May Friedman

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Associate Professor Cross-appointed to School of Fashion Faculty of Community Services School of Social Work Toronto, Ontario may.friedman@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 552525

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May Friedman’s research looks at unstable identities, including bodies that do not conform to traditional racial and national or aesthetic lines. Most recently much of May’s research has focused on intersectional approaches to fat studies considering the multiple and fluid experiences of both fat...

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Bio/Research

May Friedman’s research looks at unstable identities, including bodies that do not conform to traditional racial and national or aesthetic lines. Most recently much of May’s research has focused on intersectional approaches to fat studies considering the multiple and fluid experiences of both fat oppression and fat activism. Drawing on a range of arts-based methods including digital storytelling as well as analyses of treasured garments, May has explored meaning making and representation in relation to embodiment and experience. May works as a faculty member in the School of Social Work and in the Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson)/York graduate program in Communication and Culture.

Recent publications explore the impacts of fat on pregnancy and reproduction (Fat Studies Handbook, Routledge); intersectionality as a lens for research (“Doing justice to intersectionality in research”, Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies) and a focus on mothers and COVID (“It feels a bit like drowning”, Atlantis 2021).


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