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Yasmin Gunaratnam BSc MSc PhD

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Yasmin Gunaratnam BSc MSc PhD

Yasmin Gunaratnam joined the Department in 2008. She gained her doctorate and undergraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and her Masters at Royal Holloway. She has authored two books, 'Researching Race and Ethnicity: methods, knowledge and power' (Sage, 2003) and ‘Death and the Migrant’ (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). She is one of the co-authors of ‘Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies’ (Manchester University Press, 2017). Yasmin has edited seven collections including ‘A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger’ (Zed Books, 2016). She is on the editorial collectives of Feminist Review and Media Diversified and is a published poet. She is co-director, with Professor Lisa Blackman (Media and Communications), of the Centre for Feminist Research and is a member of the Advisory Groups for Goldsmiths Press and the Environmental Humanities Collaborative (Linköping University).

Yasmin’s academic writing has been published in Body and Society, Dark Matter, European Journal of Women’s Studies, European Journal of Social Theory, Mortality, Sociological Review, Subjectivity, The Lancet, Qualitative Social Work, and Poem. She has also written for The Independent, The Guardian, Open Democracy, The Conversation and Red Pepper.

Teaching

Yasmin has taught across all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and has expertise in culture and representation, post/de-colonial, disability, critical migration and feminist theory and social research methods. She has convened ‘Researching Society and Culture’ and the ‘Sociology of Visuality’. She convenes ‘Culture, Representation and Difference’ and co-convenes the BA Media and Sociology Programme with Liz Moor (Media and Communications) and its core module, ‘Media and the Social’. She has been the departmental undergraduate admissions tutor, Acting Director of Teaching and Learning and admissions tutor for the MA Gender, Media and Culture.

At Masters level, Yasmin convened the MA Gender, Media and Culture between 2010-12, teaching on the core module Introduction to Feminist Theory and convening and teaching on the Body and Affect module. She is part of the course team for the new MA Race, Media and Social Justice

Yasmin was awarded the Titmuss Prize in 1999 for the best PhD in the Department of Social Policy and Administration, London School of Economics.

She received a Peake Award for teaching in 2010 (awarded by Goldsmiths for excellence in teaching).  

In 2016, Yasmin received the first Goldsmiths Student Led Teaching Award for ‘Compelling or Diverse Curriculum Content’. Her work was highlighted for making a “much-needed effort to diversify the curriculum and talk about theory and works from people of colour both prominent and lesser known, making the course so much more exciting”.

Areas of supervision

Yasmin currently supervises 10 doctoral students whose projects include research on sensory worlds of autism, Black lone parent mothers, Turkish Cypriot nationalism, dementia and soundscapes, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and young asylum seekers in Italy. She is especially interested in supervising students whose work engages with and is relevant to diverse audiences. 

Research Interests

Disability, gender and sexuality, health and illness, migration, methodologies, race.

The understanding and challenging of inequality and injustice is at the heart of Yasmin’s research. A longstanding interest is in how inequality can be normalised, how it impacts on bodies and minds and how it is resisted, informs both the content and methods of her work. Yasmin's empirical research includes an early ethnographic study of dying migrants in a London hospice (1999); a project using narrative interviews and psychoanalytic infant observation to examine and theorise identity transition among first-time mothers in a multicultural East London borough (2008); a fellowship investigating social pain and transnational dying (2013), and more recent work on hospitality and migration (2017). A driving force has been the pursuit of thought, methods and knowledge that bring into closer dialogue the worlds of theory, policy and practice. The productive interrelations between these worlds can be seen in her co-edited collection ‘Narrative and Stories in Health Care’ (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was shortlisted and ‘Highly Commended’ in the British Medical Association Book Awards 2010 and in ‘Go Home: The Politics of Immigration Controversy’ (Manchester University Press, 2017).

Research projects

2017-2018 Cultures of Consent: examining the complexity of sexual misconduct and power within universities (British Academy)

2017- 2018 Cartographies of Hospitality (Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, administered through Stockholm University)

2013-2015 Mapping Immigration Controversy (Economic and Social Research Council)

2012-2013 Case Stories: Social Pain and Transnational Dying (British Academy)

2006-9 - Involving people of diverse ethnicities in cancer research: An exploration of experiences, attitudes and barriers, Macmillan Research Unit, Southampton University (Macmillan Cancer Support)

Publications

Book

Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies
Jones, Hannah; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Dhaliwal, Sukhwant; Davies, Will; Jackson, Emma; Bhattacharyya, Gargi; Saltus,, Roiyah and Forkert, Kirsten. 17 March 2017. Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-1-5261-1322-1

Death and the Migrant: Bodies, borders, care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 7 November 2013. Death and the Migrant: Bodies, borders, care. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 1-208. ISBN 9781472515339

Palliative Care: Care for Life Limiting Illnesses - PALCOPE Information and Help for Older People
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Palliative Care: Care for Life Limiting Illnesses - PALCOPE Information and Help for Older People. Leeds: PRIAE Policy Research Institute on Ageing & Ethnicity. ISBN 978-0953764273

Widening access to hospice care - A briefing paper for managers and trustees
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2006. Widening access to hospice care - A briefing paper for managers and trustees. London: Help The Hospices.

Researching Race and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2003. Researching Race and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power. London: Sage. ISBN 978-0761972877

Checklist: Health and Race - A Starting Point for Managers on Improving Services for Black Populations
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1993. Checklist: Health and Race - A Starting Point for Managers on Improving Services for Black Populations. London: King's Fund. ISBN 978-1857170429

Design and Development of Carers' Support.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1993. Design and Development of Carers' Support. London: King's Fund. ISBN 978-1857170443

Call for Care (Bengali Edition)
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1990. Call for Care (Bengali Edition). London: Health Education Authority. ISBN 978-1854481733

Edited Book

A Jar of Wild Flowers: essays in celebration of John Berger
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Chandon, Amarjit, eds. 5 November 2016. A Jar of Wild Flowers: essays in celebration of John Berger. London: Zed Books. ISBN 9781783608799

The Long White Thread of Words: poems for John Berger
Chandan, Amarjit; Evans, Gareth and Gunaratnam, Yasmin, eds. 1 October 2016. The Long White Thread of Words: poems for John Berger. Ripon: Smokestack Books. ISBN 9780993454745

Narrative and Stories in Health Care: Illness, Dying and Bereavement
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Oliviere, David, eds. 2009. Narrative and Stories in Health Care: Illness, Dying and Bereavement. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 978-0199546695

Book Section

Editor's Introduction
Chandon, Amarjit; Evans, Gareth and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 17 October 2016. Editor's Introduction. In: Amarjit Chandon; Gareth Evans and Yasmin Gunaratnam, eds. The Long White Thread of Words: Poems for John Berger. Ripon: Smokestack Books. ISBN 978 0 9934547 4 5

Introduction — Learning by heart
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2016. Introduction — Learning by heart. In: Yasmin Gunaratnam and Amarjit Chandan, eds. A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger. London: Zed. ISBN 9781783608799

Sustaining Difference: Climate Change, Diet and the Materiality of Race
Clark, Nigel and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. October 2013. Sustaining Difference: Climate Change, Diet and the Materiality of Race. In: Rachel Slocum and Arun Saldanha, eds. Geographies of Race and Food Fields, Bodies, Markets. Burlington: Ashgate, 00-00. ISBN 9781409469278

What Difference Does Our Difference Make in Researching Infertility?.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. What Difference Does Our Difference Make in Researching Infertility?. In: Lorraine Culley; Nicky Hudson and Floor van Rooij, eds. Marginalized Reproduction: Ethnicity, Infertility and Reproductive Technologies. Earthscan: London, pp. 80-94. ISBN 978-1-84407-576 8

Narrative Interviews and Research
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Narrative Interviews and Research. In: David Oliviere, ed. Narrative and Stories in Healthcare: Illness, Dying and Bereavement. Oxford University Press, p. 224. ISBN 978-0-19-954669-5

Practices, Identification and Identity Change in the Transition to Motherhood
Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Elliott, Heather; Hollway, Wendy and Phoenix, Anna. 2009. Practices, Identification and Identity Change in the Transition to Motherhood. In: Margaret Wetherell, ed. Theorizing Identities and Social Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 19-37. ISBN 978-0230580886

Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research. In: Prue Chamberlayne and Martin Smith, eds. Art, Creativity and Imagination in Social Work Practice. Routledge, pp. 13-29. ISBN 978-0415465083

Ethnicity, Difference and Care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. Ethnicity, Difference and Care. In: Jessica Corner and Christopher Bailey, eds. Cancer Nursing - Care in Context. John Wiley & Sons, pp. 620-637. ISBN 978-1405122535

For Phyllis
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. For Phyllis. In: Sarah Earle; Caroline Bartholomew and Carol Komaromy, eds. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology. London: Sage, p. 44. ISBN 978-1847875129

Blind Date
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. Blind Date. In: Sarah Earle; Caroline Bartholomew and Carol Komaromy, eds. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology. London: Sage, pp. 45-46. ISBN 978-1847875129

Complexity and Complicity in Researching Ethnicity and Health
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2006. Complexity and Complicity in Researching Ethnicity and Health. In: Jenny Douglas; Sarah Earle and Stephen Handsley, eds. A Reader in Promoting Public Health: Challenge and Controversy. Open University, pp. 147-156. ISBN 978-1412930758

'Bucking and Kicking’: ‘race’, gender and embodied resistance in health care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. 'Bucking and Kicking’: ‘race’, gender and embodied resistance in health care. In: Ursula Apitzsch; Joanna Bornat and Prue Chamberlayne, eds. Biographical Methods and Professional Practice: An International Perspective. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 205-219. ISBN 978-1861344922

Skin Matters: 'Race' and Care in the Health Services
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. Skin Matters: 'Race' and Care in the Health Services. In: Janet Fink, ed. Care: Personal Lives and Social Policy. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 112-144. ISBN 978-1861345196

The Bed
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. The Bed. In: Liz Forbat; Caroline Malone; Matt Robb and Janet Seden, eds. Relating Experience: Stories from Health and Social Care: An Anthology About Communication and Relationships. London: Routledge, pp. 101-102. ISBN 978-0415326582

More Than Words: dialogue across difference
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2003. More Than Words: dialogue across difference. In: Moyra Sidell; Linda Jones; Jeanne Katz; Jenny Douglas and Alyson Peberdy, eds. Debates and Dilemmas in Promoting Health: A Reader. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 112-121. ISBN 978-1403902283

Whiteness and Emotions in Social Care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. Whiteness and Emotions in Social Care. In: Bill Bytheway; Vivien Bacigalupo; Joanna Bornat; Jenny Johnson and Susan Spurr, eds. Understanding Care, Welfare and Community: A Reader. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 158-167. ISBN 978-0415258609

Breaking The Silence: Asian carers in Britain
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1993. Breaking The Silence: Asian carers in Britain. In: Joanna Bornat; Charmaine Pereira; David Pilgrim and Fiona Williams, eds. Community Care – A Reader. Macmillan in Association with The Open University, pp. 114-123. ISBN 978-0333587157

Article

Race Traitor
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 1 May 2017. Race Traitor. Poem: International English Language Quarterly, 5(2-3), pp. 230-233. ISSN 2051-9842

Introduction: The Wherewithal of Feminist Methods
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Hamilton, Carrie. 26 September 2016. Introduction: The Wherewithal of Feminist Methods. Feminist Review, 115, ISSN 0141-7789

Earthing the Anthropos? From ‘socializing the Anthropocene’ to geologizing the social
Clark, Nigel and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 10 August 2016. Earthing the Anthropos? From ‘socializing the Anthropocene’ to geologizing the social. European Journal of Social Theory, 20(1), ISSN 1368-4310

The Time of our Lives
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 13 November 2015. The Time of our Lives. The Lancet, 386(10007), pp. 1937-1938. ISSN 0140-6736

black British feminisms: many chants
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. November 2014. black British feminisms: many chants. Feminist Review, 108, pp. 1-10.

'The Branch on which I sit' Heidi Safia Mirza in conversation with Yasmin Gunaratnam
Mirza, Heidi and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. November 2014. 'The Branch on which I sit' Heidi Safia Mirza in conversation with Yasmin Gunaratnam. Feminist Review, 108, pp. 125-133. ISSN 0141-7789

Morbid mixtures: Hybridity, pain and transnational dying
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. April 2014. Morbid mixtures: Hybridity, pain and transnational dying. Subjectivity, 7(1), pp. 74-91. ISSN 1755-6341

Rethinking Hybridity, Interrogating Mixedness
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. March 2014. Rethinking Hybridity, Interrogating Mixedness. Subjectivity, 7(1), pp. 1-17. ISSN 1755-6341

Roadworks: British Bangladeshi mothers, temporality and intimate citizenship in East London
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Roadworks: British Bangladeshi mothers, temporality and intimate citizenship in East London. European Journal of Women's Studies, 20(3), pp. 249-263. ISSN 1350-5068

Secrets and lies: Narrative methods at the limits of research
Anim-Addo, Joan and Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2013. Secrets and lies: Narrative methods at the limits of research. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 5(3), pp. 383-396.

Pre-Race Post-Race: Climate Change and Planetary Humanism
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Clark, Nigel. July 2012. Pre-Race Post-Race: Climate Change and Planetary Humanism. Darkmatter,

Learning To Be Affected: Social suffering and total pain at life’s borders.
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. June 2012. Learning To Be Affected: Social suffering and total pain at life’s borders. The Sociological Review, 60(S1), pp. 108-123. ISSN 0038-0261

Cultural vulnerability: A narrative approach to intercultural care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 29 December 2011. Cultural vulnerability: A narrative approach to intercultural care. Qualitative Social Work, pp. 1-15.

Cultural Vulnerability and Professional Narratives
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Cultural Vulnerability and Professional Narratives. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 7(4), pp. 338-3349. ISSN 1552-4256

Precarious Street Life
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Precarious Street Life. Street Signs, pp. 24-26.

Secrets and Lives (for James)
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2011. Secrets and Lives (for James). You are here, the journal of creative geography, XIV, pp. 57-68.

Death in the City
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2010. Death in the City. Street Signs, pp. 31-33.

Care, artistry and what might be
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Care, artistry and what might be. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 1(1), pp. 9-17. ISSN 1757-0980

Talking about breastfeeding: emotion, context and ‘good’ mothering
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2009. Talking about breastfeeding: emotion, context and ‘good’ mothering. The Practising Midwife, 12(6), pp. 2-6. ISSN 1461-3123

From competence to vulnerability: Care, ethics, and elders from racialized minorities
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2008. From competence to vulnerability: Care, ethics, and elders from racialized minorities. Mortality, 13(1), pp. 24-41. ISSN 1357-6275

Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Where is the Love? Art, aesthetics and research. Journal of Social Work Practice, 21(3), pp. 271-287. ISSN 0265-0533

Intercultural palliative care: do we need cultural competence?
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Intercultural palliative care: do we need cultural competence? International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 13(10), pp. 470-477. ISSN 1357-6321

Dr Terrorist
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2007. Dr Terrorist. Dark Matter,

The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study
Corner, Jessica; Wright, David; Hopkinson, Jane; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; J W, MacDonald and Claire, Foster. 2007. The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study. British Journal of Cancer, 96(6), 875 -881. ISSN 0007 – 0920/07

A Sweeter Palliative
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2006. A Sweeter Palliative. Community Care, 28(4), pp. 36-37.

Awareness Differs by Ethnicity and Age
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2005. Awareness Differs by Ethnicity and Age. Practice Nursing, 16(11), pp. 528-530. ISSN 0964-9271

We mustn’t judge people….but’: Staff dilemmas in dealing with racial harassment amongst hospice service users
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. We mustn’t judge people….but’: Staff dilemmas in dealing with racial harassment amongst hospice service users. Sociology of Health and Illness, 23(1), pp. 65-83. ISSN 0141-9889

Eating into Multiculturalism: Hospice staff and service users talk food, ‘race’, ethnicity and identities
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2001. Eating into Multiculturalism: Hospice staff and service users talk food, ‘race’, ethnicity and identities. Critical Social Policy, 21(3), pp. 287-310. ISSN 0261-0183

Racialising emotional labour and emotionalising racialised labour: anger, fear and shame in social welfare
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Lewis, Gail. 2001. Racialising emotional labour and emotionalising racialised labour: anger, fear and shame in social welfare. Journal of Social Work Practice, 15(2), pp. 125-142. ISSN 0265-0533

Implications of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry for Palliative Care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2000. Implications of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry for Palliative Care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 6(3), pp. 147-149. ISSN 1357-6321

Ethnic monitoring in higher education: some reflections on methodology
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Van Dyke, Ruth. 2000. Ethnic monitoring in higher education: some reflections on methodology. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 3(4), pp. 325-345. ISSN 1364-5579

Anti-discrimination, emotions and professional practice
Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Bremner, Isobel; Pollock, Lois and Weir, Catherine. 1998. Anti-discrimination, emotions and professional practice. European Journal of Palliative Care, 5(4), pp. 122-124. ISSN 1352-2779

Conference or Workshop Item

Debilities: Sensing Bodies and Worlds
Puar, Jasbir; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Hickey-Moody, Anna Catherine and Ahmed, Sara. 22 May 2014. 'Debilities: Sensing Bodies and Worlds'. In: Debilities: Sensing Bodies and Worlds. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.

Digital

How John Berger Changed Our Way of Seeing Art
Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Bell, Vikki. 5 January 2017. How John Berger Changed Our Way of Seeing Art.

The enigma of Departure; What can we learn from dying migrants
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 4 February 2015. The enigma of Departure; What can we learn from dying migrants.

Allegations of assault by guards at a UK detention centre
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 5 December 2014. Allegations of assault by guards at a UK detention centre.

Stephen Sutton and the Politics of the deathbed smile
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2 June 2014. Stephen Sutton and the Politics of the deathbed smile.

"Swamped" by anti-immigration campaigns
Jones, Hannah; Bhattacharyya, Gargi; Forkert, Kirsten; Davies, Will; Dhaliwal, Sukhwant; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Jackson, Emma and Saltus,, Roiyah. 6 May 2014. "Swamped" by anti-immigration campaigns.

Complicit No More - Introduction
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 14 April 2014. Complicit No More - Introduction.

Combating Racism at an English University - "I too, am Oxford'
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 20 March 2014. Combating Racism at an English University - "I too, am Oxford'.

Diasporic Walking Sticks
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 17 February 2014. Diasporic Walking Sticks.

‘Unwitting’ racism and rise in abuse makes it harder for NHS staff to do their job
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 13 February 2014. ‘Unwitting’ racism and rise in abuse makes it harder for NHS staff to do their job.

How should we prepare our children for racism?
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 31 January 2014. How should we prepare our children for racism?.

Plight of Sri Lanka's 'ghost' workers raises spectre of inequality and abuse
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 8 November 2013. Plight of Sri Lanka's 'ghost' workers raises spectre of inequality and abuse.

Case Stories
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. August 2013. Case Stories.

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and the Muslim mother as terrorist
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 10 May 2013. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva and the Muslim mother as terrorist.

Film/Video

Medicine Unboxed 2014 FRONTIERS - Crossing - Daljit Nagra and Yasmin Gunaratnam
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 21 November 2014. Medicine Unboxed 2014 FRONTIERS - Crossing - Daljit Nagra and Yasmin Gunaratnam.

Two Sighs - Transnational Dying and Care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 9 April 2014. Two Sighs - Transnational Dying and Care.

Report

Improving the quality of palliative care
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. January 2007. Improving the quality of palliative care. Other. UNSPECIFIED, London.

Other

Breathe/Swallow/Feel
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. April 2016. Breathe/Swallow/Feel. Feminist Review, London.

In extremis
Gunaratnam, Yasmin. December 2014. In extremis. Autograph ABP, London.

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