Bio and Publications

I’m an assistant professor in Gender and Women’s studies at UBC Okanagan, where I teach undergraduate courses in feminist theories and critical sexuality studies, and supervise graduate students interested in reproduction, health humanities, and science and technology studies.

In general, my research aims to understand and explain reproductive politics by studying fictional representations of reproductive acts, technologies, and policies. I focus specifically on how fiction and film shape, and are shaped by, reproductive politics, and I analyze the role fiction plays in normalizing heteronormative and racist biopolitics. My work analyzes reproduction in this larger sense, as not only concerning abortion politics or biomedicine, for instances but also as related to the context in which certain people, relationships, or objects are represented and reproduced whilst others are not.

My first book, for instance, argued that fictional representations of reproduction give us insight into the cultural intelligibility of the human. As an example, one of the key tenets of the book is that if we study two unlikely figures, that of the fetus and that the refugee, we can see that they both act as representational limits to the ways we imagine who is worthy of rights. The fetus, not yet alive but often monitored and protected by the state, sits at the opposite end of the political spectrum from the refugee, who is fully alive but often ignored and abandoned by the state. In making this argument, I focused especially on how these two forms of citizenship meet in representations of the pregnant body, and what this can tell us about the organization and deployment of state and institutional power.

Research Interests

Reproductive technologies and politics, especially reproductive futurism; biopolitics; sexuality studies; science and technology studies; feminist new materialism and post-humanism; cultural studies; literature and film.

Education

PhD, English (Simon Fraser University)

MA, Gender and Women’s Studies (University of British Columbia)

BA Honours, English (University of Victoria)

Employment

Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2018- present

Lecturer, University of British Columbia, 2012-2018

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Manchester, 2010-2012

College Professor, Okanagan College, 2009-2010

Publications

Book:

Latimer, Heather. Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in North American Fiction and Film. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2013.

Articles and Book Chapters:

Latimer, Heather. “A Queer Pregnancy: Affective Kinship, Time Travel, and Reproductive Choice in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival.” Forthcoming in Feminist Theory.

Latimer, Heather. “Queering Cosmopolitan Futurity: Sailing into the Unknown in Emanuele Crialese’s Terraferma.” Journal of Intercultural Studies vol. 40, no. 5, 2019, pp 534-546.

Latimer, Heather. “Reproductive Politics, the Negative Present, and Cosmopolitan Futurity.”  In Negative Cosmopolitanisms: Cultures and Politics of World Citizenship after Globalization, edited by Eddy Kent and Terri Tomsky. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017, pp. 195-213.

Boon, Sonja… Latimer, Heather (1/10)….“The Politics of Representation: Reading, Writing, Affect,” from “The Intro Course: A Pedagogical Toolkit.” In “Belaboured Introductions: Inspired Reflections on the Introductory Course in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies,” a special issue of Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice vol. 37, no. 2, 2016, pp. 54-67.

Latimer, Heather. “Pregnant Possibilities: Cosmopolitanism, Kinship and Reproductive Futurism in Maria Full of Grace and In America.” In Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Cosmopolitanism, Relationalities and Discontents, edited by Andrew Irving and Nina Glick Schiller. London: Berghahn Press, 2014, pp. 227-243.

Latimer, Heather. “The Straight Line: Sexuality, Futurity, and the Politics of Austerity.” English Studies in Canada vol. 39, no.4, 2013, pp. 21-24.

Latimer, Heather. “Bio-reproductive Futurism: The Pregnant Refugee in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men.” Social Textvol. 29, no. 3v(108), 2011, pp. 51-72.

Latimer Heather. “Reproductive Technologies, Fetal Icons, and Genetic Freaks: Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl and the Limits and Possibilities of Donna Haraway’s Cyborg.” Modern Fiction Studies vol. 57, no. 2, 2011, pp. 318-335.

Latimer, Heather. “Popular Culture and Reproductive Politics: JunoKnocked Up and the Enduring Legacy of The Handmaid’s Tale.” Feminist Theory vol. 10, no. 2, 2009, pp. 209-224.

Grants

2019-21, SSHRC Insight Development Grant

2017-19,  UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Grant

Prizes 

2017, UBC Killam Teaching Prize

2015, Women’s and Gender Studies and Recherches Féministes Outstanding Scholarship Award (Book Prize)

2012, Science Fiction Research Association Pioneer Award (Honourable Mention for “Reproductive Technologies, Fetal Icons, and Genetic Freaks: Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl and the Limits and Possibilities of Donna Haraway’s Cyborg.”)