Cressida Heyes Phd

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I am very honoured to have been appointed the H.M. Tory Chair at the University of Alberta, starting in 2019.

And as a committee member I’d like to congratulate both former doctoral student Rachel Loewen Walker, who successfully defended her dissertation “The Matter of Time: Stories from a Living Present” on May 6, as well as  current student Esther Rosario, who passed her candidacy exam on May 1 with flying colours and is now writing an exciting thesis on sex as a biosocial kind.

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My main research is organized around the socio-political production of speech. Grounded in a feminist/crip phenomenology of speech and communication, I am interested in the many ways that embodied speakers become legible—or conversely are rendered illegible/ unintelligible/ irrational/nonhuman—through ableist norms that traverse social, political, and economic spaces and temporalities.

My doctoral research emerges from the demonstrated need to develop better ways of building solidarity around common issues while affirming differences. I examine local efforts to build political alliances responding to longstanding questions of wealth inequality and class, which have proliferated in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the Occupy movement.