Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies
Trish Salah

Trish Salah

Associate Professor in Gender Studies

Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D510
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext.77091
Research interests: Transgender theory, literature and cultural production, psychoanalysis and the psychoanalysis of race and culture, postcolonial literature and theory

Trish Salah’s research is focused in the areas of transgender literature, theory and cultural production, postcolonial literature and theory, as well on psychoanalysis and the psychoanalysis of race and culture. Her current projects are Towards a Trans Minor Literature, an inquiry into the aesthetic and political projects of trans, transsexual, genderqueer and two-spirit writers, and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 2, a poetic exploration of colonial sexologies and phantasies of place based sexuality.

Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, investigated the inscription of diasporic trans and queer subjectivities and the social, rhetorical and desiring labour of minority community formation. Her second book, Lyric Sexology Vol. 1, employs the lyric as a lens to read transgender fantasies encoded in feminist, autobiographical, anthropological, sexological and psychoanalytic archives. Research and supervision areas include: postcolonial, feminist, and sexual minority literatures, transnational transgender cultural production, psychoanalysis and affect theory, sex work, trans studies, and un/popular culture.


Lyric Sexology: Volume I. New York, NY: Roof Books, 2014. (2nd Edition. Montreal: Metonymy Press, 2017.)

Wanting in Arabic: Poems. 2nd Edition. Toronto: Tsar Publications, 2013. (2nd Edition. Toronto: Tsar Publications, 2013.)

Edited Volumes

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. “Special Issue on Trans* Cultural Production.” Co-edited with Julian Carter and David Getsy. 1.4 (Dec. 2014).

Canadian Review of American Studies. “Special Issue on Anne Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees.” Co-edited with Sara Matthews and Dina Georgis. 35.2 (2005).

Scholarly Articles

“Returning to Schreber: Trans Literature as Psychoanalysis.” Current Critical Debates in the Field of Transsexual Studies. Oren Gozlan, ed. New York: Routledge, 2018: 169-180.

“What Does Tiresias Want?” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 4.4 (Fall 2017): 632-638.

“‘Time Isn’t After Us’: Some Tiresian Durations.” Somatechnics 7.1 (March 2017): 16-33.

 “Reflections on Trans Organizing, Trade Unionism and Radical Communities.” Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader. D. Irving and R. Raj, eds. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2014: 149-167.

“Introduction.” with Julian Carter and David Getsy. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. 1.4. Ed. Julian Carter, David Getsy and Trish Salah. (2014): 469-481.

“Notes on the Subaltern.” TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. “Inaugural Issue: Keywords for Trans* Studies.” 1.1-2 (2014): 297-305.

“From Fans to Activists: Popular Feminism enlists in ‘The War on Terror’.” Muslim Women, Transnational Feminism and the Ethics of Pedagogy: Contested Imaginaries in post-9/11 Cultural Practice. Lisa Taylor and Jasmin Zine, eds. Routledge, 2014: 152-71.

“Working for Change: Sex Workers in the Union Struggle.” with J. Clamen and K. Gillies. Selling Sex: Canadian Academics, Advocates and Sex Workers in Dialogue. Emily van der Meulen, et al. eds. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2013: 113-129.

Prose and Poetry in Journals and Anthologies

“guileless,” Arc Poetry Magazine. 89 (Summer 2019)

“provocations,” “Turning Looks (twice removed)” and femme for femme,Femmescapes. 5 August 2019 

“Vaults then.” Thirteen: New Collected Poems from LGBTQI2S Writers in Canada. Writer’s Union of Canada. (2019)

“Play Animals.” Cordite Poetry Review. 88 (2019)

 “Currently in stock,” “Changes to section six,” and “Palm Reading.” Action, Spectacle 1.1 (2018)

“What I remember.” Prism International 57.1 (2018) (2 pages).

 “Dragging Badly Behind” and “Femmesub.” Anomaly 26 (Winter 2018) (5 pages). Web.

“Poem for Suhair Hammad.” Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. Edited by Danielle Barnhart and Iris Mahan. New York: Or Books, 2018: 151-152.

“Croesus, at least in name,” “Ripple, Angel Quake,” “Subclinical Routine #11” Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. 22.1 (2017): 11-13, 85-86, 155-158.

 “It Can Grow!!!” Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. Edited by Casey Plett and Cat Fitzpatrick. New York: Topside Press, 2017: 62-71.

 “Third Meaning, 3rd” Vetch: a magazine of Trans poetry and poetics. 3 (Fall 2016): 17-20.

“Halving and Being” Sinister Wisdom. 101 (Summer 2016): 58-63.