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Advisory Committee

Suki Ali (Department of Sociology)

Sarah Ashwin (Department of Management) 

Shakuntala Banaji (Department of Media and Communications)

Cathy Campbell (Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science)

Christine Chinkin (Centre for Women Peace & Security)

Lilie Chouliaraki (Department of Media and Communications) 

Ernestina Coast (Department of Social Policy)

Sylvia Chant (Department of Geography and Environment)

Denisa Kostovicova (Department of Government)

Nicola Lacey (Department of Law)

Katharine Millar (Department of International Relations)

Irini Moustaki (Department of Statistics)

Linda Mulcahy (Department of Law/PhD Academy)

Anne Phillips (Department of Government)

Coretta Phillips (Department of Social Policy)

Hakan Seckinelgin (Department of Social Policy)

Alpa Shah (Department of Anthropology) 

 

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Shakuntala Banaji

I’m currently working on two major projects one in Europe (http://www.lse.ac.uk/media@lse/research/CATCH-EyoU.aspx) and one in the Middle East and North Africa (http://www.lse.ac.uk/middleEastCentre/research/Collaboration-Projects/collaborations%202015-2016/AUS/Home.aspx) both of them examining the connections between sociocultural environments and young people’s political and civic creativity in offline and online environmentments. Fascinating issues with respect to gender and sexuality, and the ways in which young people decide to or are constrained to mobilise around these have emerged from our case studies of creative civic practice. As I’m on sabbatical this term, I’ve recently travelled to Greece to present my findings about the multitude of young people’s creative participatory practices for the European project, and to Sharjah to collaborate with my co-Investigator on the Personalised media project.

I’ve had two new books out recently: Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change. (London and New York: Routledge) in 2016 and Youth Participation in Europe: Stories of Hope and Disillusion. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) with Cammaerts et al. in 2015.

In the past year I’ve delivered keynotes at IAMCR (Leicester 2016 http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/plenaries ) about the need to decolonise global communications scholarship; and at MeccSa 2017 http://meccsa2017.org.uk/keynotes/ about the uneven and unequal development being pushed in India under the guise of digitisation. I will be delivering the Estonian Sociological Association Keynote in Tallinn this month on young people, democracy and online civic cultures, and in June I will travel to Fudan University in China to deliver lectures as co-chair of the Fudan-Harvard Yenching Institute workshop on new media, gender and sexuality. 

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Dr Denisa Kostovicova

Dr Denisa Kostovicova is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at the Department of Government at London School of Economics and Political Science. She has was educated at Central European University (M.A.) and Cambridge University (M.Phil., Ph.D.). She also held Junior Research Fellowships at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Linacre College, Oxford. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she worked as a journalist during the wars of Yugoslavia’s dissolution in 1990s, reporting for the CNN World Report and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others. 

Denisa’s research deals with transition from war to peace, with a particular focus on understanding the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction from the perspective of the people on the ground. She is the author of Kosovo: The Politics of Identity and Space (2005), and co-editor of a number of special issues and books including Transnationalism in the Balkans (2008), Persistent State Weakness in the Global Age (2009), Bottom-up Politics: An Agency-Centred Approach to Globalization (2011), and Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans (2013), as well as numerous academic articles and analytic pieces as well as blogs (for example, see her blog on Researching Transitional Justice in the Balkans http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/government/2016/02/18/researching-transitional-justice-in-the-balkans-the-victims-of-war-crimes-and-their-civic-voice/).

Denisa contributes regularly to public debates and to international and UK media, with comments on post-conflict state-building and reconstruction, war crimes, and transitional justice. Also, she is committed to knowledge-exchange with international and national policy-makers, having authored reports for the EU and the UN.

Her research has been supported by numerous grants, such as MacArthur Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation, the EU's 7th Framework Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), among others.

In 2015-16, Denisa was awarded the Leverhulme Research Fellowship. She conducted a programme of research investigating the merits of a regional approach to post-conflict justice which is the subject of the monograph that she is writing.

In 2016, with her collaborators at King’s College London and University of the Arts London, Denisa was awarded funding through the Large Grant scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the Conflict Theme of the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) and through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), for a two-year project ‘Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community.’ This inter-disciplinary project investigates post-conflict reconciliation by combining history, political science, art and creative practice, to find out and assess the potential of artistic practices and artefacts to play a role in inter-communal conflict resolution, remembrance, forgetting and forgiving (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/government/2016/11/30/art-and-reconciliation-looking-at-post-conflict-reconstruction-in-a-different-light/).

Denisa has a strong interest in a gender dimension of peace-building, and, particularly, of post-conflict justice and justice-seeking. An aspect of her current research project is about the contribution of women to justice-seeking. As a member of the Conflict Research Group, based at the LSE’s Department of Government, she organised public events that focused on breaking the stigma and addressing war-time rape through art in post-conflict Kosovo with artist Alketa Xhafa-Mripa, (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/government/2016/04/07/confronting-war-time-rape-the-power-of-art-in-kosovo/) and on sexual assaults on women in US military serving in missions in Afghanistan and Iraq with author Helen Benedict and other panellists (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/government/2015/05/06/women-in-conflict-violence-injustice-and-power/). Also, she is the co-coordinator of the Bosnia and Herzegovina work-package of the ESRC Strategic Network on Gender Violence Across War and Peace based at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

She has recently given a TEDxLSE ‘What we would have known’ on the bottom-up politics, research methods, and responsibility of political scientists. 

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Denisa Kostovicova gives talk on the bottom-up politics, research methods, and responsibility of political scientists.

 

 

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Alpa Shah

Alpa Shah is an LSE Associate Professor in Anthropology. She directs the Programme of Research on Inequality and Poverty, exploring how and why India’s low castes remain at the bottom of the social and economic hierarchy despite economic growth. She is the author of ‘In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India’. She has published more than twenty-five essays and journal articles and has edited seven volumes on issues ranging from affirmative action, agrarian change, revolution in India and Nepal, emancipatory politics, the underbelly of the Indian boom, and Adivasi and Dalit political pathways. She has also scripted programmes and reported for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.

Alpa iscurrently completing two books. The first is a co-authored book on social inequality exploring how neoliberal capitalism in India has expanded through entrenching the intersection between class, caste and gender. Over the next year Alpa will be working on a photo exhibition based on this book to be exhibited at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS in Autumn 2017 and on hosting young Tribal Scholars from India at the LSE. Her second book project is on the world’s longest standing armed revolutionary struggle - India’s Maoist inspired Naxalite movement –and is based on extensive long-term ethnographic field research in guerrilla strongholds. Alpa is delighted to have been invited to deliver her last keynote lecture in Ranchi city, the capital of Jharkhand where she has conducted years of fieldwork. It was entitled, ‘The Wonders of Adivasis: Emancipated Women, Feminist Men and the Threats to Gender Relations in Jharkhand’

 

Visiting Scholars

PhDs

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 Melissa Chacon

I am a feminist scholar with a MA (research) degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Universidad de Granada (Spain) (Cum Laude), a previous MA (research) degree in Psychosocial Research and a BA in Psychology from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). The focus of my research has been the understanding of the intersections between concepts of mental health, emotions/affect, violence, and the definition and production of gender identities. I have been also interested in the exploration of innovative research methodologies located midway between the social sciences and the humanities. During the last two years my scholarly inquiry has integrated the exploration of the role of gender/race/class and emotions as social constructs embodying relations of power within war and armed conflict scenarios in Colombia.

For my prospective dissertation: 'Queering violence: affective alignments as heteronormative strategies of social control in Colombia'I seek to investigate how violence is differentiated and endorsed by emotions embedded in heteronormative discourses and cultural practices within the context of war and armed conflict. Focusing my investigation on the five-decades-long Colombian armed conflict I seek to analyze unexplored memories and experiences among an overlooked population of victims: LGBTI communities. My theoretical framework is based on feminist contributions to the fields of emotion and affect studies, human geography, violence and war studies, social theory, and queer theory. This approach incorporates the use of life stories and participatory photography as research methods intended to produce alternative oral and visual narratives able to destabilize and subvert hegemonic discourses and representations of the victims of armed conflict. 

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Timothy N. Koths

Tim started his PhD at the Department of Gender Studies in 2017. His project examines how various literary and filmic texts figure transgender and transable subjects as embodied otherness, soma, psyche, agency, identity, sexuality, etc.

Tim was awarded the MPhil from the History of Consciousness Department (UCSC), where he also worked as a teaching fellow.

He holds a joint honours degree in Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies (NYU).

Other research interests: disability, race, affect, body (modifications of; as sensate materiality; as the experientially befitting property of the self), sexology, 'psychopathology' (i.e. paraphilia, compulsions, identity disorders), psychoanalysis, critical prison studies, semiotics. 

Tim was born and raised in S-E Asia, but is unfortunately only fluent in 2 1/2 Western European languages.

Email: T.N.Koths@lse.ac.uk

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Lindsay Simmonds

Lindsay’s research explores the lives of British orthodox Jewish women (BOJW). She is interested in the marked ways in which the intersection of these identities troubles notions of agency. Lindsay argues that theories of agency concerned with the religious subject must be grounded in real women’s lives; especially those who challenge and shift the notion of the BOJW through their day to day experiences as religious subjects within British society. Her work attempts to challenge as well as employ contemporary theorists, in particular Judith Butler and Saba Mahmood, in their framing of agency of the religious subject. She is particularly interested in Butler’s theory of ‘Cultural Intelligibility’ as it relates to the performance of religious life. She navigates through the pertinent theorists by using interviews with BOJW and exploring contemporary practices within the British orthodox communities. Moving from a binary sense of (only) the mis-act as agentic; through the ‘inhabiting norms...as a modality of action’, Lindsay attempts to broaden the meaning of agency – one which evokes the sense that acts reflect religious norms back on to the religious community, such that agentic subjects continually shift ‘traditional’ behavioural norms, and in turn, what might be considered intelligible. 

Lindsay’s received her BSc in Speech and Language Pathology from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, before studying in Jerusalem, Israel for five years in institutions which promoted post-graduate Jewish Studies for women (Nishmat and Midreshet Lindenbaum); subjects included: Talmud, Jewish Law, Biblical Narrative Analysis and Jewish Philosophy. On her return to the UK, she graduated as a Susi Bradfield Scholar from the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) and received her MSc in Gender Studies from the LSE’s Department of Gender Studies in 2009.

In 1998, Lindsay became a faculty member of the LSJS where she has lectured, written and convened courses for over 15 years, focussing on women in Biblical narrative and women in Jewish Law and the Talmud. She lectures at Kings’ College London, for the United Synagogue and at Jewish communities throughout the UK. She speaks at national and international conferences on Judaism and Gender, writes regularly for the Jewish Chronicle and is involved in several UK projects promoting orthodox Jewish women’s ritual participation and leadership. She has appeared on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour, Beyond Belief and the world service. Lindsay is also involved in several inter-faith projects and is a member of the Cambridge Co-Exist Leadership Programme.