shamara


Shama Rangwala

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Department of Humanities

Assistant Professor

Email: shamara@yorku.ca

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My intermedia and interdisciplinary research focuses on the reproduction of racial capitalism throughout modern history and across narrative forms, conceptualizing "ideological adaptation,” which I define as textual adaptations that track the adaptation of ideology itself. My current research examines early-20th-century canonical American novels and their early-21st-century film adaptations in relation to the reproduction of the mythologies that sustain the settler-colonial nation, along with the adaptations of liberalism in our contemporary moment.

My teaching interests include critical race theory; feminist theory; critiques of imperialism and colonialism; literary and critical theory; film, media, and cultural studies; and 19th- and 20th-century Anglophone literature. I am passionate about teaching students how to take their education outside of the classroom and university.

I am Co-Principal Investigator with Prof. Michael Litwack (UAlberta) on the cross-disciplinary research project, "Sounding Race." In 2021, I am launching a new research project focused on public humanities, "Pedagogy and Praxis," with Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Oliver Baker (Penn State).

My academic writing has appeared in Public and English Studies in Canada, with a forthcoming article in Canadian Review of American Studies. My public-facing writing has appeared in Jacobin, Public Books, The Star, The Globe and Mail, The Sprawl, and Canadaland. I am the founding editor of Pyriscence, a culture and politics website, a regular panelist on Alberta Primetime (CTV), and a frequent contributor to news, podcasts, and other media. I am also on the Editorial Board of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies.

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Degrees

PhD, University of Alberta
MA, McGill University
BA Honours, McGill University

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Race and Racism, Critical Theory, Literary Studies, Film Studies, Public Humanities

Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CLTR3100 6.0 A Culture, Meaning & Form SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 E Stories in Diverse Media ONLN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 N Stories in Diverse Media ONLN
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 N Stories in Diverse Media TUTR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CLTR3100 6.0 A Culture, Meaning & Form SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 E Stories in Diverse Media ONLN


My intermedia and interdisciplinary research focuses on the reproduction of racial capitalism throughout modern history and across narrative forms, conceptualizing "ideological adaptation,” which I define as textual adaptations that track the adaptation of ideology itself. My current research examines early-20th-century canonical American novels and their early-21st-century film adaptations in relation to the reproduction of the mythologies that sustain the settler-colonial nation, along with the adaptations of liberalism in our contemporary moment.

My teaching interests include critical race theory; feminist theory; critiques of imperialism and colonialism; literary and critical theory; film, media, and cultural studies; and 19th- and 20th-century Anglophone literature. I am passionate about teaching students how to take their education outside of the classroom and university.

I am Co-Principal Investigator with Prof. Michael Litwack (UAlberta) on the cross-disciplinary research project, "Sounding Race." In 2021, I am launching a new research project focused on public humanities, "Pedagogy and Praxis," with Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Oliver Baker (Penn State).

My academic writing has appeared in Public and English Studies in Canada, with a forthcoming article in Canadian Review of American Studies. My public-facing writing has appeared in Jacobin, Public Books, The Star, The Globe and Mail, The Sprawl, and Canadaland. I am the founding editor of Pyriscence, a culture and politics website, a regular panelist on Alberta Primetime (CTV), and a frequent contributor to news, podcasts, and other media. I am also on the Editorial Board of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies.

Degrees

PhD, University of Alberta
MA, McGill University
BA Honours, McGill University

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Race and Racism, Critical Theory, Literary Studies, Film Studies, Public Humanities


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CLTR3100 6.0 A Culture, Meaning & Form SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 E Stories in Diverse Media ONLN


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 N Stories in Diverse Media ONLN
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 N Stories in Diverse Media TUTR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/CLTR3100 6.0 A Culture, Meaning & Form SEMR
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 E Stories in Diverse Media ONLN