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Visiting scholars

The Lillian Robinson Scholars Program

A feminist scholar whose career spanned over 35 years, Dr. Lillian Robinson was Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, home of the first Women’s Studies program in Canada, from 2000-2006. She was widely recognized as one of the leading feminist theorists of the twentieth century, and her essays and books have inspired feminist scholarship around the world. Thanks to generous donations from the Renée B. Fisher Foundation, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute has created a visiting scholars program as a living memorial to Dr. Lillian Robinson. Please read the following article for more information on the life and work of Dr. Lillian Robinson.

This program is designed to attract distinguished visiting scholars working on a range of feminist research topics to the SdBI. The program supports stays of varying lengths for scholars with a PhD.

How to become a Lillian Robinson Scholar

- The program will be on hiatus for the 2024 - 2025 academic year.
- The deadline to apply for 2025-2026 is April 1, 2025.

Please see the application instructions for more information.

Lillian Robinson Scholars

The SdBI has welcomed Lillian Robinson scholars who are academic researchers well known for their feminist scholarship and activism. 


Dr. Nancy Spina (Independent Scholar)
"Habits, Performativity, and the Maternal Citizen: The progressive Ontario Curricula in the 1930s and 1940s."

Dr. Seema Thakur (Gandhian and Peace Studies, Panjab University Chandigarh)
"Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Domestic Violence Against Women in Punjab, India"


Dr. Karen Kuo (Arizona State University)
“'The Task is Hers’: Margaret Sanger’s Asian Experiment”

Click here for past scholars and the research they conducted while at the SdBI.

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