Ann Gagné

Ann Gagné is an Educational Developer at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. She completed her PhD at the University of Western Ontario and has worked at colleges and universities in Ontario, Canada for more than a decade. Her areas of research include the ethics of tactility in Ruskin and Hardy, the use of touch in experiential learning in the nineteenth-century, and the pedagogical application of touch in constructivist learning using instructional technology. Her current project explores the intersection of inclusive pedagogical strategies, the sensory, and accessibility considerations in the Canadian higher education context.




In the age of COVID-19, the removal of human touch has meant that many have had to consider new ways of connecting. How do we navigate our way through the world and around other bodies now?


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However, to turn our MAI dream into reality, we also relied on assistance from high-quality experts in web design, development and photography. Here we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the feminist cause. Our feminist ‘thank you’ goes to:

Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
And other photographers whose images have been reproduced here: Cezanne Ali, Les Anderson, Mike Wilson, Annie Spratt, Cristian Newman, Peter Hershey