Simon Fraser University, 2010, PhD

Biography

Dr. Heather Latimer is a Lecturer at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, and in the Coordinated Arts Program, where she teachers literature and academic writing. Her teaching and research focus on the links between representational politics and social identities, and she specializes in feminist theory, sexuality studies, science studies, and the body. She has published articles in Feminist TheorySocial Text, and Modern Fiction Studies, and her first book Reproductive Acts was published 2013. She is a recent winner of the prestigious UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

Research

My teaching and research are interdisciplinary and are strongly informed by cultural studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, and sexuality studies. Specifically, I study how reproductive politics are connected to the gendered body, and are structured by national and post national fantasies of belonging and exclusion. My first book, Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in North American Fiction and Film (McGill-Queen’s, 2013) examined the connections between reproductive politics and anxieties about sexuality, citizenship status, and race in order to argue that fears about political change are configured by, and imaginably dealt with, via reproductive futurism.

Selected Publications

2016

Boon, Sonja… Latimer, Heather (1/10)…“The Politics of Representation: Reading, Writing, Affect,” from “The Intro Course: A Pedagogical Toolkit.” In “Belaboured Introductions: Inspired Reflections on the Introductory Course in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies,” a special issue of Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 37.2 (2016): 54-67. Print.

2014

“Pregnant Possibilities: Cosmopolitanism, Kinship and Reproductive Futurism in Maria Full of Grace and In America.” Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Cosmopolitanism, Relationalities and Discontents. Eds. Andrew Irving and Nina Glick Schiller. London: Berghahn Press, 2014. 227-43. Print.

2013

“The Straight Line: Sexuality, Futurity, and the Politics of Austerity.” Reader’s Forum. English Studies in Canada 39.4 (2013): 21-24. Print.

Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in North American Fiction and Film. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2013. Print.

2011

“Bio-reproductive Futurism: The Pregnant Refugee in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men.” Social Text 108 29.3 (2011): 51-72. Print.

2011

“Reproductive Technologies, Fetal Icons, and Genetic Freaks: Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl and the Limits and Possibilities of Donna Haraway’s Cyborg.” Modern Fiction Studies 57.2 (2011): 318-335. Print.

2009

“Popular Culture and Reproductive Politics: Juno, Knocked Up and the Enduring Legacy of The Handmaid’s Tale.” Feminist Theory 10.2 (2009): 209-224. Print.