Annual Visitor Program

Kingston Court House through the trees of City Park

Photo of City Park and Courthouse by Ian Spreadbury -link

The Department of Gender Studies invites applications for our annual Visitor’s Program. Gender Studies offers a stimulating and collegial environment in which to carry out work relating to women. The position is open to any Visitor – scholar, artist, writer, activist - who wishes to spend one or two academic terms (normally between September and April). The objective is to enrich the intellectual and creative community that exists in the Department and at Queen’s. Visitors will be expected to give at least one presentation during their term. Shared office space with email and web connectivity as well as access to the Queen’s library system will be provided. Limited research funding of up to $1,000 (courtesy of Friends of Gender Studies) may be available from the Department; however, visitors may wish to apply for external grants.

Queen’s University is in Kingston, Ontario. This historic city of some 120,000 people is located on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario, equidistant from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Its numerous and high quality arts, entertainment and culinary amenities belie its size.
Applications, including curriculum vitae, a brief description of the work to be undertaken, sample of recent works, the names of two references, the length of stay proposed and dates should be sent by March 31 each year to:

Professor Beverley Mullings, Acting Head
Department of Genders Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall D504
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON
K7L 3N6.

Past Visitors

Dr. Patricia Neville


Dr. Patricia Neville
Fall 2011

Patricia Neville is a member of the Sociology Department at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests lie in the intersection between contemporary society and the lifeworld and how the late capitalist social actor attempts to negotiate a place for themselves in the social, political and ideological, cultural and economic landscape of post-industrial society.

Through her publications she has engaged with such topics as the representation of gender in the media, the representational value of masculinity and femininity, gender identity formation strategies and the construction of the gendered "outsider". She is currently conducting research with Irish women who read self-help books and is interested in introducing a comparative element to her research during her time in Gender Studies.

Dr. Cándida F. Jáquez


Dr. Cándida F. Jáquez
Spring & Summer 2009

Cándida F. Jáquez is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department and Head of the Ethnomusicology program at Scripps College, Claremont, California. Her research has focused on Latino popular and Mexican traditional music with a speciality in women's mariachi performance across the complexities of performativity, ethnographic research, race, class, and gender.

She is the co-editor, with Frances Aparicio, of Musical Migrations: Transnationalism and Cultural Hybridity in Latin/o America, Volume I. Her work also appears in such collections as Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change (Norma Cantú; Olga Nájera-Ramírez, eds.). She is currently completing a book manuscript concerning mariachi performance in North America.

In addition to research in Latino musics, Cándida is pursuing a multi-year study of indigenous music and dance surrounding the iconic figure of La Virgen de Guadalupe in feast day celebrations at the Mexico City Basilica. She has previously held teaching positions at Indiana University at Bloomington, Arizona State University at Tempe, and visiting positions at Xiamen University, PRC, and California State University Fresno. Her teaching interests have included developing "Rhythm and the Latina Body Politic," a course focused on Latinidad through women's bodies in Latino popular music. She has given multiple invited lectures and paper presentations in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Germany.

A former Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Arte Américas Museum, Cándida remains an active member of the Chicana community in promoting the arts and education for under-represented groups. She can also be found on stage from time to time as a violinist and singer in the mariachi tradition.

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Dr. Jean Pfleiderer


Dr. Jean Pfleiderer
Fall & Winter 2008-09

In the Rev. Fidelia Gillette, Jean Pfleiderer saw an opportunity to indulge her interests in Unitarian Universalism, Women’s Studies, literature, and genealogy all at the same time. A member of the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship and currently President of the Canadian Unitarian Council, Jean’s connection to Unitarian and Universalist religion led her to the Rev. Gillette, a late 19th century writer and public speaker of note as well as a Universalist minister who was very likely the first ordained woman of any denomination to serve as the pastor to a congregation in Ontario, perhaps in all of Canada. How and why did Fidelia Woolley Gillette become one of the rarest of the rare—an ordained female pastor in North America in 1888? That’s the question that has led to some fascinating explorations into the life and times of this unusual woman.

Jean Pfleiderer has taught sessionally for the Women’s Studies Department at Queen’s and has recently become an Advisor in the Queen’s Human Rights Office. Jean holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado, where she also received a J.D. She practiced law for a number of years in Colorado before coming to Canada.

She has been involved for about two years with the Invisible Influence: Reclaiming Canadian Unitarian Universalist Women’s History project and is delighted to have the opportunity to do a presentation at Queen’s on Rev. Gillette and the process of “doing feminist history” as it has played out through this project.

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Dr. Jeanette Lynes


Dr. Jeanette Lynes
Fall & Winter 2007-08

Jeanette Lynes' time as Visiting Artist in Residence offered a unique opportunity to combine feminist research and creative writing. During her time with the Women's Studies Department, Jeanette served on the organizing committee for the 'Common Magic' conference on Kingston poet, Bronwen Wallace. She delivered a paper at the conference as well as contributing a poem to the conference's creative publication, The Book of the New (Ed. Danielle Gugler and Elizabeth Greene). Jeanette edited her poetry collection, It's Hard Being Queen: The Dusty Springfield Poems (Freehand Books, 2008).

She also rewrote and edited her first novel, Audrey's Wednesday Report, which focuses on women factory workers in northern Ontario during World War Two. Jeanette gave a poetry reading at the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery during the Women's Studies Anniversary celebration, a poetry reading at the Kingston 'Poets & Co' monthly series, and a poetry workshop at the Ban Righ Centre. She also taught Women's Studies 435 during the winter of 2008, and learned lots, especially in the areas of queer and transgender poetry. "The Women's Studies Department is exceptionally collegial, the feminist and literary communities are strong in Kingston, and the research and creative resources are outstanding," said Lynes.

Lise Melhorn-Boe


Lise Melhorn-Boe
Fall 2006

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Dr. Kathleen O'Shea


Dr. Kathleen O'Shea

Kathleen O’Shea was the first Visitor in our new program. She spent the 2006 Winter Term in the Department, working on two projects. The first was an anthology of testimonies from women, friends and family members of women who were tortured or disappeared or murdered during the seventeen years of the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile (1973-1990). The second project is was historical novel, Adios Companera: A Chilean Memoir, about the same era in Chile.

Kathleen O’Shea spent from 1965- 1973 in Chile as a Catholic nun who taught in a girls’ high school run by her religious community. Subsequent to this period she returned to the United States. A nun for 30 years and a social worker who does research on female offenders with an emphasis on women on death row, she has published a number of books, one of which was nominated for a Pulitzer in 2000.

Her work has also been presented in the form of a play at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and in a documentary about women on death row on the Women's Television network.

Kathleen serves on the Board of the National Prison Foundation in Washington, and is currently the Co-Director of Bethany House - a homeless shelter for women and children in Rochester, New York.

If you would like to contact Kathleen A. O'Shea please email her at: