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Bronwen Mehta

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PhD Candidate

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Profile

I am a second year ESRC-funded PhD candidate in the PAIS department. I currently hold an MPhil in International Relations & Politics from the University of Cambridge; an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS; and a BSc in Government & History from the LSE. In addition to my academic qualifications, I have several years of experience working in media and publishing in Cairo, Egypt, with a particular focus on writing about women's issues. I am also an elected member of the Committee on Academic Freedom for the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.

Research

My PhD research explores dynamics of place and locality in online gender violence activism in the Middle East and North Africa. Within the research, I am using digital ethnographic methods to unpack and situate the burgeoning ecosystem of social media activism currently emerging across Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt and Algeria. My project is grounded in feminist epistemologies and uses a modified approach to Social Movement Theory that accounts for feminist and postcolonial critiques. I see this as a vital intervention in response to narratives of a global #MeToo and a placeless internet.

More broadly, my research interests are:

  • Cyberfeminism and digital activism - including issues of access, representation and equality;
  • Social and resistance movements and governmental responses;
  • Middle Eastern and North African politics;
  • Feminist theories and methodologies.

Teaching

In 2022/23 academic year, I am teaching three seminar groups for PO107: Introduction to Politics.

Awards

  • ESRC Midlands Graduate School PhD Studentship (2021-2025) - University of Warwick
  • Jennings Prize for Academic Excellence for MPhil Dissertation (2020) - Wolfson College, Cambridge

Conference Papers

  • Investigating transnationalism in Egypt’s digital anti-sexual harassment activism, Bristish Society for Middle Eastern Studies: Annual Conference (2022)
  • Shaped not silenced: Evaluating the Egyptian regime’s use of online information, LSE Middle East Centre: Gramsci in the Middle East and North Africa Conference (2022)
  • Online Activism: Challenging transnational perspectives & recentring the local, Wolfson College: International Women’s Day Conference (2021)
  • The economic and social impact of digital spaces in Egypt, Wolfson College: International Women’s Day Conference (2020)

Publications

Mehta, B., 2020. ‘Insta-Activism: Tackling Sexual Harassment in EgyptLink opens in a new window’. Transatlantic Puzzle.

Hamilton, M., Dixon, S., Young, J., McPherson, E., Srinivasan, S., Salter, E., Achermann, K., Barras, C., Czerwinsky, A., Mehta, B. and Siddiqui, M., 2020. The Right of Peaceful Assembly in Online Spaces: A Comment on the Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21 (Right of Peaceful Assembly) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Link opens in a new window

Brooks, M. (Host) and Mehta, B. (Contributor), 2020. Egypt after Revolution and CoupLink opens in a new window ft. Bronwen Mehta. [podcast] The Michael Brooks Show.