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Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

CCLPS Members


Dr Karima Laachir

Research Tutor

Dr Karima Laachir


Dr Karima Laachir, MA in Cultural Studies
Dr Karima Laachir, MA Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia)
Dr John Stevens, MA in Postcolonial Studies
Dr Karima Laachir, MPhil/PhD Interdisciplinary Programmes

Centre Steering Committee

Karima Laachir
Karima Laachir

Literary and cultural studies: postcolonial studies, diaspora studies and comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4336
  • Email: kl19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 365
  • Office Hours: Fridays 1.30pm-2.30pm
Ayman El-Desouky
Ayman El-Desouky

Comparative Literature, 19th and 20th Century Arabic Literature, hermeneutics, modern philosophy and theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4355
  • Email: ad48@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 423
  • Office Hours: Mon 2:30- 4, Tues 1- 2:30 and by appointment

Rachel V Harrison
Rachel Harrison
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: 020 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00
Stephen Dodd
Steve Dodd Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in representations of the native place (furusato), gender/sexuality and modernity
  • Tel: 020 7898 4216
  • Email: sd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 381
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2014-15

Dana Healy
Dana Healy Vietnamese language and literature, language teaching; folk literature, modern poetry, theatre, art
Michel Hockx
Michel Hockx

Michael J Hutt
Michael Hutt Nepali literature; the Nepali media; Nepali politics; Bhutanese refugees.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4286
  • Email: mh8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B400
  • Office Hours: Email for an appointment
Griseldis Kirsch
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email: gk10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm and by appointment

Grace Koh
Grace Koh

Korean and East Asian literary traditions (prose and fiction); literary and intellectual history; travel literature and cultural encounters; critical theory and comparative literature

  • Tel: 020 7898 4290
  • Email: gk5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 385
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm
Francesca Orsini
Francesca Orsini Hindi Literature; North Indian literary cultures; Hindi; Urdu.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4242
  • Email: fo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 419
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Core Members

Nadje Al-Ali
Nadje Al-Ali

Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.

Keya Anjaria
Keya Anjaria

The Novel; 20th Century Turkish Literature; Turkish Cinema; World Literature; Comparative Literature;  20th Century Literary Criticism; Modernity and Modernization in late 19th and 20th Century Turkey.

Helen Blatherwick
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Popular literature, Comparative literature

Cosima Bruno
Cosima Bruno

Contemporary Chinese poetry; translation studies

James Caron
Staff Silhouette

Islam in South Asia; Afghanistan and Pakistan; Indo-Persianate sociocultural history; transnational non-Western history; activism and social movements.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4295
  • Email: jc84@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 468
  • Office Hours: Mondays 13:00-17:00 / Fridays By appointment
Alan Cummings
Alan Cummings
  • Tel: 020 7898 4200
  • Email: ac50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 391
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 4-5pm/Fridays 4-5pm

Yorgos Dedes
Yorges Dedes Early Anatolian Turkish; Ottoman language and literature; Ottoman history; Turkish-Greek relations; modern Turkish culture
  • Tel: 020 7898 4344
  • Email: gd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 424
  • Office Hours: Fridays 15:00-17:00
Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev
Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev

Armenian History and Culture

Lindiwe Dovey
Lindiwe Dovey

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: 020 7898 4388
  • Email: ld18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 404
  • On Sabbatical:2013-2014
Rachel Dwyer
Rachel Dwyer Hindi Cinema; Indian popular culture; Indian film; Hinduism; new middle classes; Mumbai/Bombay; Gujarati language and literature; Gujarati diaspora esp UK and East Africa; comparative Indian literature.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
  • Email: rd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 457
  • Office Hours: Please e-mail for an appointment

Kai Easton
Kai Easton

Colonial and postcolonial studies, especially South African literature (the Cape, Wicomb, Coetzee); gender and the culture of travel; Indian Ocean diasporas; theories of fiction and history.

Rossella Ferrari
Rosella Ferrari Chinese-language theatres; Chinese-language cinemas; intercultural performance; theories and practices of the avant-garde
  • Tel: 020 7898 4047
  • Email: rf24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 399a
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10.30am-12.30pm

Bernhard Fuehrer
Bernhard Fuehrer Classical Chinese philology, rhetoric, philosophy and literature; the history of Sinology in Europe; reception of the canon with specific reference to the Analects
  • Tel: 020 7898 4218
  • Email: bf3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 398
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-1pm
Graham Furniss, OBE
Graham Furniss

Andrew Gerstle
Drew Gerstle Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: 020 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • On Sabbatical:On leave, 2014-15
Marlé Hammond
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

Sian Hawthorne
Sian Hawthorne

Narrativity; Cultural Memory; Religion and Gender; Feminist Historiography; Postcolonial theory; Postsecularism and gender; Intellectual history in the study of religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4215
  • Email: sh79@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 337
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm (during term time)
Angela Impey
Angela Impey Music of southern Africa and the African Horn (Sudan); advocacy ethnomusicology; sound/music, memory and place; forced migration, cultural mapping and borderland identities; human rights and development.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4433
  • Email: ai6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 518
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15 Term 2

Marianna Klar
Member, CCLPS
Staff Silhouette

Classical Arabic literature, Islamic Prophetic Literature, Comparative literature

Andrew H-B Lo
Andrew Lo Chinese language (Cantonese and Mandarin); fiction and prose from the Ming-Qing periods; cultural activities of Ming and Qing scholars, especially games; export paintings; traditional horticulture
  • Tel: 020 7898 4213
  • Email: al3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 393
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-12noon/Fridays 11am-12noon

Xiaoning Lu
Xiaoning Lu

Chinese film history and criticism; modern Chinese popular culture; visual culture and media technology; cultural governance; socialist modernity

  • Tel: 020 7898 4670
  • Email: xl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 453
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm/Email for an appointment (term 1)
Nima Mina
Staff Silhouette Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 / Weds 11:00-13:00

Ben Murtagh
Ben Murtagh Traditional Malay and modern Indonesian literature; history of Indonesia. Film in Indonesia and Malaysia. Gender and sexuality in Indonesia
  • Tel: 020 7898 4248
  • Email: bm10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 466
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-12noon/ Fridays 10-11am
Martin Orwin
Martin Orwin Somali language and literature; metrics and use of language in poetry; the relationship between language and music; Amharic.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4376
  • Email: mo1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 405
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2014-15

Kwadwo Osei-Nyame, Jnr
Kwadwo Osei-Nyame, Jnr Post-colonial writing with special reference to anglophone and francophone African writing and African American writing; comparative national literatures; African literature and nationalism; gender in literature; literature and society in Southern Africa; African cultural studies with reference to the Akan of Ghana and the Igbo of Nigeria; literature and human rights in Africa.
Wen-chin Ouyang
Wen-chin Ouyang Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm/Wednesdays 12noon-1pm

William Radice
Staff Silhouette Bengali language and literature; Tagore; Michael Madhusudan Dutt; 19th century Bengal; literary translation; poetry in Bangladesh.
Alena Rettová
Alena Rettova

Swahili literature; African philosophy; Afrophone philosophical discourses; literatures in African languages

  • Tel: 020 7898 4372
  • Email: ar42@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 413
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 12noon-2pm

Renate Söhnen-Thieme
Renate Sohnen Thieme Sanskrit language and literature; classical Indian religions; folklore and music of Baltistan
Stefan Sperl
Staff Silhouette Classical Arabic literature; medieval Arabic popular literature; court poetry and oral literature; refugee studies and refugee-related issues

Charles R H Tripp
Charles Tripp

Middle East: states and ideologies, war, Islamic political thought

  • Tel: 020 7898 4748
  • Email: ct2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10- 12
Amina Yaqin
Staff Silhouette Urdu language and literature; post-colonial literature and theory; gender studies; South Asian literatures in English; feminism in a Third World context; gender and politics in Pakistan
  • Tel: 020 7898 4305
  • Email: ay@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 470
  • Office Hours: Please email for appointment.
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1

Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅
Tian Yuan Tan Pre-modern Chinese literature, with emphasis on drama, fiction, and poetry in the later dynasties; Chinese literary history and historiography; court theatre and performance; cross-cultural interactions between China and other countries
  • Tel: 020 7898 4570
  • Email: tt26@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 396
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 and Term 3, 2014/2015
Yair Wallach
Yair Wallach
  • Tel: 020 7898 4337
  • Email: yw11@soas.ac.uk
  • On Sabbatical:On leave term 1 & term 2, 2014-15

Katherine P Zebiri
Katherine P Zebiri Arabic language and literature, modern Islamic studies

Associate Members

Arshad Ali
Arshad Ali

Youth cultural studies/production, transnational & diasporic Muslim youth identities; race, gender & culture in education; qualitative research methodologies.

Louise Harrington
Associate Member
Louise Harrington

Comparative partitions; South Asian literature and film; Irish literature and film; colonial and postcolonial studies; transnational migration and diaspora studies.

Hasan Majid
Hasan Majid

Postcolonialism and Islam; or 'Islamic Postcolonialism', images of Islam and Muslims in contemporary British novel, colonial and postcolonial novel

Visiting Scholars

Ruth Mas
Staff Silhouette

Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, Islamic Intellectual Traditions, Critical Theory and Continental Philosophy, Theories of Power, Secularism and Subjectivity.

Sebastião A. T. Lopes
Sebastiao Lopes

Metafiction; literary and cultural studies; postcolonial literatures in English and Portuguese.