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David A. B. Murray

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Department of Anthropology
School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Professor

Office: 312 Founders
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 40481
Email: damurray@yorku.ca

Drawing on theoretical interests in culture, nationalism, colonialism, representation, performance and queer theory, Professor Murray has conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Canada examining sexual and gender minorities and their relations to local, national and transnational social, political and economic forces. He is the author of "Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the Problem of Identity in Martinique" (Peter Lang 2002), "Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados", (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and "Real Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). He is the editor of "Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space" (Duke University Press, 2009), and "Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality and Migration (John Benjamins Publishing, 2016). Professor Murray is currently engaged in a research project focusing on how people living with HIV/AIDS are navigating 'end of the AIDS' discourses in Toronto, Canada and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Degrees

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Virginia
M.A. (Distinction) Anthropology, University of Virginia
B.A. (Honours) Anthropology, McGill University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Sexuality , Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Migration, Nationalism, HIV/AIDS
Books

Publication
Year

2016 Real Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus. Rowman and Littlefield International. Winner of the 2016 Ruth Benedict Prize for Outstanding Monograph, American Anthropological Association.

2016

2016 Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality and Migration (editor). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company

2016

2012 Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2012

2009 Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press (Editor). Winner of the 2010 Ruth Benedict Prize for Best Edited Volume, American Anthropological Association.

2009

2002 Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the ‘Problem’ of Identity in Martinique New York: Peter Lang

2002

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

2009 “Homo hauntings: Spectral Sexuality and the Good Citizen in Barbadian Media” in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press.

2009

2009 “Homosexuality, Society and the State: An Ethnography of Sublime Resistance in Martinique” in Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation. Philip Sher, editor. Blackwell Publishing (Revised version of article originally published in 1996 in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 2(3):249-272).

2009

2009 "Positively Limited: Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Discourses in Barbados” in From Risk to Management: HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, Christine Barrow and Robert Carr, editors. Ian Randle Publishers.

2009

2009 “Introduction” and “Epilogue” in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press

2009

2004 “Takatapui, Gay or just Ho-mo-sexual, Darling? Maori Language, Sexual Terminology and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand” in Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Language, William O. Leap and Tom Boellstorff, eds. Urbana. University of Illinois Press. Pp. 163-180

2004

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

2013 Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same Sex Desire Among Dominican Immigrant Men (Carlos U. Decena) in GLQ 19(1):131-133

2013

2010 Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawaii (Ty P. Kawika Tengan) in American Ethnologist 37:4

2010

2008 Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality and AIDS in the Dominican Republic (Mark Padilla) in Anthropologica 50(2):434-436

2008

2007 Theatre and Political Process: Staging Identities in Tokelau and New Zealand (Ingjerd Hoem) in Ethnos 72(1):136-137

2007

2005 Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (Cruz-Malave and Manalansan, eds) in The Journal of Homosexuality 49(2):169-172

2005

2005 The Culture of Gender and Sexuality in the Caribbean (Linden Lewis, ed.) in The New West Indian Guide 79(1&2):27-29

2005

2003 The Anthropology of Media (K. Askew and R. Wilk, eds.) in The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 40(2):238-240

2003

1999 American Gay (S.O. Murray) in The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 5 (2):293-294

1999

1998 A Day For the Hunter, A Day for the Prey, Popular Music and Power in Haiti (Gage Averill) in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 9 (3):327-328

1998

1998 Condor Qatay: Anthropology in Performance (Catherine J. Allen and Nathan Garner) in American Anthropologist 100 (1):34-35

1998

1998 Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (Rosemarie Garland Thomson ed.) in American Ethnologist 25 (1):20-21

1998

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

2020 We Are (A Measurable) Family: Affect and Audit in a Toronto HIV/AIDS Service Organization. Anthropologica 62(1):163–175.

2020

2020 Pozitively Me: HIV Support Groups, Culture and Individualism in Toronto. Medical Anthropology, DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2020.1711754

2020

2020 Liberation Nation? Queer Refugees, Homonationalism and the Canadian Necropolitical State. REMHU - Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana v. 28, n. 59.

2020

2018 Learning to be LGBT: Sexual Orientation Refugees and Linguistic Inequality. Critical Multilingualism Studies 6.1 (2018): pp. 2325-2871

2018

2016 Queer Forms: Producing Documentation in Sexual Orientation Refugee Cases. Anthropological Quarterly 89(2):465–484

2016

2014 Guest Editor, “Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality, and Migration. Special Issue, Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(1). “Preface” and “To Feel the Truth: Discourse and Emotion in Canadian Sexual Orientation Refugee Hearings”. Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(1):1-5, 6-27

2014

2014 The (not so) straight story: Queering migration narratives of sexual orientation and gendered identity refugee claimants. Sexualities 17(4), 451-471

2014

2014 The Challenge of Home for Sexual Orientation and Gendered Identity Refugees in Toronto. Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes 48 (1), 132-152

2014

2014 Real Queer:" Authentic" LGBT Refugee Claimants and Homonationalism in the Canadian Refugee System. Anthropologica 56 (1), 21-32

2014

2011 "Becoming Queer Here: Integration and Adaptation Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Toronto". Refuge 28(2):127-135 http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/article/view/36504

2011

2010 “Digisex: Cell-phones, Barbadian Queens and Circuits of Desire in the Gay Caribbean” Anthropologica 52(1):103-112

2010

2009 “Bajan Queens, Nebulous Dreams: Sexual Diversity in Barbados” to Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. Issue #3 (http://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/)

2009

2007 “The Civilized Homosexual: Travel Talk and The Project of Gay Identity”. Sexualities 10(1): 49-60

2007

2006 “East Indies/West Indies: Introduction” (co-written with Tom Boellstorf and Kathryn Robinson) Anthropological Forum 16(3):219-227

2006

2006 “Whose Right? Human Rights, Sexuality and Social Change in Barbados” Journal of Culture, Health and Sexuality 8(3):267-281

2006

2003 “Who is Takatapui? Maori Language, Sexuality and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand." Anthropologica, 45:233-244

2003

2002 “Introduction” (co-written with Joel Robbins) and “Queering the Culture Cult” in Social Analysis 46(1):1-3, 80-89.

2002

2000 “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Power and Powerlessness of Transnational Narratives among Gay Martinican Men” in American Anthropologist 102(2):261-270

2000

2000 “Remapping Carnival: Gender, Sexuality and Power in a Martinican Festival” in Social Analysis 44 (1):103-112

2000

2000 Travesti: Sex, Gender and Culture amongst Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Don Kulick) in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 11(1):116-117

2000

2000 “Introduction” (co-written with Fiona Magowan and Rosita Henry) and “Haka Fracas? The Dialectics of Identity in Discussions of a Contemporary Maori Dance” in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 11(3):14-26

2000

1999 “Cultural Scripts of Language and Sexuality in Martinican Theater: The Improvisational Impasse” in Cultural Anthropology 14(1):88-110

1999

1999 “Laws of Desire? Hegemonic Masculinity in Homosexual and Heterosexual Male Martinican Sexual Narratives” in American Ethnologist 26(1):160-172

1999

1998 “Making Haitian Peasants: The Work of Authenticity in Martinican Theatre” in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 9(2):179-193

1998

1998 “Undressing Crossdressing in Martinique’s Carnival” in Sexualities 1(3):343-354

1998

Research Reports

Publication
Year

2009 “Masculinity: Rethinking the ‘Crisis’”. Antigua Sun, May 15, 2009 (http://www.antiguasunonline.com/) and Stabroek News (Guyana), May 19, 2009 (http://www.stabroeknews.com)

2009

Drawing on theoretical interests in culture, nationalism, colonialism, representation, performance and queer theory, Professor Murray has conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Canada examining sexual and gender minorities and their relations to local, national and transnational social, political and economic forces. He is the author of "Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the Problem of Identity in Martinique" (Peter Lang 2002), "Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados", (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and "Real Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). He is the editor of "Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space" (Duke University Press, 2009), and "Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality and Migration (John Benjamins Publishing, 2016). Professor Murray is currently engaged in a research project focusing on how people living with HIV/AIDS are navigating 'end of the AIDS' discourses in Toronto, Canada and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Degrees

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Virginia
M.A. (Distinction) Anthropology, University of Virginia
B.A. (Honours) Anthropology, McGill University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Sexuality , Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Migration, Nationalism, HIV/AIDS

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

2009 “Homo hauntings: Spectral Sexuality and the Good Citizen in Barbadian Media” in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press.

2009

2009 “Homosexuality, Society and the State: An Ethnography of Sublime Resistance in Martinique” in Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation. Philip Sher, editor. Blackwell Publishing (Revised version of article originally published in 1996 in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 2(3):249-272).

2009

2009 "Positively Limited: Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Discourses in Barbados” in From Risk to Management: HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, Christine Barrow and Robert Carr, editors. Ian Randle Publishers.

2009

2009 “Introduction” and “Epilogue” in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press

2009

2004 “Takatapui, Gay or just Ho-mo-sexual, Darling? Maori Language, Sexual Terminology and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand” in Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Language, William O. Leap and Tom Boellstorff, eds. Urbana. University of Illinois Press. Pp. 163-180

2004

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

2013 Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same Sex Desire Among Dominican Immigrant Men (Carlos U. Decena) in GLQ 19(1):131-133

2013

2010 Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawaii (Ty P. Kawika Tengan) in American Ethnologist 37:4

2010

2008 Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality and AIDS in the Dominican Republic (Mark Padilla) in Anthropologica 50(2):434-436

2008

2007 Theatre and Political Process: Staging Identities in Tokelau and New Zealand (Ingjerd Hoem) in Ethnos 72(1):136-137

2007

2005 Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (Cruz-Malave and Manalansan, eds) in The Journal of Homosexuality 49(2):169-172

2005

2005 The Culture of Gender and Sexuality in the Caribbean (Linden Lewis, ed.) in The New West Indian Guide 79(1&2):27-29

2005

2003 The Anthropology of Media (K. Askew and R. Wilk, eds.) in The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 40(2):238-240

2003

1999 American Gay (S.O. Murray) in The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 5 (2):293-294

1999

1998 A Day For the Hunter, A Day for the Prey, Popular Music and Power in Haiti (Gage Averill) in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 9 (3):327-328

1998

1998 Condor Qatay: Anthropology in Performance (Catherine J. Allen and Nathan Garner) in American Anthropologist 100 (1):34-35

1998

1998 Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (Rosemarie Garland Thomson ed.) in American Ethnologist 25 (1):20-21

1998

Books

Publication
Year

2016 Real Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus. Rowman and Littlefield International. Winner of the 2016 Ruth Benedict Prize for Outstanding Monograph, American Anthropological Association.

2016

2016 Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality and Migration (editor). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company

2016

2012 Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2012

2009 Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press (Editor). Winner of the 2010 Ruth Benedict Prize for Best Edited Volume, American Anthropological Association.

2009

2002 Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the ‘Problem’ of Identity in Martinique New York: Peter Lang

2002

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

2020 We Are (A Measurable) Family: Affect and Audit in a Toronto HIV/AIDS Service Organization. Anthropologica 62(1):163–175.

2020

2020 Pozitively Me: HIV Support Groups, Culture and Individualism in Toronto. Medical Anthropology, DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2020.1711754

2020

2020 Liberation Nation? Queer Refugees, Homonationalism and the Canadian Necropolitical State. REMHU - Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana v. 28, n. 59.

2020

2018 Learning to be LGBT: Sexual Orientation Refugees and Linguistic Inequality. Critical Multilingualism Studies 6.1 (2018): pp. 2325-2871

2018

2016 Queer Forms: Producing Documentation in Sexual Orientation Refugee Cases. Anthropological Quarterly 89(2):465–484

2016

2014 Guest Editor, “Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality, and Migration. Special Issue, Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(1). “Preface” and “To Feel the Truth: Discourse and Emotion in Canadian Sexual Orientation Refugee Hearings”. Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(1):1-5, 6-27

2014

2014 The (not so) straight story: Queering migration narratives of sexual orientation and gendered identity refugee claimants. Sexualities 17(4), 451-471

2014

2014 The Challenge of Home for Sexual Orientation and Gendered Identity Refugees in Toronto. Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes 48 (1), 132-152

2014

2014 Real Queer:" Authentic" LGBT Refugee Claimants and Homonationalism in the Canadian Refugee System. Anthropologica 56 (1), 21-32

2014

2011 "Becoming Queer Here: Integration and Adaptation Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Toronto". Refuge 28(2):127-135 http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/article/view/36504

2011

2010 “Digisex: Cell-phones, Barbadian Queens and Circuits of Desire in the Gay Caribbean” Anthropologica 52(1):103-112

2010

2009 “Bajan Queens, Nebulous Dreams: Sexual Diversity in Barbados” to Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. Issue #3 (http://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/)

2009

2007 “The Civilized Homosexual: Travel Talk and The Project of Gay Identity”. Sexualities 10(1): 49-60

2007

2006 “East Indies/West Indies: Introduction” (co-written with Tom Boellstorf and Kathryn Robinson) Anthropological Forum 16(3):219-227

2006

2006 “Whose Right? Human Rights, Sexuality and Social Change in Barbados” Journal of Culture, Health and Sexuality 8(3):267-281

2006

2003 “Who is Takatapui? Maori Language, Sexuality and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand." Anthropologica, 45:233-244

2003

2002 “Introduction” (co-written with Joel Robbins) and “Queering the Culture Cult” in Social Analysis 46(1):1-3, 80-89.

2002

2000 “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Power and Powerlessness of Transnational Narratives among Gay Martinican Men” in American Anthropologist 102(2):261-270

2000

2000 “Remapping Carnival: Gender, Sexuality and Power in a Martinican Festival” in Social Analysis 44 (1):103-112

2000

2000 Travesti: Sex, Gender and Culture amongst Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Don Kulick) in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 11(1):116-117

2000

2000 “Introduction” (co-written with Fiona Magowan and Rosita Henry) and “Haka Fracas? The Dialectics of Identity in Discussions of a Contemporary Maori Dance” in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 11(3):14-26

2000

1999 “Cultural Scripts of Language and Sexuality in Martinican Theater: The Improvisational Impasse” in Cultural Anthropology 14(1):88-110

1999

1999 “Laws of Desire? Hegemonic Masculinity in Homosexual and Heterosexual Male Martinican Sexual Narratives” in American Ethnologist 26(1):160-172

1999

1998 “Making Haitian Peasants: The Work of Authenticity in Martinican Theatre” in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 9(2):179-193

1998

1998 “Undressing Crossdressing in Martinique’s Carnival” in Sexualities 1(3):343-354

1998

Research Reports

Publication
Year

2009 “Masculinity: Rethinking the ‘Crisis’”. Antigua Sun, May 15, 2009 (http://www.antiguasunonline.com/) and Stabroek News (Guyana), May 19, 2009 (http://www.stabroeknews.com)

2009