Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis
Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and affiliated to the Gender & Women’s Studies Program at Brandon University. She specializes in comparative literature (with a focus on French and Québécois texts), critical theory, medical humanities, and feminist theory. She is co-director of the Medical Humanities Research Group (with Dr. Ariane Hanemaayer and Dr. Jonathan Allan). She published a monograph in 2017, The Question of Virginity (La virginité en question, Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal) in which she shows how the “hymen” has been historically contested as a biological sign. She proves that this equivocal sign actually functions as a key cultural signifier, the critical underpinnings of which sit at the confluence of the construction of knowledge that passes through mind/body divide and the hierarchy of interpretative regimes that amplify, preserve, or render them invisible or obsolete. Her research-creation work has been published in various venues: a collection of essays in J'enseigne depuis toujours (Nota bene, 2020), autotheoretical essays and autofictional texts.