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Meg Lonergan

PhD Candidate

Meg Lonergan is a PhD student in the Legal Studies program at Carleton University. Lonergan’s activism and research focuses on the intersections of sexual identities, sexual practices and the law. She is currently interested in the similarities and contradictions in discourses surrounding “torture porn” genre horror films and hardcore pornography, and the subversive potentiality of horror as a film genre. Lonergan is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar who is interested in law, sex, popular culture, prison abolition, and decriminalizing sex work. Her Pekinese Dorian is her best friend.


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Educational Qualifications

MA, Gender Studies, Queen’s University (Kingston)

BSocSc (Hons), Joint Honours Criminology and Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa (Ottawa)

Conferences and Presentations

Invited Talks

  • Talk entitled, “The Contemporary Socio-legal Context of Sex Work in Canada,” for GNDS 215 Introduction to Gender and Sexual Diversity. Instructor: Dr. Melissa Houghtaling.
  • Talk entitled, “Trans Politics Are Sex Work Politics,” for GNDS 280 Special Topics: Trans Politics and Representation. Instructor: Dr. Trish Salah.
  • Audio Recording & PowerPoint of “The Contemporary Socio-legal Context of Sex Work in Canada,” for GNDS 215 Introduction to Gender and Sexual Diversity, for the online course Fall Semester 2016. Instructor: Dr. Melissa Houghtaling.

Conference Presentations

International Meeting of Law and Society, Mexico City, Mexico, June 20-23rd, 2017.

  • “Making Space for Sex Workers: The Legal Geography of Sex Work in Canada”

Criminology & Social Justice (UOttawa and Carleton) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Jusitice Studies Conference: Critical Perspectives / Representing Justice, Ottawa, ON May 4- 5th, 2017

  • “Witches, Bitches, and White Feminism: A Critical Analysis of American Horror Story: Coven

Annual Communication Graduate Student Caucus Conference: Play/Rewind, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON March 3rd- 4th 2016

  • “Same Old Song: Representations of Community & Sex workers in the Film London Road”

Gender, Wellbeing and the Politics of Imagination: Law, Culture, Compassion Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s & The Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, February 26th 2016

  • “‘I didn’t go away and I wasn’t about to… And I still haven’t gone away’ Conversations About Sex Work with Some Real Experts”

Choose your own adventure: Exploring law and change through interdisciplinary research, new legal realism and other perspectives Osgoode Hall Graduate Conference 2016, York University, Toronto, ON, February 18th & 19th 2016

  • “Red-zoning sex workers as an expression and manifestation of territorial power”

Consuming Intimacies: Bodies, Labour, Care, and Social Justice, Hosted by the Social Justice Institute, Brock University, Saint Catharine’s, ON, October 15th & 16th 2015

  • “Crude Substances: Gender, resource extraction, and the double standard of ‘dirty’ jobs”

Sex, Drugs, & Rock n’ Roll: Subversive Sites and the Law, Osgoode Law School, Toronto, ON, May 15th & 16th, 2015

  • “’You Can’t Rent Her Services, But You Can Buy Her Baby:’ Problematizing Human Trafficking Discourses and Examining the ‘Saving’ Narratives ofSex Work and Transnational Adoption”

Engage Conference, Sociology & Anthropology Graduate Students Association, University of Guelph, March 15th, 2015

  • “Not just another brick in the wall: Why lifelong education is key to prison abolition”