Viviane Namaste

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Viviane K. Namaste is a Canadian feminist professor at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research focuses on sexual health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and sex work.[1]

Education and work[edit]

Namaste received a Bachelors of Arts from Carleton University in 1989, an MA in Sociology from York University, and a doctoral degree from Université du Québec à Montréal in Semiotics and Linguistics.[2][3] She worked within ACT UP Paris.[3] In 2001, she received the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for her book titled, Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People.[4] That same year, Namaste was also a director in the documentary Madame Lauraine's Transsexual Touch which deals with transsexual sex workers as well as sexual health and clientele.[5]

Namaste became an associate professor and the Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[4] In 2009, she received the "Canadian Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights", awarded jointly by the HIV Legal Network and Human Rights Watch.[6]

In 2013, she was called as an official intervenor in a hearing at the Supreme Court of Canada[7] on whether the ban on solicitation, prohibition of brothels and criminality of making a living from prostitution violates the Charter of Rights.[8]

The feminist journal, Hypatia, has called Namaste's work, "extremely important".[9]


  • 2000 · Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People
  • 2005 · Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity, Institutions, and Imperialism
  • 2005 · C'était du spectacle! L'histoire des artistes transsexuelles à Montréal, 1955–1985
  • 2012 · HIV Prevention and Bisexual Realities
  • 2015 · Oversight
  • 2017 · Imprimés interdits: La censure des journaux jaunes au Québec, 1955–1975
  • 2019 · Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS: Contributions from Critical Social Science
  • 2019 · Savoirs créoles: Leçons du sida pour l'histoire de Montréal


  1. ^ "On Women, Vice and Vagrancy in Canada". Walrus TV. 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  2. ^ "Dr. Viviane Namaste - Faculty of Arts and Science - Concordia University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada". Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  3. ^ a b Burnett, Richard (20 August 2009). "Hot Shots: Professor Viviane Namaste: Viviane Namaste". Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Hour Community. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "2009 Canadian Recipient: Viviane Namaste". Toronto, Ontario, Canada: AIDs Law Canada. 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Madame Lauraine's Transsexual Touch". cinema politica. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  6. ^ Syms, Shawn (12 July 2009). "Trans academic wins human rights award". Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Daily Xtra. Archived from the original on 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Montreal prof seeks Supreme Court ruling on sex work". Montreal, Quebec, Canada: CBC News. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  8. ^ la Reine, Bedford C. (13 June 2013). "Procès: décriminalisation de la prostitution à l'ordre du jour". Montreal, Quebec, Canada: La Presse. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  9. ^ Hale, C. Jacob (2008). "Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity, Institutions, and Imperialism". Hypatia. 23 (1): 204–207. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Books by Viviane K. Namaste". Retrieved 2022-11-07.

Further reading[edit]

  • Brandt, Keri Jacqueline (2003). "Book Review: Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People. By Viviane K. Namaste. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 2000. Postcolonial and Queer Theories: Intersections and Essays. By John C. Hawley (Ed.) Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001". Qualitative Sociology. 26 (1): 137–143. doi:10.1023/A:1021416423075. S2CID 141328153.
  • Elliot, Patricia (2012). Debates in Transgender, Queer, and Feminist Theory: Contested Sites. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4094-9279-5.
  • Johnson, Katherine (2011). "Transgender, Transsexualism, and the Queering of Gender Identities: Debates for Feminist Research". In Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber (ed.). Handbook of Feminist Research: Theory and Praxis. SAGE Publications. pp. 606–626. ISBN 978-1-4833-4145-3.