Libe García Zarranz

Study program:
Postdoctoral Fellowship in globalization and cultural studies, University of Manitoba

Libe has completed a doctorate in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta and has started a postdoctoral fellowship in globalization and cultural studies at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Libe García Zarranz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Manitoba, and an Affiliated Researcher for the Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) at the University of Alberta. She is also a Researcher in the Global Cultures Project based at the University of Vigo (Spain). In September 2013, she defended her Ph.D. dissertation “Queer TransCanadian Women’s Writing in the 21st Century: Assembling a New Cross-Border Ethic” (awarded with the Governor General’s Gold Medal) in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. García Zarranz has published on gender, sexuality, affect, and the body in contemporary writing and film, particularly in the work of Emma Donoghue, Dionne Brand, Merlinda Bobis, Raymond Carver, William Trevor, and Walt Disney. She has co-edited the second issue of The Raymond Carver Review on “Carver and Feminism” (Spring 2009) and a special issue of Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies on “Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec Today: Alliances / Transgressions / Betrayals” (December 2013). García Zarranz’s new postdoctoral project is titled “Posthuman Borderlands: Cross-Border Ethics in 21st Century Queer Transnational Women’s Writing”. She is also currently co-editing a collection of essays on Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue and a special issue on affect and feminist literary and cultural production in Canada and Québec. She has recently been invited to join the Board of Directors of CWILA: Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. CWILA is a national literary organization that fosters women's literary production in Canada. Areas of interest include contemporary queer and transnational women’s writing, material feminist theory, and philosophically-inflected cultural studies.

Experience as a Foundation Scholar

I think I can say, without hesitation, that receiving the Trudeau Scholarship literally changed my life in a variety of ways. First of all, being part of the Foundation has enabled me to share ideas with and learn from a wide network of international and Canadian scholars working across fascinating topics in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, thus enriching my intellectual life in extraordinary ways. Then, I would say that having the Hon. Frances Lankin as my Mentor in the Foundation provided me with an alternative perspective from which to look at my PhD on contemporary queer transCanadian women writers, pushing me to look outside the rigid walls of academia and paying more attention to society at large. Finally, having these resources, particularly the travel allowance, has granted me a sense of freedom that I had never experienced before in my life (and I’m 34!): I have been able to present my research in venues across Canada, the US, and Europe; I have held Visiting Scholarships at the University of Leeds and the University of Cambridge; I have heard speakers like Rosi Braidotti in Utrecht; I have helped bringing public intellectuals like Carole Boyce Davies to the University of Alberta; and I have had the opportunity to collaborate with other students and professors on a number of projects besides my dissertation. Such collaborations are very hard to create and sustain, especially when you are in the very earliest stages in your career as a PhD student, so I will always be thankful to the Foundation for working so hard to create alliances between emerging and established scholars working in different fields, turning hierarchical divisions and barriers, which are so prevalent in academia, into potential sites for dialogue and productive collaboration. Finally, and equally important, being part of the Foundation has allowed me to meet a number of contemporary writers without which my dissertation would not be what it is: glimpses of Vancouver, with Larissa Lai; Halifax, with Hiromi Goto; Edmonton, with Dionne Brand; and Toronto, with Shani Mootoo. These conversations will be forever imprinted in my memory, so my thanks to all of these writers for their wonderful creativity and talent.

My deep gratitude to the Foundation for its formidable capacity to transform lives…gracias por existir!

  • June 16, 2015
    Once again, the Trudeau Foundation community was thoroughly involved at Congress 2015, Canada’s largest gathering for scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities.
  • November 21, 2013
    Congratulations to 2010 Trudeau Scholar Libe Garcia Zarranz who won the Governor General's Gold Medal for her dissertation titled “Queer TransCanadian Women’s Writing in the 21st Century: Assembling a New Cross-Border Ethic.”  An interview with Libe Garcia Zarranz about her award and her dissertation is available on the website Work of Arts (Faculty or Arts of the University of Alberta).