Image Description: A picture of Raphaël, a white transmasculine person with short brown hair and dark-rimmed square glasses. They look towards the camera in their studio which can be seen in the background. 

Raphaël Bessette

Raphaël was born and raised in Gatineau, on the unceded territory of the Algonquin-Anishinabeg Nation and is currently pursuing their PhD on the unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation in Tio'tiá:ke/Montreal. Their PhD is situated at the intersections of trans studies, critical disability studies, affect theory and research-creation and focuses on the material and affective affordances of trans prosthetics (binders, breast forms, tucking underwear, packing, stand-to-pee devices, sex-toys, etc.). Through collaborative hand-made abstract filmmaking they explore and extend the trans affects they study. 

They are supervised by Arseli Dokumaci (Concordia University), Eliza Steinbock (Maastricht University), and Matt Soar (Concordia University).

Participant in the following FMS projects

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PhD Student, Humanities PhD program, Concordia University

2020 – DIU, ArTeC+, Université Paris Nanterre, Université Paris 8
2018 – MA, Visual Anthropology, Université Paris Nanterre
2015 – MA, Gender Studies, Université de Genève


Dokumaci, A., Bessette-Viens, R., Goberdhan, N., Lucas, S., Mazowita, A., Stainton, J. (2023). Spaced Apart: Autoethnographies of Access Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, Space and Culture special issue Dis-abling Spaces and Cultures in Times of Crisis, 26(3), 365-382 

Bessette-Viens, R. (2017). Des engagements féministes à Genève: une catégorisation en deux idéaltypes. Nouvelles Questions Féministes, 36, 85-99 

Martin, H., Bendjama, R., Bessette-Viens, R. (2017). Performer son sexe. La chirurgie d’amélioration des organes génitaux du début du XXIe siècle selon les sites web qui la promeuvent en Suisse romande. GLAD! Revue sur le langage, le genre, les sexualités, 1,