Dr Simidele Dosekun

Dr Simidele Dosekun

Assistant Professor

Department of Media and Communications

Room No
FAW 6.01i
Office Hours
By appointment on Student Hub
Languages
English, French
Key Expertise
Gender and Media

About me

Dr. Simidele Dosekun is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Her research centres African women to explore questions of gender, race, subjectivity, and power in a global context. Her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies, Feminism and Psychology, Qualitative Inquiry, and Feminist Africa, among others. Before joining the department, she was a lecturer in media and cultural studies at the University of Sussex. She received her PhD in gender and cultural studies from King’s College London.

Expertise Details

gender and media; race and ethnicity; Africa; consumer and popular cultures; representation; globalisation; feminist theory; qualitative research methodologies; knowledge politics.

Publications

Teaching

Dr. Dosekun contributes to team-taught postgraduate Media and Communications courses relating to theories and concepts (MC408/MC418), research methodologies (MC4M1/MC4M2).

Research

Dr Simidele Dosekun is the author of Fashioning Postfeminism: Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2020). Concerning young, class-privileged Nigerian women who dress in a hyperbolically feminine style, the book argues that these women see themselves as neoliberal postfeminist subjects – ‘already empowered,’ in short. It offers a new conceptual and methodological understanding of postfeminism as a performative and transnationally mobile culture, and a closely theorised account of how women embody and, to some extent, suffer this culture in the flesh.

Dr. Dosekun is co-editor, with Dr. Mehita Iqani of Wits University, of African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics (Intellect Books, 2019). With original and diverse case studies spanning the continent, the edited collection explores the production, consumption and representation of consumerist indulgence and lavishness in Africa. It is the first book to focus on ‘luxury’ as a distinct category of consumption and practice in Africa.