Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Mary Bunch

Post Doctural Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
Women’s Studies and Feminist Research
and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies

In Progress: The Radical Democratics of Sex: Eros in a Biopolitical Era (working title)

My current project seeks to identify the changes that late capitalism presages in the political imaginary of sexual minority communities. This work situates sexual minority social movements in a biopolitical framework. My goal to identify the ways glbtq, sex worker, sexual migrant and sex-ability communities are imagining political change responds to a late modern trend that places sexuality at the center of politics. As Foucault has shown, sex is the point where the individual body meets the living multiplicity of bodies. The consequence, as queer political theorists and legal activists such as Wendy Brown and Dean Spade have argued, is that modern political strategies associated with identity politics, human rights, and Marxism are no longer efficacious in achieving political aims suited to the late modern context. My work looks to emergent forms of politics, as social movements re-envision the forms that democratic participation, political belonging and justice take. At issue is not only the survival and flourishing of sexual minorities, but also a series of material effects that impact precarious communities more broadly, such as the rise of prison industrial complex, the criminalization of poverty and addiction, colonization, opportunities for migration, and access to sexual citizenship. This work is funded through a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship.
Articles in Refereed Journals
“Communicating for the Purposes of Human Rights: Sex Work and Discursive Justice in Canada,” Canadian Journal of Human Rights, 3(1), 39-74, 2014.
“Posthuman Ethics and the Becoming-Animal of Emmanuel Levinas.” Culture, Theory and Critique. 55(1), 34-50, Jan 2014.
 “The (Un)becoming Subject of Sex: Performativity, Interpellation, and the Politics of Queer Theory.” Feminist Theory. 14(1) 39-55, 2013.
Yoshida, Karen, Fran Odette, Susan Hardie, Heather Willis and Mary Bunch. “Women living with Disabilities and their experiences and issues related to the context and complexities of leaving abusive situation.” Disability and Rehabilitation, April 2009, 1-10.
Refereed Book Chapters
Yoshida, Karen, Fran Odette, Susan Hardie, Heather Willis and Mary Bunch. “Taking Action: Perspectives of Canadian Women with Disabilities on Violence Against Women.” Not A New Problem: Violence in the Lives of Women with Disabilities. Winnipeg: Fernwood Press, forthcoming.
Bunch, Mary. “Terror, Outlawry, and the Experience of the Impossible.” In Vardalos, M et al., (eds). Engaging Terror: A Critical and Interdisciplinary Approach. Brown Walker Press. 2009
Monographs
Zubrow, Ezra, Marcia Rioux, Mary Bunch and Wendy Miller. The Atlas of Literacy and Disability. Toronto: Inclusion Press, 2003.
Bunch, Mary. Genome(s) and Justice: Reflections on a Holistic Approach to Genetic Research, Technology and Disability. Toronto: The Roeher Institute in cooperation with Inclusion International, 1999.
Eigner, W., H. Knoll, T. Neuer Miebach, M. Rioux, K. van de Vate and M. Bunch. Just Technology: From Principles to Practice in Bio-Ethical Issues. Toronto: The Roeher Institute and Inclusion International, 1994.