SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Gender, Sexuality and Conflict in Palestine

Dr. Wala’ al-Qaisiya (LSE)

Date: 8 October 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 8 October 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)

Type of Event: Lecture


Walaa Alqaisiya is a teaching fellow in gender, sexuality and conflict. She holds a doctoral degree in Human Geography from Durham University that examines the meanings of queer(y)ing spaces within the current Palestinian context and their relevance in relation to de-colonial geographies and imaginaries. Her research commitment, grounded in grassroots concerns and aesthetic productions in the multi-layered and conflicted context of Occupied Palestine and the MENA region more broadly, interrogates the value of decolonial, feminist and queer methodologies to advancing the intellectual sovereignty of local knowledge(s) from the global south. Conceptually, her work weaves together queer studies, decolonial approaches and indigenous studies perspectives, and asks how the question of decolonisation and queerness may intersect and mutually inform each other against a background marked by settler and/or post-colonial conditions.

Chair: Dina Matar (SOAS)

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute and the Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS

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