SOAS University of London

Centre of World Christianity

Dr Romina Istratii

BA Politics, Chinese, Economics (Bates College, USA), MA Gender and Development (IDS-University of Sussex, UK), PhD (SOAS)
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Overview

Romina Istratii
Centre of World Christianity

Research Associate

Research and Enterprise Directorate

Research Funding Officer

Department of Development Studies

Research Associate

Name:
Dr Romina Istratii
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 5147
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Website:
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8083-634X

Biography

Dr. Istratii has eight years’ experience as an international development research/practitioner in sub-Saharan Africa working to sensitise development theory and approaches to non-western and non-secular belief and knowledge systems of thinking. She has been especially interested in developing decolonial research approaches that employ cosmology-sensitive and people-centred methodologies for analysing and addressing issues with gender dimensions in religious societies of Africa.
Dr. Istratii also has a research background in Eastern Orthodox and Miaphysite Christian Churches and traditions and currently serves as a Research Editor to multiple centres and platforms of Orthodox and Miaphysite theology and dogmatics. She is particularly interested in Orthodox theology of gender, marriage and the conjugal relationship and its resourcefulness for addressing contemporary gender-related issues in Orthodox and Miaphysite Christian societies.
Dr. Istratii’s research interests are interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, engaging development, gender and religious studies. More specific areas of study/topics include:
  • Decolonisation of knowledge production and dissemination 
  • The transposition of western gender paradigms and epistemological colonialism in Africa and other regions
  • The role of religious knowledge and belief systems in development theory and practice
  • Eastern Orthodox and Miaphysite Christian missionaries and missionary NGOs and their local community engagement in Africa, Asia and the Middle East 
  • The understanding and deterrence of secular and religious radicalisation
Dr. Istratii's recently completed PhD research investigated conjugal abuse in the Ethiopian Orthodox TäwahÓ™do community of Aksum in a gender-sensitive manner that paid due attention to local religio-cultural understandings of the human self, gender and conjugal abuse. The study combined anthropological methodologies with ethnographic participatory components to capture and privilege the cosmological and conceptual repertoires of the study community. Dr. Istratii is currently building on her research to develop conjugal abuse alleviation strategies in partnership with Ethiopian theological colleges that can leverage on the resourcefulness of Orthodox apostolic theology of marriage and the pastoral role of the local clergy in conjugal conflict. 

Affiliations

Teaching

Research

  • Gender Metaphysics
  • Epistemological Colonialism
  • Eastern and Oriental Christianities
  • Decolonisation of Knowledge-making
  • Human Aggression
  • Fundamentalism and Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence

Publications

Articles

Istratii, Romina (2018) 'Beyond a feminist ‘hermeneutics of suspicion’: Reading St John Chrysostom’s commentaries on man-woman relations, marriage and conjugal abuse through the Orthodox phronema'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (11) 2017-2018, pp 16-47.

Istratii, Romina and Hirmer, Monika and Lim, Iris (2018) 'Editorial I: Conference Proceedings ‘Decolonisation in Praxis’, SOAS 2018'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (11), pp 6-9.

Lim, Iris and Istratii, Romina and Hirmer, Monika (2018) 'Introduction to Volume 11'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (11) 2017-2018, pp 3-5.

Istratii, Romina (2018) 'Sensitising gender to local cosmology: A participatory ethnographic gender and development approach from a Muslim community in Senegal'. The Journal of Development Practice, (4), pp 8-23.

Hirmer, Monika and Istratii, Romina and Lim, Iris (2018) 'Editorial II: The Praxis of Decolonisation'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (11) 2017-2018, pp 10-15.

Istratii, Romina and Porter, Helen (2018) 'Understanding the possibilities and limitations of open access publishing for decolonising knowledge-making and dissemination'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (11) 2017-2018, pp 185-194.

Istratii, Romina (2017) 'Mainstream Gender and Development Concepts and Theories at the Interface with Local Knowledge Systems: Some Theoretical Reflections'. The Journal of Development Practice, (3), pp 1-13.

Istratii, Romina and Hirmer, Monika (2017) 'Introduction to Edition 10'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (10) 2016-2017, pp 2-3.

Istratii, Romina and Hirmer, Monika (2017) 'Letter from the Editors'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (10) 2016-2017, pp 4-8.

Istratii, Romina and Hirmer, Monika (2016) 'Introduction to Edition 9'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (9) 2015-2016, pp 2-3.

Istratii, Romina and Hirmer, Monika (2016) 'Letter From the Editors'. The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research, (9) 2015-2016.

Edited Books or Journals

Istratii, Romina and Hirmer, Monika and Lim, Iris, (eds.), (2018) Decolonisation in Praxis. UK: SOAS University of London. (The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research).

Hirmer, Monika and Istratii, Romina, (eds.), (2017) Exploring Fluid Times: Knowledge, Minds and Bodies. SOAS.. UK: SOAS University of London. (The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research Vol. 10 (2016-2017)).

Istratii, Romina and Hirmer, Monika, (eds.), (2016) Identities: Power and Politics. SOAS. (SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research; Vol. 9, 2015-2016).

Conference Items

Istratii, Romina (2019) '‘Religious fundamentalism’: Contemplating the epistemological, ethical and practical limitations of the conceptual category in its cross-cultural deployment' In: Strictly Observant Religion, Gender and the State, 25-26 March 2019, Woolf Institute, Cambridge University. [Unpublished]

Istratii, Romina (2019) 'Does the theoretical language of SDG 5 hinder understanding and addressing intimate partner violence cross-culturally? Some epistemological concerns and empirical insights from a religious society of Ethiopia.' In: Keeping Faith in 2030: Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals, 12-13 February 2019, SOAS University of London. [Unpublished]

Book Reviews

Istratii, Romina (2019) 'Book review: Religion and intimate partner violence: understanding the challenges and proposing solutions'. Journal of Religious & Theological Information.

Istratii, Romina (2017) 'Review of Wendy Urban-Mead, The Gender of Piety: Family, Faith, and Colonial Rule in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe, Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press 2015, xiv + 324 pp, ISBN 9-780821-421581'. Religion & Gender, (7) 2, pp 271-273.

Istratii, Romina (2016) 'Review of Afe Adogame. The Public Face of African New Religious Movements in Diaspora: Imagining the Religious 'Other.' Ashgate, 2014.'. British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) Bulletin, (129), pp 29-31.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Istratii, Romina (2018) Harnessing local knowledge to address gender-related issues: A new model of development in religious communities?.

Istratii, Romina (2018) Terrain/Fieldwork: gender and development through local epistemologies.

Istratii, Romina (2018) Substantiating ‘Development’: Toward an Epistemology-Sensitive Development as Freedom?.

Other

Istratii, Romina (2019) 'By Whose Standards? Religious Fundamentalism, Gender Equality and Cross-Cultural Differences'.

 

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