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Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe

Honorary Research Fellow

I gained my BA (Hons) from Cambridge University in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and my MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in Development Studies. My PhD research at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University, examined Palestinian women’s different types of formal and informal political activism in peacemaking and resistance after the Oslo Accords. It formed the basis of my forthcoming monograph "How Women do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in Palestine" which won the 2012 National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. 

 My research interests broadly cover three main fields:

  • Women and Gender in the Middle East (particularly women’s informal political activism)    
  • The Palestine Question (particularly Palestinian women, Palestinian refugees, Palestinian cultural production and the Naqab Bedouins)
  • Gender and Politics (particularly gendered approaches to war, peace, security, violence, conflict resolution and resistance)

 My current funded research projects are:

I am a member of the European Centre for Palestine Studies, and also participate in The Middle East Humanitites and The Middle East Social Science clusters.

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I am currently on research leave until the end of the 2014/15 academic year.

Research interests

My research interests broadly cover three main fields:

  • Women and Gender in the Middle East (particularly women’s informal political activism)
  • The Palestine Question (particularly Palestinian women, Palestinian refugees, Palestinian cultural production and the Naqab Bedouins)
  • Gender and Politics (particularly gendered approaches to war, peace, security, violence, conflict resolution and resistance)

 

My current research projects are:

1. Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women's Oral Histories in the Naqab
This project is funded by an AHRC Early Career Fellowship. The project aims to contribute to re-writing the history of the Naqab Bedouins in Israel by proposing a gendered ‘history from below’ based on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork with women from this community. 
Previously I have, together with M. Nsasra, R. Ratcliffe and S. Abu Rabia Queder, co-edited a volume on "The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism " (forthcoming 2014, Routledge). This publication stems from a workshop on the Naqab Bedouin, which we organised in February 2010 at the University of Exeter. It was funded by a British Academy conference grant. 

2. Palestinian Refugees' Strategies of Conflict Resolution: Reconciling Citizenship Rights and Return
This is a joint research project with Dr Ruba Salih (SOAS). It is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, and previously received funding from the Council for British Research in the Levant. The project investigates Palestinian refugees' different political cultures on citizenship rights and return in the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon. It is based on extensive fieldwork in Palestinian refugee camps in and around Bethlehem, Amman and Beirut.

3. Cultures of Resistance - the Case of Palestine and Beyond
With Dr. Salih (SOAS) I have recently co-edited a special issue of the Arab Studies Journal on "Cultures of Resistance - the Case of Palestine and Beyond". This special issue stems from a workshop on Palestinian cultural production which I organised with Polly Withers at the University of Exeter in May 2012.
Workshop Agenda
Concept Note
Special Journal Issue - Publication

4. How Women do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in Palestine
I am currently completing my monograph “How Women do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in Palestine”. The monograph won the 2012 National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize and is forthcoming with University of Illinois Press. It is based on extensive fieldwork in Palestine.

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise students working on any of my three main research areas:

  • Women and Gender in the Middle East (particularly women’s informal political activism)
  • The Palestine Question (particularly Palestinian women's activism, Palestinian refugees, Palestinian cultural production and Naqab Bedouins)
  • Gender and Politics (particularly gendered approaches to war, peace, security, violence, conflict resolution and resistance)