- Hannelore Van Bavel
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- The production and travel of discourses on female genital surgeries: a nodal ethnography of the global anti-FGM/C domain
I hold a MSc in Sociology (with Major in Conflict and Development) and a MA in Gender and Diversity Studies. I am interested in discourses on women and so-called 'harmful practices' in the Global South, in particular in East Africa. My PhD fieldwork took place in London, Senegal, and Kenya. I have previously conducted research on sex work and female circumcision in Tanzania.
My PhD research is a nodal ethnography of the global anti-FGM domain. In particular, it traces the production and international travel of discourses on female genital mutilation/cutting or female circumcision. I am interested in why and how certain discourses on FGM/C gain global reach while others remain marginal or are actively silenced. In addition, I look at how discourses are translated as they travel and at the interests behind and material conditions surrounding said discourses.