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Yasmin Jiwani

Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University

Research Chair in Intersectionality, Violence & Resistance, Concordia University

Yasmin Jiwani’s research interests focus on a critical interrogation of the discursive ways in which racist-sexism is conceptualized and ideologically utilized in popular discourse. The particular sites which she has examined include media reportage of violence against Indigenous and racialized immigrant women, paying particular attention to representations of Muslim women in war discourse and in the context of femicides. Related to this, Jiwani has also examined representations of Indigenous and Muslim youth in the popular press, as well as discourses of resistance articulated by marginalized groups in film and other popular media. Her most recent project is centered on cybermemorials and virtual graveyards as reflections of the vernacular. Here, her analysis attends to race, gender and belonging as expressed in the narratives posted on these sites.


Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Race, Gender & Violence. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, (2006). Nominated for the Gertrude Robinson Prize in Communications, 2007.

Berman, Helene, & Jiwani, Yasmin (Eds.). Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls. London: Althouse Press, (2014).

Jiwani, Yasmin, Steenbergen, Candis, & Mitchell, Claudia (Eds.). Girlhood: Redefining The Limits. Montreal: Black Rose Press, (2006).


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2017). “Racism and Sexism in Canadian News Coverage,” Forthcoming in Introduction to Journalism, edited by Bruce Gillespie. Oxford University Press.

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2016) Obituaries as Markers of Memory: Grievability and Visibility in Representations of Aboriginal Women in the National Canadian Imaginary. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 16 (4): 387-399. doi:10.1177/1532708616638691.

Jiwani, Yasmin with Matthew Dessner (2016). Barbarians in/of the Land: Representations of Muslim Youth in the Canadian Press. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, 11(1): 36-53

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2015). Preface to Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women tell their Stories, edited and compiled by The Book Project Collective. (1-3). Toronto, ONT: Second Story Press.

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2015) “Violating In/Visibilities: Honor Killings and Interlocking Surveillances” in S. Magnet & R. Dubrofsky (Eds.) Theorizing Feminist Surveillance Studies (pp. 79-92). Durham & London: Duke University Press.

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2014) Rape and Race in the Canadian Press: Reproducing the Moral Order, Arts and Social Sciences Journal, S:1, 1-9.

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2014) Posthumous Rescue: The Shafia Young Women as Worthy Victims, Girlhood Studies, 7(1): 27-45.