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Amar Wahab

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School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Associate Professor

Office: Founders College, 206B
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 20904
Email: awahab@yorku.ca


Amar Wahab is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. He has taught in the areas of critical sexuality studies, critical studies in masculinity, critical race studies, introductory and advanced sociological theory and Caribbean cultural studies. His research interests include: sexual citizenship in liberal and postcolonial nation-state formations (mainly related to the Caribbean and Canada), race and queer transnational politics, critiques of queer liberalism, and race, gender and the politics of representation. His current research project focuses on queer anti-racist critiques of homonationalism in Canada.

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Degrees

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, Shimane University
B.Sc., The University of the West Indies

Research Interests

Sexuality , Gender Issues, Queer studies, Critical Race studies, Transnational and Postcolonial Cultural studies

Current Research Projects

‘No Country for Refuge: A Critical Case Study of Venezuelan Migrants, Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Trinidad and Tobago,’

    Summary:

    The principal goal of this two-year research project is to critically investigate the production and contestation of the ‘refugee crisis script’ in the global South based on a case study of state regulation and violence against Venezuelan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Trinidad and Tobago. The research will explore the multiple and complex ways in which stakeholders of the specific ‘crisis’ actively engage the process of ‘migration management’ as a discourse of national security. The study will specifically focus on: (1) the government of Trinidad and Tobago’s management policies and practices of regulating Venezuelan migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees; (2) the interventions of non-governmental organizations (local and international) in mediating an imminent humanitarian crisis in Trinidad and Tobago, and: (3) the voices and experiences of Venezuelan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as their individual and collective responses to social, political, economic, and xenophobic anti-migrant/refugee violence. The project will attempt to place these stakeholders into conversation to open up possibilities for transformative social justice knowledge production through collaboration.

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    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2020

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2022

An Exploration of Race, Gender and Sexuality in the LGBTQ+ community in Trinidad and Tobago

    Summary:

    While there is a growing corpus of research on homophobia and LGBTQ+ rights activism in Jamaica, research on the rest of the Anglo-Caribbean remains very limited, despite the branding of the region as exceptionally queer/trans/homo-phobic. In addition, few of the existing scholarly studies explore gender and sexuality from the perspective of LGBTQ+ members’ experiences. This project will explore the politics of identity – specifically regarding the intersections of race, gender and sexuality – within the LGBTQ+ community in Trinidad and Tobago. It will foreground the experiences and voices of out LGBTQ+ folks, focusing on how they construct and negotiate their identities, relations and sense of community within the context of state-sponsored queer/trans/homo-phobia and the denial of non-normative gendered and sexual citizenship. This will simultaneously entail understanding the ways in which the LGBTQ+ community contests queer/trans/homo-phobic nationalism at institutional and cultural levels.

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    Start Date:
      Month: Dec   Year: 2020

    End Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2021


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Books

Publication
Year

Envisioning LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)Colonialism, Neoliberalism and
Activism

2018

Free At Last: Critical Reflections on the Bicentennial of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade (with C. Jones, co-editor, University of Warwick), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

2011

Colonial Inventions: Landscape, Power and Representation in Nineteenth-Century ‘Trinidad’ Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

2010

Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity, Volumes I and II (with co-editors A. Asgarzadeh, E. Lawson and K. Oka), Sense Publishers, The Netherlands. 2007.

2007

The First Crossing: Being the Diary of Theophilus Richmond, Ship’s Doctor on the Hesperus (with co-editors D. Dabydeen, J. Morley, B. Samaroo and B. Wells), The Derek Walcott Press, United Kingdom, 2007.

2007

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

‘Decolonial interventions to Queer Necropolitics and Homonationalisms.’ In Gül Çalışkan and Kayla Preston (eds.) Gendering Globalization, Globalizing Gender: Post-Colonial Perspectives, Oxford University Press

2020

‘Unveiling Fetishnationalism: Bidding for Citizenship in Queer Times.’ 2015. In Suzanne Lenon and OmiSoore Dryden (eds.), Disturbing Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging, University of British Columbia Press.

2015

‘Island of the Blest’: (Re)naturalizing the Natural Landscape in 19th- Century Trinidad.’ 2007. In E. Sommerville and C. Campbell (eds.) What is the Earthly Paradise?: Ecocritical Responses to the Caribbean, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (pp. 50-72).

2007

‘Consuming Narratives: Questioning Authority and the Politics of Representation in Social Science Research.’ 2005. In: George Dei (ed.) Critical Issues in Anti-Racist Research Methodologies. Peter Lang Publishers, (pp. 29-51).

2005

Monographs

Publication
Year

Disciplining Coolies: An Archival Footprint of Trinidad, 1846,

2019

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

‘Queer Antiracist Vigilance: Pinkwatching ‘Queer Investments’ in State
Racist Violence,’

2020

‘The Darker the Fruit’?: Disciplinary Homonationalism, Racialized
Homophobia and Neoliberal Tourism in the St. Lucian-US Contact Zone,’

2020

Affective Mobilizations: Pinkwashing and Racialized Homophobia in Out There.

2019

‘Debrisn-1: Visualizing a Bullerman Erotics.

2019

Indentureship’s Ghostworld: Re-imagining the Coolie Archive

2018

‘Homosexuality/Homophobia is un/African?: Un/Mapping Transnational Discourses in the context of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill/Act.’ Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 63, No. 5: 685-718. 2016.

2016

Calling ‘Homophobia’ into Place (Jamaica): Homo/trans/nationalism in the Stop Murder Music Campaign.’ Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 18, No. 6: 908-928. 2016.

2016

‘Homophobia as the State of Reason: The Case of Postcolonial Trinidad and Tobago.’ GLQ: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Issue 18.4. 2012.

2012

‘In the Name of Reason: Colonial Liberalism and the Government of West Indian Indentureship’ Journal of Historical Sociology Volume 24, Issue 2, 2011.

2011

‘Queerness in the Transnational Caribbean Canadian Diaspora.’ (co-edited with Dwaine Plaza) Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Special Issue on Critical Sexualities, Vol. 3, November 2009.

2009

‘Race, Gender, and Visuality: Regulating Indian Women Subjects in the Colonial Caribbean.’ Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Vol. 2, September 2008.

2008

‘Mapping West Indian Orientalism: Race, Gender and Representations of Indentured Coolies in the Nineteenth-Century British West Indies.’ Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3, October 2007.

2007

‘Contesting Cultural Citizenship?: The East Indian ‘Big House’ in Trinidad’s Nationalist Discourse.’ Journal of Works and Days: Intellectual Intersections and Racial/Ethnic Crossings, 47/48, Vol. 24, Nos. 1 & 2, 2006.

2006

Creative Works

Publication
Year

They Came in Ships

2020

Coolie Hauntings

2019

Other

Publication
Year

Coolie Hauntings

2019

Approach to Teaching


2020-2021
1. SXST1601 6.0 Introduction to Sexuality Studies
2. GFWS6904 3.0 Critical Approaches to Race and Racism


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2021 GS/GFWS6904 3.0 A Critical Approaches to 'Race' and Racism SEMR



Amar Wahab is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. He has taught in the areas of critical sexuality studies, critical studies in masculinity, critical race studies, introductory and advanced sociological theory and Caribbean cultural studies. His research interests include: sexual citizenship in liberal and postcolonial nation-state formations (mainly related to the Caribbean and Canada), race and queer transnational politics, critiques of queer liberalism, and race, gender and the politics of representation. His current research project focuses on queer anti-racist critiques of homonationalism in Canada.

Degrees

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, Shimane University
B.Sc., The University of the West Indies

Research Interests

Sexuality , Gender Issues, Queer studies, Critical Race studies, Transnational and Postcolonial Cultural studies

Current Research Projects

‘No Country for Refuge: A Critical Case Study of Venezuelan Migrants, Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Trinidad and Tobago,’

    Summary:

    The principal goal of this two-year research project is to critically investigate the production and contestation of the ‘refugee crisis script’ in the global South based on a case study of state regulation and violence against Venezuelan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Trinidad and Tobago. The research will explore the multiple and complex ways in which stakeholders of the specific ‘crisis’ actively engage the process of ‘migration management’ as a discourse of national security. The study will specifically focus on: (1) the government of Trinidad and Tobago’s management policies and practices of regulating Venezuelan migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees; (2) the interventions of non-governmental organizations (local and international) in mediating an imminent humanitarian crisis in Trinidad and Tobago, and: (3) the voices and experiences of Venezuelan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as their individual and collective responses to social, political, economic, and xenophobic anti-migrant/refugee violence. The project will attempt to place these stakeholders into conversation to open up possibilities for transformative social justice knowledge production through collaboration.

    Project Type: Funded
    Start Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2020

    End Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2022

An Exploration of Race, Gender and Sexuality in the LGBTQ+ community in Trinidad and Tobago

    Summary:

    While there is a growing corpus of research on homophobia and LGBTQ+ rights activism in Jamaica, research on the rest of the Anglo-Caribbean remains very limited, despite the branding of the region as exceptionally queer/trans/homo-phobic. In addition, few of the existing scholarly studies explore gender and sexuality from the perspective of LGBTQ+ members’ experiences. This project will explore the politics of identity – specifically regarding the intersections of race, gender and sexuality – within the LGBTQ+ community in Trinidad and Tobago. It will foreground the experiences and voices of out LGBTQ+ folks, focusing on how they construct and negotiate their identities, relations and sense of community within the context of state-sponsored queer/trans/homo-phobia and the denial of non-normative gendered and sexual citizenship. This will simultaneously entail understanding the ways in which the LGBTQ+ community contests queer/trans/homo-phobic nationalism at institutional and cultural levels.

    Project Type: Funded
    Start Date:
      Month: Dec   Year: 2020

    End Date:
      Month: Jul   Year: 2021


All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

‘Decolonial interventions to Queer Necropolitics and Homonationalisms.’ In Gül Çalışkan and Kayla Preston (eds.) Gendering Globalization, Globalizing Gender: Post-Colonial Perspectives, Oxford University Press

2020

‘Unveiling Fetishnationalism: Bidding for Citizenship in Queer Times.’ 2015. In Suzanne Lenon and OmiSoore Dryden (eds.), Disturbing Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging, University of British Columbia Press.

2015

‘Island of the Blest’: (Re)naturalizing the Natural Landscape in 19th- Century Trinidad.’ 2007. In E. Sommerville and C. Campbell (eds.) What is the Earthly Paradise?: Ecocritical Responses to the Caribbean, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (pp. 50-72).

2007

‘Consuming Narratives: Questioning Authority and the Politics of Representation in Social Science Research.’ 2005. In: George Dei (ed.) Critical Issues in Anti-Racist Research Methodologies. Peter Lang Publishers, (pp. 29-51).

2005

Books

Publication
Year

Envisioning LGBT Human Rights: (Neo)Colonialism, Neoliberalism and
Activism

2018

Free At Last: Critical Reflections on the Bicentennial of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade (with C. Jones, co-editor, University of Warwick), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

2011

Colonial Inventions: Landscape, Power and Representation in Nineteenth-Century ‘Trinidad’ Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

2010

Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity, Volumes I and II (with co-editors A. Asgarzadeh, E. Lawson and K. Oka), Sense Publishers, The Netherlands. 2007.

2007

The First Crossing: Being the Diary of Theophilus Richmond, Ship’s Doctor on the Hesperus (with co-editors D. Dabydeen, J. Morley, B. Samaroo and B. Wells), The Derek Walcott Press, United Kingdom, 2007.

2007

Monographs

Publication
Year

Disciplining Coolies: An Archival Footprint of Trinidad, 1846,

2019

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

‘Queer Antiracist Vigilance: Pinkwatching ‘Queer Investments’ in State
Racist Violence,’

2020

‘The Darker the Fruit’?: Disciplinary Homonationalism, Racialized
Homophobia and Neoliberal Tourism in the St. Lucian-US Contact Zone,’

2020

Affective Mobilizations: Pinkwashing and Racialized Homophobia in Out There.

2019

‘Debrisn-1: Visualizing a Bullerman Erotics.

2019

Indentureship’s Ghostworld: Re-imagining the Coolie Archive

2018

‘Homosexuality/Homophobia is un/African?: Un/Mapping Transnational Discourses in the context of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill/Act.’ Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 63, No. 5: 685-718. 2016.

2016

Calling ‘Homophobia’ into Place (Jamaica): Homo/trans/nationalism in the Stop Murder Music Campaign.’ Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 18, No. 6: 908-928. 2016.

2016

‘Homophobia as the State of Reason: The Case of Postcolonial Trinidad and Tobago.’ GLQ: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Issue 18.4. 2012.

2012

‘In the Name of Reason: Colonial Liberalism and the Government of West Indian Indentureship’ Journal of Historical Sociology Volume 24, Issue 2, 2011.

2011

‘Queerness in the Transnational Caribbean Canadian Diaspora.’ (co-edited with Dwaine Plaza) Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Special Issue on Critical Sexualities, Vol. 3, November 2009.

2009

‘Race, Gender, and Visuality: Regulating Indian Women Subjects in the Colonial Caribbean.’ Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Vol. 2, September 2008.

2008

‘Mapping West Indian Orientalism: Race, Gender and Representations of Indentured Coolies in the Nineteenth-Century British West Indies.’ Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3, October 2007.

2007

‘Contesting Cultural Citizenship?: The East Indian ‘Big House’ in Trinidad’s Nationalist Discourse.’ Journal of Works and Days: Intellectual Intersections and Racial/Ethnic Crossings, 47/48, Vol. 24, Nos. 1 & 2, 2006.

2006

Creative Works

Publication
Year

They Came in Ships

2020

Coolie Hauntings

2019

Other

Publication
Year

Coolie Hauntings

2019

Approach to Teaching


2020-2021
1. SXST1601 6.0 Introduction to Sexuality Studies
2. GFWS6904 3.0 Critical Approaches to Race and Racism


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2021 GS/GFWS6904 3.0 A Critical Approaches to 'Race' and Racism SEMR