Alison Crosby (Editor)
Associate Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Alison Crosby is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University, where she was the Director of the Centre for Feminist Research from 2014-19. Her research uses a transnational feminist lens and participatory methodologies to accompany protagonists’ multifaceted struggles to redress and memorialize colonial racialized gendered violence in Guatemala, where she has worked for almost three decades. She is the author, with M. Brinton Lykes, of Beyond repair? Mayan women’s protagonism in the aftermath of genocidal harm (Rutgers University Press, 2019), published in Spanish as Más allá de la reparación: Protagonismo de mujeres mayas en las secuelas del daño genocida (Cholsamaj, 2019).
Malathi de Alwis (Editor)
University of Colombo
Malathi de Alwis has published widely on social movements associated with ‘disappearances’ as well as on nationalism, militarism, displacement, suffering, and memorialisation. Her most recent publication, Archive of Memory (2019), curated and edited with Hasini Haputhanthri, and simultaneously published in English, Sinhala and Tamil, offers a people’s object-related history of the past 70 years of independence in Sri Lanka. A section of this work is currently touring the island as part of the ‘It’s About Time’ travelling history museum. Malathi leads ‘memory walks’ around Colombo and has collaborated on a ‘memory map’ to document sites of violence across Sri Lanka: link: http://historicaldialogue.lk/map/
Heather Evans (Editor)
PhD Candidate, Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies
Heather Evans (they/them) is a settler PhD Candidate in the Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies program at York University. Their a research broadly draws on transnational feminist theory and memory studies to examine how militarized sexual harm and racialized, gendered resistance are constructed through the transnational memorialization practices of the “comfort women” movement. Their work is informed by 13 years of experience as an activist, researcher and educator with the “comfort women” movement in the South Korean and Canadian contexts, as well as nearly a decade of academic research on memorialization landscapes and critical interrogations of human trafficking and modern slavery discourses.
Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies
Amber Dean's research focuses on public mourning, violence, and cultural memory and investigates the question of what makes a life widely grievable in the context of contemporary, colonial Canada. She is also interested in how creative forms of cultural production (fiction, art, photography, film, performance) disrupt and reframe common-sense understandings of whose lives (and deaths) matter to wider publics. She is the author of Remembering Vancouver’s Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance (University of Toronto Press, 2015). With Chandrima Chakraborty and Angela Failler, she has also co-edited Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning (University of Alberta Press, 2017).
Independent Historian, Consultant and Curator
Karine Duhamel (she/her/ hers) is Anishinaabe-Métis and is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. A historian by training, Dr. Duhamel was formerly a Curator at a national museum, Adjunct Professor at the University of Winnipeg and Director of Research for Jerch Law Corporation. Most recently, Dr. Duhamel was Director of Research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, drafting the Final Report, as well as managing the Forensic Document Review Project and the Legacy Archive. She is now an independent historian, consultant and curator working across the country to foster awareness of Indigenous histories and contemporary issues.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Honor Ford-Smith is a scholar, theatre worker and poet. She was educated in Jamaica at St Andrew High School and after studying theatre began teaching at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston. She became co-founder and artistic director of Sistren (Sisters), a theatre collective of mainly working-class Jamaican women that works in community theatre and popular education. Ford-Smith moved to Toronto, Canada in 1991, receiving her doctorate in education from the University of Toronto in 2004. She continues to write, to work in performance and to teach at York University in Toronto where she is an Associate Professor in the Community Arts Practice program under the Faculty of Environmental Studies.
Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies
Charlotte Henay is a Bahamian diasporic storyteller, scholar and Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock University. She works with poetry, lyric and visual essays in writing about Black and Indigenous women’s voices as witness, in making Afro-Indigenous futurities. Her writing has appeared in The Offing’s Enumerate, ROOM Magazine's special edition Turtle Island Talks Back, The League of Canadian Poets’ These Lands: A Collections of Voices by Black Poets in Canada chapbook, and various journals and anthologies. Forthcoming pieces are in the edited collection, Remembering and Memorializing Violence: Transnational Feminist Dialogues, and salt. For the preservation of Black diasporic visual histories - a special issue of RACAR | The Journal of the Universities Art Association of Canada. Charlotte’s visual work has been shown at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas’ biennials NE8 and NE9.
Youn Joung Kim
Ph.D. Candidate, Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies
Youn Joung is a queer Korean feminist researcher and social worker who over the last 13 years has worked with sex worker groups and organizations in South Korea, including Magdalena House, offering research, legal, medical and psychosocial support services, as well as serving as a visiting researcher at the government-affiliated organization Korea Women’s Development Institute to help develop policies to support sex workers. Her doctoral research at York University traces genealogies of Korean feminist thought and praxis in connection to prostitution abolitionism and white feminist ideologies.
Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research
University of Western Ontario
Erica Lawson's research focuses on Black maternal activism against structural violence in a transnational context. Her current SSHRC-funded study is a collaboration with women in Liberia who undertook mass protests to end a fourteen-year civil war. The study documents how women utilize community councils in Peace Huts to settle disputes as part of their social reproductive labour to build a culture of peace. Her co-contribution to this book project explores how shared cultural memories, rooted in enslavement, informs how bereaved Black mothers undertake political activism against anti-Black state violence and how they memorialize their dead children to insist on their humanity.
Researcher, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Social Issues
National Center for Scientific Research
Chowra is a tenured research scholar at CNRS Paris. Her research activity focuses on the anthropology of the State, everyday and legal forms of violence, and processes of subjectivation at the margins. It also reflects on the methods of knowledge production and dissemination. It explores the ethnography of the State in France (migrations, national frontiers and social boundaries), and the ethnography of violence in Iran (post-revolution experiences and legacies).
Professor, Adult Education and Community Development & Women and Gender Studies
OISE/University of Toronto
Shahrzad Mojab, scholar, teacher, and activist, is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement, and violence on women's learning and education; gender, state, migration and diaspora; Marxist feminism and anti-racism pedagogy. She is professor of Adult Education and Community Development and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, a former Director of the Women and Gender Institute, University of Toronto and the recipient of the 2020 Canadian Association of Studies in Adult Education Lifetime Achievement Award and the Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies in 2010.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Carmela Murdocca is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University and is appointed to graduate programs in Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies and Social and Political Thought. Her research examines racialization, criminalization and ongoing social histories of racial and colonial violence. Her work is particularly concerned with the intersections of racial carceral violence and the social and legal politics of repair, redress, and reparations.
PhD Candidate, Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies
University of Cambridge
Ola Osman is a Sudanese-Canadian, Gates-Cambridge Scholar who is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree at the University of Cambridge’s Center for Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. Her work primarily focuses on mapping the continuities between racial slavery, its attendant gendered logics and the Liberian civil war. She received an MSt in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford as a Clarendon and Prince Sultan Scholarships holder (2019) and earned her BA from the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research (2018).
PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies
University of British Columbia
Ayu Ratih is a PhD candidate at the Interdisciplinary Studies program, University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her doctoral research looks at the memory of women survivors of anti-Communist violence in Indonesia and the ways it affects their subjectivity. Before coming to Canada, she worked for over a decade with survivors of the 1965-66 genocide. She co-coordinated an oral history project to document the stories of around 500 victims and archive them at the Indonesian Institute of Social History. She was also the lead researcher for the National Commission for Violence against Women in its investigation of gender-based violence committed during the 1965-66 military operation.
Professor, The Social Justice Institute (GRSJ)
University of British Columbia
Pilar Riaño-Alcalá is a professor at the Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Institute and co-lead of the Memory and Justice Research Stream at the University of British Columbia. Pilar’s scholarly work and research creation explores questions on the afterlives and worlds of mass violence. Her work focuses on themes of memory, traces and social repair and on methodological engagements with difficult knowledge and knowledge exchanges. She is the author of "Dwellers of Memory. Youth and Violence in Medellin, Colombia" (Transaction Publishers, 2006) and the editor of “Remembering and Narrating Conflict. Resources for doing Historical Memory Work” (Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica, 2013). She has published articles on Memory Studies, Revista Colombiana de Antropología, the International Journal of Transitional Justice among others.
PhD Candidate, Performance Studies
Cordelia Rizzo is an activist-scholar, and maker from Monterrey, Mexico. She holds an M.A. in Philosophy from the KU Leuven and an M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Her current doctoral project in Performance Studies examines textile-making as a tactic to protest militarized state violence. This project delves into Indigenous knowledges and weaving to identify feminist and anti-colonial components of the protest imbricated in textile making. She focuses mainly on embroidery, since one of her main sites of research is the transnational Embroidering for Peace initiative, which began in 2011 to protest organized violence (the war on drugs) in Mexico.
Juanita Stephen is a PhD candidate in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. Her research focuses on care and care work, with a particular focus on Black feminist care praxes as resistance to state dispossession of Black peoples in Canada, South Africa and the USA. Guided by over 15 years of direct service as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner and related academic and community research, her doctoral project is concerned with the narrative space of care work¬–that is, the way care is spoken and written about as practice of care itself.
PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies
Camille Turner is an explorer of race, space, home and belonging. Born in Jamaica and currently based in Toronto, her work combines Afrofuturism and historical research. Her interventions, installations and public engagements have been presented throughout Canada and internationally. Camille graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design and York University’s Masters in Environmental Studies program where she is currently a PhD candidate. Her current research seeks to shed light on slave ships that were constructed in 18th century Newfoundland.
Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj
Maya-K’iche’ anthropologist, journalist and activist
Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is the 2019-21 Edward Laroque Tinker Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University. She is an international spokeswoman for Indigenous communities in Central America and was the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology in Guatemala. She was instrumental in making racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala and is featured in 500 Years, a documentary about Indigenous resistance movements, for her role as an activist and expert witness in war crime trials. The author of several books, she writes a weekly newspaper column for El Periódico newspaper in Guatemala.