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Alexis Poirier-Saumure

PhD Student, Communication Studies, Concordia University 

2018 – MScCommunication, Université de Montréal  

Alexis Poirier-Saumure is a PhD student working under the supervision of Professor Krista Lynes, and a Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Doctoral Research Scholar through the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). He is co-founder of Minorités Lisibles, the first journal of feminist, sexuality and gender studies at Université de Montréal. His Master’s thesis in Communication Studies dealt with anti-homophobic education and queer/anti-oppressive pedagogies through an autoethnographic exploration of his experience as a community worker involved with teenagers. The organism through which this experience was enabled assumes, in how it does its work, that representations of sameness through intimate narrative are sufficient educational tools to counter oppressive attitudes; the research was led, in contradiction, with a queer approach to pedagogy which posits that the fight against such behaviors is best led by critical reflexive work allowing to unveil structures of oppression and marginalization, and confront our own complicity with them. In continuation with such work, and in commitment to critical and self-reflexive modes of knowledge production, his doctoral research will center around the creation and process of a research group where collaborative and ecological methodologies will be developed in order to craft, together with high school teachers of sexual education, a set of critical, antioppressive and queer pedagogical practices.