Edited Volume Contributors

Our 24 contributors to the forthcoming edited volume were selected from more than 100 proposal submissions, the original Call for Proposals for which can be found here. Their research projects demonstrate nuanced understandings of remembrance and memorialization practices and the racialized, gendered and sexualized dynamics within which they emerge and circulate.

Alison Crosby (Editor)

Associate Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

York University

Alison Crosby is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University, where she was the Director of the Centre for Feminist Research from 2014-19. Her research uses a transnational feminist lens and participatory methodologies to accompany protagonists’ multifaceted struggles to redress and memorialize colonial racialized gendered violence in Guatemala, where she has worked for almost three decades. She is the author, with M. Brinton Lykes, of Beyond repair? Mayan women’s protagonism in the aftermath of genocidal harm (Rutgers University Press, 2019), published in Spanish as Más allá de la reparación: Protagonismo de mujeres mayas en las secuelas del daño genocida (Cholsamaj, 2019).

Malathi de Alwis (Editor)

Visiting Faculty

University of Colombo

Malathi de Alwis has published widely on social movements associated with ‘disappearances’ as well as on nationalism, militarism, displacement, suffering, and memorialisation. Her most recent publication, Archive of Memory (2019), curated and edited with Hasini Haputhanthri, and simultaneously published in English, Sinhala and Tamil, offers a people’s object-related history of the past 70 years of independence in Sri Lanka. A section of this work is currently touring the island as part of the ‘It’s About Time’ travelling history museum. Malathi leads ‘memory walks’ around Colombo and has collaborated on a ‘memory map’ to document sites of violence across Sri Lanka: link: http://historicaldialogue.lk/map/

Heather Evans (Editor)

PhD Candidate, Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies

York University

Heather Evans’s research broadly draws on transnational feminist theory and memory studies to examine how militarized sexual harm and racialized, gendered resistance are constructed through the transnational memorialization practices of the “comfort women” movement. Their work is informed by 13 years of experience as an activist, researcher and educator with the “comfort women” movement in the South Korean and Canadian contexts, as well as nearly a decade of academic research on memorialization landscapes and critical interrogations of human trafficking and modern slavery discourses.

Diviani Chaudhuri

Assistant Professor, Department of English

Shiv Nadar University

Diviani Chaudhuri holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from SUNY Binghamton. She is currently serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Shiv Nadar University, and working on a monograph that examines the representation of memory and materiality in South Asian Muslim women's early Anglophone life-writing and fiction.

Amber Dean

Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies

McMaster University

Amber Dean is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her research focuses on public mourning, violence, and cultural memory. Her first book, Remembering Vancouver’s Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance (University of Toronto Press, 2015), offers a critical analysis of the public representations, memorials, and activist strategies memorializing Vancouver’s disappeared women. She has also co-edited a book with Chandrima Chakraborty and Angela Failler on creative responses to the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182, Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning (University of Alberta Press, 2017).

Chandni Desai

Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Equity and Solidarity

University of Toronto

Chandni Desai is an Assistant Professor in the Critical Studies of Equity and Solidarity at the University of Toronto. She is working on her first book Revolutionary Circuits of Liberation: The Radical Tradition of Palestinian Resistance Culture and Internationalism. She was the co-editor of a special issue on Decolonization, Palestine and Internationalism for the Journal Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society. She has written articles on: the captivity and state of Palestinian visual archives; Palestinian hip hop; Nakba narratives and memory in Palestinian cultural repertories; Palestinian youth resistance; oral history, Brazil-Palestine solidarity against Israeli securitization of the Olympic games, and Resurgent Solidarities Disrupting Settler Colonial Economies. She is co-editing an anthology on state violence and resistance across three geographies: Palestine, South Africa and U.S. (focusing on the Black Freedom Movement). She is the host of the Liberation Pedagogy Podcast.

Karine Duhamel


Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Karine Duhamel is Anishinaabe and Métis. In 2016, Dr. Duhamel joined the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), working collaboratively with Indigenous communities to share the stories that most mattered to them. From 2018 to 2019, she was Director of Research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, researching and drafting the Final Report, managing the Forensic Document Review Project and directing the Legacy Archive. Upon the Inquiry’s completion of its mandate, she returned to the CMHR. Research interests include treaty relationships, decolonization, and community-based interventions into health and justice by survivors of violence.”

Honor Ford-Smith

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies

York University

Honor Ford-Smith is a scholar, theatre worker and poet. She was educated in Jamaica at St Andrew High School and after studying theatre began teaching at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston. She became co-founder and artistic director of Sistren (Sisters), a theatre collective of mainly working-class Jamaican women that works in community theatre and popular education. Ford-Smith moved to Toronto, Canada in 1991, receiving her doctorate in education from the University of Toronto in 2004. She continues to write, to work in performance and to teach at York University in Toronto where she is an Associate Professor in the Community Arts Practice program under the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Eve Haque

Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

York University

Eve Haque is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. Her research and teaching interests include multiculturalism, migration and language policy, with a focus on the regulation and media representation of racialized im/migrants in white settler societies. She has served on the board of the Association of Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies (CACS). She is co-editor of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. She has published in such journals as Social Identities, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, as well as Pedagogy, Culture and Society, among others. She is also the author of Multiculturalism Within a Bilingual Framework: Language, Race and Belonging in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

Charlotte Henay

Leturer, Women and Gender Studies

Brock University

Charlotte Henay is a Bahamian diasporic storyteller, researcher and Faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock University. She works with poetry, lyric and visual essays in writing about Black and Indigenous womxn’s voices as witness, in making Afro-Indigenous futurities. Her writing has appeared in ROOM Magazine special edition Turtle Island Talks Back, The League of Canadian Poets’ These Lands: A Collections of Voices by Black Poets in Canada chapbook, journals and anthologies. Charlotte’s visual work has been shown at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas’ biennials NE8 and NE9.

YounJoung Kim

Ph.D. Candidate, Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies

York University

YounJoung Kim is currently a doctoral student in Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies at York University. Her research focuses on examining and theorizing how the subjectivities of sex workers in South Korea are constructed and represented in dominant feminist research and movements. Her work is particularly concerned with transnational feminist theorization, sex work, nationalism, and critical race theory. She has extensive experience as an organizational and academic researcher and an activist in Canada and South Korea.

Erica Lawson

Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research

University of Western Ontario

Erica Lawson's research focuses on Black maternal activism against structural violence in a transnational context. Her current SSHRC-funded study is a collaboration with women in Liberia who undertook mass protests to end a fourteen-year civil war. The study documents how women utilize community councils in Peace Huts to settle disputes as part of their social reproductive labour to build a culture of peace. Her co-contribution to this book project explores how shared cultural memories, rooted in enslavement, informs how bereaved Black mothers undertake political activism against anti-Black state violence and how they memorialize their dead children to insist on their humanity.

Chowra Makaremi

Researcher, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Social Issues

National Center for Scientific Research

Chowra Makaremi is a tenured researcher, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Social Issues, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her research focuses on issues of security, migration control, the anthropology of law and the state, and processes of subjectivation at the margins. She completed a PhD in anthropology at the Université de Montréal in 2010 based on an ethnography of border confinement for undocumented migrants in France. Her current research on delinquency courts in France reflects on the everyday experience of justice, policies of delinquency repression, punishment and the moral economy of adjudication. She teaches at the University Paris Est-Créteil.

Naveen Minai

Lecturer, Mark S. Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies

University of Toronto

Naveen Minai holds a PhD in gender studies from UCLA and specializes in transnational sexuality studies, digital humanities, queer and trans masculinities of color, and transnational visual and literary cultures of North America and South Asia. She is a lecturer at the Mark S. Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Minai was a research/teaching fellow at Sciences Po, Paris in 2018, a 2019 research fellow at the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory at the University of Toronto, and is the 2019-2020 Visiting Scholar at the School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at York University. Her current work is on butch of color intimacies, digital archives, sexualities, and queer affect.

Shahrzad Mojab

Director, Equity Studies

University of Toronto

Shahrzad Mojab, scholar, teacher, and activist, is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement, and violence on women's learning and education; gender, state, migration and diaspora; Marxist feminism and anti-racism pedagogy. She is professor of Adult Education and Community Development and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, a former Director of the Women and Gender Institute, University of Toronto and the recipient of the 2020 Canadian Association of Studies in Adult Education Lifetime Achievement Award and the Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies in 2010.

Carmela Murdocca

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

York University

Carmela Murdocca is an Associate Professor in Department of Sociology at York University and is appointed to graduate programs in Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies and Social and Political Thought. Her research examines racialization, criminalization and ongoing social histories of racial and colonial violence. Her work is particularly concerned with the intersections of racial carceral violence and the social and legal politics of repair, redress and reparations.

Ola Osman

PhD Candidate, Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies

University of Cambridge

Ola Osman is a Sudanese-Canadian, Gates-Cambridge Scholar who is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree at the University of Cambridge’s Center for Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies. Her work primarily focuses on mapping the continuities between racial slavery, its attendant gendered logics and the Liberian civil war. She received an MSt in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford as a Clarendon and Prince Sultan Scholarships holder (2019) and earned her BA from the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research (2018).

Ayu Ratih

PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies

University of British Columbia

Ayu Ratih is a PhD candidate at the Interdisciplinary Studies program, University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her doctoral research looks at the memory of women survivors of anti-Communist violence in Indonesia and the ways it affects their subjectivity. Before coming to Canada, she worked for over a decade with survivors of the 1965-66 genocide. She co-coordinated an oral history project to document and archive the stories of around 500 victims. She was also the lead researcher for the National Commission for Violence against Women in its investigation of gender-based violence committed during the 1965-66 military operation. She is currently involved in the SSHRC-funded Transformative Memory Exchange project, which studies how communities in Canada, Uganda, Colombia, and Indonesia deal with past atrocities.

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

Professor, The Social Justice Institute (GRSJ)

University of British Columbia

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá is a professor at the Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Institute and co-lead of the Memory and Justice Research Stream at the University of British Columbia. Pilar’s scholarly work and research creation explores questions on the afterlives and worlds of mass violence. Her work focuses on themes of memory, traces and social repair and on methodological engagements with difficult knowledge and knowledge exchanges. She is the author of "Dwellers of Memory. Youth and Violence in Medellin, Colombia" (Transaction Publishers, 2006) and the editor of “Remembering and Narrating Conflict. Resources for doing Historical Memory Work” (Centro Nacional de Memoria Histórica, 2013). She has published articles on Memory Studies, Revista Colombiana de Antropología, the International Journal of Transitional Justice among others.

Cordelia Rizzo

PhD Candidate, Performance Studies

Northwestern University

Cordelia Rizzo is an activist-scholar from Monterrey, Mexico. Rizzo’s PhD project in Performance Studies at Northwestern University examines textile-making in the transnational Embroidering for Peace Initiative as a feminist critique of the traditional, patriarchal, performance of politics in social movements and the performance of the state. Before arriving at Northwestern, Rizzo had a career in Human Rights, both in institutions and as a community organizer, and worked closely with relatives of the disappeared and LGBTTT groups. She is also a founding member of the Embroidering for Peace Initiative in Monterrey. Her work centres performance as a lens and practice in feminist memorialization work that addresses political violence.

Sara Shroff

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

University of Toronto

Sara Shroff is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from The New School. Her work takes up the transnational genealogies of race, coloniality, cultural memory, affect, aesthetics and sexuality in South Asia and its diasporas. Sara’s scholarship includes feminist, queer and trans of color critique; postcolonial and decolonial economics and South Asian activisms and public formations. Sara has taught at The New School, New York University, and PACE University. She previously worked in public policy, global philanthropy and social finance for over 18 years.

Alissa Trotz

Professor, Caribbean Studies; Director, Women and Gender Studies

University of Toronto

Alissa Trotz is Professor of Caribbean Studies at New College and Director of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is also affiliate faculty at the Dame Nita Barrow Institute of Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. Alissa’s work is situated within a tradition of feminist political economy, and a Caribbean feminist tradition in particular, that takes an intersectional approach to social reproduction as a starting point and node of interrogation to think through histories and processes of dispossession and their contemporary manifestations. Her research trajectory unfolds across related themes: neoliberalisation & Caribbean feminisms; coloniality, racial formations, gendered difference and violence; transnational migration, remittances and diaspora engagement; and Caribbean knowledge production. Her current research explores entanglements of diaspora, indigeneity and extractivism in colonial Guyana.

Camille Turner

PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies

York University

Camille Turner is an explorer of race, space, home and belonging. Born in Jamaica and currently based in Toronto, her work combines Afrofuturism and historical research. Her interventions, installations and public engagements have been presented throughout Canada and internationally. Camille graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design and York University’s Masters in Environmental Studies program where she is currently a PhD candidate. Her current research seeks to shed light on slave ships that were constructed in 18th century Newfoundland.

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj

Maya-K’iche’ anthropologist, journalist and activist

Stanford University

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is the 2019-21 Edward Laroque Tinker Visiting Professor at the Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University. She is an international spokeswoman for Indigenous communities in Central America and was the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology in Guatemala. She was instrumental in making racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala and is featured in 500 Years, a documentary about Indigenous resistance movements, for her role as an activist and expert witness in war crime trials. The author of several books, she writes a weekly newspaper column for El Periódico newspaper in Guatemala.