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]
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
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 "Woolly Mammoth 2.0: The Aesthetics of Speculation in De-Extinction Science." Antennae: Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Vol. 45, 2019. Ed. Giovanni Aloi (Forthcoming).
2 "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).
3 “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.
4 “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.
5 “‘This earth, hot like burning coals’: Alchemical Transmutation in Animal’s People.” Criterion vol. 5, Spring 2012, pp. 99-108.
6 “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.
1 "CanLit's Ossiferous Fictions: Animal Bones in Margaret Atwood's Life Before Man and Barbara Gowdy's The White Bone." In The Palgrave Handbook of Animals and Literature. Eds. Susan McHugh, Robert McKay, and John Miller. London: Palgrave, 2019. (Forthcoming).
2 "Speculative Sex: Queering Aqueous Natures and Biotechnological Futures in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl." In Ecofeminist Science Fiction. Ed. Douglas Vakoch. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. (In press).
3 “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. (In press).
4 “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. (In press).
5 “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 "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 "Nature's Nickelodeons: A Multispecies Sensorium." Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre Blog, June 11th 2018, 750 words. http://sheffieldanimals.group.shef.ac.uk/natures-nickelodeons-a-multispecies-sensorium-by-dr-sarah-bezan/
2 “Draw a New Circle.” In Theory: A Newsletter of the Cornell University International School of Criticism and Theory (2016): 550 words. [Invited contribution.]
3 “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/
4 Guillaume Morissette. New Tab. 2014. 164 pp. The Bull Calf Review vol. 5, iss. 2, Winter 2016, 550 words.
5 “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.
6 Diane Schoemperlen. By the Book. 2014. 218 pp. The Bull Calf Review vol. 5, iss. 1, Winter 2015, 750 words.
7 “Ecology and Environmental Humanities Symposium, Rice University.” Journal for Critical Animal Studies vol 12, iss. 1, 2014, 1000 words.
8 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.
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
2012 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: Sexual and Cultural Revolutions
Awards & Fellowships
2018-20 Newton International Fellowship (British Academy) | University of Sheffield, UK ($110,000)
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)
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)
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]
Oct. 2018 "Woolly Mammoth 2.0: Visualizing De-Extinction Science."
Ideas Alive at 5:45 | Off the Shelf Literary Festival, Sheffield UK
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
Nov. 2018 “Unlocking Paleo-Imaginaries: The Speculative Arts and Sciences of the Woolly Mammoth Revival Project.”
SLSA Conference | University of Toronto, Canada *Forthcoming
Oct. 2018 “Skin/Screen: The Enfleshed Fossils of Julius Csotonyi’s Interactive Murals.”
Baltic Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences Conference | Latvian University, Latvia *Forthcoming
Sept. 2018 “Mammoth 2.0: The Risks and Speculative Aesthetics of Species Revivalism.”
Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop | Manchester University, UK *Forthcoming
Apr. 2018 "Speculative Sex: Queering Origin Stories in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl."
British Animal Studies Network | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
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
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"
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
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
French, Latin (Reading Knowledge); German (Beginner)
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)