Visiting Scholars

The Department of GSWS occasionally hosts Visiting Scholars who are on sabbatical leave from their home universities. This is a non-stipendiary position and comes with shared office space and library privileges in return for giving a guest lecture.

Past Visiting Scholars

Cindy Li

I am Cindy Li from Guangzhou, China, visiting the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies from September 2016 to July 2017. It has been both a wonderful and a rewarding experience. I have truly enjoyed staying with and learning from everyone here in this department and have benefited enormously from this visiting scholar position. I have met lots of friendly and generous people who have always been willing to share with me their research ideas, insights and resources, which helped me a lot with my work on Asian Canadian literature.
I am much obliged to my mentor Professor Helen Leung, who has been kind enough to host me in the first place and introduce me to both the university’s and the city’s resources and networking opportunities during my stay here. Helen has kindly given me a guided tour of SFU library which helped me get familiar with the rich research resources there and introduced me to many research workshops and conferences which helped broaden my research vision and perspectives. Her rich diversity of perspectives and academic endeavors have inspired me a lot in my research work, and her passion for teaching and her wonderful teaching style have taught me how to be a better teacher. I am grateful for her instruction and encouragement in helping me accomplish my research project and making big progress in my research career.
My heartfelt thanks also go to Professor Lara Campbell, Professor Jen Marchbank, Professor Christine Kim and Professor Sitara Thobani. Thanks to their kindness and generosity, I have had a great opportunity to attend some of their highly inspiring courses on Canadian women’s history, feminist theory and activism, Asian Canadian literature and feminism in cross-cultural perspective. Miss Moninder Lalli has kindly given me an introduction to SFU library’s research resources and tips on conducting research through the electronic system. Luna KC, also a visiting scholar in the department, has been generous in sharing her own research thoughts and resources with me. Miss Roberta Neilson and Miss Kat Hunter have helped me out many times.
I sincerely wish the very best for GSWS and everyone in this department. Thanks, GSWS. And thank you all.

Kiera James Anderson

Visiting Scholar
January 15 - August 15, 2016
AQ 5098

University of Dundee
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design


Kiera James Anderson is an artist-researcher and activist based between Scotland, and Vancouver in unceded Coast Salish territories. Their research focuses on narratives of trauma and resistance within social movements.   They are utilizing a range of methods to explore collective memories of state repression and sexual abuse in the grassroots environmental network Earth First! in Oregon, in the early 2000’s. They are also looking at the privileging of state violence above that of interpersonal violence as it pertains to the Scottish Highlands during the Highland Land War of the late 19th Century. Also known as the Crofter’s War, this was a tenant farmer’s uprising concerned with basic rights to land and protection from the worst abuses of landed power.

Their work explores how forms of collective memorialization allow for the privileging of particular forms of trauma (at the hands of the police or the prison system) over others (such as sexual violence or abuse) within the narratives of social movements. They seek to demonstrate the impact that systemic inequalities have on which narratives are privileged or erased. This is tied to a consideration of the impact that government repression has had on memorialization, and ways those particular acts of memorialization challenge mainstream/dominant forms of representation.  

They are also considering the impact that trauma has on the development of collective memories within particular communities, and the need to incorporate this into feminist organizing that is resistant to both state repression and interpersonal violence. Alongside their theoretical research, they are also carrying out creative work and community engagement activities to promote previously marginalized narratives. They have been working with younger generations of Earth First! activists to help them gain a fuller understanding of how survivors have been silenced in the past, in the hopes that this can strengthen current efforts to challenge abuse within social movements.