Centre for Gender Studies

Dr Sophie Chamas

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Lecturer in Gender Studies
MA (New York University), PhD (University of Oxford)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Thursdays 12:00pm - 2:00pm by appointment.


My research sits at the intersection of feminist and queer political theory, Middle East Studies, political economy, and cultural studies. My work is focused on the study of the life, death, and afterlife of the radical political imagination in the Middle East and its diaspora.

My research overall focuses on the consequences for activism and the political imagination of neoliberalism’s temporal effects. I am interested in what becomes of activism and imaginaries in conjunctures anxiously experienced as endless, in which once promising visions of the future have increasingly come to be felt as the flourishes of idealistic imaginations. All of my research is informed by what anthropologist Hirokazu Miyazaki calls ‘hope as method’ (2004) – a dedication to exploring what is not yet rather than what has already become.

I draw on queer and feminist speculation to rethink what constitutes worthwhile or effective political praxis in neoliberal times, as well as to highlight the potentiality of modes of contention that might appear, at first glance, as ineffective, insignificant, or counter-productive. 

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Tanvi Kanchan Digital Decolonial Queerness: Assertions and Negotiations in Indian Women’s Online Communities


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