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Joseph Ameil, Assistant Professor

Biography

Research & Supervisory Interests

I am interested in working with contributions from the perspectives of critical mental health, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and critical disability studies, to study the historical production of ideas about difference, normalcy, sexuality, eugenics, race, ability and mental “illness” as they cohere, diverge, interdepend and perform within policy, law and practice. My projects have looked at issues of social justice, violence, ethics, confluence, historiography and social work using complimentary theoretical and methodological frameworks to engage respectfully with the complexities of our human condition. I come to this work with over a decade of experience in the mental health field, in supportive housing, settlement, crisis respite, forensic assertive community treatment, community-based early intervention, and governance settings.

Education

  • Ph.D., York University, School of Social Work, 2014
  • M.SW., Wilfrid Laurier University, LSH Faculty of Social Work, 2007
  • Diploma in Social Work, Renison University College, 2004
  • B.A. (Psych), University of Waterloo, 2003

Teaching

  • SOCWORK 4C03: Racism and Social Marginalization in Canadian Society
  • SOCWORK 4D06: General Practice II
  • SOCWORK 2A06: Theory, Process & Communication Skills for Social Work,
  • SOCWORK 4Y03: Critical Issues in Mental Health and Addiction: Social, Political and Historical Perspectives from Mad Studies and Critical Disability Studies for Social Work
 
 
 

Research

Books

Joseph, A.J. (2015). Deportation and the confluence of violence within forensic mental health and immigration systems.Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan. 


Refereed Publications

Joseph, A.J., (2017). Making Civility: Historical Racial Exclusion Theories within Canadian Democracy. In Daenzer, P. (eds.), Civil Society Engagement: Achieving Better in Canada. (pp. 17-30). New York: Routledge.

Joseph, A.J., (2017). Pathologizing Distress: The Colonial Master's Tools and Mental Health Services for "Newcomers/Immigrants". In Baines, D. (eds.), Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Justice Social Work, (3rd Edition, pp. 233-244). Halifax, Canada: Fernwood.

Maiter, S., & Joseph, A.J. (2016). Researching racism: The colour of face-value, challenges and opportunities. British Journal of Social Work. Available online at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/08/31/bjsw.bcw052

Invited Peer Reviewed: Joseph, A.J. (2015). Beyond intersectionalities of identity or interlocking analyses of difference: confluence and the problematic of “anti”-oppression. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice, 4(1), 15-39.

Joseph, A.J. (2015). The necessity of an attention to eurocentrism and colonial technologies: An addition to critical mental health. Disability & Society, 30(7), 1021-1041.

Joseph, A.J. & Maiter, S. (2015). Post-national Belonging: Strategies of Racialized Youth in Multicultural Western Contexts. In Baffoe, M. Asimeng-Boahene, L. & Ogbuagu, B. (eds.,). Settlers in Transition: Pathways and Roadbloacks to Settlement and Citizenship of New Comers in New Homelands. (pp.23-31). Ronkonkoma: Linus Learning.

Lamoureaux, A., Joseph, A., (2014). Toward transformative practice: Facilitating access and barrier-free services with LGBTTIQQ2SA populations. Social Work in Mental Health, 12(3), 212-230.

Joseph, A. J. (2013). Empowering alliances in pursuit of social justice: Social workers supporting psychiatric-survivor movements.Journal of Progressive Human Services, 24(3), 265-288.

Joseph, A. J. (2013). A prescription for violence: The legacy of colonization in contemporary forensic mental health and the production of difference. Critical Criminology, 22(2), 273-293.

Maiter, S., Joseph, A., Shan, N., Saeid, A., (2013). Doing participatory qualitative research: Development of a shared critical consciousness with racial minority research advisory group members. Qualitative Research, 13(2), 198-213.

Joseph, A. J. (2012). Ancestries of racial and eugenic systems of violence in the mental health sector. In I. Needham, K. McKenna, M. Kingma, N. Oud  (Ed.), Third International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, Vancouver, BC. (pp. 234-238). The Netherlands: Kavanah.  Link

Joseph, A. J. (2010). Advocacy in social work: Recovery-focused systems for people living with serious mental health issues.Canadian Social Work, 12(2), 25-42.


Conference Papers/Presentations

2017

Joseph, A., O'Connell, A., Gibson, M., Chapman, C., Good, B., Chambon, A., (May 30). Critical History as Social Work Practice: Epistemic Interventions through Decolonization, 2017 Canadian Association of Social Work Education Annual Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

2016

Joseph, A.J. (March, 17). Imprisoning the mind and the body: Contemporary forms of legislative imprisonment and colonial violence in forensic mental health. Experiencing Prison 7th Global Conference. Inter-Disciplinary.Net., Hilton Hotel Castle District, Budapest Hungary.

2015  

Joseph, A.J. (May, 28). The untreatable, the unrehabilitatable and the undeserving: Tracing contemporary eugenic and racial colonial technologies of dehumanization at the confluence of mental health, criminal justice and immigration systems. Presented at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences International Conference for Social sciences and Humanities. Harvard University, Boston, MA.

2014

Joseph, A.J. (March 14, 15). Civilizing disobedience: Contemporary colonization and the regulation of immigrants and indigenous people with mental health issues. Forthcoming at: Fourth International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Joseph, A.J. (November 3). Theorising violence at the confluence of mental health, criminal justice and immigration systems in Canada. Presented at: 6th Global Conference, Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners, Inter-Disciplinary.net, Prague, Czech Republic.

2013

Joseph, A.J. (April 26). The confluence of violence and the accretion of “truth”: Reading deportation decisions for racialized people classified with serious criminality and mentally illness in Canada. Presented at: Social Work’s 6th Annual Research Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON.

 
2012

Joseph, A., & Maiter, S. (November 1). Postnational belonging: Strategies of racialized youth in multicultural western contexts. Presented at the 2012 Strangers in New Homelands- 5th Annual Conference on the Social Reconstructing of “Home” Among Immigrants in the Diaspora, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.

Joseph, A. (October 25). Ancestries of racial and eugenic systems of violence in the mental health sector. Presented at the 2012 Third International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC.

Joseph, A. (March 31). Authorities on the subject: Colonial ancestries of hierarchy and hegemony in mental health. Presented at the 2012 Canadian Association of Social Work Education Annual Conference, University of Waterloo & Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.

Lamoureaux, A., Joseph, A., Feris, C. (March, 22). Toward transformative practice: Facilitating access and barrier-free services with LGBTTIQQ2SA populations. Presented at the 2012 Ontario Working Group on Early Psychosis Intervention Conference, Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON.

2011

Joseph, A. (June 2). A prescription for violence: The legacy of colonization in contemporary forensic mental health and the production of difference. Presented at the 2011 Canadian Association of Social Work Education Annual Conference, University of St. Thomas, Fredericton, NB.

 
2010

Maiter, S., Joseph, A., Shan, N., Saeid, A. (May 14). Doing participatory qualitative research: Development of a shared critical consciousness with racial minority research advisory group members. Presented at the 27th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, ON. 

Joseph, A., (April 16). Empowering alliances in pursuit of social justice: Social workers supporting psychiatric-survivor movements. Presented at: Social Work`s Annual Research Symposium, York University, Toronto, ON.


Recent Community Connections

Hamilton Living Together Symposium (2016, March 29). Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON

Joseph, A. J., Dei-Amoah, M., Cameron, R.W., Komlen, M., Otite, Y. (November 18, 2015). Hamilton’s Anti-Racism Resource Centre Proposal: Presentation to the City of Hamilton’s General Issues committee. City Hall, Council Chambers, Hamilton, ON.

Houselink Community Homes, Toronto, ON  (July 2011 – June 2014)
Board of Directors- Vice President (2013), President (2014)

 

Peer-Reviews Books and Journals

Social and Legal Studies

Oxford University Press

Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

British Journal of Social Work

Journal of Progressive Human Services