Concordia University

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Dr. Geneviève Rail

Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute & Womens Studies



Recent Research Grants


Petherick, L., Norman, M. & Rail, G. (2019-2021, SSHRC, $64,286). Sexuality Education as Public Pedagogy: Media and Parental Constructions of Sexuality Education.

McPhail, D., Rail, G., Gingras, J., & Jette, S.L. (2014-2019, CIHR, $230,130). Reproducing Stigma: Obesity and Women's Experiences of Reproductive Care.

G. Rail, Fusco, C., Burns, K., Russel, K., Bryson, M., Macdonald, M., Moola, F., Norman, M.E., Petherick, L., & Polzer, J. (2012-2017, CIHR, $273,359). HPV vaccination discourses, spaces and biopedagogies: Affects and effects on youth’s bodies and subjectivities.

Bryson, M, Gahagan, J., Hart, S., Rail, G., Ristock, J. et al. (2012-2015, CIHR, $356,377). Cancer’s margins and the choreography of knowledge: Toward a queer biopolitics and the mobilization of public health knowledge.

Bryson, M, Gahagan, J., Hart, S., Rail, G., et al. (2012-2013, CIHR, $100,000). Cancer’s margins and the choreography of knowledge: Genders, sexualities and the queer biopolitics of access to health knowledge mobilization (Priority Announcement Grant).

Burns, K., Russell, K., Rail, G. & Fusco, C. (2011-2012, International Program Development Fund – University of Sydney, $6,000). A comparative study of school-based HPV/cervical cancer vaccination programs and HPV-related knowledge in Australia and Canada (International Linkage). 

Rail, G., Jette, S., Norman, M.E., & Tlili, H. (2011-2012, CIHR, $43,850). The weight of words: Discursive constructions of obesity and health among health professionals.

Rail, G., & Dumas, A. (2008-2011, SSHRC, $145,000). Young women’s discursive constructions of the body and health in the context of obesity discourses and biopedagogies.


Recent Publications

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T.L., Gahagan, J. & Ristock, J., & Boschman, L. (in press). « Queerir » le cancer. Subjectivités, savoirs, soins du cancer et justice sociale. In A. Alessandrin, J. Dagorn, A. Meidani, G. Richard & M. Toulze (Eds.), Santé LGBT. Paris: Éditions des Archives Contemporaines.

Bryson, M., Rail, G., Taylor, E., Boschman, L., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., & Ristock, J. (2020). Chorégraphies difficiles dans les « Marges du cancer ». Minorités sexuelles et/ou genrées et incommensurabilité des savoirs biographiques et biomédicaux. In A. Meidani (Ed.), Masculinités et féminités face au cancer. Expériences cancéreuses et interactions soignantes (pp. 137-159). Toulouse, France: Éditions Érès. Available here

Biron, P., St-Onge, J.-C., & Rail, G. (2019). Medical science integrity decapitated. PharmaWatch Canada, June 14. Available here

Taylor, E.T., Bryson, M.K., Boschman, L., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Rail, G., & Ristock, J. (2019). Cancer’s Margins: How media and community networks promote knowledge access, sharing, and mobilization by sexual and gender minority cancer patients. Media and Communication, 7(1), 102-113. Available here

Bryson, M., Taylor, E., Boschman, L., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Rail, G., & Ristock, J. (2018). Awkward choreographies from Cancer's Margins: Sexual and/or gender minority cancer patients’ encounters with biographical and biomedical knowledge in treatment. Journal of Medical HumanitiesAvailable here

Rail, G., Molino, L., Fusco, C., Norman, M.E., Petherick, L., Polzer, J., Moola, F., & Bryson, M. (2018). HPV vaccination campaigns and the discursive construction of “at-risk” girlsCanadian Journal of Public Health, 109(5), 622-632. Available here

Rail, G.,  Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J. (2017). Proyecto Cancer’s Margins: minorías sexuales, asistencia oncológica, conocimiento y subjetividades (Cancer’s Margins: Sexual minorities, cancer care, knowledge and subjectivities). In A. Porroche-Escudero, G. Coll-Planas, & C. Riba (Eds.), Cicatrices (in)visibles: Perspectivas feministas sobre el cáncer de mama (Spanish version of Invisible scars: Feminist perspectives on breast cancer) (pp. 71-82). Barcelona, Spain:  Edicions Bellaterra. Available here

Petherick, L., Norman, M.E., & Rail, G. (2016). Manufacturing (parental) consent: A critical analysis of the HPV vaccination informed consent process in Ontario, Canada. In S. Dagkas & L. Burrows (Eds.), Families, young people, physical activity and health: Critical perspectives (pp. 96-113)London: Routledge. Available here

Rail, G. (2016). La violence de l’impératif du bien-être. Bio-Autres, missions de sauvetage et justice sociale. Section “Sociologie,” Revue STAPS, 36(2), 17-31. Available here

Norman, M.E., & Rail, G. (2016). Encountering fat others, embodying the thin self: Emotional orientations to fatness and the materialization of feminine subjectivities. Subjectivity, 9(3), 271-289. Available here

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J. (2016). Projecte Cancer’s Margins: Minories sexuals, assistència oncològica, informació I subjectivitats (original: Cancer’s Margins: Sexual minorities, cancer care, knowledge and subjectivities). In A. Porroche-Escudero, G. Coll-Planas, & C. Riba (Eds), Cicatrius (in)visibles: Perspectives feministes sobre el càncer de mama (Invisible scars: Feminist perspectives on breast cancer) (pp. 75-89). Vic, Spain: Eumo Press.

Norman, M.E., Rail, G., & Jette, S. (2016). Screening the un-scene: De-constructing the (bio)politics of storytelling in a reality makeover weight loss series. In J. Ellison, D. McPhail & W. Mitchinson (Eds), Obesity in Canada: Historical and Critical Perspectives (pp. 342-372). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Adams, M.L., Davidson, J., Helstein, M. Jamieson, K., Kim, K.Y., King, S., McDonald, M.G., & Rail, G. (2016). Feminist cultural studies: Uncertainties and possibilities. Sociology of Sport Journal, 33(1), 75-91. Available here

Rail, G., & Jette, S. (2015). Reflections on biopedagogies and/of public health: On bio-Others, rescue missions and social justice. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 15(5), 327-336.  Available here

Rail, G., & Jette, S. (Guest Eds.) (2015). Special issue: “Biopedagogies and/of Public Health.” Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 15(5). (92 pages) Available here

Rail, G., Molino, L., & Lippman, A. (2015).  La réplique. Vaccination contre le VPH : contre la loi du silence. Le Devoir, 29 octobre. Available here

Rail, G., Molino, L., & Lippman, A. (2015). Appel urgent à un moratoire sur la vaccination contre les VPH. Le Devoir, 5 octobre, p. A7. Available here

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2015). “Haram, she’s obese!”: Young Lebanese-Canadian women’s discursive constructions of obesity. Atlantis, 37(1),129-142. Available here

Norman, M.E., Rail, G., & Jette, S. (2014). Moving subjects, feeling bodies: Emotion and subjectification in “Village on a Diet.” Fat Studies Journal, 3(1),17-31. Available here

Rail, G. (2014). Femmes, « obésité » et confessions de la chair : regard critique sur la Clinique de lobésité. Labrys, études féministes/ estudos feministas, 25 (janvier-juin 2014). Available here

Jette, S., & Rail, G. (2014).Resisting, reproducing, resigned? Pregnant women’s discursive constructions and experiences of ‘health’ and weight gain. Nursing Inquiry, 21(3),202-211. Available here

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2013). “Judging a Body by Its Cover”: Young Lebanese-Canadian Women’s Discursive Constructions of the “Healthy” Body and “Health” Practices. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14(6),1-17. Available here

Pouliot, A., & Rail, G. (2013). « Voir »la santé autrement : Les constructions discursives de la santé de jeunes femmes vivant en situation de handicap visuel. Recherches féministes, 26(1), 131-149. Available here

Jette, S., & Rail, G. (2013). Ills from the womb? A critical examination of Evidence-Based Medicine and pregnancy weight gain advice. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 17(4), 407-421. Available here

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2013). Review of the book Fat Studies in the UKedited by Corinna Tomrley and Ann Kaloski Naylor (Raw Nerve Books, 2009). Fat Studies Journal, 2(1), 92-96. Available here

Rail, G. (2012). The birth of the obesity clinic: Confessions of the flesh, biopedagogies and physical culture. Sociology of Sport Journal, 29(2), 227–253. Available here

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2012). “Disgusting” fat bodies and young Lebanese-Canadian women’s discursive constructions of health. Women’s Health and Urban Life, 11(1),94-123. Available here

Harper, E., & Rail, G. (2012). “Gaining the right amount for my baby”: Young pregnant women’s discursive constructions of health. Health Sociology Review, 21(1), 69-81. Available here

Rail, G. (2012). The weight of words. International Innovation – Healthcare, 16, 91-93. Available here

Rail, G. (2012).Santé des femmes: Harper coupe les vivres, Le Devoir, 27 avril, p. A9. Available here

Harper, E., & Rail, G. (2011). “Silhouettes of a pregnant belly”: Investigating young pregnant women’s discursive constructions of the body. Aporia, 3(1), 6-15. Available here

Rail, G. (2011). Silencing critique in the health field. University Affairs, 52(4), 4-5. Available here

MacNeill, M., & Rail, G. (2010). The visions, voices and moves of young “Canadians”: Exploring diversity, subjectivity and cultural constructions of fitness and health. In J. Wright & D. Macdonald (Eds.), Young people, physical activity and the everyday (pp. 175-193). London and New York: Routledge. Available here

Rail, G., Murray, S.J., & Holmes, D. (2010). Human rights and qualitative health inquiry: On biofascism and the importance of parrhesia. In N.K. Denzin & M.D. Giardina (Eds.), Qualitative inquiry and human rights (pp. 218-241). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. Available here

Jiwani, N., & Rail, G. (2010). Islam,Hijab and young Shia Muslim Canadian women’s discursive constructions of physical activity. Sociology of Sport Journal, 27(3), 251-267. Available here

Rail, G., Holmes, D., & Murray, S.J. (2010). The politics of evidence on “domestic terrorists”: Obesity discourses and their effects. Social Theory and Health, 8(3), 259-279. Available here

Corneau, S., Rail, G., & Holmes, D.(2010). Le pourquoi du spectacle: Motivations relatives à la consommation de pornographie chez les hommes gais. Canadian Journal of Communication, 35(2), 197-218. Available here

Corneau, S., Rail, G., & Holmes, D. (2010). Entre libération et représentation réductrice. La pornographie gaie masculine comme véhicule de stéréotypes. MediaTropes, 2(2),136-166. Available here

Corneau, S., & Rail, G. (2010). Après le spectacle: Les impacts psychosociaux de consommation de pornographie gaie masculine chez les hommes gais. Aporia, 2(1), 24-37. Available here

Ravel, B. & Rail, G. (2010). Strong women, fragile closets: The queering of women’s sport. In S. Spickard Prettyman & B.Lampman (Eds.), Learning culture through sports: Exploring the role of sports in society (2nd ed.) (pp. 359-371). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education. Available here


Recent Conference Papers

Research Interests

Computational fatigue damage modeling, multiaxial fatigue, multiscale damage modeling ,high cycle fatigue, short crack behavior, spectrum fatigue, machine learning based material modeling, mechanics of weld joints, weld residual stress, additive manufacturing

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