MA Student in French

Mélanie Bennett


Mélanie Bennett is a MA candidate in French Literature who holds the following degrees:  Bachelor of Arts (French, dance), Bachelor of Education, Master of Public Administration (Peace and conflict studies).  She is also an alumnus of Ballet Creole School of the Performing Arts.  Mélanie is currently researching gender relations, marriage, and subversion in the Renaissance work Heptaméron by Marguerite de Navarre.  She is concurrently working on a postgraduate diploma of instructional design in the larger context of a Master of Education in Distance Education.

Prior to graduate studies at UBC, Mélanie worked as a teacher in Ontario French language schools and in Japan as well as at the School of the Public Service of Canada.  She was a Rotary World Peace Fellow at the Peace Centre at International Christian University in Tokyo.   In addition, she is a professional dance theatre artist who performs and produces full length works, a freelance translator, and has worked in heritage interpretation at the Parliament of Canada and the Ontario Legislature.


  • Feminist and queer theories; postcolonial, Marxism, and post-structural theories; radical, critical, and feminist pedagogies; information processing and cognitive theories of learning, connectivism
  • Qualitative and feminist methodologies, action research
  • International and intercultural education, distance education, instructional design,
  • Littératures de la francophonie canadienne, sociolinguistics of francophone linguistic minorities
  • Seizième siècle


Spring Cleaning: Sweeping Tombs and Hatching Eggs in Nests, Reading Room Magazine, 2015.

Critical Perceptions : A Look at Mental Health, Reading Room Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2014

  • L’Objet dans le Miroir du Sujet : Entre le Ciel et l’Enfer, Amalgamons le théâtre, la danse et la langue, Le Soi et l’Autre dans la traduction théâtrale, The Seeker Newspaper.
  • MOOCs and DOCCs in light of Feminist Ways of Knowing, The MOOC Newsletter by Stephen Downes.

Action à Toronto lors du Happening Théâtral; Women in Confinement, The Seeker Newspaper, 2013.


Olympe de Gouges:  Equality Before the Guillotine.  Ingenuity Conference.  Athabasca University. (Edmonton), 2013.

Les enjeux de la littérature franco-ontarienne, Canadian Literature:  A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, 2012.

Agora d’Hypathie, Table féministe francophone de l’Ontario (Ottawa), 2012.

Theory, Feminism and Educating the Oppressed: Choosing a Methodology for the Study of a DE Project Designed for the Girls at Adruta Children’s Home in India;  and Critical Review of Boissoneault, J. (1996).  Bilingue / francophone, Franco-Ontarien / Canadien français : choix des marques d’identification chez les étudiants francophones.  Research & the Knowledge Frontier in an Online Environment.  Graduate Student Conference 2012.  Athabasca University. (Edmonton).

When She Came To Stay There Was No Exit:  Subverting the Heteronormative Binary.  The Labyrinths:  Fourth Bi-Annual Graduate Conference for the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies at UBC (Vancouver), 2011.

Rotary District Conference 7040.  The Rotary World Peace Fellowship Experience.  (Cornwall), 2008.

Hiroshima Peace Conference (Hiroshima, United Nations Institute for Training and Research), Rotary World Peace Symposium (Salt Lake City), 2007.

Gender and Feminism in Contemporary Islamic Discourse. Annual Peace Seminar.  Rotary Peace Centre.  International Christian University (Tokyo), 2007

Effect of Public Funding on Catholic and Muslim Religious Education:  A Case Study in Eastern Ontario, Rotary Foundation, International Christian University (Canada/Japan), 2006.