Women's Rights Research Seminars

Women's Rights Research Seminars

The Women's Rights Research Seminar (WRRS) at the Middle East Centre was founded in 2009 with the initial aim of directing interdisciplinary scholarly research on women in Iran.  Since then, the research group has broadened to include the Middle East Region. The aim of the seminars is to present current research on the changing Middle East and how development and globalization have affected women’s rights.  The original conveners were Nazila Ghanea-Hercock, Anna Enayat, Mastan Ebtehaj, Soraya Tremayne and Camillia El-Solh. The current conveners are: Marilyn Booth, Nazila Ghanea-Hercock and Soraya Tremayne.

The past speakers include:

  1. Tahereh Hadian, University of Oxford: Women in Iranian cinema
  2. Soraya Tremayne, University of Oxford: Women’s reproductive rights in Iran
  3. Nargess Tavassolian, SOAS, journalist and legal activist: Iranian women prisoners
  4. Anna Enayat, St Antony’s College: Iranian women’s rights and the sharia law
  5. Binesh Hassanpour, University Oxford: Iranian women’s rights and politics
  6. Nazila Ghanea, University of Oxford: Human Rights and Minorities in Iran: A focus on the Baha'is
  7. Ann Harrison, Amnesty International: Women’s rights in Iran
  8. Katja Zvan Elliot, University of Oxford: Modernizing patriarchy: The politics of women’s rights in Morocco
  9. Dorthe Engelcke, University of Oxford: Women  and the family law reform in Morocco
  10. Marwa Daoudy, University of Oxford: Reflections on Women in and After the Arab Spring
  11. Shirin Saeidi, Cambridge University
  12. Mishana Hosseinioun, University of Oxford:The Globalisation of Universal Human Rights Norms: Implications for Women’s Rights Reform in the Middle East
  13. Mezna Qato: Women’s legal rights in Qatar
  14. Zahra Tizro, St John University of York: Sexual violence and marriage contract in Iran
  15. Marzieh Kaivanara, University of Bristol: Rhinoplasty and modernity in Iran
  16. Henriette Dahan, Ben Gurion University: Palestinian activism  in Israel: A Bedouin women leader in a changing Middle East
  17. Mastoureh Fathi, University of Southampton: 'We are middle class in English standards’: Spatial belonging and classed identities of Iranian women migrants in Britain
  18. Monireh Mohammadi, University of Oxford: The paradoxes of representation and Iranian women
  19. Nadia Aghtai, Bristol University: Patriarchy and digital technologies
  20. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford: Gender, Islam and the Sahrawi politics of survival
  21. Iris Egmon, Israeli Visiting Scholar
  22. Atlas Torbati University of Southampton:Perception of Iranian men towards sexual violence with intersection of religion/culture, sexuality, gender and immigration status
  23. Helen Lackner, Consultant in social development: Gender issues in Yemen; women’s choices
  24. Kat Eghdamian, University of Oxford: Religion, gender and the experiences of displacement: Insights from Syrian Christian refugees in Jordan
  25. Leila Alikarami, Lawyer and legal advisor in human rights: Women and equality in Iran: Society and activism
  26. Mehri Zarifi-Kolyane Oxford Centre for Mission Studies: Women, peace-building and digitaltechnologies
  27. Zahra Maranlou, St. Antony’s College: Iranian women’s rights
  28. Sachiko Hoyosa, St. Antony’s College
  29. Mona Tajali, St. Antony’s College: Iranian women’s politicians and the elections
  30. Abouali Vedadhir, University of Tehran: Women and medical education: Is gender discrimination a myth or a reality in contemporary Iran?
  31. Sophie Chamas, University of Oxford: Demasculising Hezbollah: Women of ‘The Resistance’
  32. Sara Bamdad, Warwick University: Infertility and gender in Iran
  33. Zuzanna Olszewska, University of Oxford: The cyber-politics of Afghan women’s rights
  34. Marilyn Booth, University of Oxford: Cairo in Chicago, Chicago in Cairo, 1893: Arab women, Egyptian representations, and the World Columbian Exposition
  35. Marcia Inhorn, University of Yale: The ongoing Iraq War: Impacts on gender, health, and Society
  36. Basma Al-Motlaq, SOAS: Dancing with words: Subverting the master narrative in Saudi women’s literature
  37. Joanna De Groot, University of York: Gender, space and women’s rights in Nineteenth Century Iran:  Some reflections and questions
  38. Stephanie Berry, University of Sussex: Securitization of Muslim women in the European Court of Human Rights
  39. Ezgi Basaran Karli, St Antony’s College: Women in ‘new Turkey’: The story of how we lost ground
  40. Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick: Gendered paradoxes of socio-political transformations in the Arab World after 2011
  41. Zep Kalb, University of Oxford: Schooling society and state: Women and the teachers movement in Iran
  42. Mariam Memarsadeghi, E-Collaborative for Civic Education: Women & the struggle for democracy in Iran
  43. Deena Alasfoor, University of Oxford: Tale of two Omani women
  44. Elife Bicer-Deveci, University of Oxford: Women’s movement from late 19th century until 1930s in Istanbul
  45. Naysan Adlparvar, Universities of Yale: Between love and lineage: Elopement, rights and violence in an Afghan valley
  46. Kamiar Alaei, Institute for International Health and Education: Between Conservatism and Pragmatism: Crafting a human rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS related services for women in the Middle East
  47. Shahla Tizro, York St John University:  The Archaeology of Experience of Domestic Violence against women in Iran
  48. Marilyn Booth, University of Oxford: Jeanne d’Arc, Arab hero? Warrior women, gender confusion
  49. Ozlem Galip, University of Oxford: From Kurdistan to Europe: Kurdish Literary, Artistic and Cultural Activism by Kurdish Women Intellectuals
  50. Behnaz Hosseini, University of Vienna: Trafficking and slavery under ISIS: Trauma and rehabilitation of Yezidi female survivors
  51. Tomoko Yamagishi, Meiji University:Women's Football and Futsal in Iran - their challenges and struggles

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