SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Dr Samia Khatun

BA (University of Sydney), PhD (University of Sydney)
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Samia Khatun
Centre for Gender Studies

Senior Lecturer

Dr Samia Khatun
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I am a feminist historian of the British Empire, focussing on the life worlds and experiences of colonised peoples. Tackling the central role of the discipline of modern history in constructing myths of the superiority of white man, my research and writing develops methodologies for analysing intersecting gender, race and class oppressions by engaging colonised peoples’ intellectual traditions. In doing so I take aim at a racist assumption that profoundly shapes contemporary scholarship about Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas: The claim that the knowledge traditions of Enlightened man have superseded the epistemologies of peoples colonised by European empires.

Before joining SOAS, I was Associate Professor at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), where I was developing one of the first undergraduate history programs in the burgeoning private university sector in Bangladesh. Prior to this role, I was a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne and have held visiting research positions at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin), the University of Otago (Dunedin) and Jadavpur University (Kolkata). My documentaries on Muslim migration, race relations and white nationalism have screened on Australian national broadcasters ABC-TV and SBS-TV and my first monograph Australianama: The South Asian Odyssey in Australia was published in December 2018.




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Khatun, Samia (2017) 'The Book of Marriage: Histories of Muslim Women in Twentieth-Century Australia'. Gender & History, (29) 1, pp 8-30.

Silverstein, Jordana and D’Cruz, Carolyn and McKinnon, Crystal and Desouza, Ruth and Khatun, Samia (2017) 'Intersectionality, Resistance, and History-Making: A Conversation between Carolyn D’Cruz, Ruth Desouza, Samia Khatun, and Crystal McKinnon'. Lilith: A Feminist History Journal 23, pp 15-22.

Khatun, Samia (2015) 'Beyond Blank Spaces: Five Tracks to Late Nineteenth-Century Beltana'. Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, (5) 3, pp 68-86.

Khatun, Samia (2007) 'Antipodean Intimacies: Medical Sex Advice for Women in the Australian Colonies, 1857-1890'. Australian Feminist Studies, (22) 52, pp 89-105.

Book Chapters

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Khatun, Samia (2006) 'Norman Haire and Cecil Cook on Procedures of Sterilisation in the Inter-War Period'. In: Boucher, Leigh and Ellinghaus, Katherine and Carey, Jane, (eds.), Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of an Identity. Melbourne: RMIT Press, pp 454-463.


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Khatun, Samia (2011) 'Morubhumite Bangla Kabbo = মরুভূমিতে বাংলা কাব্য' Robbar.


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