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 the modern history of settler colonialism 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, Literary Studies, American Studies, Film Studies, Modernism

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
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 N Stories in Diverse Media ONLN
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 N Stories in Diverse Media TUTR



My intermedia and interdisciplinary research focuses on the reproduction of racial capitalism throughout the modern history of settler colonialism 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, Literary Studies, American Studies, Film Studies, Modernism


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
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 N Stories in Diverse Media ONLN
Winter 2021 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 N Stories in Diverse Media TUTR