Kate Korycki


Kate Korycki, MA (McGill), PhD (UofT)
Assistant Professor - Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies



Brief Bio

Kate is a comparative political sociologist interested in the articulation of identities, collective memories and group imaginaries. Her research concerns the process by which ethnic, racial or gender identities are discursively and relationally formed, and how the fluid and constructed identities appear as natural and fixed. To that end, she adapts the sociological concept of collective memory to the field of politics, and to the field of belonging; and she tracks how stories of the past are creatively manipulated, how they constitute identities, and how they affect who is included or excluded in the conception of the 'we'. 

Having spent half her life in communist Poland, Kate came to Canada at 18. Shortly after arrival she joined the Canadian public service. Her last posting took her to the Northern Ontario where she was responsible for the outreach and the delivery of the Common Experience payment - a troubled gesture of reconciliation between Indigenous victims of residential schools and the Canadian state. 

Kate is a consummate teacher. She sees the classroom as a space of exploration, exchange and shared reflection. She has designed courses on Order and Disorder, the Feminist Way; Women and Other Deviants under communism and capitalism; as well as a graduate seminar on Memory and Identity.

Research Interests

Identity politics, memory (and amnesia) politics, narratives and imaginaries of belonging, intersections of gender, class and race, French post-structuralism, communist feminism vs. anti-communist feminism, anti-Semitism and anti-communism. 

Selected Publications

  • ““You’ve won, now what?” How collective memory enables and constrains social movements’ transformation into political parties.”  In Yifat Gutman & Jenny Wüstenberg’s (eds.) Handbook of Memory Activism, Oxford University Press, 2021 (Forthcoming). 

  • “Memory, Identity, Tourism and Photography - review of David Walkowitz’s Remembered and Forgotten Jewish World, and Jonathan Webber’s Rediscovering Traces of Memory, with photographs by Chris Schwarz and Jason Francisco. The Polish Review, 2020 (Accepted/Forthcoming).
  • “African American Philosophers and Philosophy: an Introduction to the history, concepts, and contemporary issues by John McLendon III and Stephen C. Ferguson II, a review for Ethnic and Racial Studies, published online in January 2020, and in print in October 2020: Vol. 43, issue 13.

  • “Politicized Memory in Poland: Anti-communism and the Holocaust.” The Holocaust Studies, 2018. (In print, peer reviewed)

  • “Out of Gay and into Class Closet: Sara Dezalay, Kate Korycki and Anna Zawadzka discuss concepts of race, gender and class in Didier Eribon and Édouard Louis.” Studia Literaria et Historica, 2018. (In print, peer reviewed)

  • “Memory and Politics in Post-Transition Space: The Case of Poland.” East European Politics and Societies, and Cultures. 31, Issue 3, August 2017. Pages: 518-544 (In print, peer reviewed).

  • ““To Kill the Indian in a Child,” on Cultural Genocide and Transitional Justice in Canada: Interview with Kate Korycki.” Studia Literaria et Historica, No. 5, 2016, pages 1-15. (In print, peer reviewed).

  • “Desire Recast: Production of Gay Identity in Iran” (with Abouzar Nasirzadeh). Journal of Gender Studies. 25, Issue 1, 2016, pages 50-65. (In print, peer reviewed).

  • “Homophobia as a tool of Statecraft: Iran and its Queers” (with Abouzar Nasirzadeh). In Meredith L. Weiss and Michael J. Bosia (eds.) Global Homophobias: States, Movements, and the Politics of Oppression. University of Illinois Press. 2013, pages 174-196 (In print, peer reviewed).