Womanhood, an Egyptian Kaleidoscope

The Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS invites you to the film screening of

 Womanhood, an Egyptian Kaleidoscope

Film Screening followed by Discussion

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 6pm

SALT (S110) – Senate House Building, SOAS, University of London

Chaired by:

Florie Bavard (Film Director and Co-Producer, Founder of Association Womanhood) and Professor Nadje Al-Ali (Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS)

Filmed in 2015 in Cairo, Womanhood, an Egyptian Kaleidoscope shows 15 women’s experiences in Egypt in the (post)revolutionary context. Presenting a kaleidoscope of these women’s perspectives and personal narratives using visual anthropology, the film works, along with the women involved, to deconstruct the different gendered stereotypes imposed upon them in their everyday lives. Womanhood presents an insight into (post)revolutionary Egypt, analysing the role of women in the political struggles there as well as these women’s changing social roles.

The event will commence with a brief presentation by the film’s Director, Florie Bavard. Ten extracts from the full film will then be shown (50 mins) with the perspectives being presented revolving around 4 key themes: Activism, Gender, Voice and The West. The screening be followed by a discussion with Florie Bavard, Professor Nadje Al-Ali and the audience present.

► To watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/NPZTLk-ZmPM
► To see more videos on Facebook: www.facebook.com/womanhoodkaleidoscope
► To discover the future website: http://www.womanhood-egyptian-kaleidoscope.com

Film Screening of “Afghan Women behind the wheel’ and Skype Q&A

Film Screening of “Afghan Women behind the wheel’ and Skype Q&A

Date: 24/02/2017, 5pm-8pm

SOAS, Senate House Building, Room S209 (2nd floor)

Nearest station: Russell Square

Join us for a virtual evening with a screening of “Afghan Women behind the Wheel” and a skype Q&A with the maker of film Dr Sahraa Karimi.

Dr Karimi is a young and brilliant filmmaker, art critic, collector of Afghan art and scholar, who has lived in Afghanistan, Iran and Slovenia. She has been on the jury of the international Fajr Festival in Tehran and has been part of numerous projects in the region and beyond.

The film is about the limited rights and options of women in a country that is not just poor and war-ravaged, but in which many men passionately believe women to be inferior. It explores the desire for freedom. To obtain a driving license is becoming a key factor towards personal freedom for Afghanwomen. However, is the Afghan society prepared for women behind the wheel?

This event will be ticketed and it will be first come first serve basis so please arrive early to secure a seat. We will be charging £3 for the entry at the door and all proceeds go towards charity. This event will be fundraising for a very specific individual. Here is her story!

In hope for Hamideh’s sight, she is currently just seeing shapes and dark colours, Hamideh Mohammadi is a young Hazara woman in her late twenties who lives with her four brothers in Tehran. Hamideh has been losing her vision since she is 18 years old and has developed a physical condition making walking very hard for her. She depends on her brothers care and is in need of a
proper diagnosis and perspectives for therapy. Hamideh has been to doctors in Iran but has had no chance of success. Finally a hospital in Berlin can help her. Therefore, this fundraiser will raise funds for her travel and healthcare.

If you have any questions about Hamideh’s story or how to donate please contact Paniz Musawi sm149@soas.ac.uk or get in touch with Amina Akbar 610152@soas.ac.uk.

We hope to see you all there and lets be a part of this amazing cause.

Dr Alyosxa Tudor speaking at LSE: Critical differentiations of racism and migratism

Dr Alyosxa Tudor, Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, will speak at LSE on ‘Critical differentiations of racism and migratism’

Date: Wednesday 1st February
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Room: NAB.1.15

My paper revisits (Western European) critical migration studies and feminist approaches to migration with the insights from postcolonial theories and transnational feminism. I suggest that a critical differentiation of racism and migratism is needed in postcolonial and transnational feminist understandings of racism and migration, in order to sharpen the critique of racism in postcolonial Europe. I elaborate on the assumption that the equalization of racism and the ascription of migration and the homogenizing use of ‘culture’ and ‘nation’ in the field of critical migration studies render Europeans of Color unthinkable, as abject positions in migration discourses, even within knowledge production on ‘migration’ with critical intentions. My approach is a theoretical work that intervenes in academic and activist knowledge productions on migration that rely on so called ‘neo-racism’ concepts and construct Europe as a space free from racialization. Drawing on queer, trans and feminist, postcolonial and anti-racist interventions my research investigates the ongoing presence and legacy of colonialism in constructions of Western nations, intellegible Europeaness and migration.

For more information please see here

Event – CGS Seminar Series – ‘There’s nothing more public than privacy’: sodomy law judgments and the shifting boundaries of private space

‘There’s nothing more public than privacy’: sodomy law judgments and the shifting boundaries of private space

Thursday 23rd February 2017


Khalili Lecture Theatre

Dr Mayur Suresh, SOAS

Chair: Dr Alyosxa Tudor


Where courts have struck down laws that criminalise same-sex conduct, they often do so on the ground that they violate a right to privacy. The US Supreme Court’s Lawrence judgment and the Delhi High Court’s Naz Foundation judgment both rely upon an idea of privacy to hold that the state had no legitimate interest in infringing the right of same-sex people in their intimate spaces. Both of these judgments have been criticised for domesticating the idea of liberty (Franke: 2004, Puri: 2016) given that, in these readings of the judgments, the idea of privacy is linked to the idea of physical space. Consequently, the Naz Foundation judgment has been criticised further for reflecting elite concerns over the private space – leaving those who have ‘unnatural’ sex in public to face the full force of the anti-sodomy law.

In this presentation I seek to make a qualified defence of the idea of privacy in these judgements. I argue, first, that the these criticisms of sodomy law judgements misapprehend the nature of legal reasoning and the idea of precedent. By looking only teleologically at these judgments, the critics occlude the fact that the judgements not only creatively reimagine past precedent but also enables more creative futures for the law (Lefebvre: 2008). Secondly, the criticisms of the judgments look at private space as a physical category rather than a discursive one. Privacy, I argue, has moveable, shifting boundaries and that in the sodomy law judgments takes on an avatar that is productive in that situation. In conclusion, I argue that by linking the idea of a future of precedent to the idea of a moveable boundary of the private, that the idea of privacy in these judgments allows us to creatively reimagine the future of the right to privacy.

Mayur Suresh is a lecturer in the School of Law, SOAS.

Event – CGS Seminar Series – Woman’s Place: Gender Perspectives of Belonging and Destruction in Israel/Palestine

Woman’s Place: Gender Perspectives of Belonging and Destruction in Israel/Palestine

Thursday 9th March 2017

Khalili Lecture Theatre


Dr Hagar Kotef, SOAS

Chair: Dr Nadje Al Ali



Taking the feminist insight that home is a key political concept, this talk examines home-making—which is also a matter of nation-building and individual, as well as collective identities—in contexts of settler colonialism, specifically in Israel/Palestine. In such contexts “home” emerges as a site wherein hierarchies and modes of domination are re-inscribed and contested, rather than a simple refuge from violence. This conjuncture of violence and the domestic sphere relies on a long feminist tradition, which is (re-)situated here within a colonial matrix. Thinking of “home” from this perspective is an effort to understand the array of passions, attachments, and modes of belonging that are entangled with institutional, state violence. It is also a way of envisioning political models that go beyond institutional and universal models of rights, drawing instead on affect and natality. In the case of Israel/Palestine this may allow to conceive the future of the territory no longer from the point of view of ruling apparatuses, dictating a legal framework whose focus is the borders of a one-state/two-state solution, but from the point of view of those inhabiting the land, as well as those who are forced out and away from it.


Hagar Kotef is a Senior Lecturer of Political Theory and Comparative Political Thought at the Department of Politics and International Relations, SOAS, The University of London. She is the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility (Duke University Press, 2015).

Event- Meeting/Discussion with Ghiwa Sayegh

Meeting/Discussion with Ghiwa Sayegh
15 June 2016
3-5 PM
Please join us for an informal meeting/discussion with Ghiwa Sayegh, feminist activist and editor of Kohl: a journal of body and gender research. The event will be on Wednesday 15 June form 3-5pm in G51A. Afterwards, we will go out for an informal social gathering. 

Born in 1989, Ghiwa Sayegh is a feminist, activist, researcher, writer, and editor based in Beirut, Lebanon. She has been involved in queer and feminist spaces since 2009. She is completing a Master’s degree in English Literature at the American University of Beirut. Ghiwa is the founder and editor in chief of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. She serves on the advisory committee of Frida ǀ The Young Feminist Fund as a Middle East and North Africa region advisor and is a member of RESURJ – Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice.


  Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research كحل: مجلة لأبحاث الجسد و الجندر is a progressive, feminist journal on gender and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Kohl is a biannual, multilingual, open access, and peer reviewed journal that publishes research articles as well as different forms of writing and production. It targets mainly, but not exclusively, graduate-level academics, fresh graduates, independent writers, activists, and researchers who are not affiliated with an academic institution. Created in December 2014, this journal hopes to trouble the hegemony of knowledge production, and ensure that our regions and communities play a central role in redefining their own intersections and challenges when it comes to feminist and sexuality research.