In September 2020, I was accepted into the Graduate Residency program at Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University. This year long residency allows graduate students to take on an individual digital scholarship research project and to join a cohort-based research collective for collaboration and bi-weekly meetings.
Learn more about the 2020 Graduate Residency Cohort here.
My residency project aims to digitally archive the surge of asexualities research and writing by Canadian and/or Canada-based scholars. I am particularly interested in the connections between asexuality and the constructed Canadian national imaginary that reproduces the settler nation-state through white settler sexuality and settler innocence. I question: How might asexuality contribute to, comment on, and/or critique the Canadian settler imaginary? To what extent is the academic, creative, and activist production of asexuality-based discourse tied to the Canadian national imaginary? I explore the intimate, national, geographical, digital, transnational, and archival networks bound to the production of asexual discourse by assembling a public digital archive of asexual research and by analyzing the spatial networks between these scholars to expose the connections between and perpetuated by whiteness, asexuality, and the Canadian settler imaginary.