Assistant Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute & Womens Studies
Nathalie Batraville is an Assistant Professor at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, where she teaches and conducts research in the areas of Black feminist, decolonial, and queer theory, prison abolition, and cultural productions of the Black Atlantic. Her scholarship examines gender and the sexual politics of race in the wake of the transatlantic slave trade by analyzing cultural formations of the Black Atlantic – literature, essays, visual art, as well as archives of social and literary movements. In so doing, she works to generate and illuminate frameworks that unsettle hierarchies of difference and challenge state violence and interpersonal violence.
She is currently writing two monographs. The first rethinks the notion of consent and the second offers a Black feminist critique of postcolonial state power in Haiti. Dr. Batraville’s scholarship has appeared in Small Axe, The CLR James Journal (Special issue: Black Canadian Thought), Francophone Postcolonial Studies, and is forthcoming in Tangeance.
PhD, Yale University
MA, Queens University
BA, McGill University
Black feminist theory and praxis
Queer of color critique
WSDB 291 - Introduction to Contemporary Concerns in Women’s Studies
This course explores a range of current issues and debates within feminism. Using interdisciplinary feminist theories that consider how systems of power such as patriarchy, capitalism, racism, and heterosexism constitute one another, it examines particular local and global topics of interest/concern which may include Black and Indigenous feminisms, feminist archives, body politics, pleasure, policing and incarceration, and environmental justice.
WSDB 498 - Ending Sexual Violence
Examining the intersections of race and gender is key to understanding the function of sexual violence in our society. In this course, we will approach the task of ending sexual violence as one that must be taken on by simultaneously addressing other categories of systemic harm. As we read and reflect on critical theory, community organizing, and supporting survivors, our focus will largely be on the abolition of prisons and criminalization as a way to approach creating a less violent society. Drawing primarily on the work of Black feminist scholars and organizers, we will study theory in the first half of the course and praxis in the second.
WSDB 491 - Feminist Perspectives on Culture
In this course, we will study some of the cultural productions of Black women, while offering some tools for analyzing this body of work. We will engage with history, trauma, identity, spirituality, aesthetics, pleasure, and politics, and learn about some of the major political and aesthetic stakes of Black women’s art and literature. Authors and artists include Dionne Brand, Toni Morrison, Tourmaline, Zanele Muholi, and Alice Diop, while theorists and critics include Hortense Spillers, Afua Cooper, Charmaine Nelson, Dora Santana, and Audre Lorde.