Ruth Wynn Woodward Program

Previous Chairs

Lucas Crawford
Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair, 2015-2016

Queer theory, film studies, fat affect, and trans* architecture
AQ 5095

Lucas Crawford
Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair, 2015-2016

Dr. Lucas Crawford was born in Halifax, raised in rural Nova Scotia, and attained BA Honours, MA, and PhD degrees in English from Saint Francis Xavier University, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Alberta respectively. In 2012, the University of Alberta awarded Lucas the Governor General’s Gold Medal as top doctoral graduate. Following this, Lucas took up a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at McGill, where the School of Architecture and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies were co-hosts. Lucas was thrilled to join GSWS in 2013 as the RWW Lecturer.

Lucas’s primary fields of research are: modernist literature, queer theory and transgender studies, urbanism and architecture, popular culture (especially with regards to food), and critical theory. Transgender Architectonics: the Shape of Change in Modernist Space is Lucas’s scholarly book, which will come out in November 2015 (Ashgate). Publications such as Women’s Studies Quarterly, Mosaic, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Journal of Homosexuality, and English Studies in Canada have also published articles based on Lucas’s research. One such article was reprinted in The Routledge Queer Studies Reader and the second volume of The Transgender Studies Reader. Forthcoming book collections such as the exciting Queering the Countryside (NYU Press, 2015) and Trans Studies (Rutgers, 2016) will include work by Lucas as well.

As RWW Junior Chair 2015-2017, Lucas will be researching and organizing on the theme of “food matters” (with an emphasis on “food emotion” as it intersects with affect theory, food-stuffed novels, and queer theory). Lucas is excited to report that local and international food-writers alike are currently making plans to come speak with us on the lower mainland. In the Fall 2015 term, GSWS 333 (RWW Advanced Seminar) students will collaborate with the Thursday Writing Collective, a fabulous literary community based on the downtown eastside of Vancouver.

As a poet, Lucas will launch a book, Sideshow Concessions, in October 2015 (Invisible Publishing). This manuscript won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, while some of its poems also won the Atlantic Writing Competition from the Writers’ Federation of NS. Other venues where Lucas’s creative writing can be found include The Antigonish Review, The Nashwaak Review, Room, PRISM International, Other Voices, Rattle, Rampike, SubTerrain’s LineBreak project, The Literary Review of Canada and Best Canadian Poetry 2015. Lucas is the 2015 Critic-In-Residence of CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts).

Lucas is excited to continue collaborating with local change-makers and thinkers, and especially welcomes queries and conversations about food culture, urbanism, transgender aesthetics, and poetry.

Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair, 2012-2015

Read Dr. Muller Myrdahl's latest blog entry: 
Beyond the Journal Article

Read about her latest research exhibit:

Queer Lethbridge: 
Documenting LGBTQ Lives in Lethbridge and Region


Previous Activities

Tiffany Muller Myrdahl is thrilled to be in residence as the Junior Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Gender and Urban Studies, 2012-13. Tiffany completed her PhD in Geography and a certificate in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2008. Since 2008, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies and an associate member of the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. She is on leave from the University of Lethbridge during her tenure as the Junior RWW Chair.

Tiffany’s research links urban, social, and feminist geography with a focus on social inclusion and feminist praxis. She employs a community-engaged qualitative research practice to examine the social and spatial processes that constitute and shape cities. Her scholarship has attended to the spatial logics of sport-centred urban entrepreneurial policies; the social geographies and mobilities of marginalized communities, with an emphasis on women and LGBTQ populations; the relationship between urban contexts (histories, economies, and cultural politics) and the formation of gender and sexual subjectivities and communities; and the intersection between municipal social policy and planning praxis. Her academic publications can be found in Gender, Place and Culture; Social & Cultural Geography; Journal of Lesbian Studies; Leisure/Loisir; Leisure Studies; and ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (forthcoming). Her recent work also includes chapters in Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative planning practice (Ashgate, 2011) and in Stadium Worlds: Football, Space and the Built Environment (Routledge, 2010).

Tiffany’s current research combines critical analyses of urban policy with the development of a queer oral history archive and an examination of the socio-spatial formations of LGBTQ identities. She uses oral history methodologies and analyses of urban social policy and participatory planning schemes to understand urban change in Lethbridge, Alberta. This project, entitled "The lives of (sexual) others: social difference and urban change in Lethbridge, Alberta," is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the University of Lethbridge, and has been supported by the Centre for Feminist Research at York University, where Tiffany was in residence during spring 2012.

As Junior RWW Chair, Tiffany will be teaching, writing, and organizing events around the theme of feminist urban futures. The first component of this program is Tiffany’s fall course, the Advanced RWW Seminar. You can read about and participate in the course here: The course website includes lecture and discussion materials, texts, and links to many additional sources that explore questions of and experiments in urban social inclusion. (More links are always welcome!) You don’t need to be enrolled in the course to participate in the online conversation.

Tiffany will present a talk entitled Traversing "the country of gay" in April 2013.  

Tiffany will also be participating with the Women Transforming Cities initiative throughout the year: You can meet her at WTC events and at RWW events, which will be announced here and at the RWWP current activities website:

Interview:  "The Secret Doctine & Planning for Queer Communities", SFU Ideas and Issues.  (Please click on link at lower right of the CJSF Radio page.)


Conference - Women Transforming Cities:  Designing an ideal city for women and girls

May 30, 2013

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