Cultural Spaces

Cultural Spaces is an interdisciplinary book series that examines cultural practices and social relations through bold, new investigations of the contemporary world. Authors are invited to explore themes and subjects including, but not limited to: citizenship, indigeneity, migration, ecology, environment, violence, difference and desire. Studies may take the form of cultural, literary, visual, political, sociological, or ethnographic analyses.

General Editor: Jasmin Habib, University of Waterloo
Advisory Board: Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago; Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University; Hazel V. Carby, Yale University; Richard Day, Queen's University; Christopher Gittings, University of Western Ontario; Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina; Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto; Heather Murray, University of Toronto; Elspeth Probyn, University of Sydney; Rinaldo Walcott, OISE/University of Toronto.

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Israel, Diaspora, and the Routes of National Belonging, Second Edition
Israel, Diaspora, and the Routes of National Belonging, Second Edition
By Jasmin Habib

Israel, Diaspora, and the Routes Of National Belonging is a startlingly honest, theoretically rich, and detailed analysis of official tour narratives and tourist interactions at a range of Israeli archaeological, historical, and military sites.

Available Dec 2017
Classroom Action: Human Rights, Critical Activism, and Community-Based Education
Classroom Action: Human Rights, Critical Activism, and Community-Based Education
Edited by Ajay Heble

Building on the concept of a “teaching community,” Heble and his contributors explore what it might mean for teachers and students to reach outside the walls of the classroom and attempt to establish meaningful connections between the ideas and theories they have learned and the broader community beyond campus.

Published May 2017
The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art
The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art
By Claudette Lauzon

Building on the scholarship of key art historians and theorists such as Judith Butler and Mieke Bal, Claudette Lauzon embarks upon a transnational analysis of contemporary artists who challenge the assumption that ‘home’ is a stable site of belonging.

Published May 2017
National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Celine Dion
National Performance: Representing Quebec from Expo 67 to Celine Dion
By Erin Hurley

Winner of the Northeast Modern Language Association's Book Prize, National Performance is sophisticated yet accessible, seeking to enlarge the parameters of what counts as 'Quebecois' performance, while providing a thorough introduction to changing discourses of nation-ness in Quebec.

Published Feb 2017
Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation:
Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation:
By Kyle Conway

Kyle Conway’s textual analysis and in-depth research, including interviews from the show’s creator, executive producers, writers,  and CBC executives, reveals the many ways Muslims have and have not been integrated into North American television.

Published Feb 2017
The Mafia in Italian Lives and Literature: Life Sentences and Their Geographies
The Mafia in Italian Lives and Literature: Life Sentences and Their Geographies
By Robin Pickering-Iazzi

Pickering-Iazzi uses an array of cultural documents from 1990 to the present to examine the myths, values, codes of behaviour, and relationships produced by the Italian mafia through a wide cross-disciplinary lens.

Published Oct 2015
Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography
Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography
Edited by Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki

With contributions by both artists and scholars, Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography is a unique examination of visual autobiography’s involvement in the global cultural politics of health, disability, and the body.

Published Oct 2014
City Stages: Theatre and Urban Space in a Global City
City Stages: Theatre and Urban Space in a Global City
By Michael McKinnie

City Stages combines primary archival research with the scholarly literature emerging from both the humanities and social sciences.

Published Mar 2013
Defining the Modern Museum: A Case Study of the Challenges of Exchange
Defining the Modern Museum: A Case Study of the Challenges of Exchange
By Lianne McTavish

Shedding light on many topics of current interest, especially the commodification and globalization of museums, this study makes a lively contribution to museum studies and cultural studies.

Published Feb 2013
Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism
Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism
By Misao Dean

Inheriting a Canoe Paddle emphasizes the importance of self-consciously evaluating the meaning we give to canoes as objects and to canoeing as an activity.

Published Feb 2013