Rault, Jasmine


Jasmine Rault
PhD Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University
Assistant Professor, Culture & Media

My research and teaching revolve broadly around queer cultural interventions in the regulation and mediation of things like gender, class, nation, sexuality and ‘race’. My current project, Transnational Mediations of Feminist and Queer Affect: The Arts of Activism in the Americas, focuses in the affective media, or the structured circulation of feelings, which galvanize and motivate contemporary transnational feminist and queer cultural, academic and activist works in the hemispheric Americas (North, Central and South America). This research informs the collaborative speculative digital humanities project that I’m working on with T.L. Cowan and Dayna McLeod, "Feeling Speculative in Digital Space: Building a Feminist and Queer Digital Archive," which seeks to imagine (and perhaps one day build) a networked digital architecture designed (and hopefully perpetually redesigned) by and for geographically and politically dispersed and disparate feminist and queer activists, artists, performers, audiences, archivists, ephemera, social lives, knowledges and feelings. These projects emerged from my first book, Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In, which examined the intersections between histories of communication, European architectural modernity and sapphic modernity to sketch a cultural history of female sexual dissidence that resisted the lesbian identity produced by modern media of communication.
Courses Taught:

Introduction to Cultural Studies (LCST 2120 A)

Popular Culture 1: Popular Culture and Popularizing Dissent (LCST 2045 A)

Race/Ethnicity 2: States of Race and Ethnic Frames (LCST 3082 A)

Sex/Gender 2: Feminist and Queer Affect Studies (LCST 3781 A)

Race/Ethnicity 3: Of Color - Critical Race Studies in an Era of Homonationalist (LCST 4026 A)

Recent Publications:

Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In, Aldershot & Burlington: Ashgate, 2011.
Feminist Mediations, co-authored with T.L. Cowan and Kate Eichhorn, Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, special issue on Feminist Mediations, 25, Spring 2011: 177-182
Positive Affect in the Queer Americas, Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, special issue on Feminist Mediations, 25, Spring 2011: 239-249.
Fashioning Sapphic Architecture: Eileen Gray and Radclyffe Hall, Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion, Ilya Parkins and Elizabeth Sheehan, eds. New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2011: 19-44.
Designing Sapphic Modernity, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture (Berg), 1.1, July 2010: 29-43.
Designing Sapphic Modernity: Fashioning Interior Spaces and Subjects, Fashion and Interior Design: Embodied Practices, John Potvin and Alla Myzelev, eds. Burlington: Ashgate, 2010: 185-203.
Losing Feelings: Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux and An Affective Archive of Sapphic Modernity, in Archives of American Art Journal (Smithsonian Institution), 48.1-2, Spring 2009: 56-65.


Office Location:
Eugene Lang College
65 W. 11th St.
Room 066
New York, NY 10011
Office Hours:
 Tuesdays and Thursdays 230-330pm

Research Interests:
Feminist and queer media and cultural production; transnational feminist and queer arts and activism; history of communication; hemispheric American cultural politics; sapphic modernity; modernist architecture and design; countercultures; militarization; diasporic cultural production.
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
 "Affect and its Effects: Queer Feminist Resistance in the Americas," Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto, November 2, 2011.
“Mediating Affect in the Queer Americas,” Department of Women’s Studies, University of Saskatchewan, April 1, 2011.
“Cabaret Commons: a digital archive and anecdotal encyclopedia for feminist and queer artists and their audiences,” co-written and presented with T.L. Cowan, We Demand: History/Sex/Activism in Canada, Simon Fraser, Vancouver, August 26-28, 2011.
“What Do We Do With Mixed Affect? Take Back the Dyke!” Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), Columbia College, Chicago, March 24-26, 2011.
Awards and Honors:
SSHRC Standard Research Grant (principal investigator) “Queering the Americas: The Affective Arts of Activism”

SSHRC Insight Development Grant (co-applicant)  “Feeling Speculative in Digital Space”

Arts Research Board, Research Publications Grant (Ontario, Canada)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), Visual Arts, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Research Fellowship, Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, May-July

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