Heather Latimer

Assistant Professor

Gender and Women's Studies
Office: ART 261
Phone: 250.807.8153
Email: heather.latimer@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Reproductive technologies and politics, especially reproductive futurism; biopolitics; sexuality studies; science and technology studies; feminist new materialism and post-humanism; cultural studies; literature and film.

Courses & Teaching

Politics of Reproduction; Critical Sexuality Studies; Feminist Epistemologies; Gender and Popular Culture




PhD, English, Simon Fraser University
MA, Gender and Women's Studies, University of British Columbia

Research Interests & Projects

My current project, which is funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant, examines the central role played by reproductive politics in contemporary dystopian fiction.
In the last few years a number of fictional texts have been published (primarily in North America and the UK) that portray a future, dystopic society fixated on reproductive control. Through a study of fourteen core texts, I am researching why this genre has become prominent now, hypothesizing that it identifies the political unconscious, to use Fredric Jameson’s term, of public and private discourses, and reveals how and why reproduction has become a cultural and political obsession.

Selected Publications & Presentations

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Articles, Books and Book Chapters

Year Publication
2017 “Reproductive Politics, the Negative Present, and Cosmopolitan Futurity.” Negative Cosmopolitanisms: Cultures and Politics of World Citizenship after Globalization. Eds. Eddy Kent and Terri Tomsky. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017. 195-213.
2016 “The Politics of Representation: Reading, Writing, Affect,” from “The Intro Course: A Pedagogical Toolkit.” In “Belaboured Introductions: Inspired Reflections on the Introductory Course in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies,” a special issue of Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 37.2 (2016): 61.
2014 “Pregnant Possibilities: Cosmopolitanism, Kinship and Reproductive Futurism in Maria Full of Grace and In America.” Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Cosmopolitanism, Relationalities and Discontents. Eds. Andrew Irving and Nina Glick Schiller. London: Berghahn Press, 2014. 227-43.
2013 “The Straight Line: Sexuality, Futurity, and the Politics of Austerity.” English Studies in Canada 39.4 (2013): 21-4.
2013 Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in North American Fiction and Film. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2013.
2011 “Bio-reproductive Futurism: The Pregnant Refugee in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men.” Social Text 108 29.3 (2011): 51-72.
2011 “Reproductive Technologies, Fetal Icons, and Genetic Freaks: Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl and the Limits and Possibilities of Donna Haraway’s Cyborg.” Modern Fiction Studies 57.2 (2011): 318-35.
2009 “Popular Culture and Reproductive Politics: Juno, Knocked Up and the Enduring Legacy of The Handmaid’s Tale.” Feminist Theory 10.2 (2009): 209-24.

Selected Grants & Awards

2019-22, SSHRC Insight Development Grant
2017-19, UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Grant
2017, UBC Killam Teaching Prize
2015, Women’s and Gender Studies and Recherches Féministes Outstanding Scholarship Award (Book Prize)


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