Meet the Organizers for 2021/2022
Mia Van Leeuwen
Mia van Leeuwen (she/her), an Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts Faculty, practices the body of performance to explore and critique wide-ranging themes (fandom, religion, death, whiteness), while playfully blurring the lines between theatre and visual art. Altering perspective, baring process, queering, unsettling, combining different forms, and making strange are actions that inform her various projects. Mia’s current research explores the ancient principles of memento mori as a contemporary praxis; the work engages in death studies, philosophical contemplation, movement, a sense of humour, and collaborative artistic practice in the forms of ritual, performance, photography, and video art. miavanleeuwen.com
Suzanne Lenon (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the department of Women & Gender Studies. Drawing on the fields of socio-legal studies, critical race feminisms and queer theory, her research focuses on the intersections of race and sexuality in both law and culture. Together with OmiSoore H. Dryden, she is the co-editor of Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging (UBC Press, 2015).