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David A. B. Murray

Department of Anthropology

Associate Professor
 
Office: Founders College, 312
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 40481
Emaildamurray@yorku.ca
 
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Drawing on theoretical interests in culture, nationalism, colonialism, representation, performance and sexuality, Professor Murray has conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Canada that examines the processes and politics of identity making projects and their relations to local, national and transnational political and economic forces. He is the author of numerous articles, a book investigating the production of cultural identity in relation to gender, sexuality and race in Martinique ("Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the Problem of Identity in Martinique", Peter Lang 2002), an edited volume examining the production of homophobia in different socio-political contexts ("Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space", Duke University Press, 2009), and most recently, a book exploring social attitudes towards homosexuality and the lives of queer men in Barbados ("Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados", University of Toronto Press, 2012). A new project examines the experiences of 'queer refugees' with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board and Canadian queer urban communities.

Degrees

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Virginia
M.A. (Distinction) Anthropology, University of Virginia
B.A. (Honours) Anthropology, McGill University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies


Research Interests

Sexuality , Latin American and Caribbean Studies , Cultural Anthropology

Selected Publications

2012 Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2009 Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press (Editor). Recipient of the 2010 Ruth Benedict Award for Best Anthology, American Anthropological Association.

2002 Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the ‘Problem’ of Identity in Martinique New York: Peter Lang

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Books

2012 Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2009 Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press (Editor). Recipient of the 2010 Ruth Benedict Award for Best Anthology, American Anthropological Association.

2002 Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the ‘Problem’ of Identity in Martinique New York: Peter Lang

Book Chapters

2009 “Homo hauntings: Spectral Sexuality and the Good Citizen in Barbadian Media” in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press.

2009 “Introduction” and “Epilogue” in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press

2009 “Homosexuality, Society and the State: An Ethnography of Sublime Resistance in Martinique” in Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation. Philip Sher, editor. Blackwell Publishing (Revised version of article originally published in 1996 in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 2(3):249-272).

2009 "Positively Limited: Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Discourses in Barbados” in From Risk to Management: HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, Christine Barrow and Robert Carr, editors. Ian Randle Publishers.

2004 “Takatapui, Gay or just Ho-mo-sexual, Darling? Maori Language, Sexual Terminology and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand” in Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Language, William O. Leap and Tom Boellstorff, eds. Urbana. University of Illinois Press. Pp. 163-180

Journal Articles

2014 Guest Editor, “Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality, and Migration. Special Issue, Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(1).“Preface” and “To Feel the Truth: Discourse and Emotion in Canadian Sexual Orientation Refugee Hearings”. Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(1):1-5, 6-27

2014 The (not so) straight story: Queering migration narratives of sexual orientation and gendered identity refugee claimants. Sexualities 17(4), 451-471

2014 The Challenge of Home for Sexual Orientation and Gendered Identity Refugees in Toronto. Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes 48 (1), 132-152

2014 Real Queer:" Authentic" LGBT Refugee Claimants and Homonationalism in the Canadian Refugee System. Anthropologica 56 (1), 21-32

2011 "Becoming Queer Here: Integration and Adaptation Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Toronto". Refuge 28(2):127-135 http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/article/view/36504

2010 “Digisex: Cell-phones, Barbadian Queens and Circuits of Desire in the Gay Caribbean” Anthropologica 52(1):103-112

2009 “Bajan Queens, Nebulous Dreams: Sexual Diversity in Barbados” to Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. Issue #3 (http://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/)

2007 “The Civilized Homosexual: Travel Talk and The Project of Gay Identity”. Sexualities 10(1): 49-60

2006 “East Indies/West Indies: Introduction” (co-written with Tom Boellstorf and Kathryn Robinson) Anthropological Forum 16(3):219-227

2006 “Whose Right? Human Rights, Sexuality and Social Change in Barbados” Journal of Culture, Health and Sexuality 8(3):267-281

2003 “Who is Takatapui? Maori Language, Sexuality and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand." Anthropologica, 45:233-244

2002 “Introduction” (co-written with Joel Robbins) and “Queering the Culture Cult” in Social Analysis 46(1):1-3, 80-89.

2000 “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Power and Powerlessness of Transnational Narratives among Gay Martinican Men” in American Anthropologist 102(2):261-270

2000 “Remapping Carnival: Gender, Sexuality and Power in a Martinican Festival” in Social Analysis 44 (1):103-112

2000 “Introduction” (co-written with Fiona Magowan and Rosita Henry) and “Haka Fracas? The Dialectics of Identity in Discussions of a Contemporary Maori Dance” in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 11(3):14-26

2000 Travesti: Sex, Gender and Culture amongst Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Don Kulick) in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 11(1):116-117

1999 “Laws of Desire? Hegemonic Masculinity in Homosexual and Heterosexual Male Martinican Sexual Narratives” in American Ethnologist 26(1):160-172

1999 “Cultural Scripts of Language and Sexuality in Martinican Theater: The Improvisational Impasse” in Cultural Anthropology 14(1):88-110

1998 “Undressing Crossdressing in Martinique’s Carnival” in Sexualities 1(3):343-354

1998 “Making Haitian Peasants: The Work of Authenticity in Martinican Theatre” in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 9(2):179-193

Book Reviews

2013 Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same Sex Desire Among Dominican Immigrant Men (Carlos U. Decena) in GLQ 19(1):131-133

2010 Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawaii (Ty P. Kawika Tengan) in American Ethnologist 37:4

2008 Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality and AIDS in the Dominican Republic (Mark Padilla) in Anthropologica 50(2):434-436

2007 Theatre and Political Process: Staging Identities in Tokelau and New Zealand (Ingjerd Hoem) in Ethnos 72(1):136-137

2005 The Culture of Gender and Sexuality in the Caribbean (Linden Lewis, ed.) in The New West Indian Guide 79(1&2):27-29

2005 Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (Cruz-Malave and Manalansan, eds) in The Journal of Homosexuality 49(2):169-172

2003 The Anthropology of Media (K. Askew and R. Wilk, eds.) in The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 40(2):238-240

1999 American Gay (S.O. Murray) in The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 5 (2):293-294

1998 A Day For the Hunter, A Day for the Prey, Popular Music and Power in Haiti (Gage Averill) in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 9 (3):327-328

1998 Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (Rosemarie Garland Thomson ed.) in American Ethnologist 25 (1):20-21

1998 Condor Qatay: Anthropology in Performance (Catherine J. Allen and Nathan Garner) in American Anthropologist 100 (1):34-35

Research Reports

2009 “Masculinity: Rethinking the ‘Crisis’”. Antigua Sun, May 15, 2009 (http://www.antiguasunonline.com/) and Stabroek News (Guyana), May 19, 2009 (http://www.stabroeknews.com)

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/ANTH1120 6.0  Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/ANTH1120 6.0  Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/ANTH1120 6.0  Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today LECT Course Website 


Drawing on theoretical interests in culture, nationalism, colonialism, representation, performance and sexuality, Professor Murray has conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean, New Zealand and Canada that examines the processes and politics of identity making projects and their relations to local, national and transnational political and economic forces. He is the author of numerous articles, a book investigating the production of cultural identity in relation to gender, sexuality and race in Martinique ("Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the Problem of Identity in Martinique", Peter Lang 2002), an edited volume examining the production of homophobia in different socio-political contexts ("Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space", Duke University Press, 2009), and most recently, a book exploring social attitudes towards homosexuality and the lives of queer men in Barbados ("Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados", University of Toronto Press, 2012). A new project examines the experiences of 'queer refugees' with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board and Canadian queer urban communities.

Degrees

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Virginia
M.A. (Distinction) Anthropology, University of Virginia
B.A. (Honours) Anthropology, McGill University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies


Research Interests:

Sexuality , Latin American and Caribbean Studies , Cultural Anthropology

Selected Publications

2012 Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2009 Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press (Editor). Recipient of the 2010 Ruth Benedict Award for Best Anthology, American Anthropological Association.

2002 Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the ‘Problem’ of Identity in Martinique New York: Peter Lang

All Publications

Books

2012 Flaming Souls: Homosexuality, Homophobia and Social Change in Barbados. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2009 Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press (Editor). Recipient of the 2010 Ruth Benedict Award for Best Anthology, American Anthropological Association.

2002 Opacity: Gender, Sexuality, Race and the ‘Problem’ of Identity in Martinique New York: Peter Lang

Book Chapters

2009 “Homo hauntings: Spectral Sexuality and the Good Citizen in Barbadian Media” in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press.

2009 “Introduction” and “Epilogue” in Homophobias: Lust and Loathing Across Time and Space. Duke University Press

2009 “Homosexuality, Society and the State: An Ethnography of Sublime Resistance in Martinique” in Perspectives on the Caribbean: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation. Philip Sher, editor. Blackwell Publishing (Revised version of article originally published in 1996 in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 2(3):249-272).

2009 "Positively Limited: Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Discourses in Barbados” in From Risk to Management: HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, Christine Barrow and Robert Carr, editors. Ian Randle Publishers.

2004 “Takatapui, Gay or just Ho-mo-sexual, Darling? Maori Language, Sexual Terminology and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand” in Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Language, William O. Leap and Tom Boellstorff, eds. Urbana. University of Illinois Press. Pp. 163-180

Journal Articles

2014 Guest Editor, “Queering Borders: Language, Sexuality, and Migration. Special Issue, Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(1).“Preface” and “To Feel the Truth: Discourse and Emotion in Canadian Sexual Orientation Refugee Hearings”. Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(1):1-5, 6-27

2014 The (not so) straight story: Queering migration narratives of sexual orientation and gendered identity refugee claimants. Sexualities 17(4), 451-471

2014 The Challenge of Home for Sexual Orientation and Gendered Identity Refugees in Toronto. Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes 48 (1), 132-152

2014 Real Queer:" Authentic" LGBT Refugee Claimants and Homonationalism in the Canadian Refugee System. Anthropologica 56 (1), 21-32

2011 "Becoming Queer Here: Integration and Adaptation Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Toronto". Refuge 28(2):127-135 http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/article/view/36504

2010 “Digisex: Cell-phones, Barbadian Queens and Circuits of Desire in the Gay Caribbean” Anthropologica 52(1):103-112

2009 “Bajan Queens, Nebulous Dreams: Sexual Diversity in Barbados” to Caribbean Review of Gender Studies. Issue #3 (http://sta.uwi.edu/crgs/)

2007 “The Civilized Homosexual: Travel Talk and The Project of Gay Identity”. Sexualities 10(1): 49-60

2006 “East Indies/West Indies: Introduction” (co-written with Tom Boellstorf and Kathryn Robinson) Anthropological Forum 16(3):219-227

2006 “Whose Right? Human Rights, Sexuality and Social Change in Barbados” Journal of Culture, Health and Sexuality 8(3):267-281

2003 “Who is Takatapui? Maori Language, Sexuality and Identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand." Anthropologica, 45:233-244

2002 “Introduction” (co-written with Joel Robbins) and “Queering the Culture Cult” in Social Analysis 46(1):1-3, 80-89.

2000 “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Power and Powerlessness of Transnational Narratives among Gay Martinican Men” in American Anthropologist 102(2):261-270

2000 “Remapping Carnival: Gender, Sexuality and Power in a Martinican Festival” in Social Analysis 44 (1):103-112

2000 “Introduction” (co-written with Fiona Magowan and Rosita Henry) and “Haka Fracas? The Dialectics of Identity in Discussions of a Contemporary Maori Dance” in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 11(3):14-26

2000 Travesti: Sex, Gender and Culture amongst Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes (Don Kulick) in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 11(1):116-117

1999 “Laws of Desire? Hegemonic Masculinity in Homosexual and Heterosexual Male Martinican Sexual Narratives” in American Ethnologist 26(1):160-172

1999 “Cultural Scripts of Language and Sexuality in Martinican Theater: The Improvisational Impasse” in Cultural Anthropology 14(1):88-110

1998 “Undressing Crossdressing in Martinique’s Carnival” in Sexualities 1(3):343-354

1998 “Making Haitian Peasants: The Work of Authenticity in Martinican Theatre” in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 9(2):179-193

Book Reviews

2013 Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same Sex Desire Among Dominican Immigrant Men (Carlos U. Decena) in GLQ 19(1):131-133

2010 Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawaii (Ty P. Kawika Tengan) in American Ethnologist 37:4

2008 Caribbean Pleasure Industry: Tourism, Sexuality and AIDS in the Dominican Republic (Mark Padilla) in Anthropologica 50(2):434-436

2007 Theatre and Political Process: Staging Identities in Tokelau and New Zealand (Ingjerd Hoem) in Ethnos 72(1):136-137

2005 The Culture of Gender and Sexuality in the Caribbean (Linden Lewis, ed.) in The New West Indian Guide 79(1&2):27-29

2005 Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (Cruz-Malave and Manalansan, eds) in The Journal of Homosexuality 49(2):169-172

2003 The Anthropology of Media (K. Askew and R. Wilk, eds.) in The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 40(2):238-240

1999 American Gay (S.O. Murray) in The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 5 (2):293-294

1998 A Day For the Hunter, A Day for the Prey, Popular Music and Power in Haiti (Gage Averill) in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 9 (3):327-328

1998 Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (Rosemarie Garland Thomson ed.) in American Ethnologist 25 (1):20-21

1998 Condor Qatay: Anthropology in Performance (Catherine J. Allen and Nathan Garner) in American Anthropologist 100 (1):34-35

Research Reports

2009 “Masculinity: Rethinking the ‘Crisis’”. Antigua Sun, May 15, 2009 (http://www.antiguasunonline.com/) and Stabroek News (Guyana), May 19, 2009 (http://www.stabroeknews.com)


Teaching:

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/ANTH1120 6.0  Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/ANTH1120 6.0  Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today LECT Course Website 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/ANTH1120 6.0  Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today LECT Course Website