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Centre for Gender Studies

Centre for Gender Studies

Contact Information:

Professor Nadje Al-Ali (n.s.al-ali@soas.ac.uk), Centre Co-Chair & Professor of Gender Studies, Room 452A 

Dr Gina Heathcote (gh21@soas.ac.uk), Centre Co-Chair & Lecturer in Gender Studies, Room 535.

SOAS interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, housed in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences and the Faculty for Languages and Cultures, has been established to promote the study of gender in relation to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Its primary objectives are to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of Gender Studies with particular reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East; and to provide a forum for collaboration in the research and teaching of Gender Studies both within SOAS and in conjunction with other institutions.

The Centre provides an administrative and intellectual home for the School's MA programme in Gender Studies as well as the MPhil/PhD in Gender Studies, as part of which it is responsible for the organization of regular seminars open to SOAS students and staff, to academics and students of other institutions and to the general public.

The Centre's membership sees its task as one of contributing to theoretical, methodological and pedagogical debates within the study of gender in the context of the Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies through publications, conferences, workshops and teaching. Its membership is open to all academic staff and students at SOAS as well as to individuals based in other higher education institutions in the UK with an academic interest in the field of gender studies.

Membership of the Centre is open to all academic staff and students at SOAS as well as to individuals based in other higher education institutions in the UK with an academic interest in the field of gender studies. For further information please contact Professor Nadje Al-Ali (n.s.al-ali@soas.ac.uk) or Dr Gina Heathcote (gh21@soas.ac.uk)

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.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4547
  • Email: n.s.al-ali@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 452A
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10am-12pm - request appointment in advance
Gina Heathcote
Gina Heathcote

International feminist legal theories; International Law especially laws on the use of force; women's human rights; political and legal theories

  • Tel: 020 7898 4367
  • Email: gh21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 535
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11:30 - 1:30

Katherine Natanel
Katherine Natanel

Gender and feminist theory, politics and political participation, political apathy, gendering violence/conflict, domination and resistance, affect theory, feminist and women’s activism, gender in the Middle East, Israel-Palestine.

Ruba Salih
Ruba Salih

Gender, Islam and modernity in the Middle East and Europe; Islamic feminism, secular and religious women’s movements in the Middle East, transnational migration and gender; multiculturalism and citizenship; Islam in Europe, globalization; disapora and refugee studies; the Palestine question.


Members

Fareda Banda
Staff Silhouette

Human Rights of Women, English Family Law, Comparative Family Law focusing on Africa, Law and Society in Africa, Alternative Dispute Resolution.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4664
  • Email: fb9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 237
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11.00 - 13.00
Samia Bano
Samia Bano

Muslim Family law in the UK and Europe, Family Law, Multiculturalism, Citizenship, Islamic Jurisprudence and Human Rights, Feminist and Critical Social and Political Theories, Issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and Gender Equality.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4668
  • Email: sb169@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 238
  • Office Hours: Thursday 11:00-13:00

Banu Bargu
Banu Bargu
  • Tel: 020 7898 4723
  • Email: bb32@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4411
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 1-3pm
Brenna Bhandar
Staff Silhouette

Indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4540
  • Email: bb29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 541
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10:30 to 12.30

Maryann Bylander
Maryann Bylander

Migration and development; migration theory; environmentally-motivated migrations; rural livelihoods; remittances; debt; microfinance; gender; NGOs; Southeast Asia.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4484
  • Email: mb103@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 290
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm
William Gervase Clarence-Smith
William Gervase Clarence-Smith History of Islam, sexuality, diasporas, slavery, stimulants, rubber, livestock and textiles, with special reference to Maritime South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4608
  • Email: wc2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 313
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 3-5pm

Christopher Davis
Christopher Davis

Medical anthropology, interpretive anthropology, ethnographic writing, philosophical anthropology; Central Africa.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4418
  • Email: cd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 572
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 2-3.30pm / Wednesdays by appointment
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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm and by appointment

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
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.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4373
  • Email: ke@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 409
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2013

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
Christopher Gerteis
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
  • Email: cg24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 304
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm and by email appointment

Kate Grady
Staff Silhouette

Criminal law; public international law especially international criminal law, peace and security, peacekeeping, the United Nations, gender, and human rights.


Laura Hammond
Laura Hammond

Africa; Horn of Africa; refugees and forced migration; post-conflict social integration; violence and conflict analysis; humanitarianism and humanitarian assistance; globalisation, transnationalism, diasporas and remittances; famine and food security; livelihoods in emergency contexts.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4654
  • Email: lh4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 371
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10-12 and by appointment
Vanja Hamzić
Vanja Hamzic

Islamic Law; Laws of South Asia (esp. Pakistan), South East Asia (esp. Indonesia) and the Arab World; Legal Anthropology; Legal Historiography (esp. Seljuk, Mamluk, Ottoman and Mughal Law); Human Rights Law; Gender, Sexuality and Law; Legal Theory; Law of Tort; Family Law; Law and Aesthetics/Art; Global Law/Governance.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4501
  • Email: vh1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 539
  • Office Hours: Friday 13:00-14:45 and also by email 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
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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm
Tania Kaiser
Tania Kaiser

East Africa, particularly Uganda and Sudan, West Africa, Sri Lanka; conflict and development; forced migration; refugees; humanitarian interventions

  • Tel: 020 7898 4484
  • Email: tk51@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 290
  • On Sabbatical:Terms 1-3 2013/14

Deniz Kandiyoti
Deniz Kandiyoti Middle East and Central Asia: gender and development; the state and social policy; feminist theory
Sarah Keenan
Sarah Keenan

Feminist, spatial, critical.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4652
  • Email: sk128@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 254
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:00-17:00

Laleh Khalili
Laleh Khalili

Political violence, wars and counterinsurgencies, the political economy of military mobilities, social movements and contentious politics, gender and feminist theory, Middle East, Israel/Palestine

  • Tel: 020 7898 4735
  • Email: lk4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 210
  • Office Hours: 10-12 Tuesday, 10-11:30 Wednesday
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: Wednesdays 10:00-12:00

Jieyu Liu
Jieyu Liu

Women and gender in China; gender and work; sexuality and organizations; migration; gender and intergenerational relations; ageing and family transitions; unemployment; social policy and welfare reforms in China.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4899
  • Email: jl92@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: M109
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm
Helen Macnaughtan
Helen Macnaughton

Employment, human resource management, gender and economic development in Japan.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4530
  • Email: hm39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 546
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm

Zoë Marriage
Zoë Marriage The political economy of security, DR Congo, demobilisation, emergency assistance to countries at war
  • Tel: 020 7898 4437
  • Email: zm2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 297
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3-5pm
Dolores P Martinez
Dolores Martinez Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions

Dina Matar
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially the Arab world; international political communication; Arab cultural politics; Arab cultural studies; memory studies and oral history; Islamist  movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4696
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • Office Hours: Mondays 12-2pm
Alessandra Mezzadri
Alessandra Mezzander International trade, global commodity chains; production networks and industrial systems; informality and processes of labour informalisation; inequality and social structures of oppression; gender, feminisms and reproduction; the political economy of the garment industry; the political economy of India  
  • Tel: 0207 898 4533
  • Email: am99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4414
  • Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm
  • On Sabbatical:Until mid-November 2013/14

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
Eleanor Newbigin
Eleanor Newbigin

History of modern South Asia, particularly the transition to independence; gender, family and law in colonial and post-colonial India

  • Tel: 020 7898 4625
  • Email: en2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 307
  • On Sabbatical:2013-14 Terms 1 & 2

Caroline Osella
Caroline Osella Kerala, South Asia, South Asian diaspora: ethnophysiology, concepts of person, gender, ethnicity, psychology and anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4427
  • Email: co6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 582
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 5-6pm
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 11-12am/Wednesdays 1-2pm

Parvathi Raman
Parvathi Raman The Indian Community in South Africa; Politics and identity in South Africa; African and Asian Communities in Britain; Political and cultural issues in Diaspora Studies; Historical anthropology; Philosophical issues in anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4434
  • Email: pr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 571
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm or by Appointment
Rahul Rao
Rahul Rao International Security; Indian foreign policy; Political Theory; Social Movements; Human Rights
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4534
  • Email: rr18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Office Hours: Monday 10am-12pm

Timon Screech
Timon Screech History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B301
  • Office Hours: All Year - Tuesdays 3-4pm (during term time)
Annabelle Sreberny
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4422
  • Email: as98@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm or by email appointment

Anicee Van Engeland
Anicee Van Engeland

Iranian law, Islamic law, human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law, migrations, gender, Iran, Afghanistan.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4646
  • Email: av5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 255
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:15 to 16:15 and Wed 11.00 to 12.00
Hedi Viterbo
Hedi Viterbo

Law and politics; state violence (particularly in Israel/Palestine and the United States); childhood; sexuality


Gabriele vom Bruck
Gabriele Vom Bruck

Middle East with emphasis on the Arabian Peninsular (especially Yemen): elites, memory, religion and politics

  • Tel: 020 7898 4408
  • Email: gb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 585
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5pm
Lynn Welchman
Staff Silhouette Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:15-12:15

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
Katherine P Zebiri
Staff Silhouette Arabic language and literature, modern Islamic studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4342
  • Email: kz@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 441
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 2012

Part-time teaching staff


Research Fellows

Leila Zaki Chakravarti
Leila Zaki Chakravarti

Leila Zaki Chakravarti trained as an anthropologist at the American University in Cairo. She worked as a shop-floor operative in an Egyptian garment assembly factory as fieldwork for her PhD at SOAS. She is currently publishing her thesis and related papers on the intersection of class, gender and religion within workplace politics on the globalised shop-floor. She is also exploring new research avenues into issues of gender identities and local politics in the 'workplaces' of football, encompassing both professional clubs and informal urban street games, in post-Arab Spring Egypt.

Mehri Honarbin-Halliday
Mehri Halliday

Dr Honarbin-Holliday is a practicing artist and works interdisciplinary exploring the intersections of gender, identity, and education. She is the author of Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian Society (2008). She has exhibited her video and fired clay installations in Iran, Britain, Mexico, and the United States and is the recipient of the 2007 national award from the Art and Culture Secretariat at Tehran Municipality. Dr Honarbin-Holliday is currently working on a new book for I.B. Tauris titled Masculinities in Urban Iran.


Research Associates

Jennifer Langer
Jennifer Langer

My research continued my interest in cultural memory through Iranian Jewish literature. The literary production of exiled Iranian Jewish women appears in the anthology I edited: If Salt has Memory (Five Leaves: 2008).