Women & Gender Studies Institute

Dina Georgis Undergraduate Coordinator

M.A. (Philosophy of Education, OISE); Ph.D. (Women’s Studies, York University)

phone : 416-978-4671

office : 2027

email : dina.georgis@utoronto.ca

Dina Georgis’ work is situated in the fields of postcolonial and sexuality studies. She draws on psychoanalytic concepts to think through how expressive and political cultures are responses to the queer affective remains of the past. Her book, The Better Story: Queer Affects from the Middle East (SUNY, 2013) considers the emotional dynamics of political conflict, the stories and subjectivities they produce, and what it means to make an ethical relationship to conflict. She has also published essays on memory and  the Lebanese civil war and, separately, on queer Arab ontologies. In collaboration with Dr Sara Matthews (WLU) and artist duo Bambitchell (Toronto), she is presently working on a project supported by SSHRC Development Research Creation entitled “Surveillant Subjectivities: Youth Cultures, Art and Affect.”

She supervises graduate students in the following areas: Postcolonial Studies, Affect Studies, Queer Theory, Psychoanalysis, Aesthetic Expression, Trauma and War, Memory Studies.

 Present Research

My project, The Aesthetic Archive of War,  examines the works of a group of war generation avant-garde Lebanese artists who have been prolifically archiving the war. Walid Raad, Jalal Toufic, Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige, Lamia Joreige,  Akram Zaatari, and Rabih Mroué are among the artists who have contributed to this body of work. In common to many of these artists is a concern with the limits of memory in representing the civil war. This preoccupation is a response to the absence of official memory cultures in addressing the war’s imprint on the present. Interested in both creatively and critically thinking about representation, they have made a practice of unearthing and salvaging the forgotten or queer remains or what’s leftbehind in the aftermath of war. Memory is represented as fragmented, ghostly, contested, unreliable, obfuscated and fictitious. The body of work they have produced is ambiguous and invites a thoughtful  engagement with the political history of Lebanon.

Monograph

Georgis, Dina. The Better Story:  Queer Affects from the Middle East (SUNY, March 2013)

Co-Edited Journal Issues

Georgis, Dina, Sara Matthews, James Penney, eds. 2015.The Freudian Legacy (Canadian Network of Psychoanalysis and Culture), Volume 1.

Georgis, Dina, McKittrick, Katherine and Walcott, Rinaldo, eds. 2015. No Language is Neutral: Writing on Dionne Brand, TOPIA, Issue 34.

Matthews, Sara, Salah, Trish and Georgis, Dina. Special Issue on Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your KneesCanadian Review of American Studies. Volume 35, Number 2, 2005.

Referred Articles

Georgis, Dina. “Discarded Histories, Queer Affects and the Adjectives of Pain in Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality (forthcoming Vol 15, 2, 2014).

Georgis, Dina. “Affective Postcolonialities: Love and Devastation in Dionne Brand’s Toronto.” In Dina Georgis, Katherine McKittrick and Rinaldo Walcott (eds), No Language is Neutral: Writing on Dionne Brand (TOPIA, forthcoming 2014).

Georgis, Dina. 2013. “The Living Archive and Delivering the Human in War in Rabih Mroué’s Make Me Stop Smoking.” Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. 18: 242–258.

Georgis, Dina. 2013. “Thinking Past Pride: Queer Arab Shame in Bareed Mista3jil.” International Journal of Middle East Studies. 45: 233-251.

Georgis, Dina, “Masculinities and the Aesthetics of Love: Reading Terrorism in De Niro’s Game and Paradise Now,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality. 12: 134–148, 2011.

Georgis, Dina, “What Does the Tree Remember? The Politics of Telling Stories.” TOPIA. 25 (2011): 222-229.

Georgis, Dina. “Bearing Cancer in Graphic Memoir.” Canadian Women Studies. 28 (2/3) (2011): 105- 109.

Georgis, Dina, “Moving Past Ressentiment: War and the State of Feminist Freedom.” Topia. 20: 109-127, 2008.

Georgis, Dina, “The Perils of Belonging and Cosmopolitan Optimism: An Affective Reading of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict.”Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. 12: 242-259, 2007.

Georgis, Dina, and Kennedy, RM, “Touched By Injury: Toward an Education Theory of Anti-Racist Humanism” Education and Ethics. 4 (1): 19-30, 2009.

Georgis, Dina, “Cultures of Expulsion: Memory, Longing, and the Queer Space of Diaspora.” New Dawn: The Journal of Black Canadian Studies. 1.1: 4-27, 2006.

Georgis, Dina, “Hearing the Better Story: Learning and the Aesthetics of Loss and Expulsion.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies.28: 1-14, 2006.

Georgis, Dina, “Falling for Jazz: Desire, Dissonance and Inter-racial Dialogue. Canadian Review of American Studies.35.2: 215-229, 2005.

Other Scholarly Articles

Georgis, Dina. 2012. “Terrorizing Masculinities and Ambivalent Responses in Wajdi Mouawad’s Scorched.” InJean Said Makdisi, Noha Bayoumi, and Rafif Sidawi’s Arab Feminism: A Critical Perspective (forthcoming in English).

Georgis, Dina. 2012. “Terrorizing Masculinities and Ambivalent Responses in Wajdi Mouawad’s Scorched.” InJean Said Makdisi, Noha Bayoumi, and Rafif Sidawi’s Arab Feminism: A Critical Perspective, 295-304. Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies in Beirut (in Arabic).

Georgis, Dina and Mitchell, Alexis. 2012. “If the Record Could Change.” No More Potlucks. 22 (Jul/Aug).

Georgis, Dina. 2012. “Loss and its Sign: reflections on Vicky Moufawad-Paul’s Videography.” In Pam Patterson’s (ed.) Border Crossings: An “Erotic” Affair? 9-12. Toronto: WIAProjects.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Georgis, Dina. 2016. “Akram Zaatari’s Queer Radical Hope: On Being a Curious Archivist/Artist” Free Associations Issue 68 (Spring): 1-25.

Georgis, Dina. 2015. “Affective Postcolonialities: Love and Devastation in Dionne Brand’s Toronto.” In Dina Georgis, Katherine McKittrick and Rinaldo Walcott (eds), No Language is Neutral: Writing on Dionne Brand. TOPIA, Issue 34: 63-74.

Georgis, Dina. 2015. “A Muffled Scream: Queer Affects in Abdellah Taia’s Salvation ArmyKohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research. Vol.1 (2): 56-65 (in English and Arabic).

Georgis, Dina. 2015. “The Aesthetic Archive and Lamia Joreige’s Objects of War.” In Dina Georgis, Sara Matthews, James Penney (eds), The Freudian Legacy (Canadian Network of Psychoanalysis). Vol.1: 46-61.

  • Race, Gender and Class in Popular Culture (WGS 271)
  • Queer Cultures (WGS 272)
  • Masculinities and the Human in the age of Terror (WGS 350)
  • Theories, Histories, Feminisms (WGS 1000)
  • PhD Directed Reading Course with Hannah Dyer on Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • MA Directed Reading Course with Cris Renna on Queer Theory
  • Making Knowledge (WGS 360)
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