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Beenash Jafri

Assistant Professor, Cinema
Faculty Fellow, Simone de Beauvoir Institute & Womens Studies

Office: S-FB 413-1 
Faubourg Building,
1250 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4663

Beenash Jafri's work interrogates the fraught intersections of race, Indigeneity, settler colonialism, and sexuality through film and cultural criticism. She is currently at work on two projects. The first, Diasporic Cowboys: Cinematic Entanglements of Race and Settler Colonialism, engages relational frameworks to examine how colonial fantasies structured by normative sexualities frame representations of Black and Asian diasporic cowboys. Through filmic, visual, and literary analysis, Diasporic Cowboys assesses the diverse strategies used by diasporic artists who insert Black and Asian characters into the western, the preeminent genre of U.S. colonialism and imperialism. The second project--currently in its early stages--considers how suicide narratives by feminist, queer and trans of color artists imagine the vexed futurities that are possible in the wake of white settler colonialism, capitalism and antiblackness. 

Her writing appears or is forthcoming in venues such as GLQLateral:Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Cultural Studies⇔ Critical Methodologies, Settler Colonial Studies, American Indian Culture & Research Journal, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, The Settler Complex: Recuperating Binarism in Colonial Studies (UCLA American Indian Studies Press, ed. Patrick Wolfe) and Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous-Non-Indigenous Relationships (UToronto Press, ed. L. Davis). 

Research and Teaching Interests

critical race and ethnic studies; relational theory and critique; settler colonialism and decolonization; queer studies (esp queer of color critique); Black, Indigenous, and women of color feminisms; diasporic film and media; representations of structural violence.


PhD, Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies, York University

Teaching activities

FMST 392 Queer Cinema I

FMST 410-AA Seminar in Gender, Sexuality and Media

FMST 635/835 Topics in Aesthetics or Cultural Theory: Queer of Colour Film and Media


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

(Forthcoming) Reframing Suicide: Queer Indigenous and Diasporic Imaginaries. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.

2020 Refusal/Film: Diasporic-Indigenous RelationalitiesSettler Colonial Studies 10(1): 110-125.

2017    Black Representations of Settlement on Film: Thomasine and BushrodCultural Studies <-->Critical Methodologies 17(1): 50-59.


2013   Desire, Settler Colonialism and the Racialized Cowboy. American Indian Culture and Research  Journal 37(2): 73-86.

2016. Desire, Settler Colonialism and the Racialized Cowboy. The Settler Complex: Recuperating Binarism in Colonial Studies. Ed. Patrick Wolfe. Los Angeles: UCLA American Indian Studies Center Press. 117-132. 


2012   National Identity, Transnational Whiteness, and the Canadian Citizenship Guide. Critical  Race and Whiteness Studies8(1): 1-15. 

Book Chapters, Essays, and Reviews (Selected)

(Forthcoming)   Keyword: Settler Colonialism. Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies II. Eds Anne Braithwaite and Catherine Orr. New York: Routledge


2017    Intellectuals Outside the Academy: Interviews with Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Steven Salaita and Leanne Betasamosake SimpsonSocial Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order. 44 (4): 119-131.


2017    Not Your Indian Eco-Princess: Indigenous Women’s Resistance to Environmental Degradation. Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches. Eds. L. Ayu Saraswati, Barbara Shaw and Heather Rellihan. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 559-64.


2017    Ongoing Colonial Violence in Settler States. Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association 6(2): np. 


2017    Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism by Iyko Day (review). Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal 4(1): 100-101


2012   Privilege vs. Complicity: People of Colour and Settler Colonialism. FedCan Equity Matters Blog. Ed. Malinda Smith. Ottawa: Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 21stMarch. 

2010   Indigenous Solidarity in an Anti-Racism Context? A Case Study of the National Secretariat Against Hate and Racism in CanadaAlliances:  Re/Envisioning Indigenous-Non-Indigenous Relationships. Ed. Lynne Davis. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 256-275.


Selected Professional activities

Book Reviews Co-Editor, Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, 2018-


Board Member, Critical Ethnic Studies Association, 2016-19

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