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Decolonising Middle East Studies?

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building


Dr Sara Salem

Dr Sara Salem

Marral Shamshiri-Fard

Marral Shamshiri-Fard

Dr Sara Camacho Felix

Dr Sara Camacho Felix


Dr Michael Mason

Dr Michael Mason

Campaigns across universities to decolonise the curriculum advocate far-reaching changes in teaching and research. Responding to the international decolonise movement in universities and beyond, this panel of LSE researchers interrogates some unexamined framings that shape, and arguably limit, our understanding of the ‘Middle East’.

Dr Sara Salem (@sarasalem)  is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at LSE: her main research interests include political sociology, postcolonial studies, Marxist theory, feminist theory, and global histories of empire and imperialism.

Marral Shamshiri-Fard (@sham_marral) is a PhD student in the Department of International History, and a member of the Decolonising LSE collective, whose research explores the intersections of the Cold War and anti-colonial revolutionary movements in Iran and Oman in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dr Sara Camacho Felix is Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme at the International Inequalities Institute, LSE. She is a member of LSE’s Decolonising Collective, and is dedicated to reframing LSE education through a decolonising lens to better understand the assumptions made about university study, identity and equity. She also wrote LSE’s Inclusive Education Action Plan.

Dr Michael Mason is Director of the LSE Middle East Centre (@LSEMiddleEast) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.

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This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shape the World running from Monday 2 to Saturday 7 March 2020, with a series of events exploring how social science can make the world a better place.

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