Marc Lafrance is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. The winner of two Commonwealth Scholarships and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, he earned his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Cultural Studies at the University of Oxford while receiving additional training at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis (London, England) and the École normale supérieure (Paris, France).
Informed by an interest in self, body and society, Lafrance’s research program relates to a number of different objects of enquiry. To start, Lafrance examines the relationship between identity, embodiment and surgical technology. Looking at cosmetic, reconstructive and transplant procedures, Lafrance considers how recent developments in surgical technology are radically reshaping what it means to be human.
Lafrance is particularly interested in media representations—ranging from autobiographies to reality television shows—and how they can be seen to express a variety of collective fears and fantasies pertaining to present-day body modification practices.