University of British Columbia, Canada
Victoria Felkar is a doctoral student within the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with a particular interest in the medicalization of women’s bodies, the relationship between sport, medicine and pharmacology, and critical history of hormone manipulation. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Canada, her doctoral project explores female use of pharmaceutical hormones in sport throughout the 20th century and into the present, and considers how broader socio-cultural and historical ideas about biological determinism, sex, gender and the ‘natural’ body have been built into doping discourse. Victoria’s professional experience as a consultant within the health and fitness sector shapes her research, and provides an opportunity for translation, collaboration, and bridging the ‘gap’ between academia and industry.