Nour AFARA

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Nour AFARA
PhD Candidate

PhD English, University of Ottawa (2017-present)
MA English, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory, McMaster University (2015-2016)
BA English, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory, McMaster University (2011-2015)


Work E-mail: nafar029@uottawa.ca

Biography

Memberships
Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
 
Current Research
My research project focuses on racialized sex workers in eighteenth-century London and conceptions of laziness, shamelessness, and decadence that were often projected and even 'amplified' on bodies of colour in this trade. I explore how sex work is framed as non-work as a result of the allegedly abject subjects that flocked to it by studying labour policy documents and prostitute's memoirs.
 
Fields of Interest 
Eighteenth-century literature and culture
Sexuality studies
Labour policy
Public policy
Political economy
 
Work Experience
Fall 2019 - Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Ottawa
2015-Present - Research Assistant, Department of Political Science, McMaster University
Winter 2019 - Research Assistant, Department of English, University of Ottawa
Fall 2018 - Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Ottawa
Summer 2018 - Research Assistant, Department of English, University of Ottawa
Winter 2018 - Research Assistant, Department of English, University of Ottawa
Fall 2017 - Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Ottawa
Fall 2015-Winter2016 - Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory, McMaster University
 
Scholarships and Awards
Graduate Admissions Scholarship, University of Ottawa, 2017
David Clever Memorial Fellowship, University of Ottawa, 2017
Graduate Admissions Scholarship, McMaster University, 2015
 
Conference Presentations

Fall 2019 - Canadian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (University of Laval, Canada): "Sex on Sale: Quantifying & Qualifying Sex Work in Eighteenth-Century England"

Summer 2019 - Alternate Routes (University of Turin, Italy): "Who Makes the World: Exclusion, Labour, and Non-Humans in Continental Philosophy"

Fall 2018 - Canadian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (University of Guelph, Canada): “Teaching Sex and Purity: Conduct Literature from the 18th Century and Today”

Winter 2018 - Rethinking Nature (University of Ottawa, Canada): "The Animal at a Distance: Packaged Meat and the Elision of Suffering in the Supermarket"

Summer 2017 - Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (Ryerson University, Canada): "Sexing Pedagogy: Voyeurism, Submission, and Domination in Fanny Hill”

Research Contributions

Afara, Nour. “Forever Idle: The Resilience of Colonial Ideas on Black Bodies.” Alternate Routes, January 2020, p.1-16.

 

 

 

 

Fields of Interest

  • 18th-century literature and culture; 18th-century sex work; sexuality studies; labour policy; public policy; political economy
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