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Frances J. Latchford

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Associate Professor
Chair, School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Office: Founders College, 206A
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 20460
Email: flatch@yorku.ca


Dr. Latchford’s area of specialization is feminist social and political philosophy that is informed by continental, psychoanalytic, poststructural, (post)colonial, queer and transgender theories of subjectivity, identity, sexuality, sex and gender, race and ability.

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Dr. Latchford’s area of specialization is feminist social and political philosophy that is informed by continental, psychoanalytic, poststructural, (post)colonial, queer and transgender theories of subjectivity, identity, sexuality, sex and gender, race and ability. Her publications examine queer and transgender subjectivities and identities, sexuality, sex and gender, drag performance, and adoption discourse in the context of critical adoption and family studies, as well as questions of ethical knowledge. Her recent monograph, Steeped in Blood: Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family (2019), examines how "family" experiences are produced and differentiated in the modern Western context. She uses feminist, continental, poststructural, and psychoanalytic theories to examine the social and political devaluation of adoptee and adoptive family experience in and through intersecting discourses and psychologies that surround the family, adoption, sexuality, and incest. She is the contributing Editor of Adoption and Mothering, published by Demeter Press (2012).

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA, OISE/University of Toronto
BA, Honours, University of Guelph

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Chair, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Past YUFA Equity Officer

Research Interests

Philosophy , Sexuality, Feminist Social and Political Philosophies that encompass Continental, Psychoanalytic, Poststructural, (Post)Colonial, Queer and Transgender theories, Critical Adoption Studies, Subjectivities, Identities, Knowledge Production, Critical Ontologies and Epistemologies, Drag Performance

Current Research Projects


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Books

Publication
Year

Adoption and Mothering, Editor: Frances J. Latchford, Bradford: Demeter Press, 2012

2012

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Introduction.” Adoption and Mothering. Ed. Frances J. Latchford. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2012: 1-10. Print.

2012

“Reckless Abandon: The Politics of Agency in Birthmother Narratives.” Adoption and Mothering. Ed. Frances J. Latchford. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2012: 73-87. Print.

2012

“Sexed Life is a Cabaret: The Body Politics of Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries.” TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: Body of Work, Body of Art. Ed. Judith Rudakoff. Bristal (UK): Intellect Press, 2012: 67-83. Print.

2012

“Get Your Boy On!: The Politics of Parody and Embodiment in Drag King Performances in Toronto.” Queer Theatre in Canada. Ed. Rosalind Kerr. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2007: 171-186. Print.

2007

“Under no Un/Certain Terms,” The Problems of Resistance: Studies in Alternate Political Cultures. Eds. Steve Martinot and Joy James. Amherst: Humanity Books, 2001: 174-187. Print.

2001

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

“Sex, Shock and Speed: A Review of Shannon Bell’s Fast Feminism.” Canadian Dimension. 44:6 (2010). Print. And http://canadiandimension.com/articles/3487/.

2010

Monographs

Publication
Year

Latchford, Frances J. Steeped in Blood: Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family (Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press, 2019).

2019

https://www.mqup.ca/steeped-in-blood-products-9780773556812.php?page_id=73&

2019

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Unidentified Remains: The Impolitics of Identity.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice, 36:2 (2014): 20-35. http://journals.msvu.ca/index.php/atlantis/article/view/1817/pdf_4.

2014

“If the Truth Be Told of Techne: Techne as Ethical Knowledge,” Essays in Philosophy, 6:1 (2005). January 2005.

2005

“Word's Work: Shaping Ontario’s Same-Sex Benefits Debate,” Canadian Woman Studies, 16:2 (1996): 65-69. Print.

1996

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“What a Drag: Gender Performances as Pedagogy.” Hawaii International Conference on Education: 2007 Conference Proceedings. Ed. Andrew Burge. January 2007: 3394-3405. May 10 .

2007


Dr. Latchford’s area of specialization is feminist social and political philosophy that is informed by continental, psychoanalytic, poststructural, (post)colonial, queer and transgender theories of subjectivity, identity, sexuality, sex and gender, race and ability.

Dr. Latchford’s area of specialization is feminist social and political philosophy that is informed by continental, psychoanalytic, poststructural, (post)colonial, queer and transgender theories of subjectivity, identity, sexuality, sex and gender, race and ability. Her publications examine queer and transgender subjectivities and identities, sexuality, sex and gender, drag performance, and adoption discourse in the context of critical adoption and family studies, as well as questions of ethical knowledge. Her recent monograph, Steeped in Blood: Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family (2019), examines how "family" experiences are produced and differentiated in the modern Western context. She uses feminist, continental, poststructural, and psychoanalytic theories to examine the social and political devaluation of adoptee and adoptive family experience in and through intersecting discourses and psychologies that surround the family, adoption, sexuality, and incest. She is the contributing Editor of Adoption and Mothering, published by Demeter Press (2012).

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA, OISE/University of Toronto
BA, Honours, University of Guelph

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Chair, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Past YUFA Equity Officer

Research Interests

Philosophy , Sexuality, Feminist Social and Political Philosophies that encompass Continental, Psychoanalytic, Poststructural, (Post)Colonial, Queer and Transgender theories, Critical Adoption Studies, Subjectivities, Identities, Knowledge Production, Critical Ontologies and Epistemologies, Drag Performance

Current Research Projects


All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Introduction.” Adoption and Mothering. Ed. Frances J. Latchford. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2012: 1-10. Print.

2012

“Reckless Abandon: The Politics of Agency in Birthmother Narratives.” Adoption and Mothering. Ed. Frances J. Latchford. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2012: 73-87. Print.

2012

“Sexed Life is a Cabaret: The Body Politics of Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries.” TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault: Body of Work, Body of Art. Ed. Judith Rudakoff. Bristal (UK): Intellect Press, 2012: 67-83. Print.

2012

“Get Your Boy On!: The Politics of Parody and Embodiment in Drag King Performances in Toronto.” Queer Theatre in Canada. Ed. Rosalind Kerr. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2007: 171-186. Print.

2007

“Under no Un/Certain Terms,” The Problems of Resistance: Studies in Alternate Political Cultures. Eds. Steve Martinot and Joy James. Amherst: Humanity Books, 2001: 174-187. Print.

2001

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

“Sex, Shock and Speed: A Review of Shannon Bell’s Fast Feminism.” Canadian Dimension. 44:6 (2010). Print. And http://canadiandimension.com/articles/3487/.

2010

Books

Publication
Year

Adoption and Mothering, Editor: Frances J. Latchford, Bradford: Demeter Press, 2012

2012

Monographs

Publication
Year

Latchford, Frances J. Steeped in Blood: Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family (Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press, 2019).

2019

https://www.mqup.ca/steeped-in-blood-products-9780773556812.php?page_id=73&

2019

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Unidentified Remains: The Impolitics of Identity.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice, 36:2 (2014): 20-35. http://journals.msvu.ca/index.php/atlantis/article/view/1817/pdf_4.

2014

“If the Truth Be Told of Techne: Techne as Ethical Knowledge,” Essays in Philosophy, 6:1 (2005). January 2005.

2005

“Word's Work: Shaping Ontario’s Same-Sex Benefits Debate,” Canadian Woman Studies, 16:2 (1996): 65-69. Print.

1996

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“What a Drag: Gender Performances as Pedagogy.” Hawaii International Conference on Education: 2007 Conference Proceedings. Ed. Andrew Burge. January 2007: 3394-3405. May 10 .

2007