June 2012)
12th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

“Moroccan Women: From Anti-colonial Struggles to the Years of Lead” (Nov. 2011)
Decolonization in the Third World: Challenges, Hopes and Limitations
Lucienne-Cnockaert Chair and the History Department
Université de Sherbrooke, Campus Longueuil, Longueuil

“Power and Knowledge: Moroccan Feminism as a Case Study” (June 2011)
Women and New Media in the Mediterranean Region International Conference, ISIS Center for Women and Development, Fez, Morocco

“Gender, Colonialism and Human Rights in the Middle East” (May 2010)
78ème Congrès de l’ACFAS, Université de Montréal, Canada

“Human Rights: An Imperialistic Product?” (Mar. 2010)
Centre d’études sur le droit international et la mondialisation (CEDIM)
Department of Legal Studies, Faculty of Political Science and Law
UQAM, Montreal

“Sexuality, Imperialism and Human Rights in the Middle East” (Nov. 2009)
MESA’s 43rd Annual Meeting, Boston, United States

“Human Rights as a Global Pursuit of Universal Dignity” (Oct. 2009)
Towards the Dignity of Difference: Neither the Clash of Civilizations nor the End of History
University of Edmonton & the United Nations University in Japan, Edmonton, Canada

“The Contribution of Arab States to Universal Rights” (Nov. 2007)
MESA’s 41st Annual Meeting, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montreal

“Arab States and Universal Rights” (May 2007)
75e Congrès de l’ACFAS, UQTR, Trois-Rivières

“Women’s Rights between Islamic Law and International Law of Human Rights” (Apr. 2007)
Réseau Moyen-Orient (CÉRIUM), in collaboration with the Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal, Montreal

“Gender, Islam and the West” (Sept. 2005)
2005 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics and Society Conferences
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, États-Unis

“Arab Charter of Human Rights and Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights: Readings and Consequences for Human Rights” (Sept. 2004)
2004 Middle East & Central Asia Politics, Economics and Society Conferences
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States

Knowledge dissemination – selective list

Contribution to documentary: “Malika al-Fassi and Modern Feminism in Morocco” (Feb. 2017)
Série documentaire 10 Femmes de notre Histoire, Chaîne de télévision 2M, Morocco
Scenario: Layla Triqui
Artistic Director: Layla Triqui
Production: Ali’N production et 2M
Producer: Nabil Ayouch
Executive Producer: Amine Benjalloun
Idea and concept: Nadia Kamali Marouazi

Contribution to documentary: “Khnata Bint Bakkar, Vizir and Ruler de Facto” (Oct. 2016)
Série documentaire 10 Femmes de notre Histoire, Chaîne de télévision 2M, Morocco
Scenario: Layla Triqui and Yasmina Rhoulami
Artistic Director: Layla Triqui
Production: Ali’N production et 2M
Producer: Nabil Ayouch
Executive Producer: Amine Benjalloun
Idea and concept: Nadia Kamali Marouazi

Contribution to documentary: “Sayyida al-Hurra, Tetouan’s Medieval Ruler” (May 2016)
Série documentaire 10 femmes de notre Histoire, Chaîne de télévision 2M, Morocco
Scenario: Meryem Reggab and Layla Triqui
Artistic Director: Layla Triqui
Idea and Concept: Nadia Kamali Marouazi
Production: Ali’N Production and Chaîne 2M
Producer: Nabil Ayouch
Executive Producer: Amine Benjalloun

http://www.2m.ma/PROGRAMMES/Des-Histoires-et-des-Hommes/Documentaires/Figures-Historiques-Essayida-Al-Hourra

Round table: “Feminism and Religion” (Mar. 2009)
Canal VOX Television, Émission “Parole et vie”, Montreal, Canada


Research Expertise:
archives, Canadian women authors, female authorship, feminist theory

Expert: Dr. Linda Morra
Department: English
Interview languages: English, French

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Dr. Linda Morra

Full Professor

Dr. Linda Morra is a Full Professor of English at Bishop’s University. She served as the Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin for the 2016-2017 year. During her term in Dublin, she conceived of and staged ‘Untold Stories of the Past 150 Years’ (April 2017), from which she is co-editing a volume of papers. In January 2016, with a Sproul Fellowship from the Institute of Canadian Studies, she served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently holds three SSHRC grants, one of these a Connection Grant for the 'Untold Stories' conference and another an Insight Grant to support her research for Jane Rule's biography.…Contact Information
Phone: 819-822-9600 ext. 2872

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Dr. Linda Morra is a Full Professor of English at Bishop’s University. She served as the Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin for the 2016-2017 year. During her term in Dublin, she conceived of and staged ‘Untold Stories of the Past 150 Years’ (April 2017), from which she is co-editing a volume of papers. In January 2016, with a Sproul Fellowship from the Institute of Canadian Studies, she served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently holds three SSHRC grants, one of these a Connection Grant for the ‘Untold Stories’ conference and another an Insight Grant to support her research for Jane Rule’s biography.

Her most recent book, Unarrested Archives: Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Women’s Authorship (University of Toronto Press in December 2014), was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize in English in 2015. Awarded a SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2005-2009) and the FQRSC Etablissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs (2009-2013) for research that undergirds this book, she examines how Canadian women writers approached their own archives for the purposes of locating self-agency. She then investigates how they were regulated and contained, and how they existed in or resisted both personal and professional antagonist relationships. These antagonisms generated the very divisions, the conflictual set of relations, by which women then engaged in productive disruptions.

During her research for the latter book, she discovered Jane Rule’s hand-written autobiography, Taking My Life, in the University of British Columbia archives. She subsequently transcribed, edited, and prepared the autobiography for publication (Talon 2011) and also wrote the afterword. Taking My Life was shortlisted for the LAMBDA Award (2012), received a nomination for the Stonewall Book Award (2011), and garnered many positive reviews. One such review appeared in The Globe and Mail. She is drawing upon this research to write the biography of Jane Rule, her current research in progress.

As she worked on her monograph, she also collaborated with Dr. Jessica Schagerl on editing Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives (WLUP 2012), a collection of essays that assesses the negotiations—and sometimes contradictions—involved in responsibly dealing with the tangible records of women’s public and private lives, and the fact that these preserved archival documents were often not seen as part of a systematic nation-building process.

This collaboration was preceded by another with Dr. Deanna Reder. Together, they co-edited the interdisciplinary collection, Troubling Tricksters (WLUP 2010). Dr. Reder and she collaborated on another book, which comes out of support by a SSHRC Connections Grant (January 2014) and which drew together Indigenous studies scholars and students from across the country to consider pedagogical approaches to Indigenous literatures. The event took place at the end of February 2014 in Vancouver, at which time she and Dr. Reder workshopped their new anthology, Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2016).

She is also at work with Dr. Laura Davis (Red Deer) on a book, forthcoming with the University of Alberta Press and which is titled, Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland: Letters (forthcoming 2018). The project was supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to 2016. She has received a contract for a volume of papers she edited, titled Moving Archives (WLUP), submitted in 2017.

Dr. Morra has won several teaching awards, including the Departmental teaching Award (2008-2009) and Best Professor of the Humanities (2007-2008 and 2009-2010), and has been nominated for several others, including the William and Nancy Turner Teaching Award (2010-2011). She was also awarded the Faculty Evaluation Committee Merit Award for Research/Teaching in 2010 and then again in 2013.

She served as the President of the Quebec Writers’ Federation (2014-2016), for which she developed their Youth Prize, and sits on the advisory board for Guernica Press, Canadian Literature, and Studies in Canadian Literature. She runs the Morris House Reading Series at Bishop’s University and the Student Writing Week/End in the Eastern Townships (SWEET). Visit her website.

Research

Dr. Linda M. Morra is working on research related to Jane Rule (1931-2007). Novelist, short story writer, essayist, activist, and contributor to the queer liberation periodical, The Body Politic (1971-1987), Rule made an enormous contribution to the literary and socio-cultural production of, and enlargement of space for, the queer community during her lifetime. This research grew out of her most recent book, Unarrested Archives: Case Studies in Twentieth-Century Women’s Authorship, which recalibrates current scholarly perspectives on Canadian women writers’ agencies in the twentieth century by historicizing the emergence of the notion of unhindered female authorship and by examining how their literary archives came to be forged within, against, or outside centralized repositories of official records. She is also editing a volume of essays, forthcoming in 2016, titled Moving Archives, in which contributors assess the affective, digital, and contextual processes that affect how archives are shaped and change shape over time.