Trish Salah


Part-time Faculty

Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 2375
Office Hours: T.B.A.

Courses taught
Lesbian Issues and Realities
Introduction To Trans Studies
Transsexual and Transgender Cultural Production
Comparative Feminist Pedagogies
Feminism and Popular Culture


  • Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) (York University)
  • M.A. (Concordia University)
  • B.A. (Concordia University)

Trish Salah is a Montreal-based writer and contract faculty member at Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute and in the Department of English. Her doctorate was taken in the Department of English at York University (2009), under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Godard. Her dissertation, “Writing Trans Genre: an inquiry into Transsexual and Transgender Rhetorics, Affects and Politics,” spans the 20th century in making a genealogy of contemporary transsexual and transgender discourses, while critiquing and supplementing the genealogical project by bringing psychoanalytic attention to the libidinal economies within which trans representations emerged. Her M.A. (1994) and B.A. (1992), are both in English Literature and Creative Writing, and were taken at Concordia University. Salah is a former editor of Fuse magazine and her critical writing, fiction and poetry have been published in a wide range of journals, magazines and anthologies. Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, was published in 2002 by TSAR and her new manuscript, “Lyric Sexology,” is near completion.

Research Interests

Cultural studies, psychoanalysis and poetics of decolonization, transsexual and transgender studies.

Awards & distinctions

2004                             Canada Council Writing and Publishing Grant ($10,000)

2004                             Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve Grant ($1,500)



Wanting In Arabic: Poems. Toronto: Tsar Publications, 2002.

Edited Volumes

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 (Recent, Selected)

“From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to ‘I am Dua Khalil:’ Joss Whedon’s Empowerment of Everygirl.” book chapter in Contested Imaginaries: Reading Muslim Women and Muslim Women Reading Back. Lisa Taylor and Jasmin Zine, eds. Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming.

“In Search of Permiso: Trauma and Song in Rona Bloom’s Poetry.” InFluency Poetry Salon: Engaging Conversations with Contemporary Canadian Poetry 3 (Summer 2010). forthcoming.

 “In Lieu of a Transgender Poetics.” Contemporary Feminist Poetics in Canada. Ed. Kate Eichorn and Barbara Godard. Spec. Issue of Open Letter. 13.9 (Summer 2009): 34-6.

“After Cissexual Poetry.” Contemporary Queer Poetics. Ed. Julian Brolaski. Spec. Issue of Aufgabe: Journal of Poetry. 8 (Summer 2009): 282-298.

 “Undoing Trans Studies: Review Essay on Judith Butler’s Undoing Gender and Viviane Namaste’s Sex Change, Social Change.” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.17 (Spring 2007): 150-5.

“What’s all the Yap? Reading Mirha-Soleil Ross’ Performance of Activist Pedagogy.” Spoken Word Performance. Ed. Theresa Cowan and Ric Knowles. Spec. Issue of Canadian Theatre Review. 130 (Spring 2007): 64-71.

“Trans-fixed in Lesbian Paradise: Reflections on the Toronto Women’s Bathhouse.” Sexy Feminisms. Ed. Susannah Luhmann and Rachel Warburton. Spec. Issue of Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal. 31.2 (Autumn 2007): 24-29.

“Introductory Notes—Memory Foretelling the Story.” with Sara Matthews and Dina Georgis. Ed. Dina Georgis, Sara Matthews and Trish Salah. Spec. Issue of Canadian Review of American Studies. 35.2 (2005): 125-138.

“What Memory Wants: Broken Tongue, Stranger Fugue in Fall On Your Knees.” Ed. Dina Georgis, Sara Matthews and Trish Salah. Spec. Issue of Canadian Review of American Studies. 35.2 (2005): 231-249.

Prose and Poetry in Journals and Anthologies (Recent, Selected)

 “Kern,” “Hands Over Fist,” “3 am on Maitland Recollected.” No More Potlucks. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2009). <>

“Water Borders\white money.” West Coast Line, 55 (Fall 2008): 162-4.

“3 poems.” Queering Language. Ed. CA Conrad, kari edwards, et al. Spec. Issue of EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts. 3 (Winter 2007). <>

“Surgical Diary.” Sexing the Maple: A Canadian Sourcebook. Ed. Richard Cavell & Peter Dickinson. New York: The Broadview Press, 2006. 147-153.

“red bra [] heroics [Boolean],” “rape [] erotics [Boolean],” “3 am on Maitland,” “H_hesitates” Drunken Boat. 8 (Summer 2006). <>

“Diagnostic Detour.” Transgender Tapestry. 108 (Summer 2005): 34-38.

Talks and Readings (Recent, Selected)

“Of Liberal Fandoms, Auteur Pedagogy and Imperial Feminism, or How Buffy Fans enlisted in the War on Terror.” Association for the Study of Women and Education 2010 Conference. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, June 3, 2010. Panel Presentation.

“Writing Trans Genre: Preliminary Sketch of a Minor Literature that Isn’t” Ruth Wynne Woodward Lecture Series: Rethinking Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, April 29, 2010. Invited Talk.

“What ‘Inclusion’ Excludes: Trans People at Work.” Towards a Culture of Respect: Creativity at the Heart of Our Practices. Conference of the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education. McGill University, Montreal, April 28, 2010. Invited Talk.

“After Cissexual Poetics: Transfiguring Queer Feminism.” Critical Intimacies Speaker Series. Department of English and Cultural Studies. McMaster University. Feb. 22, 2010. Invited Talk.

From Wanting in Arabic. InFluency Poetry Salon, Margaret Christakos, curator. University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario. Nov. 18, 2009. Featured Reader.

“Hysteria’s Renovation: reSexing the Text.” Tendencies: Talks in Queer Poetics in Honour of Eve Kosofsky Sedgewick. CUNY Grad Centre, New York, New York. Oct. 29, 2009. Invited Talk.

“In Search of Permiso: Trauma and Song in Rona Bloom’s Poetry.” InFluency Poetry Salon, Margaret Christakos, curator. University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario. Oct. 7, 2009. Invited Talk.

“A Word isn’t a Dwelling but…” Body as Discourse. Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism Conference. CUNY Grad Centre/Belladonna Reading Series, New York, New York. Sept. 24-25, 2009. Panel Presentation.

“After Transgender: On the (un)Desirability of Trans Studies.” Gender/ed Politics: Symposium of the Graduate Group for Feminist Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. June 4, 2009. Keynote Address.

 “Desiring Solidarity, Gathering Identity: What we want when we want to be together.” Canadian University Queer Services Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. January 23-25, 2009. Keynote Address.

From Wanting in Arabic. Inspiring Collaboration: A Symposium for Barbara Godard. Toronto, Ontario, December 5-6, 2008. Featured Reader.

Nouveaux féminismes en art actuel, Gallérie La Centrale, Montreal, Qc., September 26, 2008. Invited Talk.

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