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Sanober Umar

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Department of Politics

Assistant Professor

Email: sumar@yorku.ca
Primary website: https://yorku.academia.edu/SanoberUmar


Dr. Umar's work engages with topics that sit at the intersections of critical race and racialization studies, so-called Islamic World, Muslim societies, gender and transnational women’s studies, feminist ethnography, postcolonial theory, decolonial frameworks, subaltern studies, diaspora studies, and caste studies in the Department of Politics at York University. Dr. Umar is interested in the global histories and politics of gendering and "racing" Islam as a religion. Her upcoming work explores the relationship (and critical differences) between caste and racial hierarchies, and how they subsequently inform the figure of the Muslim in world politics.

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Dr. Sanober Umar completed her PhD as an Ontario Trillium scholar at Queen’s University. Prior to joining Queen’s, Dr. Umar earned an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Dr. Umar also holds an MA in International Politics and History from the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development (Geneva, Switzerland). Her past and present works have scrutinized history as a politicized discipline in pedagogical nationalist endeavors, the biopolitics of oppression and its impact on how vulnerable bodies navigate space, postcolonial framing of "minority" citizenship and (un)belonging in liberal democracies, and the politics of feminist self-representation with a focus on Muslim women and gender non-conforming identities. Dr. Umar has worked with transnational organizations such as the International Organization of Migration (UN), World Vision, and the Centre for Migration Policy and Society at Oxford University. She has published reports on the deskilling of migrant women in Canada, Switzerland, and Ireland, and served as a consultant on legal aid accessibility for asylum seekers in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in the UK.

Currently, Dr. Umar is interested in exploring the relationship (and critical differences) between caste and racial hierarchies, and how they subsequently inform the figure of the Muslim in world politics. Another upcoming project examines the global histories and politics of gendering and "racing" Islam as a religion.

Degrees

PhD, History, Queen's University
MSc, Migration Studies, University of Oxford
Master's in International Politics and History, Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development (IHEID - Geneva)
B.A (Hons) History, St Stephen's College, University of Delhi

Research Interests

Gender Issues , Race and Racism, Islamic Studies and Muslim Societies, Post Colonial Theory and Decolonial Frameworks, South Asia and 'Global' India + Migration/Diaspora Studies, Mass Violence and Political Economies of Social Marginalization
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

‘City of Tenuous Peace – Mass Violence and the Self-Silencing Racialized Subaltern' in Routledge Memory and Narrative Series (ed) Anna Sheftel, Upcoming.


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

‘The Identity of Language and the Language of Erasure: Urdu and the Racialized- Decastification of the ‘Backward Musalmaan’ in India,’ in The Journal of Caste and Global Exclusion (Special Issue on the Persistence of Caste) Vol 1, Issue No. 1, pp. 175-199 (2020).

2020

Creating the “Citizen Enemy” – The Impact of the Enemy Property’s Act on India’s Muslims ’ in The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, London: UK, Vol 39, Issue No. 4, pp. 457-477 (2019).

2019

‘When Birds of a Feather Flock Together: The Requiem for Secularism in the Indian Parliament’ in The Journal of Indian Secularism, Mumbai: India, Vol 18, Issue No. 2, pp. 5-14, (2014).

2014

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

'Providing Protection: Access for Early Legal Advice for Asylum Seekers,’ EPIM, COMPAS, Irish Refugee Council, Asylum Aid UK, Immigouste Keskes joint publication, (2014).

2014

Research Reports

Publication
Year

‘Crushed Hopes: Underemployment and Deskilling among Skilled Migrant Women,’ International Organization of Migration, Geneva: Switzerland, Chapter 1:11-36 (2013)

2013

Other

Publication
Year

'Beyond Whiteness: Rethinking Aryan Nationalisms in Multicultural Canada’ in Active History (2017).

2017


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/POLS6900 3.0 A Contemporary Research in Politics SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/POLS4075 3.0 M Encounters of Islam and Modernity SEMR
Winter 2021 AP/POLS4091 3.0 M Marxism, Feminism, Poststructuralism SEMR


Dr. Umar's work engages with topics that sit at the intersections of critical race and racialization studies, so-called Islamic World, Muslim societies, gender and transnational women’s studies, feminist ethnography, postcolonial theory, decolonial frameworks, subaltern studies, diaspora studies, and caste studies in the Department of Politics at York University. Dr. Umar is interested in the global histories and politics of gendering and "racing" Islam as a religion. Her upcoming work explores the relationship (and critical differences) between caste and racial hierarchies, and how they subsequently inform the figure of the Muslim in world politics.

Dr. Sanober Umar completed her PhD as an Ontario Trillium scholar at Queen’s University. Prior to joining Queen’s, Dr. Umar earned an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. Dr. Umar also holds an MA in International Politics and History from the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development (Geneva, Switzerland). Her past and present works have scrutinized history as a politicized discipline in pedagogical nationalist endeavors, the biopolitics of oppression and its impact on how vulnerable bodies navigate space, postcolonial framing of "minority" citizenship and (un)belonging in liberal democracies, and the politics of feminist self-representation with a focus on Muslim women and gender non-conforming identities. Dr. Umar has worked with transnational organizations such as the International Organization of Migration (UN), World Vision, and the Centre for Migration Policy and Society at Oxford University. She has published reports on the deskilling of migrant women in Canada, Switzerland, and Ireland, and served as a consultant on legal aid accessibility for asylum seekers in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in the UK.

Currently, Dr. Umar is interested in exploring the relationship (and critical differences) between caste and racial hierarchies, and how they subsequently inform the figure of the Muslim in world politics. Another upcoming project examines the global histories and politics of gendering and "racing" Islam as a religion.

Degrees

PhD, History, Queen's University
MSc, Migration Studies, University of Oxford
Master's in International Politics and History, Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development (IHEID - Geneva)
B.A (Hons) History, St Stephen's College, University of Delhi

Research Interests

Gender Issues , Race and Racism, Islamic Studies and Muslim Societies, Post Colonial Theory and Decolonial Frameworks, South Asia and 'Global' India + Migration/Diaspora Studies, Mass Violence and Political Economies of Social Marginalization

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

‘City of Tenuous Peace – Mass Violence and the Self-Silencing Racialized Subaltern' in Routledge Memory and Narrative Series (ed) Anna Sheftel, Upcoming.


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

‘The Identity of Language and the Language of Erasure: Urdu and the Racialized- Decastification of the ‘Backward Musalmaan’ in India,’ in The Journal of Caste and Global Exclusion (Special Issue on the Persistence of Caste) Vol 1, Issue No. 1, pp. 175-199 (2020).

2020

Creating the “Citizen Enemy” – The Impact of the Enemy Property’s Act on India’s Muslims ’ in The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, London: UK, Vol 39, Issue No. 4, pp. 457-477 (2019).

2019

‘When Birds of a Feather Flock Together: The Requiem for Secularism in the Indian Parliament’ in The Journal of Indian Secularism, Mumbai: India, Vol 18, Issue No. 2, pp. 5-14, (2014).

2014

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

'Providing Protection: Access for Early Legal Advice for Asylum Seekers,’ EPIM, COMPAS, Irish Refugee Council, Asylum Aid UK, Immigouste Keskes joint publication, (2014).

2014

Research Reports

Publication
Year

‘Crushed Hopes: Underemployment and Deskilling among Skilled Migrant Women,’ International Organization of Migration, Geneva: Switzerland, Chapter 1:11-36 (2013)

2013

Other

Publication
Year

'Beyond Whiteness: Rethinking Aryan Nationalisms in Multicultural Canada’ in Active History (2017).

2017


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 GS/POLS6900 3.0 A Contemporary Research in Politics SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/POLS4075 3.0 M Encounters of Islam and Modernity SEMR
Winter 2021 AP/POLS4091 3.0 M Marxism, Feminism, Poststructuralism SEMR