Chantal Nadeau

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Professor of Gender and Women's Studies

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My work centers on the ways that desire, sexuality, and perversion are bound up with the legal and political imaginary of the (postcolonial) nation.  I’m the author of Fur Nation: From the Beaver to Brigitte Bardot (Routledge 2001). My work has appeared in journals such as GLQ, Multitudes, Screen, and Journalof Canadian Studies. She recently co-edited a special issue of GLQ: “Queering the Middle: Sexual Diasporas, Race, and a Queer Midwest” with Martin F. Manalansan, Richard T. Rodríguez, and Siobhan B. Somerville. I am currently completing a book manuscript that examines queer and nationalist discourses of courage (under contract with Minnesota University Press).

While my research and academic training is mostly in humanities, my current research is mostly defined by queer public discourses and legal cultures. I have been part of numerous collaborative projects that incorporate law and legal rights over the past fifteen years. I have also been a Project Leader for the INTERSECT Initiative Cultures of Law  in Global Contexts (an interdisciplinary research initiative funded by the Graduate College) for the past three years at the University of Illinois. In addition, I have presented a dozen of papers on sexual rights and legal discourses at law and humanities conferences and workshops, including recently the Imagining Post-Neoliberal Regulatory Subjectivities Seminar, University of Turku, Finland (2014), the Legal Bodies: Corpus/Persona/Communitas  Conference hosted at Leiden University Center for the Arts in Society, in The Netherlands (2014), and the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities in London UK (2013).



  • Nadeau, Chantal. Fur Nation: From the Beaver to Brigitte Bardot. . 2001.

Journal Articles

  • Nadeau , Chantal. "C.R.A.Z.Y. Nous/nu." Nouvelles “vues” sur le cinéma québécois 9 Fall (2008): 1-15.
  • "L'urgence-désir comme engagement.." CJC: Canadian Journal of Communication 31 (2006): 919–928.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Manalansan, M, N Nadeau , R Rodriguez, and S Somerville. Introduction: Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Middle.. Spec. iss. of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 20.1-2 (2014):
  • Unruly Democracy and the Privileges of Public Intimacy: Same-Sex Spousal Hiring in Academia. Spec. iss. of Lesbian Academic Couples. Spec. issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies 9.5 (2005): 89–105.