Concordia University

Professor Yasmin Jiwani, PhD

Professor, Communication Studies


Office: L-CJ 4411 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2583
Website(s): Faculty profile

And by appointment. Please contact me by email at


BA, Psychology, University of British Columbia

MA, Sociology, Simon Fraser University

PhD, Communications, Simon Fraser

Research interests

My research interests focus on the intersecting influences of race and gender within the context of media representations of racialized groups and violence against women.

Previous issues of RACElink from the Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality (R.A.C.E.) are available here:

    •    RACElink 2009 (6.5MB PDF)
    •    RACElink 2008 (4.4MB PDF)
    •    RACElink 2007 (7.5MB PDF)


COMS 424 – Community Alternative Media

COMS 646 - Alternative Media

Selected publications


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


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


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

Links to published articles

Missing and Murdered Women

Hierarchies of Worthiness




Jiwani, Yasmin. (2016) Obituaries as Markers of Memory: Grievability and Visibility inRepresentations of Aboriginal Women in the National Canadian Imaginary. Cultural Studies ↔Critical Methodologies, 16 (4): 387-399.First published on March 27: 1-13. doi:10.1177/1532708616638691. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2016). Discourse Studies. The Wiley Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism. First Edition.Edited by John Stone, Routledge M. Dennis, Polly S. Rizova, Anthony D. Smith,and Xiaoshuou Hou. DOI: 10.1002/9781118663202.wberen251


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


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


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


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2013) ‘Bare Life’: Disposable Bodies, Race, and Femicide in the Trial Coverage of Vancouver’s Murdered ‘Missing’ Women. Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures, 1(4): 88-128. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2011) Trapped in the Carceral Net: Race, Gender and the ‘War on Terror.’ Journal of Global Media Studies (Canadian edition). 4(2), 13-31. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2011). Pedagogies of Hope: Counter Narratives and Anti-Disciplinary Tactics. The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 33(4),333-353. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin, Berman, Helene, & Cameron, Catherine Ann. (2010). Violence Prevention and the Canadian Girl Child. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 1(2), 134-156. (R)

Jiwani, Yasmin, & Dakroury, Aliaa. (2009). Veiling Differences - Mediating Race,Gender, and Nation. Global Media Journal - Canadian Edition, 2(2), 1-6.Accessible online:

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2009). Helpless Maidens and Chivalrous Knights: Afghan Women in the Canadian Press. University of Toronto Quarterly, 78(2), 728-744. (R)

Jiwani,Yasmin. (2009). Race and the Media: A Retrospective and Prospective Gaze. Canadian Journal of Communication, 34(4), 735-740.


Jiwani,Yasmin. (2008). Sport as a Civilizing Mission: Zinedine Zidane and the Infamous Head-Butt. Topia, Canadian Journalof Cultural Studies (19), 11-33. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2007). Rules for Collaborative Research. Wi/Journal of the Mobile Digital Commons Network, 2(1), 1-3.


Jiwani, Yasmin, & Young, Mary Lynn. (2006). Missing and Murdered Women: Reproducing Marginality in News Discourse. Canadian Journal of Communication, 31(4),895-917. (R)


Jiwani,Yasmin. (2005). The Great White North Encounters September 11:  Race, Gender, and nation in Canada's National Daily, The Globe and Mail. Social Justice, 32(4), 50-68. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). Walking a Tightrope:  The Many Faces of Violence in the Lives of Racialized Immigrant Girls and Young Women. Violence Against Women, An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, 11(7), 846-875. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). War Talk - Engendering Terror: Race, Gender & Representation in Canadian Print Media. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 1(1), 15-21. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). The Eurasian Female Hero(ine): Sydney Fox as the Relic Hunter. Journal of Popular Film & Television, 32(4), 182-191. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2004). Gendering Terror: Representations of the Orientalized Body in Quebec's Post-September 11 English-Language Press. Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, 13(3), 265-291. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2000). The 1999 General Social Survey on Spousal Violence: An Analysis. Canadian Woman Studies, 20(3), 34-40. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (1999). Erasing Race: the Story of Reena Virk. Canadian WomanStudies, 19(3), 178-184. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (1994). Star Trek- The Voyages of Discovery From 1492 to the Space Age.CineAction (33), 3-11. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (1993). Speaking from the 'Great Divide'. Diva: A Quarterly Journal of South Asian Women, 3(4), 67-69. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (1992). The Exotic, the Erotic and the Dangerous: South Asian Women in Popular Film. Canadian Woman Studies, 13(1), 42-46. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (1992a). To Be and Not To Be: South Asians as Victims of Oppressors in The Vancouver Sun. Sanvad, 5(45), 13-15.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (1991). The Problem of Authenticity in Documentary Filmmaking. The Independent Eye, 12(3), 26-30. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (1990). Making the Invisible Visible: Reclaiming History and Creating New Definitions. Parallelogramme, 15(4), 20-26. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (1985-6). Stylized Protest: Rastafarian Symbols of Identification. Nexus: Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology, 4(1), 28-56. (R)





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. (R)

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2014) Intersecting Violence(s): Racialized Girls and Young Women of Colour, in H. Berman & Y. Jiwani (Eds.) Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls, (pp. 59-95). London, ONT: AlthousePress.

Berman, Helen& Yasmin Jiwani. (2014) Intersecting Sites of Violence in the Lives of Girls: An Introduction, in H. Berman and Y. Jiwani (Eds.) Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls. (pp. 3-22). London, ONT: Althouse Press.

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2014) A Clash of Discourses: Femicides or Honour Killings? In M. Eid and K. H. Karim (Eds.) Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections, (pp. 121-152). London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press. (R)

Gagnon, Monika Kin & Yasmin Jiwani. (2012) Amplifying Threat: Reasonable Accommodations and Quebec’s Bouchard-Taylor Commission Hearings (2007), in S.Kamboureli and R. Zacharias (Eds.) Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies, (pp. 129-149). Waterloo, ON:Wilfred Laurier University Press. (R)

Jiwani,Yasmin. (2012) Omar Khadr, the Carceral Net, and the Muslim Body, in J.Williamson (Ed.) Omar Khadr, Oh Canada, (pp. 376-389). Montreal: McGill Queens University Press. (R)

Jiwani,Yasmin. (2012) Colluding Hegemonies: Constructing the Muslim Other Post-9/11, in J. Zine (Ed.) Islam in the Hinterlands, (pp. 115-136).Vancouver, UBC Press. (R)

Jiwani, Yasmin. (2011). Mediations of Race and Crime: Racializing Crime, Criminalizing Race. In B. Perry (Ed.), Diversity, Crime, and Justice in Canada, (pp.39-56). Toronto: Oxford University Press. (R)

Jiwani, Yasmin, & Richardson, John E. (2011). Discourse, Ethnicity and Racism. In T. A. Van Dijk (Ed.), Discourse Studies: A Multidisciplinary Introduction, (pp. 241-262). London: Sage. (R)


Jiwani,Y asmin. (2010). Doubling Discourses and the Veiled Other: Mediations of Race and Gender in Canadian Media. In S. Razack, M. Smith & S. Thobani (Eds.), States of Race, (pp. 59-86). Toronto: Between the Lines Press. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2010). Race(ing) the Nation: Media and Minorities. In L. R. Shade(Ed.), Mediascapes, New Patterns in Communication, (3 ed., pp. 271-286). Toronto: Nelson. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2010). Soft Power – Policing the Border through Canadian TV Crime Drama. In J. Klaehn (Ed.), The Political Economy of Media and Power,(pp. 275-293). New York: Peter Lang. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2009). Symbolic and Discursive Violence in Media Representations of Aboriginal Missing and Murdered Women. In D. Weir & M. Guggisberg (Eds.), Violence in Hostile Contexts E-Book. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Available online at:


Jiwani,Yasmin. (2009). Covering Canada's role in the 'War on Terror'. In S. Sampert & L. Trimble (Eds.), Mediating Canadian Politics, (pp. 294-316). Toronto Pearson. (R)


Berman, Helene, & Jiwani, Yasmin. (2008). Newcomer Girls in Canada: Implications for Mental Health Professionals. In S. Guruge & E. Collins (Eds.), Working with Immigrant and Refugee Women: Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals, (pp. 137-155). Toronto: CAMH. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2008). Mediations of Domination: Gendered Violence Within and Across Borders. In K. Sarakaskis & L. R. Shade (Eds.), Feminist Interventions in International Communication, Minding the Gap, (pp. 129-145). Plymouth,UK: Rowman & Littlefield. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2007). Gendered Narratives of War post 9/11. In Y. Pasadeos (Ed.), International Dimensions of Mass Media Research, (pp. 367-378). Athens: Atiner. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006). Framing Culture: Talking Race. In G. Sherbert, A. Gerin & S. Petty (Eds.), Canadian Cultural Poesis, (pp. 99-114). Waterloo:Wilfred Laurier University Press. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006). Race(ing) the Nation: Media & Minorities. In P. Attallah& L. R. Shade (Eds.), Mediascapes, New Patterns in Canadian Communications, (2nd ed., pp. 305-312). Toronto: Nelson.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006). From Dragon Lady to Action Hero: Race & Gender in Popular Western Television Programming. In T. Hellwig & S. Thobani (Eds.), Asian Women: Interconnections, (pp. 161-182). Toronto: Women's Press. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin, Steenbergen, Candis, & Mitchell, Claudia. (2006). Introduction: Childhood: Surveying the Terrain. In Y. Jiwani, C. Steenbergen & C.Mitchell (Eds.), Girlhood: Redefining the Limits, (pp. ix-xvii). Montreal: Black Rose Books.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006). Racialized Violence and Girls and Young Women of Colour. In Y. Jiwani, C. Steenbergen & C. Mitchell (Eds.), Girlhood: Redefining the Limits, (pp. 70-88). Montreal: Black Rose Books.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). Orientalizing War Talk: Representations of the Gendered Muslim Body post 9-11 in The Montreal Gazette. In J. Lee & J. Lutz (Eds.), Situating Race in Time, Space and Theory: Critical Essays for Activists and Scholars,(pp. 178-203). Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). 'Tween Worlds: Race, Gender, Age, Identity & Violence. In C. Mitchell & J. Reid-Walsh (Eds.), Seven Going on Seventeen: TweenStudies in the Culture of Girlhood, (pp. 173-190). New York: Peter Lang. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). Walking the Hyphen: Discourses of Immigration and Gendered Racism. In C. L. Biggs & P. J. Downe (Eds.), Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies, (pp. 112-118). Halifax:Fernwood Press. (R)


Faith, Karlene, & Jiwani, Yasmin. (2002). The Social Construction of 'Dangerous Girls' and Women. In B. Schissel & C. Brooks (Eds.), Marginality and Condemnation:  An Introduction to Critical Criminology, (pp. 83-107). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2002). The Criminalization of "Race," the Racialization of Crime. In W. Chan & K. Mirchandani (Eds.), Crimes of Colour: Racialization and the Criminal Justice System in Canada, (pp. 67-86). Toronto: Broadview Press. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2002). Race, Gender, Violence and Health Care. In K. M. J. McKenna & J. Larkin (Eds.), Violence Against Women: New Canadian Perspectives, (pp. 223-254). Toronto: Inanna Press.


Jiwani,Yasmin. (1998). On the Outskirts of Empire: Race and Gender in Canadian TV News. In V. Strong-Boag, S. Grace, A. Eisenberg & J. Anderson (Eds.), Painting the Maple: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Construction of Canada, (pp.53-68). Vancouver: UBC Press. (R)


Forthcoming Publications

Book chapter: “Murder they Wrote: Representations of Femicides in the Canadian Press” submitted for From the Hoodie to the Hijab: Trayvon Martin, Shaima Alawadi and the Racialization of Murder, edited by Stanley Doyle-Wood, Bedour Alagraa, and Gurpreet Johal.  Canadian Scholars Press, 2017.


Book chapter: “Racism and Sexism in Canadian News Coverage,” submitted for Introduction to Journalism, edited by Bruce Gillespie. Oxford University Press, 2017.




Jiwani, Yasmin. (2011). Walking the Hyphen: Discourses of Immigration and Gendered Racism. In L. Biggs, P. Downe& S. Gingell (Eds.), Gendered Intersections:  An Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies, (pp. 146-151). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.


Jiwani, Yasmin (2011). Walking a Tightrope: The Many Faces of Violence in the Lives of Racialized Immigrant Girls and Young Women. In M. Chesney-Lind & M. Morash (Eds.) Feminist Theories of Crime, (pp. 263-292). Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2011).  Editorial: Focus fromQuebec, in RACELink Spring, 2007 issue.Athabasca College, Distance Education course on Canadian Ethnic Studies (SOCI380).


Jiwani,Yasmin. (2010). Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk. In M. Rajiva & S.Batacharya (Eds.), Reena Virk: Critical Perspectives on a Canadian Murder,(pp. 82-121). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.


Faith, Karlene, & Jiwani, Yasmin. (2008 & 2015). The Social Construction of' Dangerous Girls' and Women. In C Brooks & B. Schissel (Eds.), Marginality and Condemnation:  An Introduction to Critical Criminology, (pp. 135-161). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. (R)


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006 & 2015). Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk. In A.Medavarski & B. Cranney (Eds.), Canadian Woman Studies: An Introductory Reader (2nd ed.), (pp. 451-462). Toronto: Inanna Publications.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). The 1999 General Social Survey on Spousal Violence: An Analysis. In B. Crow & L. Gotell (Eds.), Open Boundaries: A Canadian Studies Reader, (pp. 242-247). Toronto: Pearson.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2003). The 1999 General Social Survey on Spousal Violence: An Analysis. In R. Hinch (Ed.), Recent Debates in Canadian Criminology, (pp. 128-137). Toronto: Prentice Hall.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2002). The 1999 General Social Survey on Spousal Violence: An Analysis. In K. M. J. McKenna & J. Larkin (Eds.), Violence Against Women: New Canadian Perspectives, (pp. 63-72). Toronto: Inanna Press.


Jiwani, Yasmin. (2002). Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk. In K. M. J. McKenna & J. Larkin (Eds.), Violence Against Women: New Canadian Perspectives, (pp. 441-452). Toronto: Inanna Press.


Participation activities




‘Framing Exceptional Victims: Young Muslim Women, Honour Killings, and the Technologies of Fitting In.  International Congress on Gender and Communication, University of Seville, Spain, April 7-8.

‘Revisiting Discourses of Denial’ – Guest Lecture, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco,April 12, 2016.

‘Narrating the Nation’: News, Ideology and Methodology – Invited public presentation, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, April 12, 2016.




‘Necrological Somatechniques: Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women as ‘Bare Life.’Communication, Postcoloniality & Social Justice: Decolonizing Imaginations, WIF Symposium, Villanova University, PA, March 26-29, 2015.

 ‘Rape and Race in the Canadian Press: Reproducing the Moral Order.’ The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Montreal, July 12-16, 2015.




 ‘Framing Race, Talking Culture: Strategic Omissions and Substitutions in Canadian Media.’ CrossRoads International Cultural Studies Conference, Tampere, Finland, June 3 30 – July 5, 2014.

‘The Violence of Exceptionalism: Constructing Worthy Victims’, Canadian Communication Association, Congress of the Social Sciences & Humanities, Brock University, May 29, 2014.

‘Murder They Wrote’: Representations of Race and Femicide in the Canadian Press. Impact of Family Violence: South Asian Perspectives 2014, organized by the Social Services Network of Ontario. University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, May 14, 2014.




‘Representations of Femicides involving Women of Colour and Indigenous Women in the Canadian Press.’ Presented at the Interpersonal Violence Interventions – Social and Cultural Perspectives Conference, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland, August 28-30, 2013.




‘From Serial Killers to Honor Killings: Cultural and Racial Narratives of Femicide in the Canadian Press,’ presented at the International Conference on Gender and Violence, Izmir, Turkey, April 4-6, 2012.

‘What Happened to Race?’ Spotlight panel presentation at the CrossRoads International Cultural Studies Conference, Paris, July3-6, 2012.


‘Race in Communication and Media Studies,’ presented at a special panel on Race and the Media, Canadian Communications Association Annual Conference, Congress 2012, Waterloo, Ontario, June 1-3,2012.



‘Sanctuary –A State of Exception,’ presented at the Canadian Communication Association Annual meeting, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Fredericton, New Brunswick, June 1-3, 2011.

‘Obituaries as Markers of Memory: Grievability, Visibility and Representation of Aboriginal Women in the Canadian National Imaginary,’ presented at the International Conference on Materiality, Memory and Cultural Heritage, Istanbul, Turkey, May 25-29, 2011.

‘Contextualizing Violence Against Muslim Women,’ keynote address at the Violence in the Lives of Muslim Girls and Women in Canada Symposium, London, Ontario, September 22, 2011.

‘Race, Gender and the Carceral Net,’ Annual Women’s Studies Lecture, University of Alberta, Edmonton, April 8, 2011.


‘Disposable Bodies: Race, Femicide and the Reporting of the Pickton Trial,’ presented at the 10th Annual Critical Race and Anti-Colonial Studies Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, October 8-10, 2010.

‘Bodies and Borders,’ Global Media and Terrorism Conference, Westminster University, London, UK, September 13-14, 2010.

‘Veiled Women and the Canadian Mediascape’, presented at the 7th International Conference on Media, Religion and Culture, Ryerson University, Toronto, August 9-13, 2010.


‘Soft Power– Patrolling the Canada-US Border’, presented at the Culture and Canada US-Border Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 26-28 June, 2009.

‘The ‘Just War’: Canadian Media Coverage of the ‘War on Terror’, presented at the International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism & Society, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey, April 28-30, 2009.

Reconciling Privacy and Security in the context of race, gender and citizenship’ at the Concordia University’s President’s Conference Series on Surveillance, Security and the End of Privacy, Montreal, Quebec, November 4, 2009.

Panel presentation on ‘Social Anxieties and Legal Responses,’ at the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges and National Judicial Institute Conference on Women and Girls and the Justice System: Convergences, Divergence and Intersections, Ottawa, Ontario, November 4, 2009.

‘Race, gender and Constructions of the Other in Mainstream Canadian news media’, presented at the International Workshop on Cultural Dialogues, Religion and Communication, Ottawa, Ontario, October 22, 2009.

‘Doubling Discourses and the Muslim Other’, keynote presentation at the 5th Regional conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario, May 21, 2009.

‘Between the Virgin and the Vamp: News Coverage of Sex Crime and the Reproduction of the Moral Order,’ opening plenary presentation, Sexual Assault Law, Practice & Activism in the Post-Jane Doe Era, University of Ottawa, March 6, 2009.


‘Patrolling the Nation through Soft Power: Race, Class and Gender in Canadian TV Crime Drama,’ presented at the 8thAnnual Critical Race and Anti-colonial Studies Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, November 14-16, 2008.

‘Afghan Women and the Rescue Myth,’ presented at a panel on Reproducing Terrorisms, Canadian Communication Association Annual Meeting, June 4, 2008, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of British Columbia.

‘Symbolic and Discursive Violence in Media Representations of Aboriginal Missing and Murdered Women,’ presented at the 7thGlobal Conference on Violence and Contexts of Hostility, Budapest, Hungary,May 6, 2008.

‘Intersectionalities in Theory and Practice,’ Equity Series organized by the Equity Committee of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of British Columbia,Vancouver, June 3, 2008.

‘Afghan Women and the Rescue Myth in Canada’s Globe and Mail, Multi-Media University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 28, 2008.


‘Deserving and Undeserving Women’, presented with Reisa Klein at the International Symposium on Media and Cultural Politics, Izmir, Turkey, November 13, 2007.*

Gendered Narratives of War.’ Presented at the 5th International Conference on Mass Communications, Marathon, Greece, May 22, 2007.

‘Good Muslim/Bad Muslim: Zinedine Zidane, the Infamous Head-Butt and Chivalric Masculinity in the Age of Empire,’ presented at the 7th Annual Critical Race Studies Conference on Transnational Racism and the ‘Right to Have Rights,’ OISE, University of Toronto, May 3, 2007.

‘Amplifying Threat:  Reasonable Accommodation in the Media,’ presented with Dr. Monika Gagnon, Mediated Cultures, Stereotypes, Perceptions and Representations, McGill University, Montreal, November 16, 2007.

Retailing Structural Violence, Lansdowne Lecture, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, October 5, 2007.


‘The Appeal of “Culture Talk” in Multicultural Canada,’ presented at the American Sociological Association, Montreal, Palais de Congress, August 14, 2006.

‘Mediations of Otherness: The Canadian Print Media Landscape post 9/11,’  presented at the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Meetings, Congress of the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Toronto, York University, June 2, 2006.

Plenary presentation:  ‘Reading Zidane:  Race, Religion and Contesting Masculinities,’ North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Conference, Vancouver, November 1-4, 2006.

Keynote presentation:  ‘Linking Gendered Violence(s):  Representing Legitimate/Illegitimate Victims in the Media,’ Annual General Meeting of the Northern Ontario Association of Women’s Groups.  Thunder Bay, Ontario, September 22, 2006.

‘Intersecting Violence:  Race,Gender and Context,’ presented at the Centred’études ethniques des universités montréalaises (CEETUM), and organized by the group on intersectionality, Université de Montréal, September 21, 2006.

‘Mediated Racism in a Multicultural Society:  The Canadian Situation,’ presented at the Global Media Centre, University of Illinois, Southern Illinois, March 24, 2006.


‘Imperial Feminism and Exclusion:  Gendering the Nation’ presented at the Canadian Communications Association Meetings, Congress of the Social Sciences and the Humanities, London, Ontario, June 2, 2005.

‘Gendered Narratives of War and the Imagined Community:  An Analysis of The Globe and Mail post 9/11’ presented at the Racial Violence and the Colour Line of the New World Order conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax,April 1-2, 2005.

Plenary Speaker,‘Violence Against Marginalized Girls,’ Finding Common Ground 2005, Conference organized by the Ontario Women’s Directorate, Toronto, November 30, 2005.

Panel presentation on the Security Measures Act, organized by the National Film Board’s Citizenshift with Uberculture, Concordia University, October 18, 2005.

‘The Future of Ethnicity and Media.’ Presentation delivered at the Ethnicity and Media in Canada Symposium organized by the Association for Canadian Studies, Toronto Metro Hall, Toronto,Ontario, March 21, 2005.


‘En-Gendering Terror:  Racialized Representations in the Mainstream Canadian print media post 911’ presented at the Race, Racism and Empire conference, York University, Toronto, April29-May 1, 2004.

‘Race, Text and the City’ with Ross Perigoe, at the Print and the City Conference, McGill University, Montreal, March 26, 2004.

‘Combining the Best of the East and the West: Hybridity, Race and Gender in Popular Television Programming,’ presented at the Active Heroines Study Day, convened by the Association for Research in Popular Fictions, John Moore’s University, Liverpool, UK, February 14, 2004.

‘Bridging the Academic/Community Divide and Participatory Action Research,’ Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN) Graduate Student Colloquium on Research Methods Video-Conference, October 29, 2004, Concordia.

Panel presentation on ‘The Media Monopoly,’ Media Democracy Day, organized by the Uber-culture collective,Concordia University, October 18, 2004.

Panel presentation on the Concordia Peace and Conflict Resolution Series, panel on Creating Social Change:  Obstacles and Strategies, Concordia University, September 17, 2004.

‘Discourses of Denial: Uncovering Race, Gender & Violence in Canadian Society.’ Women’s House and Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, April 19, 2004.



‘Gendered Racism in the Press,’ presented at the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association Biennial Conference, October 5, 2003, Banff, Alberta.

‘Gendering Terror Post-9/11,’ presented on the ‘The Language of War’ panel, Canadian Communication Association Meetings, Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, June 2, 2003, Halifax.

‘Current Understandings of Violence in the Lives of Girls and its Effects on Health,’ at the 3rd World Congress & Exposition on Child and Youth Health, May 11-14, 2003, Vancouver, BC. (With Helene Berman, Ashley Ward & AzminaLadha).

‘Mapping Girlhoods’ – Opening plenary presentation at the Transforming Spaces: Girlhood, Agency and Power.  National conference organized by Power Camp National, Concordia University, McGill University, November 21-23, 2003, Montreal.

Closing plenary presentation on ‘Strategies of Solidarity and Resistance,’ at the Women and the Struggle for Peace in the Middle East.  Peace and Conflict Resolution Series, Concordia University, November 23, 2003.

‘The Politics of Representation,’ National Film Board of Canada, Producers Meeting, Montreal, February 27, 2003.


‘Un/Covering Race in Canadian Media Studies,’ presented at the Critical Race Scholarship & The University Conference,organized by the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies, OISE/UT, Toronto, April 25-27, 2002.

‘Walking the Hyphen:  Mapping the Links between Social Cohesion and Violence in the Lives of Racialized Girls.’ Opening plenary of the Canadian Women’s Studies Association Meetings, Congress 2002, Toronto, May 29, 2002.

‘Social Cohesion and the Media: Racialized Girls and the Mainstream Media,’ panel presentation on Intersecting Communities: Race, Gender and Audiences.  Canadian Communications Association Meetings, Congress 2002, Toronto, May 29, 2002.

‘Setting the Agenda: Working with Adolescent Immigrant and Refugee Girls,’ Keynote address at Over There and Over Here, a one day seminar organized by the Centre for Developing-Area Studies, McGill University, Montreal November 28, 2002.

Closing Plenary:  Violence Against Women Symposium:  Twenty Years After the Report,May 13-14, Vancouver, BC.  National Conference organized by the Victim Assistance Division, Community Justice, Government of British Columbia, 2002.


Jiwani,Yasmin, Jo-Anne Lee and Sunera Thobani. ‘The Lived Realities of Racialized Girls in Canada,’ presented at A New Girl Order, Young Women and the Future of Feminist Inquiry, hosted by the Centre for Women’s Studies & Gender Research, Monash University, Australia with the support of the Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College, and the Monash University Centre, London.  Kings College, London, UK, November 14-16,2001.

Jiwani,Yasmin with Y. Zhao and Kate Rafter, ‘Mediated Sexism:  Violence Against Women in the Media,’ presented at the Women’s Resistance: From Victimization to Criminalization International Conference,organized by the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers, Ottawa, October 1-3, 2001.

‘The Lived Realities of Racialized Immigrant and Refugee Girls,’ The Lived Environments of Women and Girls, organized by the Women’s Studies Research Unit,University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, July 4-7, 2001.


‘From Dragon Lady to Relic Hunter:  Race and Gender in Popular American Film and Television,’ Asian Connections Conference, organized by the Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations,University of British Columbia, November 5, 2000.

Plenary presentation on ‘Changing Institutional Agendas,’ at Removing the Barriers II:  Keeping Canadian Values in Health Care, Inclusion, Diversity, and Social Justice in Health.  Co-sponsored by Providence Health Care and the Canadian Council on Multicultural Health, Vancouver, B.C., May 25-27, 2000. 

Plenary presentation on ‘How Far Have We Come Towards Meeting the Needs of Women from Diverse Backgrounds,’ at the 10th International Nursing Network Conference ‘Ending Violence Against Women: Setting the Agenda for the Next Millennium,’ Vancouver, BC, June 2, 2000.

‘Mapping Violence:  An Overview of the Research,’keynote address at the BC Federal Action Symposium on Family Violence Prevention.  Vancouver, December 1,2000.

‘Violence Prevention and the Girl Child,’ keynote address at Young Women Speak Out organized by the New Westminster Women in Action Group.  Justice Institute of BC, New Westminster, BC, April 27, 2000.

‘Intersecting Oppressions’ keynote address at the Taking Charge – Empowerment of Minority Women conference organized by the Penticton and District Multicultural Society, Penticton, BC, May 19, 2000.

‘The Social Impacts of Violence,’ Gaining Ground: Women and Mining, organized by the Yukon Conservation Society and the Yukon Status of Women Council. Whitehorse, Yukon, September 15, 2000.

‘Historical and Contemporary Discourses of Racism,’ Aboriginal Women’s Action Network Research Working Group, First Nations Education Centre, April 14, 2000.


‘Cross Cultural Analysis of Risk Assessment Tools,’ International Conference on Risk Assessment organized by the BC Institute Against Family Violence,Vancouver, November 18, 1999.

Jiwani, Yasmin, Annabel Webb & Renata Aebi. ‘Justice for Girls’ at the Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF)National Conference on Transforming Women’s Future: Equality Rights in the New Century, Vancouver November 5, 1999.

‘Policing for Diverse Communities,’ for the Diversity in Policing Conference organized by the Provincial Committee on Diversity and Policing.  Justice Institute of B.C., New Westminster,B.C., September 25, 1999.

‘Race,Gender and Body Image,’ for Colour Connected, UBC Students Group, November 23, 1999.

‘Empowering Victims:  A Race-Gender Analysis’ keynote address at the Triumphs and Challenges: Victim Services in the 21st Century Training Symposium.  Organized by the Victim Services Division,Ministry of Attorney General, BC, Richmond, BC, October 18-20, 1999.

‘Media,Violence and Identity,’ at the Gender, Race, and Ethnicity Conference on Conflicting Identities, Difficult Choices, organized by the Burnaby Multicultural Society and the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, Women’s Studies Department, Simon Fraser University, February 17, 1999.

‘National and International Perspectives on Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking,’ opening plenary address at the It’s A Crime! Conference on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth, organized by the Vancouver Coalition for Children and Youth, May 1, 1999.

‘Minorities and Policing,’ organized by the Committee for Racial Justice and the Justice Institute of BC, New Westminster, BC, September 25, 1999.

‘Asians on Film and Media Forum,’ plenary organized by the National Association of Asian American Professionals, Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, May 21, 1999.


‘Feminism and Islam,’ panel on religious diversity, organized by the BC Public Interest Research Group, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., March 10, 1998.


‘The Intersections of Race and Gender in the Media’, panel organized by the Department of Journalism, Langara College and the Department of Canadian Heritage, Vancouver, B.C., April 3, 1997.

‘Culture,Violence, and Inequality,’ opening plenary at the Meeting the Cross-Cultural Challenge Conference, organized by the BC Association of Social Workers Multiculturalism and Anti-racism Committee and the BC Institute Against Family Violence.  Vancouver, B.C., April 15,1997.

‘The Intersection of Race and Gender’ at the BC Provincial Judges Conference on The Court in a Multicultural Society: Fairness and Impartiality in Decision Making, organized by the Equality Committee of the Provincial Court Judges of British Columbia,Vancouver, Nov. 19-21, 1997.

‘Feminism,Anti-Racism, and Multiculturalism,’ presented at the Looking Out to Reach Within, a two-day symposium organized by the Vancouver Status of Women,April 12-13, 1997.


‘Violence Against Women in Canada,’ at the Sino-Canadian Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Workshop organized by the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, University of British Columbia, 1996.

‘Racism and the Media,’ Human Rights Coalition Symposium on Combating Hate,organized by the Human Rights Coalition and the Canadian Anti-Racism Research and Education Society, October 10, 1996. 

‘Cultural Bias in Research,’ Downtown Eastside Women’s Tobacco Addictions Research Group, Vancouver, B.C., July 16, 1996.

‘Sexism,Racism and the Media,’ panel organized by the December 9 Coalition Conference, ‘The Thin Edge of the Wedge,’ Vancouver, B.C., August 24, 1996.

Panel on Pornography, organized by the Simon Fraser University Women’s Centre, Burnaby, B.C., September 26, 1996.


‘On the Outskirts of Empire:  Women of Colour in Canadian Television News,’ at the Race, Gender, and Construction of Canada Conference, organized by the Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, University of British Columbia, October, 1995.


‘Race and the Media,’ University College of the Cariboo and the University of British Columbia Lecture Series in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Kamloops,B.C., November 22, 1994.

‘Engendering Representation:  Ethnicity, Community,and Women’s Media Access,’ for the Women and Development group, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, November 21,1994.

‘Race,Gender and Representation’ opening keynote address at the Herland, Feminist Film and Video Festival, Calgary, Alberta, February 1, 1994.

‘Representations of “Race” in Mainstream Canadian News Media,’ opening keynote address at the Language and Literary Studies in a Post-Literate Society Conference, held at the University of British Columbia, January, 1994.


‘Representations of Women in Popular Indian Cinema:  A View from the Diaspora,’ at the South Asia Council Meetings of the Canadian Association of Asian Studies, Learned Societies Meetings, Ottawa, June1993.

Women of Colour and Poverty,’ at the Poverty, Feminist Perspectives Conference organized by the Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations,and the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia, November, 1993.

‘Doing Research on Colonized Peoples,’ organized by the Women of Colour Caucus, Canadian Association of Sociology and Anthropology Annual Meetings, Learned Societies, Ottawa, Ontario, June, 1993.

Forum on Racism, organized by the Vancouver School Board, Vancouver, B.C., March 30, 1993.

‘Advertising, race and gender,’ panel organized by the Canadian Association of Media Education, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC,November 2, 1993.


‘Images of Women of Colour in Popular Film and Television,’ at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women Annual Conference, Toronto, November, 1992.

‘On Race and Representations,’ for the Talking Picture Series, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, BC, April 23, 1992.

‘Representations of Women of Colour in Popular Film and Television,” University College of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC, March 19,1992.

‘Multiculturalism, Its Myths and Realities,’ presented to the New Democratic Party, Quadra Riding, Vancouver, BC, February 3, 1992.

‘Cross-Cultural Politics in the Arts,’ Women in View Festival, Vancouver, BC, January 26, 1992.

Workshop on‘Negotiating Relationships Cross-Culturally,’ for the Ministry of Housing and Social Services, Region B, Family and Child Services, Vancouver, BC, January 22, 1992.

‘Feminism in the 1990s’, panel presentation at the Breaking the Barriers Conference organized by the Immigrant and Visible Minority Women’s Organization and the BC and Yukon Society of Transition Houses, Harrison, BC, June 6, 1992.


‘Strategies for Survival,’ Women in View Festival, Vancouver, BC., January 27, 1991.

‘Our Aesthetics,’ Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, March, 1991.

 ‘Breaking Stereotypes:  Issues facing Artists from Visible Minority Groups,’ Women in View Festival, January 30, 1991.

‘Representation and Access:  South Asians in the Canadian Media,’ National Association of Canadians of Origins in India (NACOI) meetings, June 15, 1991.

‘Representations of Third World Women in Popular Western Media,’ Dubé Symposium, Nanaimo, B.C., May, 1991.

‘Women of Colour in Popular Film and Television,’ keynote address at the Quarterly Meeting of the Society of Women in Film, Vancouver, B.C., June 25, 1991.


‘A Colonized Perspective:  Women of Colour in Popular Media,’ The Honourable Thomas C. Dohm Lecture Series, Capilano College, North Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, September 26, 1990.

‘The Body as Text:  Women in Popular Indian Cinema,’ Vancouver Art Gallery,Vancouver, BC, May 24, 1990.


‘Ethnicity and Media:  Immigrant Adaptation and the Third Space,’ at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communications Association, Learned Societies Meetings, Quebec City, June, 1989.


‘Immigration:  Motivation, Legitimation and Image Creation,’ at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communications Association, Learned Societies Meetings, Windsor, Ontario, June, 1988.


‘Love,Obedience and Duty:  The Mythic Reality of Indian Movies and their Implications for South Asians in Canada,’ presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communications Association,Montreal, Quebec, June, 1987.


‘Subcultures and New Religious Movements:  The Rajneesh,’ at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Communications Association,Learned Societies Meetings, Winnipeg, June, 1986.

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