Faculty Profiles

Jin Haritaworn

Associate Professor
PhD (Sociology) - London South Bank University
MA (Gender & Ethnic Studies) - Greenwich University
BA (Thai & Development Studies) - SOAS, London University

Areas of Academic Interest

  • Transnational race, gender and sexuality studies

  • Feminist/queer/trans of colour theories and activisms

  • Urban and environmental justice

  • Queer gentrification

  • Criminalization

  • Pathologization

  • Violence

  • Affect

  • Biopolitics and necropolitics

  • Sociology and cultural studies

Major research projects

Jin locates their research and teaching in a tradition of activist scholarship. In this tradition, we attempt to put our energies and resources in service of the communities we are allied to. We seek to divest from the competitive, hierarchical, individualistic and exploitative values of the neoliberal University, while also sharing tools to survive and build community in it. 

Jin’s research deals with landscapes that are shaped by racial and colonial capitalism. There, celebration and incorporation exist alongside pathologization and criminalization. For example, in their first two books, Ambivalent Desires and Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, Jin explores the new desirability of certain mixed-race and LGBT subjects in a context of war on terror and the neoliberal city in London and Berlin. 

Much of Jin’s research is collaborative. Their current projects, Marvellous Grounds and Taking Space, Making Space, on trans and queer of colour maps and archives in Toronto, are conducted in collaboration with several current and former York and FES students, including Rio Rodriguez, Syrus Marcus Ware, Ghaida Moussa, Alvis Choi and Amandeep Kaur Panag. In a similar spirit of collaboration, Jin co-organized the 2015 Critical Ethnic Studies conference as part of a collective of York faculty and students and community members.

Jin’s research has received several awards, including the York University Research Leader Award, the Early Researcher Award, a SSHRC IDG, an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship and a University of California Humanities Research Institute fellowship.

 

Selected Publications

MONOGRAPHS

(2015), Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places, London: Pluto.

(2012), The Biopolitics of Mixing: Thai Multiracialities and Haunted Ascendancies, Aldershot: Ashgate.

EDITED COLLECTIONS

(2014), Queer Necropolitics, London/New York: Routledge (edited with Adi Kuntsman and Silvia Posocco).

(2013), ‘Murderous Inclusions’, special issue in International Journal of Feminist Politics 15(4), December 2013 (edited with Silvia Posocco and Adi Kuntsman).

(2012), ‘Women’s rights, gay rights and anti-Muslim racism in Europe’, special focus in European Journal of Women’s Studies 19(1/2), 2012.

(2006), ‘Polyamory and Non-Monogamies’, special issue in Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society9(5) (edited with Christian Klesse and Chin-Ju Lin).

KEYNOTES AND PLENARIES

(2016), Keynote at Gender Research Conference g16: The National Gender Studies conference of Sweden, Linköping University, Sweden (23-25 November).

(2016), Keynote at English Graduate Studies Association, York University (13 May).

(2016), Plenary at Trans Temporality, with the Marvellous Grounds collective, University of Toronto, 1 April).

(2015), Keynote at Transgender Studies, Turku University, Finland, 29-30 October.

(2015), Keynote at Conference for Graduate Student Research, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester, 19-20 March.

(2014), Keynote at Queer Migrations: Homeland Insecurities, Violence and Belonging, Tucson, Arizona, 30-31 October.

(2014), Plenary at Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies (R.A.C.E.), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 17 October.

(2014), Plenary at National Association of Ethnic Studies, 42nd Annual Conference, Mills College, Oakland CA, 3-5 April.

(2013), Keynote at Wandel und Kontinuität heteronormativer Geschlechterverhältnisse (Change and continuity of heteronormative gender relations), German Society for Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies Section, Hamburg University, 14-16 November.

(2013), Plenary at Critical Ethnic Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago, 19-21 September.

(2013), Plenary at Compelling Diversities, Educational Intersections: Policy, Practice, Parity, Gender and Education Association's biennial conference, London South Bank University, UK, 23-26 April.

(2012), Keynote at Race and Whiteness, Multicultural Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, 15-16 November.

(2012), Plenary at Decolonize the City, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Berlin, 21-23 September.

(2011), Keynote at LGBT/Queer Studies: Toward Trans/national Scholarly and Activist Kinships: An International Conference, Syracuse University Madrid, Spain, 3-5 July.

(2010), Keynote at Queer in the Limelight, Åbo Akademi, Turku Finland, 8-10 October.

(2010), Keynote at Reinstating Transgression: Emerging Political Economics of Queer Space, American University, Washington D.C., 17-18 April.

JOURNAL ARTICLES (selection)

(2015), ‘Queer of Colour Formations and Translocal Spaces in Europe’, with Paola Bacchetta and Fatima El-Tayeb, Society and Space 5 (October issue).

(2015), ‘Decolonizing the Nonhuman’, in M. Chen and D. Luciano (eds), special issue on Queer Inhumanisms in Gays and Lesbians Quarterly 21(2/3): 210-213.

(2015), ‘Über die (Un-)Möglichkeit, die Bezie­hung zwischen Kolonialität, Urbanität und Sexualität zu thematisieren’, suburban 3(1): 111-118.

(2013), ‘Beyond Hate: Queer Metonymies of Crime, Pathology and Anti-Violence’, special issue ‘Rethinking Queer Sexualities, Law and Cultural Economies of Desire’ in Jindal Global Law Review4(2): 44-78 (reprinted and translated into Portuguese).

(2011), ‘Queer Injuries: The Racial Politics of Homophobic “Hate Crimes” in Germany’, special issue on sexuality, criminalization and social control, Social Justice 37(1): 69-89.

(2011), ‘Queer Anti-Racist Activism and Strategies of Critique: A Roundtable Discussion’, special issue on Queer Liabilities of Queer Anti-Racist Critique in Feminist Legal Studies 19(2): 169-191 (with Tamsila Tauqir, Jennifer Petzen, Sokari Ekine and Sarah Bracke).

(2009), ‘“Caucasian and Thai make a good mix”: Gender, ambivalence and the “mixed-race” body,’European Journal of Cultural Studies 12(1): 59-78.

(2009), ‘Hybrid border crossers? Towards a radical socialisation of “Mixed Race”,’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35(1): 115-132.

(2008), ‘Loyal Repetitions of the Nation: Gay Assimilation and the ‘War on Terror,’ DarkMatter, No. 3: Special Issue on Postcolonial Sexuality.

(2008), ‘Shifting Positionalities: Reflections on a Queer/Trans of Colour Methodology,’ Sociological Research Online 13(1).

(2008), ‘Masculinités queer, trans et post trans: les rejetons du féminisme, Interview with Carine Bœuf, Morty Diamond, Jin Haritaworn, Vincent He-say, Jean Bobby Noble and Stephen Whittle,’Cahiers du Genre No. 45, special issue edited by M.-H. Bourcier and P. Molinier, 85-124.

(2007), ‘Beautiful beasts: Ambivalence and distinction in the gender identity negotiations of multiracialised women of Thai descent,’ Women’s Studies International Forum 30(5): 391-403.

(2007), ‘Internationalismus oder Imperialismus? Feministische und schwullesbische Stimmen im „Krieg gegen den Terror“,’ special celebratory issue on International Feminisms, Frauensolidarität No. 100: 8-9 (with Jennifer Petzen, Esra Erdem and Tamsila Tauqir).

(2006), ‘Poly/logue: A Critical Introduction to Polyamory,’ Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society 9(5): 515-529 (with Chin-ju Lin and Christian Klesse).

(2005), ‘Am Anfang war Audre Lorde. Weißsein und Machtvermeidung in der queeren Ursprungsgeschichte’ (In the Beginning, there was Audre Lorde: Whiteness and Power Evasion in Queer Historiography,‘ Femina Politica 14(1): 23-36.

BOOK CHAPTERS

(Forthcoming), ‘Queere Liebe und rassifizierter Hass: Transnormativität und andere queere Regenerierungen’, in Vivar, María Teresa Herrera, Rostock, Petra, Schirmer, Uta and Wagels, Karen (eds.), Wandel und Kontinuität heteronormativer Geschlechterverhältnisse, Westfälisches Dampfboot.

(Forthcoming), ‘Queer-of-Colour-Politik und städtische Gerechtigkeit’, in Azarmandi, Mahdis, Ha, Noa and Zablotsky, Veronika (eds.), Decolonize the City! Dekoloniale Perspektiven auf die neoliberale Stadt (Decolonial perspectives on the neoliberal city), Münster: Unrast-Verlag (with Paola Bacchetta and Fatima El-Tayeb).

(2016), ‘Beyond Hate: Queer Metonymies of Crime, Pathology and Anti-Violence’, in Elia, Nada et al. (eds.), Critical Ethnic Studies, Durham: Duke University Press.

(2016), ‘What’s Love Got to Do with it?’, in El, Meral and Fereidooni, Karim (eds.), (Trans-)Nationale Rassismuskritik: Interdependenz rassistischer Phänomene und Widerstandsformen, Hamburg: Springer VS.

(2014) [2011], ‘Invented Traditions, New Intimate Publics: Tracing the German “Muslim Homophobia” Discourse’, in C. Flood, S. Hutchings, Galina Miazhevich and Henri Nickels (eds.), Islam in its International Context: Comparative Perspectives, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press (with Jennifer Petzen) (reprinted in K. Yılmaz-Günay (ed.) (2014), Karriere eines konstruierten Gegensatzes: Zehn Jahre „Muslime versus Schwule“: Sexualpolitiken seit dem 11. September 2001, Münster: Edition Assemblage).

(2014) [2007], ‘Queer-Imperialismus: Eine Intervention in die Debatte über “muslimische Homophobie”,’ in K.N. Ha, N.L. al-Samarai and S. Mysorekar (eds.), Re/Visionen: Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People of Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und Widerstand in Deutschland, Münster: Unrast (with Tamsila Tauqir and Esra Erdem, first author) (reprinted in K. Yılmaz-Günay (ed.) (2014), Karriere eines konstruierten Gegensatzes: Zehn Jahre „Muslime versus Schwule“: Sexualpolitiken seit dem 11. September 2001, Münster: Edition Assemblage).

(2013) [2011], ‘Reckoning with prostitutes: Performing Thai femininity,’ in R. Gill and C. Scharff (eds.), Postfeminism, Neoliberalism and Subjectivity, Basingstoke: Palgrave (2nd edition).

(2013), ‘Trans Necropolitics’, in A. Aizura and S. Stryker (eds.), Transgender Studies Reader Vol. II, New York: Routledge (with Riley Snorton).

(2012), ‘Globalizing Sexualities’, in G. Ritzer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Globalization, Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, n.p. (with Sandeep Bakshi, Adi Kuntsman and Jennifer Petzen).

(2011), ‘Colorful Bodies in the Multikulti Metropolis: Vitality, Victimology and Transgressive Citizenship in Berlin’, in T. Cotton (ed.), Trans-Migrations: Bodies, Borders, and the (Geo)politics of Gender Trans-ing, New York: Routledge.

(2011), ‘There Are Many Transatlantics: Homonationalism, Homotransnationalism and Feminist-Queer-Trans of Color Theories and Practices’, in K. Davis and M. Evans (eds.), Transatlantic Conversations: Feminism as Traveling Theory, Aldershot: Ashgate (with Paola Bacchetta, translated into Italian).

(2010), ‘Wounded subjects: Sexual exceptionalism and the moral panic on “migrant homophobia” in Germany,’ in M. Boatca, S. Costa and E. Gutierrez Rodriguez (eds.) Decolonising European Sociology, Aldershot: Ashgate.

(2010), ‘Sexualising the “War on Terror”: Queerness, Islamophobia and globalised Orientalism,’ in Sayyid, S. and Abdoolkarim, V. (eds.), Thinking through Islamophobia: Global Perspectives, London: Hurst/New York: Columbia Press (with Adi Kuntsman and Jennifer Petzen).

(2010), ‘On the Depoliticisation of Intersectionality Talk: Conceptualising Multiple Oppressions in Critical Sexuality Studies,’ in Y. Taylor, S. Hines and M. Casey (eds.), Theorizing Intersectionality and Sexuality, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (with Christian Klesse, Umut Erel and Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez).

(2009), ‘Kiss-Ins, Demos, Drag: Sexuelle Spektakel von Kiez und Nation’ (Kiss-ins, Demos, Drag: Sexual Spectacles of Neighbourhood and Nation), in AG Queer Studies (eds.), Verqueerte Verhälnisse. Intersektionale, ökonomiekritische und strategische Interventionen, Hamburg: Männerschwarm.

(2009/2007), ‘Queer Mixed Race? Interrogating Homonormativity through Thai Interraciality,’ in G. Brown, K. Browne and J. Lim (eds.), Geographies of Sexualities: Theory, Practices and Politics, Aldershot: Ashgate (2nd edition).

(2008), ‘Gay Imperialism: The Role of Gender and Sexuality Discourses in the 'War on Terror',’ in E. Miyake and A. Kuntsman (eds.), Out of Place: Silences in Queerness/Raciality, York: Raw Nerve Books (with Tamsila Tauqir and Esra Erdem, first author).

(2008), ‘Intersectionality or simultaneity?! Conceptualising multiple oppressions,’ in E. Miyake and A. Kuntsman (eds.), ibid (with Umut Erel, Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, and Christian Klesse).

(2007), ‘Eine Queer of Colour Kritik am Beispiel von “Thailändischsein”,’ in J. Hartmann et al. (eds.),Heteronormativität. Empirische Studien zu Heterosexualität als gesellschaftliches Machtverhältnis, Wiesbaden: Vs Verlag.

(2007), ‘Intersektionalität oder Simultaneität?! – Zur Verschränkung und Gleichzeitigkeit mehrfacher Machtverhältnisse – Eine Einführung’, in J. Hartmann et al. (eds.), ibid (with Umut Erel, Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez and Christian Klesse).

(2005), ‘“Der Menschheit treu”: Rassenverrat und Multi-Themenpolitik im derzeitigen Multikulturalismus’, in M. Eggers et al. (eds.), Mythen, Masken und Subjekte:  Kritische Weißseinsforschung in Deutschland, Berlin: Unrast.

(2005), ‘Queerer als wir? Rassismus, Transphobie, Queer-Theory,’ in E. Haschemi and B. Michaelis (eds.), Queering the Humanities, Berlin: Querverlag.

(2002), ‘Der ethnisierte Arbeitsplatz als Ort paradoxer Identifikation: Verhandlungen von Rassismus, Sexismus, Klassismus und kultureller Identität in einem „thailändischen“ Restaurant in Britannien,’ in M. Castro Varela and D. Clayton (eds.), Migration, Gender, Arbeitsmarkt. Neue Beitraege zu Frauen und Globalisierung, Koenigstein am Taunus: Ulrike Helmer Verlag.

ONLINE DOSSIER

(Forthcoming), Haritaworn, Jin and Weheliye, Alex, ‘Ethnic Studies in Deutschland? Über die Grenzen und Potenziale der universitären Institutionalisierung von minorisierten Wissensformen’, in Ha, Kien Nghi, Ha, Noa and Mesghena, Mekonnen (eds.), Geschlossene Gesellschaft? Exklusion und rassistische Diskriminierung an deutschen Universitäten (Closed Society? Exclusion and racist discrimination at German universities), Berlin: Heinrich Boell Stiftung.