SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Sabiha Allouche

MA (SOAS) MA (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
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Sabiha Allouche
Department of Politics and International Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ms Sabiha Allouche
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Thesis title:
(working title) Un-doing Lebanon’s myth of ‘sexual freedom’: an empirical examination of the intimate life of non-married men and women in contemporary urban Lebanon
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PhD Research

Sabiha's thesis examines the ‘political economy of love’, defined as the ‘framework that links macro level political-economic transformations’ with subjective experiences of love, sexuality, and intimacy (Padilla et al, 2007) in the context of Lebanon. Sabiha's thesis seeks to remedy some of the misconceptions that contribute to widespread stereotypes related to sex and sexuality in the Middle East. During nine months of fieldwork, Sabiha interviewed dozens of non-married men and women who shared their their views on sex, love, and marriage. Sabiha's thesis is highly multidisciplinary as it seeks to unpack the multitude of layers that shape the discourse of love in Lebanon. Migration, social mobility, religion, and class all intersect in the making and dissolution of ‘impossible love stories’, and practices of 'coupling', and 'uncoupling'.


  • Western Media as ‘Technology of Affect’: The Affective Making of the Angry Arab Man, Graduate Journal of Social Science, Vol. 11, Issue 1, February 2015.
  • Are Sexual Dissidence and Gender Activism Necessarily Linked? Notes from the Field on the Body, Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Center, Lebanon Support, January 2015.


  • Political Association Studies 66th Annual International Conference, Brighton, UK, March 2016, ‘The Limits of Happiness: on ‘Affective Neo-colonialism’, Gender, and the Middle East’
  • The 57th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Atlanta, March 2016, ‘Beyond Conflict: on Sexual Violence against Men and the Continuum of Violence in a Lebanese Context, and ‘Queer, Foreign, and Refugee: the Triple Challenge of Syrian Queer Refugees in Lebanon’
  • The 2nd Annual Conference Academia and Social Justice, Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, Arab Studies Institute, American University of Beirut, Beirut, March 2016, ‘Orientalism and Academia: Towards a Decolonized Feminist Research in the Middle East
  • British Society for Middle Eastern Research (BRISMES) Annual Conference, London School of Economics, June 2015, ‘No Longer Caught Between Two World: Towards a Decolonized Feminist Research in the Middle East’
  • Queer Devices: A European Network for Queer Anthropology Workshop, Central European University, Budapest, September 2015, ‘Researching Sex and Sexuality in Contemporary Lebanon: Methodological Reflections’
  • The 9th European Feminist Research Conference, Sex and Capital, Rovaniemi, Lapland University, June 2015, ‘Migrant Domestic Workers and the Lebanese Household, or how Neoliberalism Killed Feminism’
  • Reflections on Social Change: Metamorphosis or Transformation? Birkbeck, University of London, May 2015, ‘The Revolution Will Not be Televised: on Sexual Dissidence and the ‘non-movement movement’ in Lebanon’
  • Talking Bodies: an International Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Chester, Chester, April 2015,
'Walk the Talk? Visuality and the Limits of Sexual Dissidence in the Context of Lebanon’
  • PECANS Workshop, Sexual Rights, Social Justice: What’s Law Got to Do with it? Brighton, March 2015, ‘Social Consent, not the Law: On Sexual Dissidence in a Lebanese Context’
  • The 56th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, February 2015, ‘In Life as in Death: International Relations and Gender Inequality’
  • The 2014 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Conference, Bristol, September 2014, ‘Sisters Doing it for Themselves? The Affective Politics of Women’s Movement in Lebanon’
  • 10th Annual CSGS Student Research Conference, California State University, Los Angeles, May 2014, ‘Reiterated Present, Imagined Futures: Reading Queer Gender Activism in Lebanon’
  • The 4th Annual UCSB Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference, Santa Barbara, April 2013, ‘Whatever Happened to the Cedar Revolution? Gender and Civil Society in Post-war Lebanon’
  • Let’s Talk About Sex: History of Sexuality PGR/ECR Workshop, University of Exeter, Exeter, July 2016, ‘Re-thinking Sex as Taboo: on Precarity and Sex in the Middle East’
  • European Association for Social Anthropologists, Milan, Italy, July 2016,‘From 'Becoming Parents' to 'Becoming Life Partners': on Men, Marriage, and Accidental Feminism in Contemporary Lebanon’
  • International Feminist Journal of Politics Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2016, ‘Re: No Longer Caught Between Two World: Towards a Decolonized Feminist Research in the Middle East’


  • Member of Centre for Gender Studies
  • Department of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Member of the International Studies Association (Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section, Woman Caucus, LGBT Caucus)



  • Affect theory
  • Queer theory
  • Anthropology
  • Feminist theory
  • Gender studies,
  • Comparative politics
  • IR