Dina Georgis

Associate Professor (on leave July 1 – Dec. 31 2021)

Cross Appointments: Nominal Appointment in Social Justice Education @ OISE

Email: dina.georgis@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-978-4671
Office: NC WI 2027

Areas of Interest

  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Affect Studies
  • Queer Theory
  • Psychoanalysis

Presently working on a project provisionally entitled Play and Political Reparation. This work thinks about the capacity for play and creation, understood through the psychoanalytic works of D.W. Winnicott and Melanie Klein on children, to express “radical hope” (Lear, 2008). It is a project that imagines cultural shifts through the actions and gestures of the unconscious. The context of this exploration is the Middle East.  

“Surveillant Subjectivities: Youth Cultures, Art and Affect” (Sara Matthews, co-investigator), supported by SSHRC Development Research Creation project is an exhibition based project that engaged youth in aesthetic encounters aimed at thinking about how engagement with art can offer knowledge otherwise difficult to reach via interview-based research methods. The primary question asked is what does surveillance feel like – what is its affective life? 

I supervise student projects in the following areas: Aesthetic Expression; Trauma, War and Art;  Arab Sexualities; Trans Studies; Middle East Literature and Culture; Psychoanalytically informed work. 


My work is situated in the fields of postcolonial and sexuality studies. I draw on psychoanalytic concepts to conceptualize how expressive and political cultures are responses to affective intensities. My 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. I’ve published essays on aesthetics, memory and the Lebanese civil war and on queer Arab ontologies. My work can be found in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Studies in Gender and Sexuality and in International Journal of Middle East Studies. In collaboration with Dr Sara Matthews (WLU) I am completing a project supported by SSHRC Development Research Creation entitled “Surveillant Subjectivities: Youth Cultures, Art and Affect.”  


PhD, York University, 2003 

MA, OISE, University of Toronto, 1995 

B.A., York University, 1989 

Selected Publications


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


Co-Edited Scholarly Works 

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

Georgis, Dina, Sara Matthews, James Penney, eds. 2015.The Freudian Legacy (Canadian Network of Psychoanalysis and Culture), Volume 1. https://cnpcrcpc.com/cnpc-1-the-freudian-legacy-today-2015/ 


Select Refereed Journal Articles  

Georgis, Dina. 2019. Freud, Fanon and the Difference that Desire Makes. 2019. Ed Beyhan Farhadi and David Seitz. Emotion, Space and Society. Vol 31(May): 105-107.  

Dyer, Hannah and Georgis, Dina. 2017.Play Interrupted: Love Amidst Difficult Futures for the Children of Gaza.” Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies. DOI: 10.1080/10714413.2017.1372973  

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

Georgis, Dina. 2014. “Discarded Histories, Queer Affects and the Adjectives of Pain in Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red. Studies in Gender and Sexuality Vol 15( 2): 154-166. 

Georgis, Dina. 2013. Thinking Past Pride: Queer Arab Shame in Bareed Mista3jil.” International Journal of Middle East Studies. 45 (2): 233-251.   

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

Georgis, Dina. 2006. Cultures of Expulsion: Memory, Longing, and the Queer Space of Diaspora. New Dawn: The Journal of Black Canadian Studies. 1(1): 4-27 


Undergraduate Courses:

WGS 360: Making Knowledge in a World that Matters

WGS 376: Studies in Queer and Trans

WGS ___: Psychoanalysis and Race 

Graduate Courses:

WGS 1023: Aesthetic Creation and Radical Hope