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Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Current Research (MPhil/PhD) Students
Human Rights and Feminism: young activists in the battlefield of post-revolutionary Egypt (provisional title)
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"They are destroying the image of Egypt": Tourism, Egyptian nationhood and infrastructures of image making.
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A sounded ethnography of an Anglican church in London
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‘In defence of the neighbourhood’: narrating place, belonging, and gentrification in the Goutte d’Or
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The Catholic workers: An ethnography of an organisation
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Golf Course Culture in China: An Exploration of Leisure, Class and Gender
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Ridley Road and Broadway Market: Food markets, social change, and the construction of community in Hackney’s ‘Urban Village’ (working title)
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Tibetan Buddhism Went Global: Tibetan Buddhists’ Responses to Modernization Tendencies (working title)
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Marrying the other: Marrying the other: Local ethnic boundaries and the politics of inter-ethnic marriage on Hainan Island
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The cultural economy of 'land grabs' in Zambia (working title).
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Social Delicacies: Indian Restaurants in Guangzhou.
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Medicalization and Meaning: Male Circumcision, Female Genital Cutting and HIV in Northern Tanzania (working title)
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“Although it no longer exists”: migration and intergenerational knowledge after Yugoslavia
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Contesting the Ordinary: Children's Perspectives on 'Child Protection' in Educational Settings in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
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Onee-kotoba. Language, Masculinities and Sexuality in contemporary Japan
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'Asian' spaces in an 'African' city: an ethnography of postcolonial Mombasa
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The word on the street: language use, language attitudes and identity in the context of urban change in Mumbai
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'How to be Trans in Japan': Gender, Nation-Work, and the Material Self
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Perspectives of Cultural Ambiguity and Religious Purity among urban Bangladeshi Muslims [working title]
Developing Moralities: An ethnographic study of elite development workers working in development in Bangladesh.
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Towards an Anthropology of Coups in Fiji.
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Pious Entertainment - Changing Forms and Notions of Piety in Pakistan (Provisional).
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Development and Nation-Building in the Sindh Borderlands of Pakistan
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In Search of the “Good Life” in Contemporary China: Stories from Shenzhen.
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Being Tibetan in Shangri-La: Tibetans' interactions with development projects in Southwest China
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Songs of Migration: Experiences of Music, Place Making and Identity Negotiation amongst Zimbabwean Migrants in London
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An Ethnographic Study of Ecological Food Entrepreneurs in China (Working Title).
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The Metamorphosis of the Greek Cuisine: National identity, tradition, heritage and memory as narratives of change from the Athens Market (working title).
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‘Self-help by the people!’: Politics, morality and change in British food co-ops (working title)
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Food movements in the ‘Big Society’
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The closure of European borders and mobility in Senegal
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Playing at Football: Time, Pleasure and Identity Politics in Transnational Nepal.
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Playing in Kōenji: making street music in a Tokyo neighbourhood (working title).
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The Postcolonial Consumption of Colonial Legacies: The Contemporary Social Life of Postcards from British India.
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The dynamics of Japanese identity amongst Japanese young migrants in Dublin
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"Anthropology of Moving House: the re-making of home among the mainlanders’ diaspora in Taiwan"
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The Food Practices of Young Children in Childcare and at Home: A Cross Context Approach in a Multi-ethnic London Region
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A Cross-national and inter-generational investigation of Eritrean migrants in London and Milan (Working title)
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Tracing the construction and diffusion of the concept of 'harmful traditional practices' - a multi-sited ethnography of international efforts to eradicate 'FGM' and 'early marriage' in Kenya [working title]
Affecting the Wheel of Time: Tibetan Migrant Engagements with Time and Documentation
Learn more about the PhD in Anthropology at SOAS.
Recently Awarded PhDs
- Clifford Collard, Niamh. Crafting Livelihoods, Negotiating Challenges and Realising Opportunities: An Ethnography of Life, Learning and Work Amongst Young Ghanaian Weavers (Dr M Janson)
- Dorner, Jamila. Learning Bharatanatyam: Motor, Sensory and Social Enskilment in South Indian Dance (Dr S Hughes)
- Graf, Katharina. Food in the Making: Food Preparation, Material and Social Change in Urban Morocco (Dr J Klein)
- Kendall, Jessica. Rare Birds: A Global Ethnography of Ethiopian Circus Performers (Dr D Martinez)
- Zhen, Willa Ying. Learning to ‘Taste’: Skills Transmission and Identity Formation in Cantonese Cooking Schools (Dr J Klein)
- Baum, Antonia. Surprising Reality: Performing Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine (Dr C Osella)
- Boni, Zofia. Children and Food in Warsaw: Negotiating Feeding and Eating (Prof H West)
- Costa, Alessia. Unfitting Parts: The Moral, Political, and Informal Economies of 'Japanese' Organ Transplants (Dr C Davis)
- Elsing, Sarah. Border Regulars: An Ethnographic Enquiry into the Becomings of the Thai-Lao Border from the Vantage of Small-Scale Trade (Dr K Retsikas)
- Janarthanan, Dhivya. The Country Near the City: Social Space and Dominance in Tamil Nadu (Prof D Mosse)
- Jonsson, Gunvor. The End of the Railway Line. Malian Women, Mobility and Trade in Dakar (Prof Richard Fardon)
- Karkabi, Nadeem. Neither Heroes nor Victims: Politics of Pleasure, Ethics of Resistance and Defiant-Playful Subjectivities at the Palestinian Alternative Music Scene in Israel and the West Bank (Dr K Retsikas)
- Kumar, Amit Kisku. A Reflexive Ethnography of Santal Indigeneity and Environmentality in Jungle Mahals, India (Prof E Simpson)
- McKenzie, Robert. Against Refugees: An Ethnography of Asylum Seeking in Egypt (Dr J Campbell / Prof Johan Pottier)
- Senaratne, Sunari. Surviving the Wave: Reconstruction After the Tsunami on the South-Western Coast of Sri Lanka (Prof D Mosse)
- Simpson, Sylvia. Technologies for the Self: Japanese Women in the UK and Their Media (Dr S Hughes)
- Strava, Christiana. Everyday Struggles and the Production of Livelihoods on the Margins of Casablanca, Morocco (Prof E Simpson)
- Zoccatelli, Giulia. Globalizing Empowerment: An Ethnography of AIDS, Heroin and Civil Society in Post-Socialist China (Dr K Latham)
- Cagat, Kathrine. Beyond the fields: Ethnographic explorations on notions and practices of sustainability in Ifugao, Philippines (Dr Fabio Gygi)
- Irving, Miranda. Seeking Mobility and Stability: The Everyday Lives and Labours of Minangkabau Migrant Women in New Order Indonesia (Dr K Retsikas)
- Klaeger, Gabriel. Speed Matters: An Ethnography of a Ghanaian Highway, its Perils and Potentialities (Prof Richard Fardon)
- Murphy, Seamus. Contested Meanings through Social Change: An Ethnography of Institutions, Organisations, Ideologies and Power in the Market Development of the Lake Chilwa Commons (Prof Johan Pottier)
- Ono, Sayako. Ballet as Liberation: Dreams, Desire and Resistance among Urban Japanese Women (Dr D Martinez)
- Robinson, Caitlin. Becoming Beautiful: Narratives of Cosmetic Surgery and Temporality in Beirut (Dr G vom Bruck)
- Rommel, Carl. Revolution, Play and Feeling: Assembling Emotionality, National Subjectivity and Football in Cairo, 1990-2013 (Dr S Hughes)
- Sackey, Shirley. Ghanaian Organizations in New York and London: Transnational Concepts of Home and Belonging (Dr P Raman)
- Warsi, Sahil. Being and Belonging in Delhi: Afghan Individuals and Communities in a Global City (Dr C Osella)