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Kascindra (Kascie) Ida Sadie Shewan

 

Email: shewanki@mcmaster.ca

Thesis: Sexualized Violence is a Citizenly Issue: Consent Discourse and Fighting Strategies under Neoliberalism

Supervisor: Dr. Amber Dean

Area of Research: Gender Studies/Cultural Studies

 

 


Kascindra is a fifth year PhD Candidate in the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. She completed an Honours BA at Western University with an honours specialization in Women’s Studies and a major in Comparative Literature. This degree culminated in her undergraduate thesis titled “Building Bildung through Vocation and Virtue: A Feminist Literary Analysis of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship and George Sand’s The Countess of Rudolstadt”. Kascindra also completed a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies at Western University. Her Independent Research Project, “Mending Memories and Creating Communities through Embodied Action: Exploring the Testimonial Function of Women’s Experiences of Peruvian Armed-Conflict through Textile Art” investigates alternatives for testimony to gendered violence outside TRC structures. Her current project continues this work on gendered violence, contemplating how approaches to sexualized violence prevention are mediated (and often mitigated) by the frameworks of neoliberal citizenship within which such prevention approaches are created, mobilized and (re)produced. Kascindra’s research is supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Grant.


Publications: 

“’One Night, There Was Five of Them. . . ‘: Sexualized Violence and Queer Identity in Albert Nobbs (2011)” (Forthcoming, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Spring 2019)

“Sexual Violence is a Citizenly Issue: Neoliberalism, the Affective Economy of Fear and Fighting Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention” (Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 39.1, 2018)