Current Students

MA Students

SAMANTHA ILACQUA

 

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (Honours) from Concordia University, where I graduated with distinction. My Honours project consisted of a Marxist conceptualisation of the neoliberal responsibilisation rhetoric that characterises state discourses on gambling addiction. My collaborations with various professors in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the undergraduate level inspired me to pursue graduate-level studies. I am now a second-year Master’s student in Sociology at Concordia. My research is interested in tackling sexual violence on university campuses, from a qualitative sociological perspective. For my current project, I aim to acquire a deep understanding of the experience of working in campus sexual violence resource centres. Understanding this experience will provide valuable insight for initiatives aimed at alleviating the severity of sexual violence on campus. When I am not working on my own project, I work as both a research assistant and teaching assistant. I am also a committed activist in the Concordia and Montreal communities.

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:

 

Ilacqua, S. (2018, March). Decolonizing Marxism: What does this mean and how do we get there?. Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Student Association of Concordia University, Annual Conference, Montreal, QC. [Presentation - Accepted].

 

Ilacqua, S. (2017, May-June). Neoliberal expectations versus modern realities: Gambling and the economic crisis. 52nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association, Toronto, ON. [Conference Paper].

 

Ilacqua, S. (2017, June). Gambling in action: Film representations vs. the local Montreal bar setting. 35th Annual Conference of the International Visual Sociology Association, Montreal, QC. [Conference Paper].

JAY MARQUIS-MANICOM

 

I am a political anthropologist, focused on problematising and analysing the culturally-inflected forms of power and politics present in the late-capitalist colonial societies in which I live. As an anthropologist working in the heart of the industrialised world, I work to reject received orthodoxies about the topics I study. I believe in subverting anthropology's traditionally exoticising and othering stance, and turning it around to 'make the familiar strange'. I believe in harnessing the power of the ethnographic method to uncover truths which may be obscured by an over-reliance on textual sources, structured interviews, and unexamined 'common sense'.

 

My ongoing research involves far-right extremism, white supremacism and white nationalism, online male-supremacist movements, and the alt-right. In addition to my thesis work, I have co-authored work with Dr. Marc Lafrance dealing with representation issues in American television. Dr. Lafrance and I are also working on a series of articles on the groups and movements associated with the 'Manosphere' collection of masculinist websites and forums. Other main research interests of mine include new forms of family and relationship; modern Western myths and counterfactual belief systems; and 'democracy' and the state.

 

I am currently finishing an MA in anthropology at Concordia University, where I also completed a BA in anthropology with a minor in Mandarin. I also completed a DEC in Fine Arts from Dawson College in Montreal. I hold both a 2017 Joseph Armand Bombardier scholarship and a 2018 Storytellers award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

MELISSA McCULLAGH

 

I graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2018. My interests throughout my bachelors encompass issues that dealt with Men & Masculinities and the various social problems associated with it. I am currently pursuing my MA in Sociology at Concordia whereby my research interests and research assistantship surround the depiction of violence against men in popular media.

 

In addition, I am interested in raising awareness of the issue of violence against men, which is a legitimate social problem that has a profound physical and psychological impact on the lives of men. Lastly, my Master's thesis will analyse the perceptions of modern-day pop music videos on YouTube and extract meanings to gain a better understanding of the gender norms, values, symbols, and social processes attached to these perceptions.

PhD Students

JAMILAH DEI-SHARPE

 

I am a PhD Candidate in sociology, specialising in critical gender and race studies. I earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Toronto, where I graduated with high distinction. I first became fascinated by the intricacies of social interactions while working as a research assistant for Dr. Neda Maghbouleh and Dr. Luisa Schwartzman at the University of Toronto and interning as a research analyst for the City of Mississauga. Informed by an intersectional framework, my research has been organised around complicating one-dimensional accounts of mothering, youth resource allocation, multiculturalism and representations of race and gender. In this way, my master’s research challenges current conceptions of “hegemonic masculinity” and black hypermasculinity. More specifically, it broadens how we think about black men by looking at hip-hop culture and how it represents black male emotions and vulnerabilities within romantic relationships. My doctoral project seeks to further this decolonial endeavour by demonstrating that through the globalisation of hip-hop, black male resistance has become a model of empowerment. As such, my work is grounded in making scholarship more inclusive of black male identity and emotionality just as it seeks to historicise the detrimental consequences of their exclusion. As a millennial, Ghanaian-Jamaican-Canadian woman, I am committed to making original and accessible contributions to critical research on gender and race that break away from the status quo.

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:

 

Dei-Sharpe, J., & Maleeha, I. (2016). Where are the Mothers’ Groups? A Pilot Study in Toronto. The Society: Undergraduate Sociology and Criminology Review, University of Toronto.

PAULINE HOEBANX

 

I am a PhD student in social and cultural analysis, focusing on critical gender studies and social media. My Master’s research examined how dating advice given on social media contributes to the reproduction of gender inequality, as well as larger structural issues such as the reproduction of hegemonic masculinity and rape culture. This project was inspired both by personal frustrations with gendered attitudes in the dating scene, as well as the recent series of #metoo assault allegations. To illustrate the pervasiveness of traditional dating scripts, I used dating coach Matthew Hussey’s YouTube channel as a case study, which led me to explore and challenge sociological methods applied to the study of Internet phenomena.

 

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology, with a specialisation in Sociology at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) in Belgium, from which I graduated with distinction. This provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the classical influences of both disciplines, and brought out my interest for sociology. I sought to integrate into an anglophone university with a prominent gender studies program to better suit my research interests.

 

Alongside my TA and RA duties, I am the coordinator for the research group ‘Jeu responsable à l’ère numérique,’ under the supervision of Dr. Martin French. I am also a co-producer and a sound editor for the Best, Concordia Podcast, where we provide a non-academic platform for fellow graduate students to showcase their research and projects.

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:

 

Hersh, C., Parikh, A., Turcotte, A.-M., & Hoebanx, P. (2018, November). In Pollock, I. (Chair), Podcasting and adapting public anthropology for the 21st century. Roundtable conducted at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA (USA).

 

Hoebanx, P. (2018). "Dating advice on YouTube: Empowering or sexist?" Paper presented at the Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Student Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec (Canada).

JOHN INDER

 

My academic background includes a BA in Applied Social Science from Concordia University, a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Montreal, and an MBA from Concordia University. Over the course of these degrees, I have studied group dynamics in applied social science; identities and social change in political philosophy; ethics and hermeneutics in philosophy; and management issues. I have also studied gender, prejudice, and intergroup communications with frequent reference to work done in social psychology. At present, my research questions relate to sexual harassment at work. In other words: what can we do to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace? And once we start this work, how do we measure its impact on subsequent behaviours? My goal is to explore these questions using real-world experiments that would compare employee groups, some of which undertook no prevention measures or followed normal training programs as compared with groups that undertook a program of my design. My current research builds on the small group sessions about harassment and diversity that I have facilitated in the past. My role in these encounters has been to help participants to develop listening skills, mutual understanding, and increased precision in the use of language.

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:

 

Inder, J. (2017). “Identities and Misunderstandings in Organizations with Cultural and Gender Diversity: The Example of a Complaint About an Injustice.” Published in the Official Conference Proceedings of the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning.

 

Inder, J. (2017) Other People’s Myths: Hermeneutics and Interpretation. The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, 7(3). doi.org/10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v07i03/1-14

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