SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Centre for Gender Studies Seminar Series

The Gender Studies Seminar Series takes place on Thursdays from 5-7pm in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT) which is in the SOAS Main Building (Lower Ground Floor).

Events are free and open to the public - all are welcome!

Previous Events in this series

Dance Floor Divas: Fieldwork, Fabulation, and Fathoming in Queer Bangalore

Kareem Khubchandani (Tufts University), Rahul Rao (SOAS)

Tracing the researcher’s encounters on and off the dance floor during fieldwork on queer nightlife in Bangalore, this presentation argues for the usefulness of ethnography as a critical method for studying fun, play, and pleasure in South Asia.

14 November 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Gender in the Hostile Environment

Dr Arianne Shahvisi (Brighton and Sussex Medical School), Chair: Dr Awino Okech (SOAS)

Since its inception in 1948, the NHS has had a complex relationship to power and coloniality, but the rise of the “hostile environment” in recent years has forced the health service into more obvious complicity with racist government agendas.

10 October 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, SOAS, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Book launch: Women and Gender in Iraq

Zahra Ali

The event will be chaired by Haneen Naamneh (Dpt of Sociology and Middle East Center, LSE)
The author Zahra Ali, Sociologist and Ass. Professor at Rutgers University will present her book with guest speakers:

Nadje Al-Ali (Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS)
Sami Zubaida (Emeritus, Dpt of Politics, Birkbeck)
Charles Tripp (Dpt of Politics and International Studies, SOAS)

22 November 2018, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Seeing Ourselves in Our Universities

Lola Olufemi & Halimo Hussain

In collaboration with SOAS Students Union, the Centre for Gender Studies invites you to a conversation with Lola Olufemi Cambridge University Student's Union Women's Officer and Halimo Hussain SOAS Students' Union Co-President Equality and Liberation.

Moderator: Dr Awino Okech

23 November 2017, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), Wolfson Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Queer in Populist Times

Eddie Bruce Jones, Sonia Correa, Scott Long, Cynthia Weber
18 November 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Rape as a Weapon

Dr Paul Kirby, LSE
12 January 2017, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT), 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Imagined Law: The Governance of India's Surrogacy Markets

Dr Prabha Kotiswaran (Kings College London)

Come and join Dr Gina Heathcote and Dr Prabha Koitswaran (Kings College London) in their discussion on the Governance of India's Surrogacy Markets.

13 October 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Prosecuting Rape as a War Crime

Professor Christine Chinkin, Dr Dan Plesch, Ewan Lawson. Chaired by Dr Gina Heathcote

Panelists will discuss the work of the new LSE Centre on Women, Peace and Security and its nexus to cutting edge gender research at the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

19 November 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, DLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Child-Adult Separation in Settler-Colonialism

Hedi Viterbo, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London
4 December 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Intersectionality, Inequality and Bordering

Nira Yuval–Davis, Professor and Director of the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London
13 November 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, Kamran Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT), 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Inheriting Entitlement: Property, Whiteness and Rape

Dr Sarah Keenan (School of Law, SOAS, University of London

Sarah Keenan researches and teaches feminist legal theory, post-colonial theory and property at SOAS School of Law.  Her book 'Subversive Property: Law and the Production of Spaces of Belonging' is forthcoming with Routledge Social Justice series in 2014.

6 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, G3, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Madam Kazmi and the Drivers: Film and Conversation with Anca Dimofte

Anca Dimofte (Independent Film Maker) and Ruhi Hamid (BBC filmmaker)

'Madam Kazmi and the drivers' tells the story of a woman taxi driver in Pakistan and the day-to-day people around her. The setting is the main taxi stand in the International Islamabad Airport where Zahida Kazmi first arrived in '92 as the first woman taxi driver and since then she's still the only licensed woman to drive a cab in Pakistan. This short film depicts different encounters and relationships as part of Zahida’s life and the realities around it.

28 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G3, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Politics of Abortion in Israel

Dr Rebecca Steinfeld (Dept of Political and International Studies, Univeristy of Birmingham)
21 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G3, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Women, Sexuality and Christian Fundamentalism

Dr Ann Rossiter; Dr Carmen Sepulveda, UCL; Dr Rahul Rao, SOAS; Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Goldsmiths; Natalie Bennett
9 March 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, G2, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Feminist Judgements Project.

Professor Rosemary Hunter, School of Law, University of Kent.

The UK Feminist Judgments Project and other feminist judgment-writing projects provide a fruitful source of both empirical data and theoretical reflections on processes of feminist judg(e)ment.  In this paper I consider the extent to which a feminist ethics of care has informed – or might inform – feminist judging, and the potential value and limitations of such an approach.

21 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Generation and Ritual among young Shias in the UK

Kathryn Spellman Poots, Associate professor, Aga Khan University - Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

Shia Muslims make up approximately fifteen percent of the estimated 2.8 million Muslims living in the UK, and come from a range of backgrounds including South Asian, East African, Iranian, Iraqi, Afghani, Lebanese, Bahraini, Saudi Arabian, and Yemeni. This paper will discuss the development of local and transnational Shi’a institutions and religious practices in British society, taking a gendered and generational view.

7 February 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

When is peace? The Uncertain Outcome of Accord

Professor Cynthia Cockburn, Department of Sociology, City University London

Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ were ended by the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the ethno-national aggression in Bosnia-Herzegovina was halted by the Dayton Accord of 1995, and the Israel – Palestine conflict was slowed for some years by the Oslo Accords of 1993. Revisiting a study made by the author in these three countries during the late 1990s, this article draws on interviews conducted in 2012 with feminist activists of that earlier period.

24 January 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

New Logics of Popular Sovereignty and Subaltern Alternatives to Egypt’s “Thug State”

Paul Amar, Associate Professor, Global Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara

This paper will aim to articulate subaltern forms of sovereignty -- social banditry, vigilantism, community self-policing, and football-fan militancy -- that have emerged in Egypt following the uprising of 25 January 2011.

13 December 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Cha-cha heels, strapless lurex gowns and Swaroski abayas: on Glamour and Glitz in a south Indian urban Muslim trading community.

Caroline Osella

Calicut (Kozhikode) Muslims have been engaged in modernist projects of rational self-improvement since the 1930s. But the 19th and 20th centuries also saw a heyday of trade, wealth accumulation and frantic spending and hospitality, as the community thrived from its Indian ocean business links. Memories of Calicut’s past of ‘luxury living’ bleed into contemporary dreams of Gulfie excess and the lifestyle opportunities of post 1980s India.  

6 December 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Gender Subjectivity under the Situation of Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip: Contradictory but Self-Respected

Dr. Aitemad Muhanna, Research Fellow, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics.

The prolonged closure imposed over Gaza Strip by the Israeli occupation during the period 2007-2010 generated profound gender changes, which considerably dislocating the structural basis of the ideology of male domination and patriarchy in the Palestinian society. In this paper, based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork among women and men in poor households in diverse locations in Gaza, I focus on how poor men and women responded to the crisis of gendered selfhood.

29 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Re-membering Mwanga: Queer Memory and Belonging in Postcolonial Uganda'

Dr. Rahul Rao, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS, University of London

In 2009, Uganda shot to infamy when a little-known parliamentarian named David Bahati introduced an 'Anti-Homosexuality Bill', which proposed enhancing punishments for consensual same-sex conduct, mandating the death penalty for certain classes of offences. This talk explores the 19th century antecedents of this production of homophobia in an earlier encounter between British and French colonial missionaries and elites of the powerful Baganda tribe.

22 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Palestinian Women's Life-Writing: Colonialism, Patriarchy and Beyond

Professor Bart Moore- Gilbert, Professor of Postcolonial Studies and English, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths College, University of London

This paper will discuss five Palestinian women life-writers - Leila Khaled, Fadwa Tuqan, Hanan Ashrawi, Ghada Karmi and Suad Amiry - in the light of their representations of a variety of colonial histories.

15 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Masculinities, Militarisation and the End Conscription Campaign: War Resistance in Apartheid South Africa

Dr. Daniel Conway, Politics Department, Loughborough University

This paper explores the gendered dynamics of apartheid-era South Africa’s militarisation, analysing the defiance of compulsory military service by individual white men and the anti-apartheid activism of the white men and women in the End Conscription Campaign (ECC).

1 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Gendering (Counter) Revolutions in the Middle East

Professor Nadje Al-Ali

Does gender matter in revolutionary times? Is democracy bad for women? How do authoritarian regimes instrumentalize women and men? This talk addresses the gendered implications of recent political developments in the Middle East and North Africa. 

11 October 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Suad Amiry and Palestinian Life Writing

Professor Bart Moore-Gilbert, Professor of Postcolonial Studies and English, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths College, University of London
17 May 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Anti-Militarism: A Feminist Agenda

Professor Cynthia Cockburn, Department of Sociology, City University, London

Abstract: Anti-Militarism: A Feminist Agenda

9 February 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Whiteness and the General Will: Diversity Work as Wilful Work

Professor Sara Ahmed, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Abstract: “Whiteness and the General Will: Diversity Work as Wilful Work

26 January 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Iconization of Yogmaya Neupane

Professor Michael Hutt, Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Abstract: “The Iconization of Yogmaya Neupane”

8 December 2011, , 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Sex, Slaves and Citizens: Gender and the Politics of Mobility

Dr. Rutvica Andrijasevic, Centre for Labour Market Studies (CLMS), University of Leicester

Abstract: “Sex, Slaves and Citizens: Gender and the Politics of Mobility”

13 October 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4421, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Marketing Muslim Lifestyles

Dr Reina Lewis

In this seminar Dr. Lewis will analyse the development of English-language Muslim lifestyle media to explore how new forms of faith-based identities are being increasingly experienced and expressed through models of consumption.

12 November 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, G52, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM