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Post-doctoral fellows & visiting scholars

Current visiting scholars


Rachel Zellars, 2019

Black Studies Consultant for Concordia University Black Studies Initiative (CUBC) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC)

Rachel Zellars is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses on slavery and Black migration to and through the Maritimes beginning with the American Revolution, gender, and the relationship between disability/neurodiversity and anti-blackness. She completed her bachelors in philosophy at Howard University, holds a masters degree from Cornell University, and a PhD in education from McGill University.  She is also a lawyer. Recently, she completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont, where she studied with historian Harvey A. Whitfield. She is also a regular contributor to Black Perspectives, the award winning online blog of the African American Intellectual Historical Society.  

Natalie S. Loveless
University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2018 - 2019

Natalie S. Loveless is an associate professor at the University of Alberta, where she teaches in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture and directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory ( Her forthcoming book with Duke University Press, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation, examines debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means – and why it matters –  to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. Loveless received her Ph.D. in 2010 in the History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, under the supervision of Dr. Donna Haraway. She has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Western University, Wilfred Laurier University, and the San Francisco Art Institute and has held residencies and research fellowships at Utrecht University (Center for the Humanities), the University of California, Irvine (SECT), the Western Front (curatorial), and the Banff Center for the Arts (The Future of Idea Art). At the University of Alberta, she supervises both theoretical and research-creation theses and teaches courses on feminist and performance art; activist art and art as social practice; art, ecology, and the Anthropocene. She recently completed New Maternalisms (, a project bringing together feminist art practice, theory, and curation, and an interdisciplinary collaborative project on global vaccination called Immune Nations ( that culminated in a high-profile exhibition at the United Nations in Geneva during the 2017 World Health Assembly. Loveless currently co-leads Speculative Energy Futures, a multi-year project that is part of the Just Powers initiative funded by the Future Energy Systems CFREF and a SSHRC Insight grant (, and, during the 2018-19 academic year, is in residence as a visiting scholar in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC), where she is developing a new project, Sensing the Anthropocene: Aesthetic Attunement in an age of Urgency.

Recent Visiting Scholars

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Derek C. Maus
State University of New York, Potsdam, 2018

Derek C. Maus is Professor of English and Communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he teaches numerous courses on a wide variety of subjects in contemporary literature. He is the author of Jesting in Earnest: Percival Everett and Menippean Satire (South Carolina, 2019), Understanding Colson Whitehead (South Carolina, 2014), and Unvarnishing Reality: Subversive Russian and American Cold War Satire (South Carolina, 2011) He has also edited several scholarly collections, including Conversations with Colson Whitehead (Mississippi, 2019), Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights (Mississippi, 2014; co-edited with James J. Donahue) and Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley’s Fiction (Mississippi, 2008; co-edited with Owen E. Brady). 

While at Concordia, he is working on a project that aims to develop and to articulate a clearer understanding of the ways in which African American and African Canadian identities are represented in contemporary fiction, emphasizing not only the instances of overlap between the two, but also analyzing the areas in which the existing models of diasporic solidarity (e.g., Molefi Asante’s concept of Afrocentricity, Paul Gilroy’s concept of the Black Atlantic, post-black/post-racial/post-soul aesthetics, or various articulations of Black nationalism/communalism associated with Critical Race Theory) are insufficient in explaining the significant divergences between these two literary-cultural traditions.

Cara Blue Adams
Cara Blue Adams
Seton Hall University, New York, 2017

As artist in residence at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Cara Blue Adams presented “A reading and discussion of Removal, a novel-in-progress”. Cara Blue Adams is a fiction writer from Brooklyn, New York. Her stories have appeared in Narrative, The Kenyon Review, Epoch, The Missouri Review, The Mississippi Review, and The Sun.

She is the recipient of The Missouri Review William Peden Prize and The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize, judged by Alice Hoffman, and she was named one of Narrative’s "15 Below 30."

Her awards include a New York State Council on the Arts Artist-in-Residence Exchange Grant and scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  

Recent Post-Docs

Sanja Dejanovic
Sanja Dejanovic, Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Political Thought, York University, 2016

Sanja Dejanovic's postdoctoral project is on freedom conceived of as a mutual letting become; a kind of freedom through which it is possible to approach all beings, not merely the human being, as capable of experiencing freedom. Such experience of freedom is explored in her work through embodied temporality, aesthetic ecology, as well as the logic of capture and violence. During the first year of her postdoc, she was under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Matthews, Philosophy, Bard College, and during her time at Concordia she will be directed by Dr. Erin Manning.

Roberto Jaén Chacon,
Roberto Jaén Chacon, Visiting Research Fellow, January-July 2015

Roberto Jaén Chacon is a Visiting Research Fellow and sponsored by the Early Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP). A graduate of the International Film and Television School in Cuba, Roberto is native of Costa Rica and, while at Concordia, is working on a project about the narrative structure of television pilots at Concordia.

Nadine Blumer
Nadine Blumer, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ph.D. Sociology, University of Toronto, Fall 2014

Nadine Blumer’s dissertation, From Victim Hierarchies to Memorial Networks: Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial to Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism, examined how Romani Holocaust memory has both influenced and been influenced by memory of Jewish victimization in Germany’s historical narrative. Under the supervision of Erica Lehrer, Nadine will pursue the first comprehensive analysis of Canada’s newest federal cultural institution, in the project, Virtual Multiculturalism: Curatorial Strategies and New Media at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Jenny Doubt, Postdoctoral Fellow, Open University, UK, Winter 2014

Jenny Doubt received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the Open University, UK. Her dissertation, Performing and Inscribing HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa investigated how cultural texts intervene in debates about HIV/AIDS and help empower the most vulnerable among the HIV-affected in post-apartheid South Africa.  Affiliated with the Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV) she curated a multimedia exhibition around a range of South African HIV/AIDS ‘testimonies’ from 2005–2013, exploring the mediation, performance, and circulation of HIV-related cultural products relating to the experiences of HIV-affected individuals.

Katherine Thomson-Jones, ACLS Visiting Scholar, Oberlin College, Summer 2013

Associate Professor in the philosophy department at Oberlin College Katherine Thomson-Jones had the support of an ACLS Fellowship to work on a book about the philosophy of the digital arts. Her interest in the digital arts grew out of her work in the philosophy of film. She has published papers on cinematic narration, engagement, and formalism, and recently became interested in the aesthetic implications of the shift to digital filmmaking. Outside of the philosophy of film, she has published on imagination and ethical art criticism and is the author of Aesthetics and Film (Continuum 2008) and co-editor of New Waves in Aesthetics (Palgrave Macmillan 2008).

Monica Patterson, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2014

Monica Eileen Patterson was affiliated with the Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV) in the Department of History at Concordia. She received her doctorate in Anthropology and History and an additional certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. At CEREV, Monica worked on a monograph examining contested constructions of childhood in late apartheid South Africa, from 1976 to the early 1990s when negotiations for the transition to democracy began and an experimental exhibit that allowed former and current South Africian children to reflect on their experiences of childhood and explore the meanings of the apartheid past and its present-day legacies.

Past post-docs

  • Lu Guorong, Inner Mongolian University for Nationalities, 2011-2012
  • Jacob Remes, Mellon/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University, 2010
  • Joseph Rosen, History Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Summer 2010
  • Maria Jose De Abreau, University of Amsterdam, Fall 2009 
  • John Gagné, Harvard University, "Making Publics" Project, 2008-2009
  • Sean Metzger, Fulbright Visiting Chair, Duke University, Fall 2008
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