SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Ms Haje Keli

MA (University of Oslo) History of Religion
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Haje Keli
Ms Haje Keli
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Thesis title:
An analysis of the gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan – state, society and family violence [working title]
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PhD Research

Haje Keli is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. The working title for her dissertation is: “An analysis of the gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan – state, society and family violence”. Following a year of fieldwork in Iraqi Kurdistan, she is currently completing her PhD thesis/dissertation. Keli’s research topic explores the issues underlying gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan through the examples of female genital cutting and other forms domestic abuse. She employs an intersectional lens and engages with concepts of nationalism and gender and the continuum of violence to highlight the role that family, society and state play in facilitating and maintaining structures that contribute to violence against women.


  • Panelist at Middle East Studies Association (MESA 50), Boston, MA. USA 17-20 November 2016 Name of Panel: "Gendered Critical Kurdish Studies: Rethinking nationalism, conflict and identity" Paper title: " ‘Cutting the flesh’ to save the family: Gender-based violence in Iraqi Kurdistan"
  • Panellist at conference “A Workshop on Violence against Women and Girls: The Geographies That Wound” at the Wellcome Collection, London, September 2015.  Presentation title: “Creating vulnerabilities for women and girls in Iraqi Kurdistan”


  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in 'Introduction to Arabic Culture' (E-mail:


  • Religious Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory