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Dr. Nalini Mohabir

Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Dr. Nalini Mohabir
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Nalini Mohabir is an associate professor in the department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at Concordia University. She teaches in the fields of feminist and postcolonial migration geographies, and her research is primarily in the field of Caribbean studies, with a focus on indentureship. She has published articles in various publications including Small Axe, Habitat International, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, and Interventions. She has been working with long-time collaborator Ronald Cummings (McMaster University), on a series of publications about the Sir George Williams "Affair"  including the edited collection, The Fire That Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation (Montreal: Black Rose, 2021), a special issue of Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (March 2022) on the legacies of the 1969 Sir George Williams student protests, and an upcoming anthology (with Ronald Cummings and Christiana Abraham) on the visualities of the protest.

I welcome enquiries from potential graduate students interested in Caribbean studies, geo-humanities, diaspora, and/or postcolonial/anti-colonial/decolonial studies.

Teaching activities

GEOG 418 Postcolonial Geographies

GEOG 485  Feminist Geographies: Bodies & Borders

GEOG 310  Refugees and Forced Migration in Today’s World

GEOG 209 Geography/Selected Region (Caribbean)

Selected Publications

Mohabir, Nalini. "Heidi McKenzie, Reclaimed: Indo-Caribbean Herstories." Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas. 9.23 (2024): 151-156.

Mohabir, Nalini. "In the registers of Coolitude: Speaking through speechlessness, interpreting inscriptions." Journal for the Study of Indentureship and its Legacies 3, no. 1 (2023): 14-36.

Jasor, Oceane; Cummings, Ronald; Mohabir, Nalini; Abraham, Christiana. "Towards a Post-Apologetic University." Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 47 (2023): 234-244.

Gosine, Andil & Nalini Mohabir. "Afterlives of Indenture" Wasafiri, 37:2 (2022), 1-3.

Cummings, R., Kellough, K., & Mohabir, N. "Kamau Brathwaite and the remix engine." Journal of West Indian Literature, 30,2 (2022): 1-23. 

Mohabir, Nalini. The Blue Clerk and A Map to the Door of No Return: Indentured Returns from the Left Side. sx salon 8 & 39. February 2022.

Ronald Cummings and Nalini Mohabir (Eds.) The Fire That Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2021.

Donnell, Alison and Nalini Mohabir. "Writing of and for a Revolution." Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1970-2020. (Eds. Ronald Cummings and Alison Donnell). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Cummings, Ronald and Nalini Mohabir. "On the Poetics of a Protest: Literature and the Sir George Williams University Protest." SX Salon, February 2020.

Mohabir, Nalini. "Kala Pani: Aesthetic Deathscapes and the Flow of Water after Indenture." Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas 5.3 (2019): 293-314.

Mohabir, Nalini. "Picturing an Afterlife of Indenture." Small Axe 21.2 53 (2017): 81-93.

Current Graduate Students

Sunjay Mathuria (PhD)
Richie Daly (PhD)
Pramila Choudhary (PhD)
Tesfa Peterson (PhD)

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