Visiting Scholars

Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women's Studies for the academic year 2015-2016

In 1992, the Bank of Montreal established a Women's Studies Scholars Program at the University of Ottawa to encourage research that would have direct positive impacts for women. Since that time, the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies has conducted an annual competition offering the opportunity to a feminist researcher having completed her or his Ph.D. to pursue his or her studies in an interdisciplinary, multicultural and bilingual environment, while sharing the research results with the university community.

The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies is pleased to announce that the mandate of Dr. Diane Watt as the Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies has been extended to August 2016. 

In 2011, Diane Watt completed her internationally-recognized doctoral dissertation in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, in Society, Culture, and Literacies. Her thesis engages the high schooling experiences and sense of identity of Ontario Muslim female students in the context of dominant media messages and curricular absence. Her recent two-year Postdoctoral appointment at the University of Calgary expands that research through a collaborative visual ethnography with three Somali-Canadian Muslim female Youtubers. Their co-produced documentary engages youth media activism as a critical digital literacy practice. Watt earned an M.Ed. from the University of Ottawa in Second Language Teaching and Learning. She completed her Honours B.A. in English Literature at Simon Fraser University where she also undertook her teacher education. During the 1990’s she lived with her family in Pakistan, Syria, and Iran. Watt’s intercultural experiences at home and abroad continue to inspire her academic career.

Engaging marginalized Muslim female youth perspectives in Teacher Education through youth media activism 

Diane Watt’s recent postdoctoral research at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary is a collaboration with three Muslim female YouTubers from the Ottawa Somali-Canadian community. Their co-produced documentary inquires into what it means to these youth to produce and share comedic videos on YouTube that speak back to dominant meanings about Muslim women. The next phase of this research at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies involves sharing this documentary on youth media activism with teacher candidates to provoke conversations on difference at the intersections of gender, racialization, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, and class. Social networking sites such as YouTube are potentially more inclusive public spaces where diverse voices may emerge. This inquiry thus consisiders the im/possibilities of YouTube as a medium to perform identities absent in the school curriculum and public sphere. This project brings Muslim female youth perspectives into teacher education toward more complicated understandings of student and teacher identities. It draws from postcolonial feminist theory, curriculum studies, and critical digital literacies perspectives.

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Past Recipients

Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies  (1995 – 2015)

In 1992, the Bank of Montreal established a Women's Studies Scholars Program at   the University of Ottawa to encourage research that would have direct, positive impacts on women.

YearVisiting Scholars


Jone Martínez Palacios (PhD), Professeure adjointe, Département des sciences politiques et communications, Université du Pays Basque, Espagne

Une approche féministe des processus d’innovation démocratique : structures et stratégies de la participation des femmes aux processus d’innovation démocratique


Gada Mahrouse (PhD), Associate Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Canada

The “Emotional Labor” performed by and for Western Humanitarian NGOs


Julie Abbou (PhD), Chercheure associée au Laboratoire Parole et Langage (Aix-en-Provence), France

La perturbation du genre en langue : variations politiques et linguistiques


Isabelle Perreault (PhD), Boursière postdoctorale, Faculté des sciences de la santé, Université d’Ottawa, Canada

Psychochirurgie et genre : analyse des discours et des pratiques sur la lobotomie à l’Hôpital Saint-Jean-de-Dieu, 1940-1960


Caroline Caron (PhD), Boursière postdoctorale, Institut d’études des femmes, Université d’Ottawa, Canada

Démobilisées? Une étude des pratiques de citoyenneté engagées dans la production de médias par des adolescentes et des jeunes femmes francophones canadiennes


Katherine Brasch (PhD), Independent Scholar, Toronto, Canada

Ideologies of gender, motherhood and family to better understand their role on migration and integration. Proposed study of single migrant mothers without permanent status in Canada will highlight the implications of transnational ideological influences.


Christine Wächter (PhD), Associate Professor, Institute of Science and Technology, Klagenfurt

University, Austria Comparison of the status of women engineers in research in Canada to the information that I have on the status of their counterparts in Austria.


Katherine Mohindra (PhD), Chercheure automne, Montréal, Canada

Santé des femmes en Inde


Maryanne Dever (PhD), Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of

Sydney, Australia Gender differences in early post-PhD employment and the influence of PhD context and family on women’s academic careers.


Justyna Sempruch Szachowicz (PhD), Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland

The Politics of Parenthood and Its Impact on Women’s Employment: Case Studies in Switzerland, Poland and Canada.


Sirma Bilge (PhD), Boursière postdoctorale, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire de la violence familiale et de la violence faite aux femmes, Université de Montréal, Canada

La violence faite aux femmes minoritaires : analyse du discours judiciaire canadien.


Salimata Thiam (PhD), Professeure spécialiste en civilisations africaines, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Sénégal

L’utilisation de la contraception chez la femme musulmane au Sénégal


Maria Nengeh Mensah (PhD), Chercheure automne, Montréal, Canada

Analyse du discours féministe sur la prostitution au Québec : affrontements et réconciliations dans la littérature scientifique, les médias et les propos des acteurs sociaux impliqués.


Tina O’Toole (PhD), Principal Researcher for Women in Irish Society, National University of Ireland, Ireland

Comparison between the history of women’s movement in Canada and in Ireland.


Kathleen O’Grady (PhD), Independent Scholar, Toronto, Canada

French Feminisms and Religion


Marilyn MacDonald (PhD), Professor, Feminist Science Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Feminist Activism, Science & Technology; to create bridges between Women’s Studies and Science and Engineering


Patricia Whitney (PhD), Independent Scholar and Part-time Professor, English Department and Women’s Studies Program, University of Ottawa, Canada

Lives of Aboriginal Women Victimized by the Canadian Justice System; Federal Inmates of the Prison for Women in Kingston


Marymay Downing (PhD), Part-time Professor, Women’s Studies Program, University of Ottawa, Canada

Canadian Women’s Activism in Relation to the Issue of Pornography

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