Reconstruction 7.1 (2007)

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Jennifer Musial is a doctoral candidate in Women's Studies at York University, Toronto. The working title of her dissertation is "Reproducing America: Examining Media Narratives of the White Pregnant Woman in the U.S. Nation", which looks at the intersections of gender, class, race and nation in media discourses of pregnant women. Recent publications can be found in Technologies of Mothering: New Conceptions, New Deliveries (forthcoming), Not Just Any Dress: Explorations of Dress, Identity, and the Body (Peter Lang Publishers, 2004), Politics and Culture (2003) and Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (2003). [introduction]

Emily van der Meulen is a doctoral candidate in Women's Studies at York University, Toronto. Her dissertation is a study of sex work policy, labour organizing, and the decriminalization of the industry. Recent publications can be found in The Archives of Sexual Behaviour (forthcoming 2008), Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal (forthcoming 2007), International Feminist Journal of Politics (2007), The Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (2006) and $pread Magazine: Illuminating the Sex Industry (2006). [introduction]


Zoë Anderson is a PhD candidate in the discipline of History at the University of Western Australia. Her thesis utilizes Queer theory to examine issues of migrancy and citizenship in Australia in the 1970s and 1980s. Her research interests are nationalism and cultural belonging, theories of sexuality, ethnicity and bodies, post-structuralist and Queer theory, and the politics of biomedicine. She has taught history units at all levels at UWA. [essay]

Clare Bielby is in the second year of her Ph.D in German Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral thesis looks at print media discourses of violent women in 1960s and 1970s Germany and is part of a larger AHRC funded research project which explores representations of women and death in German literature, art and media after 1500. Clare completed her B.A. in Modern and Medieval Languages (German and French) at the University of Cambridge in 2004, before moving to the University of Sussex to study for her Master's in Gender and Media Studies. [essay]

Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington State University. She has published articles in the areas of feminist theory, continental philosophy, and lesbian and gay studies. Her book, In-Between Bodies: Sexual Difference, Race and Sexuality (SUNY 2007), addresses issues of embodiment and identity in contemporary feminist, queer and race theory. Her current research examines links between U.S. discourse regarding "The War on Terror" and U.S. public opinion vis-à-vis race and sexuality. [essay]

Nicholas Bonokoski is a masters student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) in the Sociology And Equity Studies in Education program in the Learning, Work and Change stream. Nicholas is the chair of CUPE local 3907, the graduate assistants local at OISE. Right now he is bargaining for that local which is in conciliation due to U of T denying any meaningful proposals from CUPE 3907. Nicholas's focus in learning work and change is to examine how work is a constitutive element of a settler state and how work centred organizing can challenge the white supremacist patriarchal capitalist power relations of work and colonialism. [essay]

Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Media Studies at the University of Brighton and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. She is the author of seven books: Tracking the Jack - A retracing of the Antipodes (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2000), Ladies who Lunge: Celebrating Difficult Women (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2002), Digital Hemlock: Internet education and the poisoning of teaching (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2002), Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and its popular music (Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 2005), From Revolution to Revelation: Generation X, popular memory, cultural studies (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), Playing on the periphery: sport, identity and memory (London: Routledge, 2006) and The University of Google: Education in the (post)information age (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).; [essay]

Emily Churilla is an English PhD student at Stony Brook University in New York where she specializes in 20th century literature of diaspora and immigration, cultural studies, and postcolonial theory. Her main work within these areas involves the interplay of affect and modernity, specifically of time, shame, forgiveness, and sympathy. [essay]

Robert Duggan received his PhD from the University of Kent and has worked at several English universities, most recently as Teaching Fellow at Keele University. He has written on works by Angela Carter, Charles Dickens and Martin Amis and is currently working on a monograph on contemporary British fiction. [essay]

Páraic Finnerty is a lecturer in English literature at the University of Portsmouth. He is author of Emily Dickinson's Shakespeare (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006). His current project is a study of transatlantic literary relations and ideas of masculinity. [essay]

Chris Gutierrez is a recent graduate of Concordia University's Master of Media Studies program and also holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Calgary. Currently, he lives in his hometown of Calgary and is working at an international not-for-profit group that facilitates academic meetings and conferences. With plans to return to school for a PhD next year, his research interests are focused mainly on discourses of the body and the nation, postructuralist theory, and sexual citizenship. [essay]

Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, Ph.D., is the visiting artist and scholar at the Centre for Arts-Informed Research at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is a member of the A day in the life photography and story collective whose work she is re/presenting here. Her artistic and scholarly interests are in the body, health and well being, and the ordinary places of daily living in the context of urban communities. [photo essay]

Elaine Laforteza is a PhD candidate in Critical and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, Australia. For four years, she has written for the Philippine Community Herald and has been published in the Queer Race edition of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies of Australia e-journal. Currently, she is working on a thesis which interrogates how specific understandings of "home" are deployed through governmental tracts, exported labour and Filipino-Australian advocacy groups that constitute Australia-Philippine relations. [essay]

Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo is Assistant Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies at Washington State University. She has published several articles on Latinos, popular culture, and the War on Terror and has co-authored several anthologies. Her current research includes a book project concerning the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico tentatively titled An Island of Colonialism: Women, Vieques and the Invisibility of the Third World Commonwealth of Puerto Rico . [essay]

Milena Marchesi is a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently engaged in fieldwork research on the politics of reproduction and migration in Italy. Her research is funded by a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Research Grant. [essay]

Damien W. Riggs is an ARC postdoctoral fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. His research is concerned with three main areas: lesbian and gay psychology, critical race and whiteness studies, and parenting and family studies. He has published widely in these areas and is the editor of two books: Out in the Antipodes (Brightfire Press, 2004) - a text on lesbian and gay psychology, and Taking up the Challenge (Crawford Publishers, 2006) - a text on critical race and whiteness studies. He is the author of the book Priscilla, (White) Queen of the Desert (Peter Lang, 2006), which focuses on issues of queer rights and race privilege, and he is the editor of the Australian Psychological Society's Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review. [essay]

Jennifer Schell received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in the English Department's Critical and Cultural Studies Program in April of 2006. She also has an M.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in Anthropology from Emory University. Currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, her specialty is nineteenth-century American literature, and she is working on developing her dissertation entitled, "'Us Lone Wand'ring Whaling-Men': Cross-Cutting Fantasies of Work and Nation in Late Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American Whaling Narratives" into a book manuscript. Her other interests include frontier literature, American national identity, American labor history and literature, and environmental literature. [essay]

Melissa Autumn White is a PhD Candidate in Women's Studies and a Researcher at the Center for International and Security Studies at York University (Toronto). She can be contacted by mail at 360 York Lanes, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, M3J 1P3. Phone: (416)736-2100 (x. 46030); Fax: (416)736-5752. [essay]

Fred Yurichuk is a Masters in Environmental Studies student at York University.  He studies the use of media as a tool for environmental communication and advocacy.  His research using multi-media explores a case study of food security and urban poverty relationships in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a member of "A day in the life" he uses the arts as a mechanism to draw cultural interest towards issues of social and environmental justice. [photo essay]


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