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Teodora Todorova

Prior to joining the Sociology department in Warwick in September 2016 I was based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Nottingham where I worked as a teaching-focus Assistant Professor. I completed my PhD in Critical Theory in 2013, and an MA in Post-Conflict Cultures in 2009 (with Distinction) in the Department of Culture, Film and Media at The University of Nottingham.

To date my research has been concerned with theories and practices of ethico-political responsibility in the context of ethno-nationalist conflict. I have worked on gendered violence and post-conflict reconciliation in Bosnia Herzegovina, and on solidarity activism in Palestine-Israel. More broadly, my work is concerned with grassroots activism and transnational civil society responses to gendered and racialised power and state violence.

I am currently developing a solo research project on The Juridicalization of Transnational Decolonial Activism (working title). The project which examines the growing juridicalization of political activist mobilization in settler colonial societies and the consequences for decolonial politics in these contexts. This project will bring together three sets of literature in order to examine the role of legal activism, cause lawyering, and lawfare on decolonial political mobilization in Palestine-Israel and North America. The three theoretical frameworks which underpin this project are settler-colonial theory, social movement theory, and critical legal sociology.

The project seeks to examine the shifting role played by law in political mobilization from normative appeals to international human rights law as an instrument to claim ‘rights’ in a domestic context; to the instrumentalization and weaponization of lawfare or the adoption of litigation to promote or suppress social change. The implications of the latter development, it is argued tentatively, are that the juridicalization of social movement activism traps decolonial politics in a closed legalistic loop whereby claims and counterclaims rely on the legitimation of the very socio-legal systems which need to be transformed in order to achieve tangible socio-political change in relation to material conditions and the dominant discourses which legitimise and reproduce existing inequalities and exclusions within settler-colonial societies.

Conversely, the juridicalization of decolonial activism may also serve to visibilise and legitimise the concerns of marginalised indigenous communities and their decolonial allies. For example, successful litigation can affirm native title to land, protect indigenous communities from dispossession, and raise the transnational profile of decolonial struggles in settler colonial societies. What remains to be explored further is the extent to which the juridicalization of decolonial activism has contributed to the possibility for decolonising the current settler-colonial socio-legal order as opposed to simply legitimising liberal settler-colonial legalism and diverting valuable time, energy, and resources which can be spent on political activism and social transformation.

Teaching in 2019-2020

Term 1:

SO336 Social Movements and Political Action

SO92C Understanding Social Science

Term 2:

SO126 Class and Capitalism in the Neoliberal World

SO360 State Crime, Human Rights and Global Wrongs (NEW in 2019-2020)

Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

Todorova T. (2019) ‘Vulnerability as a politics of decolonial solidarity: The case of The Anarchists Against the Wall’ in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2019.1647663.

Todorova, T. (2015) ‘Reframing binationalism in Palestine-Israel as settler decolonisation’ in Antipode: a radical journal of Geography, 47:5. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anti.12153/abstract.

Todorova, T, (2013) ‘Bearing Witness to Al Nakba in a Time of Denial’ in Matar, Dina and Harb, Zahera, eds., Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communication Practices in Lebanon and Palestine. London: I.B. Tauris.

Todorova, T. (2011) ‘Giving Memory a Future’: confronting the legacy of mass rape in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina’ in Journal of International Women’s Studies Special Issue Vol. 12, No. 2. http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol12/iss2/2/ .1

Book Reviews

‘James Eastwood, Ethics as a Weapon of War: Militarism and Morality in Israel, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.’ In in Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 2017; first available online at https://radicalantipode.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/book-review_todorova-on-eastwood.pdf.

‘Frances S. Hasso and Zakia Salime (eds), Freedom Without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Revolutions, Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.’ in Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 2017; first available online at https://radicalantipode.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/book-review_todorova-on-hasso-and-salime.pdf.

‘Cahal McLaughlin, Recording Memories from Political Violence: A Filmmaker’s Journey, 2010.’ in Journal of Media Practice, 2012, 12: 2.

Non-refereed writing

‘Securing Human Rights in an Age of Securitisation’ (2018) in Council for British Research in the Levant, https://cbrl.ac.uk/news/item/name/securing-human-rights-in-an-age-of-securitisation.

‘Warehousing Palestine’ (2015) on OpenDemocracy.net, https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/teodora-todorova/warehousing-palestine.

Awards and Nominations

2019: Nominated for Warwick Award in Teaching Excellence.

2018: Nominated for Warwick Award in Teaching Excellence.

2018: Senior Visiting Fellowship at The Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem, Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)

2017: Warwick Faculty of Social Science Research Forum Funding for Palestine Today Conference, co-organised by Law, PAIS and Sociology.

2017: Warwick Sociology Funding for Palestine Today Conference.

2017: BSA Early Career Forum Regional Event Funding.

2015: Nominated for Students’ Union Staff Oscar in the categories of Teaching: Best All-Rounder, and Personal Tutor: Best All-Rounder.

2009: Winner of the FWSA (Feminist and Women’s Studies Association) Student Essay Competition.

 

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Teaching Fellow

Email: T.Todorova@warwick.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 24882

Room: D0.24