Women & Gender Studies Institute

Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani

B.A. (Hons) (Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Toronto); M.A., Ph.D.(Social and Political Thought, York University)

phone : 416-946-0292

office : 2014

email : v.birgani@utoronto.ca

Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani is an Assistant Professor of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto and in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Dr. Tahmasebi-Birgani is an interdisciplinary scholar whose areas of specialization encompass feminist theories in relation to continental and transnational contexts; critical theories of women’s movements in the Middle East; digital activism; gender and ethics of non-violence; contemporary history of social and political thought.


Some of her recent and forthcoming publications include:

  • Manuscript:  Emmanuel Levinas and Politics of Non-Violence (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming).
  • “The Sexed Body of the Woman-(M)Other: Irigaray and Marcuse on the Intersection of Gender and Ethical Intersubjectivity,” Contemporary Critical Theory in Canada: Essays in Honour of Gad Horowitz, Chapter 10, Shannon Bell and Peter Kulchyski (eds), Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
  • “Does Levinas Justify or Transcend Liberalism?: Levinas on Human liberation,” Philosophy and  Social Criticism, Volume 35, June, 2010.
  •  “Green Women of Iran: The Role of the Women’s Movement During and After Iran’s Presidential Election of 2009,” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, (March 2010), 17 (1). Reprinted in Civil Society and Democracy in Iran, ed. Ramin Jahanbegloo (New York: Lexington Books, 2012).
  • Levinas, Nietzsche and Benjamin’s ‘Divine Violence,’” in Difficult Justice: Commentaries on Levinas and Politics, Ed. A. Horowitz and G. Horowitz (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006).

Current Graduate Courses:

  • Networks and Transnational Activist (WGS1009HS)

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

Women & Gender Studies Program, University of Toronto Mississauga:

  • Women, Politics and the State (WGS215H5S)
  • Theories in Women and Gender Studies (WGS200Y)
  • Women and Work in Contemporary Canada (WGS210H5S)
  • Wired Women: Gender, Cyberspace and New Information Technology (WGS355H5S)
  • Women, the State and Public Policy (WGS337H5F)
  • Gender, Colonialism and Cultural Resistance (WGS369Y)
  • Engendering Human Rights (WGS420H5F)

Women’s and Gender Studies Program, University of Toronto Scarborough:

  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, core course – ongoing (WSTA01H3F)
  • Theories of Feminism, core course – ongoing (WSTA03H3)
  • Gender and the Media, Winter 2012 (WSTB12H3)
  • Fundamentals of Research in Women’s Studies, core course – ongoing (WSTB05H3)
  • Women: Initiatives for Change, core course – ongoing (WSTB102H)
  • Current Research on Women’s Issues, Fall 2007 (WSTBO5H3F)
  • Women: Issues of Violence and Safety, Winter 2007; Winter 2012 (WSTB12H3S)
  • Gender and Islam, Winter 2008 (WSTC30H3S)
  • Women, Community and Policy Change, Fall 2007; Fall 2011 (WSTC14H3F)
  • Gender and Ethics, Winter 2009 (WSTC31H3F)
  • Senior Seminar in Gender, Equity-Diversity & Human Rights in Local and Global Contexts, Fall 2009, Winter 2010 (WSTD04H3F)
  • Capstone Thesis Projects – ongoing (WSTD01H3)
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