Esther Armaignac is a first year Ph.D. student in Educational studies with the Graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies with a minor in French literature from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III in France, she moved to Montréal and completed a Master’s Degree, also in Communication Studies.
Esther’s main research interests are gender studies, popular culture, fictional narratives and creative pedagogy. Her Ph.D research focuses on the power of fictional narrative and how they can be used as pedagogical tools in order to raise awareness about gender issues. She would like to encourage students to think critically toward fictional narratives from popular culture and to create their own fiction to explore gender and feminist stereotypes, norms, etc. Her goal is to develop workshops to encourage students and teachers to use more fictional narratives in classrooms, especially among teenagers and young adults.
Esther is also interested in the movement #metoo and in autobiographical narratives. She would like to experiment the use of creative practices and fictional narratives in order to relate traumatic events connected to gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violence.”