Education

2017        PhD in English Literature | The University of Alberta, Canada

2012        Higher Education Teaching Certificate | The University of Winnipeg, Canada

2010        M.A. in English Literature and Cultural Studies | McMaster University, Canada

2009        B.A. Honours in English Literature | The University of Winnipeg, Canada

 

Professional Appointments

2018-2020    Newton International Fellow | The University of Sheffield [Animal Studies Research Centre]

2017-2018    Research Affiliate | The University of Manitoba [Institute for the Humanities]

2017             Research Associate | The University of Winnipeg [United Centre for Theological Studies]

2016-2018    Sessional Instructor | The University of Manitoba [Department of English, Film, and Theatre]

2011-2017     Contract Faculty | The University of Winnipeg [Department of English]

 

Publications

Edited Volumes:

1        Taxidermic Forms and Fictions, A special issue of Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, vol. 27, no. 1, Co-Edited by Sarah Bezan and Susan McHugh, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019. (Forthcoming).

2        Seeing Animals After Derrida. Ed. Sarah Bezan and James Tink. Lanham: Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Imprint, 2018.

3        Thompson Butler, Elizabeth. Waterloo Diary: Woman Battle Artist in Training. Ed. Juliet McMaster with Sarah Bezan, Adela Burke, Brandi Goddard, Yifan Li, and Kaarina Mikalson. Sydney, Australia: Juvenilia Press, 2015.

 

Refereed Journal Articles:

1       "From the Galapagos Islands to the Frozen Zoo: Taxidermy, De-Extinction, and the Preservation of Lonesome George, the Last Pinta Island Tortoise." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, vol. 27, no. 1, 2019. Co-Edited by Sarah Bezan and Susan McHugh, Johns Hopkins University Press. (Forthcoming).

2        “Necro-Eco: The Ecology of Death in Jim Crace’s Being Dead.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature vol. 48, iss. 3, Sept. 2015, pp. 191-207.

 *Reprinted in Jim Crace. Ed. Lawrence Trudeau. Contemporary Literary Criticism Series. Layman Poupard Publishing, 2017.

3        “Shame as a Structure of Feeling: Raped and Prostituted Women in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Futhi Ntshingila’s Shameless.” Journal of the African Literature Association vol. 7, iss. 1, Summer/Fall 2012, pp. 15-24.    

4        “‘This earth, hot like burning coals’: Alchemical Transmutation in Animal’s People.” Criterion vol. 5, Spring 2012, pp. 99-108.

 *Selected for reprinting in Ecocriticism and World Literature. Ed. Manoj Kumar. Publisher TBD (forthcoming 2018).

5        “From the Mortician’s Scalpel to the Butcher’s Knife: Towards an Animal Thanatology.” Journal for Critical Animal Studies vol 10, iss. 1, Winter 2012, pp. 119-37.

 

Book Chapters:

1      "Speculative Sex: Queering Origin Stories in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl." In Ecofeminist Science Fiction. Ed. Douglas Vakoch. Oxford University Press, 2018. (Forthcoming).

2       “Crossing the Barriers of Taste: The Alimentary Materialism of Jim Crace’s The Devil’s Larder.” In Literature and Meat Since 1900. Eds. Sean McCorry and John Miller. London: Palgrave, 2018. (Forthcoming).

3        “A Darwinism of the Muck and Mire: Decomposing Eco- and Zoopoetics in Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott's decomp.” In Texts, Animals, Environments: Zoopoetics and Ecopoetics. Ed. Roland Borgards, Catrin Gersdof, Frederike Middelhoff, and Sebastian Schönbeck. Freiburg: Rombach Verlag “Cultural Animal Studies Series,” 2018. (Forthcoming).

4        “The Anterior Animal: Derrida, Deep Time, and The Immersive Vision of Paleoartist Julius Csotonyi.” In Seeing Animals After Derrida. Ed. Sarah Bezan and James Tink. Lanham: Lexington Books Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series, Rowman & Littlefield Imprint, 2018.

 

Manuscripts in Preparation:

1        Dead Darwin: Life and the Evolutionary Aesthetics of Decomposition. *In preparation for review in the Critical Life Studies Series, Edited by Claire Colebrook and Jami Weinstein at Columbia University Press.

2       "Staging the Realist Corpse in J.M. Synge's Riders to the Sea." *In preparation for review in the Canadian Journal for Irish Studies.

3       Fossil. *In preparation for review in the Object Lessons Series of Bloomsbury Press, Edited by Ian Bogost.

4       "Skin/Screen: Enfleshing Fossils in the Interactive Murals of Julius Csotonyi." *In preparation as a joint blog post for Digital Animalities and ShARC (Sheffield Animal Research Centre).

 

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications:

1        “Draw a New Circle.” In Theory: A Newsletter of the Cornell University International School of Criticism and Theory (2016): 550 words. [Invited contribution.]

2        “Contending With Marginal Histories in Books That Spur.” The Line: An Online Publication of Spur National Festival of Politics, Art & Ideas, 2016, 400 words. https://spurfestival.ca/contending-with-marginal-histories-in-books-that-spur/ 

3        Guillaume Morissette. New Tab. 2014. 164 pp. The Bull Calf Review vol. 5, iss. 2, Winter 2016, 550 words. 

4        “Navigating the Terrain of Canadian Feminism(s): An Interview with GUTS Magazine, Co-founded by Nadine Adelaar and Cynthia Spring.” Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature vol. 4, iss. 2, Nov. 2015, 1300 words.

5        Diane Schoemperlen. By the Book. 2014. 218 pp. The Bull Calf Review vol. 5, iss. 1, Winter 2015, 750 words.

6        “Ecology and Environmental Humanities Symposium, Rice University.” Journal for Critical Animal Studies vol 12, iss. 1, 2014, 1000 words.

7        Gail Scott. Obituary. 2010. 186 pp. The Bull Calf Review vol 2, iss. 2, Spring 2012, 500 words. *Excerpts of the review published on the Coach House Books website:  http://www.chbooks.com/reviews/bull-calf-reviews-gail-scotts-obituary.

 

Teaching

Courses Taught:

2017-2018    English Composition; Introductory English (Animal Metamorphoses in Fiction); Postmodern Fiction and Film 

2012, 2014   Topics in Women’s Writing: Death & Desire in Contemporary Women’s Fiction

2011             Topics in Literary Studies: Creaturely Fictions

Courses Developed:

2012        Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: Sexual and Cultural Revolutions 

 

Awards & Fellowships

External Awards:

2018-20    Newton International Fellowship (British Academy) | University of Sheffield, UK ($100,000)

2017        Australasian Animal Studies Association Conference Travel Scholarship | University of Adelaide, Australia ($1,500)

2016        Cornell University International School of Criticism and Theory Tuition Grant ($2,000)

2015-17    Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Fellowship ($70,000)

2015        SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement ($6,000)

2015        University of Toronto Comparative Literature Travel Bursary ($500)

2013        ACCUTE Conference Travel Award ($500)

2012-15    SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship ($105,000)

Internal Awards:

2017        Andrew Stewart Graduate Memorial Prize ($5,000)

2016        University of Alberta Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Research Travel Award ($2,500)

2016        University of Alberta English and Film Studies Graduate Program for Special Training ($430)

2015        Sarah Nettie Christie Travel Award ($2,000)

2014        University of Alberta Graduate Students Association Professional Development Award ($500)

2014        Profiling Alberta’s Graduate Students Award ($1,000)

2013        University of Alberta Graduate Students Association Professional Development Award ($500)

2013        Sarah Nettie Christie Travel Award ($1,000)

2012        University of Alberta President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction ($20,000)

2012        University of Alberta Recruitment Scholarship ($5,000)

2010        McMaster University Graduate Entrance Scholarship ($4,000)

 

Honours

2015        Member of an Editing Team Nominated for a William M.B. Berger Prize in British Art History [For Juvenilia Press Book Project, Waterloo Diary: Woman Battle Artist in Training]

2013        Featured as one of Top 12 Doctoral Students at The University of Alberta [Quaecumque Vera Honour Society Annual Luncheon Hosted by University of Alberta President Dr. Indira Samarasekera]

 

Invited Talks

May 2018   "What are Paleo-Imaginaries?"

        The University of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre Speaker Series | The University of Sheffield, UK

Nov. 2017    “A Darwinism of the Muck and Mire.”

        The University of Manitoba Critical Environments Research Group | The University of Manitoba, Canada

Nov. 2017    “A Kaleidoscope of Colour: Colour Theory and Ichthyology in Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish.”

        The University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities Speaker Series | The University of Manitoba, Canada

Apr. 2017    “The Anterior Animal: Derrida, Deep Time, and the Immersive Vision of Paleoartist Julius Csotonyi.”

        The University of Manitoba New Research Colloquium Series | The University of Manitoba, Canada

Jan. 2017    “A Post-Mortem Cartography of Corals: Geo-Vitalisms in the Underwater Sculptures of Jason deCaires Taylor and Rebecca Stott’s The Coral Thief.” 

        Stanford University Environmental Humanities Project Workshop Series | Stanford University, USA

Mar. 2016    “Charles Darwin’s Post-Mortem Natural History: (De)Composing the Earth Through the Action of Worms.” 

        University of Chicago Animal Studies Research Group | University of Chicago, USA

 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

Apr. 2018   "Speculative Sex: Queering Origin Stories in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl."

        British Animal Studies Network  | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland  *Forthcoming

Nov. 2017    “Zombie Zoology: Taxidermy and De-Extinction.” 

        Taxidermic Forms and Fictions Roundtable (Co-Organized by Susan McHugh and Sarah Bezan) | SLSA Conference, Arizona State University, USA

Oct. 2017    Co-presented with Hollande Bezan, Artist. “Decomposing Embodiment in Literature and Art.”

        Association for the Arts of the Present Roundtable | University of California at Berkeley, USA

Oct. 2017    “An Edenic Rebirth: Becoming-Compost Through Natural Burial.” 

        Animals and Religion Conference | University of Winnipeg

Jul. 2017    “Vegetal Flesh: Embodying Edibility in Jim Crace’s The Devil’s Larder.”

        Australian Animal Studies Association Conference | University of Adelaide, Australia

Jun. 2017    “Darwin’s Geo-Vitalism: Mapping a Cartography of Corals in the Underwater Sculptures of Jason deCaires Taylor.”

        ASLE Biennial Conference | Wayne State University, USA

Oct. 2016    “From Annelid to Hominid: (De)Composing the Book in Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott’s decomp.”

        Texts, Animals, Environments International Symposium | Castle Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany

Oct. 2015    “The Mouldering Museum: Taxidermy and the Deconstruction of Animality in Novels by Martel, Mosse, Millet, and York.”

        Reconfiguring Human and Non-Human Seminar | University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Sept. 2015    “Charles Darwin’s Post-Mortem Natural History: (De)Composing the Earth Through the Action of Worms.”

        ASLE-UKI Biennial Conference | University of Cambridge, UK

Mar. 2015    “Recording “ooze, slyme, murk”: Peter Greenaway’s Ethology of Creaturely Putrefaction in A Zed and Two Noughts.”

        ACLA Conference | University of Washington, USA

Mar. 2015    “The Persistence of the Post-Mortem: Survival and Preservation in Lydia Millet’s Trilogy.”

        Centre for Comparative Literature “Survival" Conference | The University of Toronto, Canada

Oct. 2014    “Necro-Eco: The Ecology of Death and the Animacy of the Corpse in Jim Crace’s Being Dead.”

        A Matter of Life/Death Conference | The University of Manitoba, Canada

Mar. 2014    “Becoming-Inert: Post-Mortem Flesh in the Art of Joel-Peter Witkin.”

        ACLA Conference | New York University, USA

Oct. 2013    “Species Extinction, Temporality, and the ‘Last Death’ in Lydia Millet’s How the Dead Dream.”

        The End as Enjambment Graduate Workshop | University of Alberta, Canada

Sept. 2013    “The Political Ecology of the Corpse and Carcass in Aurel Schmidt’s ‘Man-eater’ Collection.” 

        Ecology and Environmental Humanities Symposium | Rice University, USA

Jun. 2013    “Shame as a Structure of Feeling: Raped and Prostituted Women in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Futhi Ntshingila’s Shameless.”

        ACCUTE Conference - SSHRC Annual Congress | University of Victoria, Canada        

Apr. 2013    “Animal Atopias.”

        ACLA Conference | University of Toronto, Canada

Nov. 2012    “The Ethics of Edibility: Food Animals in Perspective.”

        Critical Animal Studies Open Dialogue Forum | The University of Winnipeg, Canada

Mar. 2012    “The Alterity of Death and Animality: Collapsing the Divide.”

        ACLA Conference | Brown University, USA

Mar. 2011    “From the Mortician’s Scalpel to the Butcher’s Knife.”

        Human Rites/Animal Bodies Symposium | The University of Manitoba, Canada

Jul. 2010    “Places, Non-Places, and Ghost-Places on the Canadian Prairies.”

        Seeds of Thought Vox Populi Symposium | McMaster University, Canada

Apr. 2010    “Spotting Banksy: Graffiti and Surveillance Culture.”

        The Archive: A Symposium | McMaster University, Canada

Feb. 2010    “Places, Non-Places, and Ghost-Places on the Canadian Prairies.”

        A Measure of Place Graduate Conference | McGill University, Canada

 

International Research & Training

        2018       Interdisciplinary Environmental Humanities Summer Course (Forthcoming)

                      Human Ecology and Culture at Lake Mývatn 1700-2000: Dimensions of Environmental and Cultural Change

                      Host: Svartárkot Culture-Nature Project, Reykjavik Academy, City University of New York, and Stefansson

                      Arctic Institute

                      Director: Viðar Hreinsson (Reykjavic Academy) | Bárðardalur, Iceland

        2018       Experiential Research Project: “Lonesome George, the Last Pinta Island Tortoise” (Forthcoming)

                      Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

        2018       Animals and Society Summer Institute in Human-Animal Studies (Forthcoming)

                      Director: Jane Desmond | University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), USA

        2018       University of Oxford Summer Session on "The Scientific Image" (Forthcoming)

              Bodleian Libraries Centre for the Book

              Convenor: Roger Gaskell (Cambridge) | Oxford University, UK

2016        Cornell University International School of Criticism and Theory Summer School 

               Seminar: “Material Life: Vitalism from Spinoza to Deleuze”

               Director: Branka Arsic (Columbia) | Cornell University, USA

2015        Cambridge University Visiting PhD Student (Sept-Dec)

               Project: “Charles Darwin’s Post-Mortem Natural History” 

               Supervisor: Jim Secord | Cambridge University Department of History and Philosophy of Science, UK

2014        Critical Theory Beyond Negativity Graduate Summer School

               Director: Rosi Braidotti | Utrecht University, The Netherlands

 

Professional Development & Pedagogical Practice

2013        Teaching Proseminar | University of Alberta, Canada

2012        Teaching Assistant Training Seminar | McMaster University, Canada

2012        Higher Education Teaching Practicum | The University of Winnipeg, Canada

 

Peer Reviewing

2017-2018    Reviewer for Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature Series

2017-2018    Reviewer for Animal Studies Journal

2016-2017    Reviewer for Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice.

 

Board Membership, Governance, & Public Engagement

2017-2018     Past President, University of Winnipeg Alumni Association

2016-2017     President, University of Winnipeg Alumni Association

2017             Volunteer, VegFest (organized by the Farm Animal Compassion Committee at the Winnipeg Humane Society)

2016, 2017    RBC Emerging Scholar, Spur National Festival of Politics, Art & Ideas (Winnipeg)

2014-2016     Council Member, University of Winnipeg Alumni Association

2012-2015     Intern, Institute for Critical Animal Studies (New York, USA)

2013-2014     Board Member, Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society of Alberta

2011-2012     Board Member, City of Winnipeg Public Library Board of Directors

2011-2012     Board Member, LiteracyWORKS Winnipeg Board of Directors

 

Departmental Support & Activities

The University of Alberta: 

2013-14     Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Councillor    

2012-13    English & Film Studies Department Graduate Student Executive Council

The University of Winnipeg:

Sept. 2013    Presenter, Graduate School Information Session 

Feb. 2012    Presenter, Rough Cuts & Demo Tapes Roundtable 

Sept. 2010    Presenter, Information Session for Honours Students

May 2009    Volunteer, Carol Shields Symposium

 

Seminar & Conference Organization

Nov. 2017    Co-Chair with Susan McHugh, “Taxidermic Forms and Fictions” Roundtable.

        SLSA Conference | University of Arizona, USA

Oct. 2017    Organizing Committee Member, with Arthur Walker-Jones.

        Human-Animal Ethics in Religious Discourses Conference |The University of Winnipeg, Canada.

Jun. 2015    Lead Discussant, “Necro-Eco: The Ecology of Death in Jim Crace’s Being Dead.

        The University of Manitoba Posthumanism Reading Group | The University of Manitoba, Canada

Apr. 2015    Organizer, “The Animal and the Anthropocene.” 

        Environment and Animal Studies Roundtable | The University of Alberta, Canada

Jun. 2013    Panel Chair, “Animal Others.” 

        ACCUTE Conference | The University of Victoria, Canada

Nov. 2012    Organizer & Presenter, “The Ethics of Edibility.” 

        The Ethics of Edibility Open Dialogue Forum: A Project of the Critical Animal Studies Institute | The University of   Winnipeg, Canada

Apr. 2010    Co-Organizer & Presenter, “Rural Ruins.”

        Seeds of Thought Vox Populi Graduate Symposium | McMaster University, Canada

 

Languages

        French, Latin (Reading Knowledge); German (Beginner)

 

Memberships

        American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

        Modern Language Association (MLA)

        University of Winnipeg Oral History Centre

        Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE-UKI)

        Association for Literature, the Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC)

        Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA)

        Association for the Arts of the Present (ASAP)

        Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)