About Intersectionality Research Hub

The key research questions guiding the Intersectionality Research Hub are: How is violence conceptualized and articulated within and across different domains and media? How might an intersectional framework make connections between seemingly different domains, in order to explain both the conjoined experiences of racism/sexism and the entanglement of discourses of race/class/gender? How can intersectionality translate and inform anti-violence projects, initiatives, policies and practices? What are the modes of intersectionality in resistance tactics? In other words, how do such tactics (as for example, gaming, art exhibitions, news articles, documentaries and fictional films, policies and social practices) promote and incorporate a multi-dimensional perspective?

About Dr. Yasmin Jiwani

Dr. Yasmin Jiwani is the Concordia University Research Chair (CURC) on Intersectionality, Violence, and Resistance. Her work as a scholar and advocate has focused on intersectional violence(s) for the last three decades. Beginning with her research advocacy work with the Committee for Racial Justice (in Vancouver), the Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research organization where she formulated one of the first Canadian brochures on identifying and dealing with racism, her work at the National Film Board in the Women’s Program (Pacific Region), research and directorship at the Feminist, Research, Education and Development and Action Centre (FREDA), as well as her research association with the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children (University of Western Ontario), she has dealt with issues of gendered and racist violence, singularly and through an intersectional framework of analysis, focusing on the interplay of race, gender, age, sexuality, disabilities. Dr. Jiwani’s authored and co-authored publications, which include over 60 articles and chapters (many of which have been reprinted) a monograph, as well as several edited anthologies, have utilized an intersectional approach and demonstrated the imbricated nature of different forms of violence. From the symbolic and discursive violence of mediated representations to the actual psychological and physical violence of racism and sexism, her work has sought to make visible the linkage between these intertwined spheres of social life. At the same time, through published policy reports and opinion articles in the press, interviews on radio and television, and as an invited keynote speaker and plenary presenter, she has circulated her research at various levels of society, emphasizing the role of the media in perpetuating and legitimizing various definitions and forms of violence.


Yasmin Jiwani est professeure titulaire du Département de communication et chaire de recherche sur l’intersectionnalité, la violence et la résistance à l’Université Concordia. Ses intérêts de recherche portent sur l’analyse des manières discursives dont le sexisme racial est conceptualisé et utilisé idéologiquement dans le discourse populaire. Elle a examiné des reportages journalistiques sur la violence contre les femmes autochtones et les immigrantes racialisées, les representations des jeunes autochtones et musulmans dans la presse populaire, ainsi que les discours de résistance exprimés par les groupes marginalisés dans des films et d’autres médias populaires. Son plus récent projet se concentre sur les cybermémoriaux et les cimetières virtuels comme reflets du milieu vernaculaire. Ici, son analyse concerne la race, le genre et l’appartenance tels qu’ils sont exprimés dans les récits affichés sur ces sites. Yasmin est l’auteure de Discourses of Denial: Race, Gender and Violence, et la co-rédactrice de Girlhood, Redefining the Limits et Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls.

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