Aaisha Z. Islam
I am a second-year MA Communication and Culture student at York University. Prior to this, I worked as a journalist in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Canada and completed an MA in Mass Communication, specializing in print media, from the University of Karachi, Pakistan. My thesis for my masters was a qualitative content analysis of how women’s rights were covered in a leading monthly news magazine in the country, spanning three decades of issues. My research interests are based on my experiences of having called three countries home, living and working in three exciting and diverse cities, and my intersectional identity that touches on gender/feminism, colonial/postcolonial, diaspora, Muslim identities and media representations. In my work as a journalist I have touched upon these issues in their simplest forms, and as a scholar, I hope that collaborating and learning from the vibrant body of researchers at the Centre will not only make me a better researcher, but also add value to the work that is being done at YCAR.
Keywords: Diaspora; intersectionality; Muslim identity; media and representation; visible minorities; Global South, postcolonialism, politics and policy; postcolonial feminism; journalism