Speaking Freely and Freedom of Speech: Feminists Navigating the "New" Right


  • Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst St. Francis Xavier University
  • Jennifer L. Johnson Thorneloe University at Laurentian


alt-right, Canadian universities, feminist pedagogy, free speech, gendered violence, racialized violence


An introduction to the special section “Speaking Freely and Freedom of Speech: Feminists Navigating the ‘New’ Right."


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Author Biographies

Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst, St. Francis Xavier University

Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She is author of Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (2015) and co-editor of Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis (2013). Her most recent essays have been published in History of Photography, Feminist Studies, Configurations, and Body & Society.

Jennifer L. Johnson, Thorneloe University at Laurentian

Jennifer L. Johnson is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Thorneloe University at Laurentian. She is co-editor of Feminist Issues: Gender, Race, and Class 6th edition (Pearson Education 2016), Feminist Praxis Revisited: Critical Reflections on University-Community Engagement (WLUP 2019) and Maternal Geographies: Mothering In and Out of Place (Demeter Press 2019).






Special Section: Speaking Freely and Freedom of Speech