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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 current work explores the relationship (and critical distinctions) between caste and racial hierarchies, and how these entanglements-along with gender and class dynamics-inform the figure of the Muslim in Indian and (neoliberal) world politics. For her upcoming project, Dr. Umar is investigating the histories and global politics of "racing" and gendering Islam as religion including mainstream and academic discursive productions of a universalized and flexible "Muslim World". Dr Umar is also interested in exploring the histories, politics, and theories behind the idea of the diasporic/exiled "public intellectual" - particularly in the age of rising social media disinformation, far right global populism, and the changing political landscape of 'multicultural Canada.'

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In addition to her multidisciplinary background and academic training across three continents, Dr. Umar's transnational policy work experience on issues related to labour, gender, migration, and asylum laws has also informed her academic work. She has worked with organizations such as the International Organization of Migration (UN), World Vision (Geneva), and the Centre for Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Umar is fluent in both Hindi and Urdu. Her mixed-method approaches centre historiography, oral histories, historical archives, feminist ethnography, political/social economy, biopolitics, and local/transnational flows in discursive/material/visual culture analysis.

Degrees

PhD, History, Queen's University
MSc, Migration Studies, University of Oxford
M.A, 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

Race and Racism , Gender Issues, Critical Muslim Studies (Islam and Muslim Societies), Post Colonial Theory, Critical Caste Studies, Decolonial Thought, South Asia, 'Global' India, Migration/Diaspora Studies, Political Economies of Social Marginalization
Journal Articles

Publication
Year

'City of Tenuous Peace - Rethinking Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb,' Journal of Cultural Anthropology, Vol 36, Issue No. 1, 2021.

2021

‘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

Creative Works

Publication
Year

Book/Novel Review: 'God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems' by Ishara Deen

2016

Other

Publication
Year

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

2017

Indian Muslim Women - Caught Between Misogynists and Hypocrites' in Kafila and Critical Theory Network

2016

Gender and "Love Jihad" in India, Hard News

http://archives.hardnewsmedia.com/2014/09/6400

2014


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/POLS4075 3.0 M Encounters of Islam and Modernity SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2021 AP/POLS4065 3.0 A Critical Theory: Society and Politics SEMR


Dr. Umar's current work explores the relationship (and critical distinctions) between caste and racial hierarchies, and how these entanglements-along with gender and class dynamics-inform the figure of the Muslim in Indian and (neoliberal) world politics. For her upcoming project, Dr. Umar is investigating the histories and global politics of "racing" and gendering Islam as religion including mainstream and academic discursive productions of a universalized and flexible "Muslim World". Dr Umar is also interested in exploring the histories, politics, and theories behind the idea of the diasporic/exiled "public intellectual" - particularly in the age of rising social media disinformation, far right global populism, and the changing political landscape of 'multicultural Canada.'

In addition to her multidisciplinary background and academic training across three continents, Dr. Umar's transnational policy work experience on issues related to labour, gender, migration, and asylum laws has also informed her academic work. She has worked with organizations such as the International Organization of Migration (UN), World Vision (Geneva), and the Centre for Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Umar is fluent in both Hindi and Urdu. Her mixed-method approaches centre historiography, oral histories, historical archives, feminist ethnography, political/social economy, biopolitics, and local/transnational flows in discursive/material/visual culture analysis.

Degrees

PhD, History, Queen's University
MSc, Migration Studies, University of Oxford
M.A, 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

Race and Racism , Gender Issues, Critical Muslim Studies (Islam and Muslim Societies), Post Colonial Theory, Critical Caste Studies, Decolonial Thought, South Asia, 'Global' India, Migration/Diaspora Studies, Political Economies of Social Marginalization

All Publications


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

'City of Tenuous Peace - Rethinking Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb,' Journal of Cultural Anthropology, Vol 36, Issue No. 1, 2021.

2021

‘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

Creative Works

Publication
Year

Book/Novel Review: 'God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems' by Ishara Deen

2016

Other

Publication
Year

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

2017

Indian Muslim Women - Caught Between Misogynists and Hypocrites' in Kafila and Critical Theory Network

2016

Gender and "Love Jihad" in India, Hard News

http://archives.hardnewsmedia.com/2014/09/6400

2014


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/POLS4075 3.0 M Encounters of Islam and Modernity SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2021 AP/POLS4065 3.0 A Critical Theory: Society and Politics SEMR