Previous Faculty and Student Publications

Asexual Erotics: Intimate Readings of Compulsory Sexuality

Ela Przybylo

252 pp. 6 x 9
10 illustrations
August, 2019

ISBN 978-0-8142-1404-6
ISBN: 978-0-8142-5542-1

Asexual Erotics strives to bring asexuality studies to feminist, queer, lesbian, and antiracist studies while thinking about how these fields have had nodes of non-sexual desire and attraction within them since at least the 60s. The book draws on Audre Lorde's formulation of the erotic to envision a way for thinking sexuality that is inclusive of asexuality and critical of compulsory sexuality.

Canada 150 Conference Proceedings Migration of Bengalis

Editors:  Habiba Zaman and Sanzida Habib

ISBN: 978-1-77287-044-2

Basically Queer

An Intergenerational Introduction to LGBTQA2S+ Lives

Claire Robson, Kelsey Blair and Jen Marchbank

Basically Queer offers an introduction to what it can look and feel like to live life as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, two spirited and trans. Written by youth and elders who’ve lived these lives first hand, the book combines no-nonsense explanations, definitions, and information with engaging stories and poetry that bring them to life. Basically Queer answers those questions that many want to ask but fear will give offence: What is it really like to be queer? What’s appropriate language? How can I be an ally? It also provides a succinct and readable account of queer history and legal rights worldwide, addresses intergenerational issues, and offers some tips and tricks for living queer. It does so in an easy and conversational style that will be accessible to most readers, including teens. The text will be of interest to those teaching courses in gender, sexuality, queer and women’s studies. It will be a useful resource for those who are questioning or examining their sexual or gender identities and those who are in relationship with them, such as doctors, teachers, parents, or friends.


The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution


Some “boys” will only wear dresses; some “girls” refuse to wear dresses; in both cases, as Ann Travers shows in this fascinating account of the lives of transgender kids, these are often more than just wardrobe choices. Travers shows that from very early ages, some at two and three years old, these kids find themselves to be different from the sex category that was assigned to them at birth. How they make their voices heard—to their parents and friends, in schools, in public spaces, and through the courts—is the focus of this remarkable and groundbreaking book.  

Based on interviews with transgender kids, ranging in age from 4 to 20, and their parents, and over five years of research in the US and Canada, The Trans Generation offers a rare look into what it is like to grow up as a trans child. From daycare to birthday parties and from the playground to the school bathroom, Travers takes the reader inside the day-to-day realities of trans kids who regularly experience crisis as a result of the restrictive ways in which sex categories regulate their lives and put pressure on them to deny their internal sense of who they are in gendered terms. 

ISBN: 9781479885794
June, 2018

Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910-1940

Mary Lynn Stewart

In the late nineteenth century, the first wave of female journalists began writing in the French daily press. Yet, while they undeniably opened doors for the next generations of educated women, sexist hiring practices, assumptions about women’s aptitudes as reporters, and more subtle gender biases continued to saturate the industry in the decades that followed.

Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910-1940 investigates the careers and written work of ten women who regularly reported in the national, Paris-based dailies. Addressing the role of mentorship, family connections, gendered behaviours, reporting styles, and subject matter, Mary Lynn Stewart debunks lingering essentialist notions about women’s entry into journalism. She shows that struggling newspapers, attempting to reverse declining circulation, hired women to cover subjects that expanded to include international relations, colonial conflicts, trials, local politics, and social problems. Through content analysis, deixis, and systematic comparisons of several women and men reporting on the same or different events, she further queries claims about a feminine style, finding more similarities than differences between masculine and feminine reporting.

Documenting the persistence of gender discrimination in the hiring, assigning, and assessment of women reporters in the French daily press, Gender, Generation, and Journalism in France, 1910-1940 demonstrates that, through the support of their female colleagues, women managed to succeed despite a variety of challenges.

On the Politics of Ugliness

Editors: Rodrigues, Sara and Przybylo, Ela

Ugliness or unsightliness is much more than a quality or property of an individual’s appearance—it has long functioned as a social category that demarcates access to social, cultural, and political spaces and capital. The editors of and authors in this collection harness intersectional and interdisciplinary approaches in order to examine ugliness as a political category that is deployed to uphold established notions of worth and entitlement. On the Politics of Ugliness identifies and challenges the harmful effects that labels and feelings of ugliness have on individuals and the socio-political order. It explores ugliness in relation to the intersectional processes of racialization, colonization and settler colonialism, gender-making, ableism, heteronormativity, and fatphobia. On the Politics of Ugliness asks that we fight against visual injustice and imagine new ways of seeing.

ISBN 978-3-319-76782-6
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2018

Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries: Work, public policy and action

Edited by Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Climate change is at the forefront of ideas about public policy, the economy and labour issues. However, the gendered dimensions of climate change and the public policy issues associated with it in wealthy nations are much less understood.

Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries covers a wide range of issues dealing with work and working life. The book demonstrates the gendered distinctions in both experiences of climate change and the ways that public policy deals with it. The book draws on case studies from the UK, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Spain and the US to address key issues such as: how gendered distinctions affect the most vulnerable; paid and unpaid work; and activism on climate change. It is argued that including gender as part of the analysis will lead to more equitable and stronger societies as solutions to climate change advance.

This volume will be of great relevance to students, scholars, trade unionists and international organisations with an interest in climate change, gender, public policy and environmental studies.

ISBN:  9781138222403
Publisher:  Routledge 2017

Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution

by Sherine Hamdy (Author),‎ Coleman Nye (Author),‎ Sarula Bao (Artist),‎ Caroline Brewer (Artist)

As young girls in Cairo, Anna and Layla strike up an unlikely friendship that crosses class, cultural, and religious divides. Years later, Anna learns that she may carry the hereditary cancer gene responsible for her mother's death. Meanwhile, Layla's family is faced with a difficult decision about kidney transplantation. Their friendship is put to the test when these medical crises reveal stark differences in their perspectives...until revolutionary unrest in Europe changes their lives forever.

The first book in a new series, Lissa brings anthropological research to life in comic form, combining scholarly insights and accessible, visually-rich storytelling to foster greater understanding of global politics, inequalities, and solidarity.

ISBN-10: 1487593481
ISBN-13: 978-1487593483
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division (November 16, 2017)

Worth Fighting For: Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror

Edited by Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson and Catherine Gidney

Historians, veterans, museums, and public education campaigns have all documented and commemorated the experience of Canadians in times of war. But Canada also has a long, rich, and important historical tradition of resistance to both war and militarization. This collection brings together the work of sixteen scholars on the history of war resistance. Together they explore resistance to specific wars (including the South African War, the First and Second World Wars, and Vietnam), the ideology and nature of resistance (national, ethical, political, spiritual), and organized activism against militarization (such as cadet training, the Cold War, and nuclear arms).

As the federal government continues to support the commemoration and celebration of Canada’s participation in past wars, this collection offers a timely response that explores the complexity of Canada’s position in times of war and the role of social movements in challenging the militarization of Canadian society.

Introduction to Gender Social Science Perspectives

2nd Edition

Jennifer Marchbank, Simon Fraser University
Canada and Gayle Letherby

Thoroughly updated in this second edition, Introduction to Gender offers
an interdisciplinary approach to the main themes and debates in gender studies. This comprehensive and contemporary text explores the idea of gender from the perspectives of history, sociology, social policy,
anthropology, psychology, politics, pedagogy and geography and considers issues such as health and illness, work, family, crime and violence, and
culture and media. Throughout the text, studies on masculinity are
highlighted alongside essential feminist work, producing an integrated
investigation of the field.

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Gender History: Canadian Perspectives

Willeen Keough and Lara Campbell

Combining primary and secondary sources with original discussions, Gender History examines the full range of gender experiences - past and present - beyond typical conceptions of masculinity and femininity. Addressing both the chronology and crucial themes of gender in Canada, this combination text/reader is an essential resource for understanding the evolution of the Canadian gender system.

Readership : Gender History: Canadian Perspectives is a core text for gender history courses, which are generally offered through history departments at Canadian universities in third or fourth year.

Oxford University Press

Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties

Lara A. Campbell, Dominique Clement, Gregory S. Kealey

Although the 1960s are overwhelmingly associated with student radicalism and the New Left, most Canadians witnessed the decade’s political, economic, and cultural turmoil from a different perspective. Debating Dissent dispels the myths and stereotypes associated with the 1960s by examining what this era’s transformations meant to diverse groups of Canadians – and not only protestors, youth, or the white middle-class.

With critical contributions from new and senior scholars, Debating Dissent integrates traditional conceptions of the 1960s as a ‘time apart’ within the broader framework of the ‘long-sixties’ and post-1945 Canada, and places Canada within a local, national, an international context. Cutting-edge essays in social, intellectual, and political history reflect a range of historical interpretation and explore such diverse topics as narcotics, the environment, education, workers, Aboriginal and Black activism, nationalism, Quebec, women, and bilingualism. Touching on the decade’s biggest issues, from changing cultural norms to the role of the state, Debating Dissent critically examines ideas of generational change and the sixties.

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (October 9, 2012)

Asian Immigrants in "Two Canadas"
Racialization, Marginalization and Deregulated Work

Habiba Zaman

Canada is experiencing a major demographic shift, with two-thirds of the population in major cities predicted to belong to racialized groups, particularly Asian newcomers, by 2031. But how are these immigrants faring in this new Canada? Employing the International Labour Organization’s concept of “basic security” and the voices of immigrants themselves, Asian Immigrants in “Two Canadas” demonstrates that their security — such as work, job, employment, and voice and representation — has been compromised in multi-dimensional ways. Changes to immigration policy and the neoliberal restructuring of the Employment Standards Act in British Columbia have led to further marginalization within the labour market and the creation of deregulated and hazardous workplaces — resulting in the emergence of “two Canadas” within the Canadian welfare state. Representing a diverse group of immigrants, this book demonstrates a shared experience of precariousness and insecurity — an experience that has led to a broad- based alliance of Asian immigrant workers aimed at addressing workplace security and rights.

Fernwood Publishing

Farewell My Concubine: A Queen Film Classic

Helen Hok-Sze Leung

Farewell My Concubine, one of three new QUEER FILM CLASSICS this fall, is a thought-provoking consideration of Chen Kaige's acclaimed 1992 Chinese film set in the mid-20th century abouttwo male Peking opera stars and the woman who comes between them, set against the political turmoil of a China in transition. The film's treatment of gender performance and homosexuality was a first in Chinese cinema, and the subject of much controversy there. The movie, which helped to bring contemporary Chinese films onto the world stage, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (the first Chinese film to do so), and was nominated for a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

This book, one of two new QFCs to focus on Asian queer cinema, places the film in its historical and cultural context while drawing on fresh insights from recent works on transgender and queer studies to provide readers with an intimate, provocative, and original look at the film.

Arsenal Pulp Press


Get that Freak - Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools

Brian Burtch, Rebecca Haskell

Bullying in schools has garnered significant attention recently, but despite this, little has been said about the occurrence of homophobic and transphobic bullying in Canadian high schools. Get That Freak fills that gap by exploring the experiences of bullying among youth who identify or are identified as queer. Through interviews with recent high school graduates in British Columbia, Haskell and Burtch share stories of physical, verbal and emotional harassment, and offer important insights into the negative outcomes that result from the experience of being bullied. Challenging the familiar image of these youth as helpless victims, this book also recognizes positive outcomes: moments of resistance, friendship and inner strength. Finally, the authors make recommendations for challenging homophobic and transphobic bullying in high schools and supporting students who experience this form of harassment.

Fernwood Publishing

Respectable Citizens:  Gender, Family, and Unemployment in Ontario's Great Depression

Lara Campbell

High unemployment rates, humiliating relief policy, and the spectre of eviction characterized the experiences of many Ontario families in the Great Depression. Respectable Citizens is an examination of the material difficulties and survival strategies of families facing poverty and unemployment, and an analysis of how collective action and protest redefined the meanings of welfare and citizenship in the 1930s.

Lara Campbell draws on diverse sources including newspapers, family and juvenile court records, premiers' papers, memoirs, and oral histories to uncover the ways in which the material workings of the family and the discursive category of "respectable" citizenship were invested with gendered obligations and Anglo-British identity. Respectable Citizens demonstrates how women and men represented themselves as entitled to make specific claims on the state, shedding new light on the cooperative and conflictiong relationships between men and women, parents and children, and citizen and state in 1930s Canada.

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Muslim Voices in School:  Narratives of Identity and Pluralism

Ozlem Sensory and Christropher Darius Stonebanks (Eds.)

Ozlem Sensoy is an Associate Faculty Member with the Department of Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Sensoy is the co-author of Muslim Voices in School, published by SensePublishers.

Historicising Gender and Sexuality

Kevin P. Murphy and Jennifer M. Spear (Eds.)

Jennifer Spear is an Associate Faculty Member with the Department of Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of History. Her research interests are early North American history; gender and sexuality; comparative colonization, slavery, and race.

Undercurrents: Queer Culture and Postcolonial Hong Kong

Helen Hok-Sze Leung

Undercurrents engages the critical rubric of “queer” to examine Hong Kong's screen and media culture during the transitional and immediate postcolonial period. Helen Hok-Sze Leung draws on theoretical insights from a range of disciplines to reveal parallels between the crisis and uncertainty of the territory’s postcolonial transition and the queer aspects of its cultural productions.

Leung explores Hong Kong cultural productions—cinema, fiction, popular music and subcultural projects—and argues that while there is no overt consolidation of gay and lesbian identities in Hong Kong culture, undercurrents of diverse and complex expressions of gender and sexual variance are widely in evidence.

Undercurrents uncovers a queer media culture that has been largely overlooked by critics in the West, and demonstrates the cultural vitality of Hong Kong amidst political transition. It will appeal to scholars and general readers interested in Asian studies, film and cultural studies, and sexuality and gender studies.

UBC Press

Public Policy for Women:  The State, Income Security, and Labour Market Issues

Marjorie Griffin Cohen and Jane Pulkingham (Eds.)

Containing essays from leading feminist academics, and social activists, Public Policy for Women addresses important public policy issues that fail to address women’s needs. The volume’s contributors pay particular attention to the relationship between the welfare state and vulnerable populations of women, while making substantial contributions to current public policy debates in Canada.

Focusing on discussions of controversial issues such as single working mothers, prostitution, mandatory retirement, guaranteed income, and work for welfare, these essays also consider the political and economic constraints that have been brought about by neo-liberal policy changes. Full of relevant policy critiques and original recommendations for improvement, Public Policy for Women readdresses often neglected subjects and concerns and makes informative appeals for public policy to address women’s needs.

University of Toronto Press

Breaking the Iron Wall:  Decommodificaiton and Immigrant Women's Labor in Canada

Habiba Zaman

In the latter half of the twentieth century, as immigrant-receiving countries such as Canada began competing to recruit the "most desirable" candidates, immigrants became commodified, their labor bought and sold for the benefit of national and global markets. By providing empirical as well as historical evidence, Habiba Zaman undertakes a rigorous analysis of immigrant women's commodification and the possibility of their decommodification in Canada. In order to present a comprehensive picture of commodification, this book uses empirical as well as historical evidence to explore the relationship between transnational migration and globalization, a relationship that sets the trajectory for immigrant women's commodification. Breaking the Iron Wall looks at the detailed lived experiences of immigrant women, expertly revealing the intersections of race, gender, and class and exposing the forces and processes of commodification in public and private spheres.

Lexington Books