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
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.



Dosekun, S. (2016). “Editorial: The Politics of Fashion and Beauty in Africa.” Feminist Africa 21:1-6.

Dosekun, S. (2016). “Standpoint: The Weave as an ‘Unhappy’ Technology of Black Femininity.” Feminist Africa 21: 63-69.

Dosekun, S. (2016). Book Review: Consumption, Media and the Global South: Aspiration Contested, by Mehita Iqani, 2016. Celebrity Studies 7(4): 600-601.

Dosekun, S. (2015). “For Western Girls Only? Postfeminism as Transnational Culture.” Feminist Media Studies 15(6): 960-975.

Dosekun, S. (2015). “‘Hey, You Stylized Woman There!’: An Uncomfortable Reflexive Account of Performative Practices in the Field.” Qualitative Inquiry 21(5): 436-444.

Dosekun, S. (2013). “‘Rape Is a Huge Issue in this Country’: Discursive Constructions of the Rape Crisis in South Africa.” Feminism and Psychology 23(4): 517-535.

Dosekun, S. (2007). “‘We Live in Fear, We Feel So Unsafe’: The Imagination and Fear of Rape in South Africa.” Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity 74: 89-99

Dosekun, S. (2007). “Medicine and Activism: Institutionalising Medical Care and Compassion for Rape Survivors.” Feminist Africa 8: 111-116.

Book Section

Iqani, M. and Dosekun, S., eds. (2019). African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics. Bristol: Intellect Books.

Dosekun, S. (2019). The Playful and Privileged Africanicity of Luxury @AlaraLagos.” In Iqani, M. and Dosekun, S., eds. African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics. Bristol: Intellect Books, 93-106.

Dosekun, S. and Iqani, M. (2019). “Introduction: The Politics and Aesthetics of Luxury in Africa.” In Iqani, M. and Dosekun, S., eds. African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics. Bristol: Intellect Books, 1-16.

Alweendo, N. and Dosekun, S. (2019). “Luminance and the Moralization of Black Women’s Luxury Consumption in South Africa.” In Iqani, M. and Dosekun, S. eds. African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics. Bristol: Intellect Books, 125-138.

Dosekun, S. (2017). “The Risky Business of Postfeminist Beauty.” In Elias, A., Gill, R. and Scharff, C. eds. Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism. Basingstoke:Palgrave McMillan, 167-181.

Dosekun, S. (2016). “Performativity.” In Ritzer, G. ed. Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition.


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


Dr. Dosekun’s first book, Fashioning Postfeminism: Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture, is forthcoming in 2020 from the University of Illinois Press. The book concerns young, class-privileged Nigerian women who dress in a hyperbolically feminine style. Based on interviews, it argues that these women see themselves as neoliberal postfeminist subjects – ‘already empowered,’ in short. The book 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.

A second project is a book collection, African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics, co-edited with Dr. Mehita Iqani of Wits University, published in 2019 by Intellect Books. With original case studies spanning the African continent, from Togo to the former Zaire to Angola, African Luxury: Aesthetics and Politics explores the visual and material cultures of different, extant forms of the production, consumption and representation of wealth, indulgence and lavishness there. It is the first book to focus on ‘luxury’ as a distinct category of consumption and practice in Africa.

Ongoing projects include a consideration of what the medium of fashion can offer African Studies methodologically, and black women’s subject positioning as media consumers and spectators.