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Authors Meet Critics

Authors Meet Critics sessions are designed to bring authors of recent, cutting-edge books, deemed to be important contributions to the field of women’s studies, together in robust conversation with discussants that both celebrate and critically engage the publication.

Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Culture
Author: LaMonda Horton-Stallings, University of Maryland
Thursday, November 10, 2:30 to 3:45pm
Palais des Congrès, 519A (LCD)

Horton-Stallings is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. Her first book, Mutha is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness (2007), engages folklore, black cultural studies, and queer theory to examine representations of sexual desire in fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy, neo-soul, and hip-hop created by black women.  Her second book, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2015), explores how black sexual cultures produce radical ideologies about labor, community, art, and sexuality. Her new work will be a funky transdisciplinary project on public health, safe sex, and sexual intellectuals.

Darius Bost, San Francisco State University
Ariane Cruz, Penn State University
Mel Lewis, Goucher College
C. Riley Snorton, Cornell University

Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative
Author: Amy L. Brandzel, University of New Mexico
Friday, November 11, 12:30 to 1:45pm
Palais des Congrès, 519A (LCD)

Amy L. Brandzel is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women Studies at the University of New Mexico. Their work has appeared in the Feminist Studies, GLQ, Journal of Asian American Studies, and WSQ, and is set to appear in Feminist Formations. Their current project, Queer Knowledge: The Law of Difference in Academe, charts how U.S. legal mandates are operationalized within academic institutions, and the ways in which different axes of difference are granted divergent access to individuality, vulnerability, and woundedness.

Karma Chávez, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jigna Desai, University of Minnesota
Rachel Levitt, University of New Mexico
Decolonizing Educational Research: From Ownership to Answerability
Author: Leigh Patel, Boston College
Friday, November 11, 3:45 to 5:00pm
Palais des Congrès, 519A (LCD)

Leigh Patel is an interdisciplinary researcher, educator, and writer.  Her work addresses the narratives that facilitate societal structures. With a background in sociology, she researches and teaches about education as a site of social reproduction and as a potential site for transformation. She is an Associate Professor of Education at Boston College and works extensively with societally marginalized youth and teacher activists. Prior to working in the academy, Leigh was a journalist, a teacher, and a state-level policymaker. 

Patricia Krueger-Henney, University of Massachusetts Boston
Jessica Ruglis, McGill University
Eve Tuck, University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places
Author: Jin Haritaworn, York University
Saturday, November 12, 11:00 to 12:15pm
Palais des Congrès, 519A (LCD)

Jin Haritaworn is Associate Professor of Gender, Race and Environment at York University, Toronto. Queer Lovers and Hateful Others is their second book. The book makes forerunning contributions to several fields on both sides of the Atlantic, including queer and transgender studies, critical ethnic studies, and urban studies, and intervenes in debates about gay imperialism, homonationalism, intersectionality and queer gentrification. Jin has written numerous shorter pieces (including in GLQ, Sexualities and Society&Space), including the widely-cited co-authored "Gay Imperialism", and has been co/editor on four collections (including Queer Necropolitics and the forthcoming Marvellous Grounds – see panel of the same title).

Sunera Thobani, University of British Columbia
Sirma Bilge, Université de Montréal
Veronika Zablotsky, University of California Santa Cruz
Undoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology
Author: Angela Willey, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Saturday, November 12, 1:45 to 3:00pm
Palais des Congrès, 519A (LCD)

Angie Willey is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She writes and teaches at the interstices of queer feminist theory, feminist science studies, and sexuality studies.  Her work has appeared in Feminist Studies, Signs, Journal of Gender Studies, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and Sexualities, and in volumes on monogamy, the science of difference, materialism, and the global history of sexual science.  She is currently researching a book on genealogies of feminist science studies and collaborating on special issues of Catalyst, Lesbian Studies, and Imaginations, and on a reader in Queer Feminist Science Studies. 

Kim TallBear, University of Alberta
Jennifer Terry, University of California Irvine
Shannon Winnubst, Ohio State University

Moderator: Banu Subramaniam, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Gringo Gulch: Sex, Tourism, and Social Mobility in Costa Rica
Author: Megan Rivers-Moore, Carleton University
Sunday, November 13, 9:30 to 10:45am
Palais des Congrès, 519A (LCD)

Megan Rivers-Moore completed a PhD in sociology from the University of Cambridge and a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto in women’s and gender studies. Megan is currently an assistant professor in women's and gender studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, cross-appointed in the departments of sociology and political economy. Her research takes place at the intersections of sociology, gender studies, and Latin American and Caribbean studies.  Megan has published in numerous journals, including The British Journal of Sociology, Sexualities, Feminist Theory, and Social Politics. Gringo Gulch is her first book. 

Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan, Carleton University
Patricia Martin, University of Montréal
Ana Isla, Brock University

Moderator: Judith Taylor, University of Toronto