Amar Wahab

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Assistant Professor

Office: Founders College, 206B
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 20904
Emailawahab@yorku.ca

Amar Wahab is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. He has taught in the areas of critical sexuality studies, critical studies in masculinity, critical race studies, introductory and advanced sociological theory and Caribbean cultural studies. His research interests include: sexual citizenship in liberal and postcolonial nation-state formations (mainly related to the Caribbean and Canada), race and queer transnational politics, critiques of queer liberalism, and race, gender and the politics of representation. His current research project focuses on queer anti-racist critiques of homonationalism in Canada.

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Research Interests

Sexuality and Gender studies, Queer studies, Critical Race studies, Transnational and Postcolonial Cultural studies

Current Research Projects

All Publications

Books

Free At Last: Critical Reflections on the Bicentennial of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade (with C. Jones, co-editor, University of Warwick), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Colonial Inventions: Landscape, Power and Representation in Nineteenth-Century ‘Trinidad’ Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

The First Crossing: Being the Diary of Theophilus Richmond, Ship’s Doctor on the Hesperus (with co-editors D. Dabydeen, J. Morley, B. Samaroo and B. Wells), The Derek Walcott Press, United Kingdom, 2007.

Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity, Volumes I and II (with co-editors A. Asgarzadeh, E. Lawson and K. Oka), Sense Publishers, The Netherlands. 2007.

Book Chapters

‘Unveiling Fetishnationalism: Bidding for Citizenship in Queer Times.’ 2015. In Suzanne Lenon and OmiSoore Dryden (eds.), Disturbing Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging, University of British Columbia Press.

‘Island of the Blest’: (Re)naturalizing the Natural Landscape in 19th- Century Trinidad.’ 2007. In E. Sommerville and C. Campbell (eds.) What is the Earthly Paradise?: Ecocritical Responses to the Caribbean, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (pp. 50-72).

‘Consuming Narratives: Questioning Authority and the Politics of Representation in Social Science Research.’ 2005. In: George Dei (ed.) Critical Issues in Anti-Racist Research Methodologies. Peter Lang Publishers, (pp. 29-51).

Journal Articles

‘Homosexuality/Homophobia is un/African?: Un/Mapping Transnational Discourses in the context of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill/Act.’ Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 63, No. 5: 685-718. 2016.

Calling ‘Homophobia’ into Place (Jamaica): Homo/trans/nationalism in the Stop Murder Music Campaign.’ Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 18, No. 6: 908-928. 2016.

‘Homophobia as the State of Reason: The Case of Postcolonial Trinidad and Tobago.’ GLQ: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Issue 18.4. 2012.

‘In the Name of Reason: Colonial Liberalism and the Government of West Indian Indentureship’ Journal of Historical Sociology Volume 24, Issue 2, 2011.

‘Queerness in the Transnational Caribbean Canadian Diaspora.’ (co-edited with Dwaine Plaza) Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Special Issue on Critical Sexualities, Vol. 3, November 2009.

‘Race, Gender, and Visuality: Regulating Indian Women Subjects in the Colonial Caribbean.’ Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Vol. 2, September 2008.

‘Mapping West Indian Orientalism: Race, Gender and Representations of Indentured Coolies in the Nineteenth-Century British West Indies.’ Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3, October 2007.

‘Contesting Cultural Citizenship?: The East Indian ‘Big House’ in Trinidad’s Nationalist Discourse.’ Journal of Works and Days: Intellectual Intersections and Racial/Ethnic Crossings, 47/48, Vol. 24, Nos. 1 & 2, 2006.


Amar Wahab is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. He has taught in the areas of critical sexuality studies, critical studies in masculinity, critical race studies, introductory and advanced sociological theory and Caribbean cultural studies. His research interests include: sexual citizenship in liberal and postcolonial nation-state formations (mainly related to the Caribbean and Canada), race and queer transnational politics, critiques of queer liberalism, and race, gender and the politics of representation. His current research project focuses on queer anti-racist critiques of homonationalism in Canada.

Research Interests:

Sexuality and Gender studies, Queer studies, Critical Race studies, Transnational and Postcolonial Cultural studies

Current Research Projects

All Publications

Books

Free At Last: Critical Reflections on the Bicentennial of the Abolition of the British Slave Trade (with C. Jones, co-editor, University of Warwick), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.

Colonial Inventions: Landscape, Power and Representation in Nineteenth-Century ‘Trinidad’ Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

The First Crossing: Being the Diary of Theophilus Richmond, Ship’s Doctor on the Hesperus (with co-editors D. Dabydeen, J. Morley, B. Samaroo and B. Wells), The Derek Walcott Press, United Kingdom, 2007.

Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity, Volumes I and II (with co-editors A. Asgarzadeh, E. Lawson and K. Oka), Sense Publishers, The Netherlands. 2007.

Book Chapters

‘Unveiling Fetishnationalism: Bidding for Citizenship in Queer Times.’ 2015. In Suzanne Lenon and OmiSoore Dryden (eds.), Disturbing Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging, University of British Columbia Press.

‘Island of the Blest’: (Re)naturalizing the Natural Landscape in 19th- Century Trinidad.’ 2007. In E. Sommerville and C. Campbell (eds.) What is the Earthly Paradise?: Ecocritical Responses to the Caribbean, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (pp. 50-72).

‘Consuming Narratives: Questioning Authority and the Politics of Representation in Social Science Research.’ 2005. In: George Dei (ed.) Critical Issues in Anti-Racist Research Methodologies. Peter Lang Publishers, (pp. 29-51).

Journal Articles

‘Homosexuality/Homophobia is un/African?: Un/Mapping Transnational Discourses in the context of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill/Act.’ Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 63, No. 5: 685-718. 2016.

Calling ‘Homophobia’ into Place (Jamaica): Homo/trans/nationalism in the Stop Murder Music Campaign.’ Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 18, No. 6: 908-928. 2016.

‘Homophobia as the State of Reason: The Case of Postcolonial Trinidad and Tobago.’ GLQ: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Issue 18.4. 2012.

‘In the Name of Reason: Colonial Liberalism and the Government of West Indian Indentureship’ Journal of Historical Sociology Volume 24, Issue 2, 2011.

‘Queerness in the Transnational Caribbean Canadian Diaspora.’ (co-edited with Dwaine Plaza) Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Special Issue on Critical Sexualities, Vol. 3, November 2009.

‘Race, Gender, and Visuality: Regulating Indian Women Subjects in the Colonial Caribbean.’ Caribbean Review of Gender Studies Vol. 2, September 2008.

‘Mapping West Indian Orientalism: Race, Gender and Representations of Indentured Coolies in the Nineteenth-Century British West Indies.’ Journal of Asian American Studies, Vol. 10, No. 3, October 2007.

‘Contesting Cultural Citizenship?: The East Indian ‘Big House’ in Trinidad’s Nationalist Discourse.’ Journal of Works and Days: Intellectual Intersections and Racial/Ethnic Crossings, 47/48, Vol. 24, Nos. 1 & 2, 2006.