Chantal Nadeau is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Criticism and Interpretative Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her scholarship centers on ways that sexuality is bound up with the legal, political, and visual (de)formations of the postcolonial. Author of Fur Nation: From The Beaver to Brigitte Bardot (Routledge 2001), her research on cinema, popular culture, and legal queer cultures has appeared in journals such as GLQ, Multitudes, Screen, and Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. Always driven by geographical locations, she co-edited a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies: “Queering the Middle: Sexual Diasporas, Race, and a Queer Midwest” (2014). Her second monograph Queer Courage (forthcoming Fordham University Press, 2021) argues that the language of courage marks the arrival of a new paradigm for LGBTQ subjects, one that signals a legal and political shift from outlawness (pride) to citizenship (courage). Using a transnational framework, the book traces the insidious ways by which queerness and its deployments are not outside the liberal subject but can be complicit with it. Nadeau is at work on two new research projects that explore narratives of bodily integrity and sexual borders in films and visual arts.
My scholarship centers on ways that sexuality is bound up with the legal, political, and visual (de)formations of the postcolonial. I also maintain my interests in popular culture, cinema, visual culture, queer discourses, and hybrid forms of non-fiction writing.
1993 PhD, Sociology, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1989 MA, Political Science, Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
1985 BA, Political Science, Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Awards and Honors
with Jessie Mott: Leighton Studios Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Project: Like Queer Animals: A Surreal Bestiary, January 2020.
Faculty Visiting Scholar, American Bar Foundation, Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago, IL, USA, 2015.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Unit for Criticism and Interpretative Theory
2001 Fur Nation: From the Beaver to Brigitte Bardot. Routledge.
2014 with Martin F. Manalansan IV, Richard T. Rodriguez, and Siobhan B. Somerville. Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest. Spec. issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, vol. 20, no. 1–2.
2015 “Civility, Fraternité, and the Frames of Democracy.” Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, vol. 9, pp. 1-5.
2016 “Courage, Post-Immunity Politics, and the Regulation of the Queer Subject.” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 505-29.
2020 Les trouées. Montréal, Hamac. (fiction). https://www.hamac.qc.ca/collection-hamac/trouees-les-965.html
Nadeau, C. (2020). Les trouées. Hamac.
Nadeau, C. (2016). Courage, postimmunity politics, and the regulation of the queer subject. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 23(2), 505-529. https://doi.org/10.2979/indjglolegstu.23.2.0505
Nadeau, C. (2015). Civility, Fraternité, and the Frames of Democracy. Occasion, 9. https://arcade.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/article_pdfs/Occasion_v09_nadeau_final.pdf
Manalansan, M. F. (Guest ed.), Nadeau, C. (Guest ed.), Rodriguez, R. T. (Guest ed.), & Somerville, S. B. (Guest ed.) (2014). Queering the Middle. GLQ, 20(1-2). https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/29396
Manalansan IV, M. F., Nadeau, C., Rodríguez, R. T., & Somerville, S. B. (2014). Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest. GLQ, 20(1-2), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1215/10642684-2370270