I study lifelike dolls and the motivations of their collectors in order to rethink non-human companionship.
Emilie St-Hilaire is a multidisciplinary artist and doctoral candidate in Concordia’s Humanities PhD program. She is studying the idiosyncratic and widely misunderstood practice of reborn doll collecting from a feminist perspective. She has published in the journal RACAR on the topic of research-creation and has exhibited her artwork at galleries and festivals nationally and internationally. Her doctoral research has been supported by scholarships from the FRQSC, Concordia University, Hexagram Network and Francofonds.
Humanities (Art Education, Design & Computation Arts, Theatre)
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Emilie St-Hilaire: examining non-human companionship
Emilie St-Hilaire, a Concordia Public Scholar and PhD candidate in the Humanities, was interviewed for an article by Kelli Korducki in The Guardian. Read more
Emilie St-Hilaire and Maya Hey write an article for the Journal international de bioéthique et d'éthique des sciencesEmilie St-Hilaire and Maya Hey explore the challenges surrounding practice-based research and the need for transdisciplinary approaches to real-world problems Read more
Emilie St-Hilaire writes about the future of Notre Dame Cathedral in the Winnipeg Free Press Read more
Emilie's blog posts
Public Scholar Emilie St-Hilaire proposes that this may be a great time for collaborative writing. Read more
Nagoro’s doll residents bring life and tourists to Japan's Iya Valley. Read more
This article explores the dolls we have, and the relationships we want. Read more
5 reasons why artists can trust this simple advice. Read more
Let’s not allow antiquated and gendered ideas about age-appropriate play prevent individuals from accessing a fulfilling activity. Read more