I am an Early Career IAS Fellow and a have recently completed my PhD with the English and
Comparative Literature Department at the University of Warwick. My research project, Stories of Paradox and Exposure: Second Wave Arab Feminist Writing charts the so-far unnamed and unstudied Second Wave of Arab Feminism from the 1980s onwards. The work aims to undermine the oft-cited claims that Arab women writers and feminists are always ‘subaltern’, and that feminism was an import of the West to the Arab world by demonstrating the presence of a feminist history (the First Wave), and break in this feminist consciousness which leads to the Second Wave. I look at women’s knowledge networks, which can be immaterial (such as intergenerational trauma), or real (such as The Knowledge Workshop in Beirut). I map the impact of the feminist approaches that we can see in feminist literature onto “real” instances of feminist activism and feminist networks in the Mashreq. I primarily engage with writers from Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria, such as Mansoura Ez Eldin, Nawal El Saadawi, Joumana Haddad, and Hanan Al-Shaykh.
While my PhD project focuses on Arab feminist writing, my research interests vary widely, including feminisms and international feminisms, postcolonial studies, protest, embodiment, place and space theory, gender and queer theory, gothic literature, and zombie fiction.
I have presented several papers based on my research across the UK since 2015. I will be presenting as a keynote at Arab Literature in English: Re-writing Gender, Race, Politics and Culture in 2020, for which the calls for papers are now open. I have presented Sexual Violence and the City: A Short History of Gender Violence Among Protestors in the 2011 Cairo Uprisings for 'Fifty Years of Revolution: Gender, Race and Resistance 1968-2018' held at the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York (May 2018); as well as Fear Writing: the Gothic in Contemporary Arab Women's Writing for the 14th Annual Postgraduate Symposium in the English and Comparative Literary Studies Department (May 2018).
I was a participant in the 2019 'Lebanon Dissertation Summer Institute’ in association with American University of Beirut’s Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) and the Arab Studies Institute. This includes 1 year research affiliation with CAMES.
My first teaching role was as a private tutor teaching English as a second language, and then I worked as a sessional cover teacher in a special educational needs college. Since 2016 I have taught across departments at the University of Warwick, such as Modern World Literature, the Academic Writing Program, Modes of Reading, Applied Imagination with IATL, and I taught and co-convened Art and Revolution with Liberal Arts for two years.
In 2019/20 I continue my role as the Academic Writing Support Officer for the English and Comparative Literature department. This provision is designed to offer students constructive and targeted individual support to help them develop their academic writing and build on tutor feedback; students can make an appointment here to access this provision.
I am touched to have won the 2017/18 WATE Award for Postgraduates who Teach, and sincerely thank my students and colleagues who nominated me.
I have run several workshops with the Academic Development Centre, including a 'Window on Teaching' session on supporting UG writing (video forthcoming), on integrating risk into the classroom to benefit mental health, and on using stand-up comedy techniques in seminar teaching.
As well as studying and teaching I am a Deputy Warden for the Residential Life Team on campus.