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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Nalini Persram

Media & Culture

University York University
Email persramn@yorku.ca
Phone Number

(416) 736-2100 ext. 46012

Office location

YCISS, 744 York Research Tower

Office Hours TBA

 

Education:


BA in Music (Regina); BA (Victoria); MA International Relations (East Anglia); PhD International Politics (Wales Aberystwyth).

Biography:
Nalini Persram is Associate Professor of Social and Political Thought in the Department of Social Science, and a member of the York Center for International and Security Studies. She is a member of the graduate programs in Communication and Culture, Humanities and Social and Political Thought. She has published in the areas of feminist theory, international political theory, Caribbean society and culture, and postcolonialism. Prior to her appointment at York University, she was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; she also taught, for a year, Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.

Research Interests:


Postcolonialism; empire and Western thought; subjectivity and survival; feminism; Caribbean culture and resistance (Guyana); and international political theory.

Selected Publications:


Postcolonialism and Political Theory, Nalini Persram (ed.) (Lexington Books, hb 2007, pb 2008)


Sovereignty and Subjectivity, Jenny Edkins, Nalini Persram, Véronique Pin-Fat (eds) (Lynne Rienner, 1999)


“The Clash and 'Civilisation': Representation, Rhetoric and Popular Legitimacy,” co-authored with Francesco Cavatorta and Shiera El-Malik, in Lise Garon (ed.), Et puis vint le 11 septembre... Remise en question de l'hypothèse du choc des civilisations (Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2003)


“wartimeviolence: pulping fictions of the subaltern,” in Vivienne Jabri and Eleanor O'Gorman (eds), Women, Culture and International Relations (Lynne Rienner, 1999)


“In my father's house are many mansions: the nation and postcolonial desire,” Heidi Safia Mirza (ed.), Black British Feminism: A Reader (London: Routledge, 1997)


Entry on "Subaltern" for SAGE'S Encyclopedia of Political Theory, forthcoming October 2009


“The Importance of Being Cultural: Nationalist Thought and Jagan’s Colonial World,” Small Axe: A (Caribbean) Journal of Criticism Special Issue: Guyana, The Present against the Past, #15 March 2004: 82-105


“The Attack on Iraq from a Postcolonial Perspective,” European Political Science War Symposium, no. 3.1, Autumn 2003: 13-18
http://www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr/publications/eps/onlineissues/autumn2003/feature/persram.htm
“Guerrillas, Games and Governmentality,” Small Axe: A (Caribbean) Journal of Criticism “Politics/Nation” Special Issue #10, September 2001: 21-40.


“Politicizing the Féminine, Globalizing the Feminist,” Alternatives 19(3), 1994: 275-313.

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan