Dr. Elia Eliev

Dr. Elia Eliev

Honorary Fellow of Thorneloe University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Ph.D. Feminist and Gender Studies (University of Ottawa)
M.A. in Critical, Cross-Cultural Curatorial Studies (Geneva University of Art and Design, HES-SO)
B.F.A. in Visual Arts (University of Ottawa)

Research Interests

My research interests include: Queer theory, contemporary art, film studies, photography, video and new media, cultural globalization, identity and transnationality, Arabic studies, postcolonialism, global sexualities, critical masculinity studies, transnational feminist theories, and gender studies in the Middle East and North Africa.

Courses Taught at Thorneloe University at Laurentian

  • WGSX 1005: Introduction aux études féministes
  • WGSX 2066: Critical Sexuality Studies
  • WGSX 2506: Rethinking Masculinities
  • WGSX 2907: Special Topics – Queer Cinema
  • WGSX 3015: Feminist Theories (online & on-campus)
  • WGSX 3306: Female Sexualities (online)
  • WGSX 4005: Directed Reading and Research Seminar

2016   “Uneasy Acts: Queer Readings of Zaatari’s ‘Hashem El Madani Project’.” Gender 2.0 New Ideas on ‘Gender’ in the Arts and Cultural Studies, Kritische Berichte. Eds. Söll, Änne and Linda Hentschel: 95-105.

2014   Continuums: Ariane Thézé. Lyon: Rizhome. Co-authors, Dominique Gaudry and Ariane Thézé.

2012   Anyse Ducharme: Arti/fiction Realities. Sudbury: Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario.

Session Organized and/or Chaired (Peer-Reviewed)

2018   Co-Chair. Methodologies for the Contemporary Art of Global Asias. College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, February 21-24 (Chair, Andrea D. Fitzpatrick).

2013   Chair. Marking the Territory: Shifting Face of Masculinities in Lebanon. Presented at the Gender and Feminism: New Interdisciplinary Perspective, Geneva University of Art and Design, May 27. 

Papers Presented at Scholarly Conferences (Peer-Reviewed)


LGBTQ Issues NOW: Lebanon. The Mediterranean Research Group, Gender Issues in Mediterranean Countries Panel, University of Ottawa, February 2.


Queer (In-)Visibilities: An Exploration of Arab Queer Visualities in Akram Zaatari’s ‘How I Love You’ (2001), Universities Art Association of Canada Conference – Not In, But Not Out: Negotiating Spaces of Queer Practices in Visual Arts Panel, Banff, Alberta, October 12-15.


(Dis)Identifying Queerness in the Arab World: An Overview of Akram Zaatari’s Lens-Based Artworks, College Art Association Conference, Global Queer Art Panel, New York City Hilton Midtown, February 15-18.


Staging the (Queer) Stage: Hashem El Madani’s Studio Practices, Universities Art Association of Canada Conference, Docufictions in the Contemporary Art of the Middle East Panel, NASCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) University, Halifax, November 5-7.

My Lovestory: Metaphors of queer desires and love in Zaatari’s ‘Crazy for You,’ Unruly Bodies: Gender/Norms/Resistance Conference – Corpoqueer Practices Panel, Belgian Network for Gender Studies, Brussels, October 29-30.


Excavating Hidden Desires: A Postqueer Reading of Akram Zaatari’s Visual Production, Hypervisibility III – Beyond the Closet: Coming-Out Narratives in Transnational Visual Cultures, University of Ottawa, December 8-9.


Reverberating Post-Queer Cultural Tunisian Productions: An Analysis of ‘The String,’ Universities Art Association of Canada Conference – Performativity Under Fire: Embodiment in Contemporary Middle Eastern Art Panel, Concordia University, Montreal, November 1-3.

The Politics of Location Revisited, 8th European Feminist Research Conference, Central European University, Department of Gender Studies and At Gender: European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation, May 17-20.

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