May Farrales

Past HARC Contributor and Postdoctoral Researcher
May Farrales is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Health Arts Research Centre and ECHO project at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research interests are nested in understanding how different forms of colonialism work over time and space. Her areas of research include transnational, critical race, feminist geographies, critical Indigenous, and queer studies. May finished her PhD in Geography at the University of British in 2017.
Her dissertation, “Gendered sexualities in migration: Play, pageantry, and the politics of performing Filipino-ness in settler colonial Canada,” examines how Filipinx sexualities in Canada are informed and influenced by colonial legacies and its continuing logics. Specifically, the dissertation sketches out how gender and sexual paradigms in the Philippines are brought to Canada through labour migration and are re-scripted in relation to racial, gender and sexual regimes in Canada. It examines how these negotiations take shape at three particular sites and Filipinx community-organized spaces on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver).  May is also the assistant managing editor of ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.​