Women & Gender Studies Institute

Rinaldo Walcott Director

phone : 416-946-5383

office : 2033

email : rinaldo.walcott@utoronto.ca

Professor Rinaldo Walcott is the Director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute.  As an interdisciplinary scholar Rinaldo has published on music, literature, film and theater and policy among other topics. All of Rinaldo’s research is founded in a philosophical orientation that is concerned with the ways in which coloniality shapes human relations across social and cultural time. Rinaldo is the author of Black Like Who: Writing Black Canada (Insomniac Press, 1997 with a second revised edition in 2003); he is also the editor of Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (Insomniac, 2000); and the Co-editor with Roy Moodley of Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemment Vontress in Clinical Practice (University of Toronto Press, 2010). In all of Rinaldo’s research and publication he focuses on Black cultural politics; histories of colonialism in the Americas, multiculturalism, citizenship, and diaspora; gender and sexuality; and social, cultural and public policy.

Rinaldo’s research area is a broad one encompassing the general area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies with an emphasis on queer sexualities, masculinity and cultural politics. A secondary research area is multicultural and transnational debates with an emphasis on nation, citizenship and coloniality.

Recent Publications
(2014) “The Problem of the Human: Black Ontologies and “the Coloniality of Our Being””. Postcoloniality – Declononiality – Black Critique: Joints and Fissures. S. Broeck and C. Junker (Ed.). Campus Verlag: Franfurt, p. 93-105.

(2014) “Unraveling the Modern: Sabine Broeck’s Assault on Europe”. Plotting Against Modernity: Critical Interventions in Race and Gender. K. Esders, E. Hartel and C. Junker (Ed.). Ulrike Helmer Verlag: Germany, p.74-77.

(2014) “Spoken Word and Afrodiasporic Performances of Race Memory”. AfroFictional In[Ter]Ventions: Revisiting The BIGSAS Festival of African(-Diasporic) Literatures, Bayreuth 2011-2013. S. Arndt and N. Ofuatey-Alazard (Ed.). Edition Assemblage: Munster, p. 59-66.

(2014) “Shame: A Polemic”. CLR James Journal, 20:1-2, Fall, 265-279.

(2013) “Black Queer Studies, Freedom, and Other Human Possibilities”. Understanding Blackness Through Performance. A. Crémieux, X. Lemoine and J. Rocchi (Ed.). Palgrave McMillan, New York, p. 143-157.

(2013) “Boyfriends with Clits and Girlfriends with Dicks: Hip Hop’s Queer Future”. Palimpsest: A Journal of Women, Gender and The Black International, Vol. 2, Issue 2, p.168-173.

(2013) “Love as Distraction: Canadians, Obama, and African-Canadian Political Invisibility”. The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in the 21st Century. D. Sharma and U. Gielen (Ed.). Routledge, New York, p.117-122.

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