Annette Burfoot

Professor, Department Head

BAH (York), MES (York), D.Phil. (Sussex)
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext 74475
Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D424

Research Areas

  • Science & Technology Studies (reproductive technologies, genetic engineering, human anatomy and manufacture)
  • Feminist Social Thought
  • Visual Culture

Current Research

A ten-year study of an over two-hundred year old textile mill (Busatti) in central Italy that effectively used Made-in-Italy branding and a particular form of localized capitalism to survive world wars, a declining economy and Asian competition has just been completed. In process is a book-length manuscript, Women and Reproductive Technologies, which critically examines new reproductive technologies in socio-historical context.


At the PhD level, I welcome students who wish to study the area of reproductive technologies and genetic engineering from a critical science and technology studies perspective.


  • science and technology studies
  • feminist theories of sociology
  • visual culture
  • social theory

Major and Recent Publications

2017    “Made in Italy as Regional Economic Development in Middle Italy’s Industrial Districts – The Particular Case of Busatti Textiles, Anghiari,” submitted to the Journal of Enterprise and Society.

2014    Visual Culture and Gender (Vols. I – IV). Editor. London: Routledge.

2014    “Revisiting Mary O'Brien – Reproductive Consciousness and Liquid Maternity,” Journal of Socialist Studies/ Etudes Socialistes 10(1) 174-190.

2012    “What is Social Reality?” in Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. Edited by Myra Hird and George Pavlich. Toronto: Oxford UP. Pp. 108-118.

2011    “Feminist Technoscience: A Solution to Theoretical Conundrums and the Wane of Feminist Politics?” RFR/DRF 33:3 & 4, pp. 71-93.

2006    Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence. Co-edited with Susan Lord. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press.

2005    “Biotechnology as modern museums of collection,” co-written with Jennifer Poudrier, in The Sociology of Biotechnology: Science, Society and Social Cohesion. Michael Mehta, ed. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

2003    “Human Remains: Identity Politics in the Face of Biotechnology,” Bart Simon, Jill Didur, Teresa Heffernan (eds.) Critical Posthumanism-Special Issue of Cultural Critique No. 53 (winter)116-144.

1999    Encyclopedia of Reproductive Technologies.  Editor. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press.

Back to Faculty Profiles