Dr. Vasuki Shanmuganathan is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research examines how colonialism, globalization, race, labour, visual culture, gender and sexuality shape narratives of health. Past work explored the shift from aesthetic towards biopolitical readings of colonial subjects in Europe and South Asia whereas a second project will expand on this study paying closer attention to views on aging within the colonial context and its influence on public policies. Drawing on nearly two decades of work experience in long-term care, she is part of a team currently investigating care, labour, and its practices with the Centre for Aging Research and Education (YU-CARE). Her community-based research work is further informed by her work and volunteer experience with women's advocacy, refugee, arts and community health organizations. She is also the founder of the Tamil Archive Project (TAP) and the award-winning Critical Mass Series (CMS), which combine knowledge translation, archives and art to create accessible community events. She is also currently leads the Health and Race Working Group.
Keywords: Health; colonialism; globalization; race; labour; visual culture; gender; sexuality