Round-table Discussion: Gendering 'Everyday Islam'

13 November 2018 17:30 to 19:00

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London





Gendering 'Everyday Islam' was the theme of a recent special issue of the journal Contemporary Levant - an issue that set out to address the aspect of gender in the recent debate on 'everyday Islam' in scholarship, particularly anthropology, of Muslim societies. This special issue offers a valuable contribution to rethinking the gendered meanings of ‘everyday Islam,’ Islamic piety and normativity in contemporary Muslim-majority societies and their diasporas.

At this roundtable discussion, organised in partnership with LMEI at SOAS, the editors of this special issue, Pnina Werbner (Keele University) and Claudia Liebelt (University of Bayreuth) will introduce the special issue theme and examples of research discussed therein. Contributor to this issue, Laura Ferrero (University of Turin) will discuss her paper entitled: ‘Gendering Islam through migration: Egyptian women’s gathering in a mosque in Turin (Italy)’. Commentators include Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS University of London) and Contemporary Levant's Editor-in-Chief Michelle Obeid (University of Manchester) will chair this roundtable discussion. 

Admission Free - all welcome. 

Pnina Werbner is Professor Emerita in Social Anthropology at Keele University. She is author of ‘The Manchester Migration Trilogy – The Migration Process (1990 – 2002), Imagined Diasporas (2002) and Pilgrims of Love (2003) – and The Making of an African Working Class (Pluto Press, 2014), and editor of several theoretical collections on hybridity, cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, migration and citizenship.

Claudia Liebelt completed her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology in Halle and is Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology at Bayreuth University. Her current primary research interest and teaching pertains to the gendered notions of beauty and aesthetic body modification in Turkey extending to questions of normativity, intimate labour, embodiment and Islam in its lived and embodied aspects.  She is the PI of a research project on ‘Aesthetic Body Modifications and Femininity in a Global City: Cultures of Beauty in Istanbul’ financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). She has authored Caring for the ‘Holy Land’: Filipina domestic workers in Israel (Berghahn, 2011), published in high-ranking journals (such as Journal of the Middle East Women’s Studies, Ethnos, Feminist Review) and has written various book chapters in edited volumes.

Laura Ferrero obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from Turin University. She is a teaching assistant of medical anthropology and the anthropology of the Middle East. She is also a Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Fundamental rights (LDF) in Turin. Her main research interests are migration studies, gender and family in Arab-Muslim societies.

Deniz Kandiyoti is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at SOAS. She is author of Cariyeler, Bacilar, Yurttaslar (1997, 2007) the editor of Fragments of Culture: The Everyday of Modern Turkey (2002), Gendering the MIddle East (1996), Women, Islam and the State (1991) and of numerous articles on gender, Islam, post-coloniality, post-Soviet transition, rural livelihoods and gender in Central Asia and the politics of gender and reconstruction in Afghanistan. 

Michelle Obeid completed a PhD in Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 2006 and took up a four-year Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, at the University of Manchester in 2007, before becoming a full-time Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology in 2011. Michelle has conducted ethnographic research in north-eastern Lebanon and London, focusing on post-war border sociality, livelihoods, kinship, displacement and home. In 2016, Michelle launched and has served as Editor-in-Chief Contemporary Levant - a new multidisciplinary journal for CBRL that publishes original research on contemporary politics, society and culture in the Levant region, its diasporas and neighbouring countries.

This event is co-organised with London Middle East Institute, SOAS University of London.

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