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Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows 2020-21


Dr. Matthew Cormier

Dr. Matthew Cormier is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2021-23) working with Dr. Marlene Goldman. His postdoctoral project involves the intersection of the digital humanities, memory studies, affect theory, and twenty-first-century apocalyptic writing in Canada, while he also currently works on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant-funded collaborative that studies contemporary feminist literary ecologies in Canada. The author of Sieve Reading Beyond the Minor (forthcoming UOttawa Press) and co-editor of Digital Memory Agents in Canada (forthcoming U of Alberta Press), his diverse scholarship appears in several books as well as in journals such as Studies in Canadian Literature, English Studies in Canada, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Canadian Poetry, American, British and Canadian Studies, and Canadian Review of American Studies. He also serves on the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory’s Research Board and is a Research Affiliate with the University of Alberta’s Canadian Literature Centre.

You can read more about his work on his website,, or contact him via his email

Viviane Saglier

Viviane Saglier is a UTSC postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Sara Saljoughi. Prior to that, Viviane was an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Montreal, and holds a PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University. She is currently working on two book projects: the first one analyzes the tensions between cinema, human rights, and decolonization in Palestine; the second traces feminist histories of decolonization across the Arab world. Outside the university, she curates programs of Arab cinema and political documentaries, as well as video exhibitions.

You can contact her via email

Zahra Khosroshahi

Zahra Khosroshahi is in her second year as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow working with Sara Saljoughi. She is currently working on a monograph called Iranian Women Filmmakers: A Cinema of Resistance (Edinburgh University Press). Zahra’s research explores how film challenges systems of power, and how filmmaking specifically functions as a form of resistance in Iran. She completed her doctorate at the University of East Anglia, UK, working on prominent Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad’s cinema as a gateway into important discussions around gender, femininity, and the taboo. Zahra’s publications appear in a number of leading journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Frames Cinema Journal, and Feminist Media Histories. In addition to her scholarship, Zahra is dedicated to disseminating her research outside of academia. Her work has been well received by the public as well as recognized through the Public and Outreach prize in the faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the University of East Anglia Engagement Awards. She has taught ENGB70 How to Read a Film this summer and is currently teaching ENGB71 Writing About Movies.