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Academic Presentations

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Delivering a talk on Islam and feminism

I regularly present my research at academic conferences and other academic events such as research workshops. Most of my academic talks and presentations are related to my current research on women, war and political violence (both during the Lebanese civil war from 1975 to 1990 and in ISIS and Al-Qaeda in Iraq), but I have also presented on women and Islamist extremism more generally as well on ethical considerations in terrorism and conflict studies. I have presented my research at academic conferences in Europe, the US and the Middle East.

2017

Understanding Female Participation in Non-State Armed Political Groups During the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990). Presentation at the Women, Peace, Security + Gender, Peace, Security Next Generation Symposium (panel on "Women and Violent Extremism"), organised by Women in International Security (WIIS). Washington, DC (USA), November 2017.

"Resist By All Means": Explaining the Involvement of Female Fighters in Harakat Amal. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society (panel on "Gender and Conflict"). Pembroke College, University of Oxford (UK), September 2017.

Explaining Female Political Violence: The Case of Female Fighters During the Lebanese Civil War. Presentation at the Early Career Researcher Workshop of the Middle Eastern Studies Researcher Network (MESnet), co-organised by the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES), with funding from the British Academy (workshop theme: "Subversion and Dissident"; panel on "Gender and Political Activism"). University of Exeter (UK), July 2017.

Female Fighters in IS and Al-Qaeda in Iraq: A Comparative Analysis. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) (panel on "Perspectives on Gender in Displacement and Resistance"). University of Edinburgh (UK), July 2017.

"Today, Mama and I Interviewed a Former Fighter in Beirut; After that We Went to the Fun Fair by the Beach": Conducting Fieldwork on Armed Groups in Lebanon with a Seven-Year Old. Presentation at British Sociology Association Regional Postgraduate Event (conference theme: "It's a Family Affair: Researching Families"; panel on "Families in the Field"). Birmingham City University (UK), June 2017.

Fight for the Revolution, Fight for Survival: Female Participation in Violence during the Lebanese Civil War. Presentation at the History Lab Annual Conference (conference theme: "Revolution, Reformation and Re-formation: Perspectives on Conflict and Change in History"; panel on "Nations and Identities During Revolutions and Civil Wars"). Institute of Historical Research, University of London (UK), June 2017.

Managing Communal Gender Expectations: Female Militants, the Militias and the Communities during the Lebanese Civil War. Presentation at the PhD / Postdoc Research Colloquium of the Department of Politics and the Niehaus Centre for Globalisation and Governance. Princeton University, NJ (USA), April 2017.

Managing Communal Gender Expectations: Female Militants, the Militias and the Communities during the Lebanese Civil War. Presentation at the Research Lab of the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) Project. Princeton University, NJ, (USA), April 2017.

'When War Started, I Was Ready': Men's and Women's Motivations to Join the Lebanese Civil War. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (panel on "Movement of the People: Organizations, Mobilization and Violence"). Chicago, IL (USA), April 2017.

Explaining the Inclusion of Female Fighters in Al-Qaeda in Iraq and IS. Roundtable contribution (invited) at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (roundtable on "Gender, Discourse and Radicalisation: The Case of ISIS Jihadi Brides"). Chicago, IL (USA), April 2017.

Feminist Warriors, Troubled Individuals or Rebels for a Cause? Women's Motivations to join Militias during the Lebanese Civil War (1975 - 1990). Presentation at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (panel on "Gendering Identity, Embodiment and War"). Baltimore, MD (USA), February 2017.

A Woman with a Gun: Individual Motivations for Women's Involvement in the 1975 - 1990 Lebanese Civil War. Presentation at the Graduate Seminar Series of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (session on "Women In and Beyond War: Justice, Conflict and Peacekeeping"). University of Warwick (UK), January 2017.

2016

Women and War in Lebanon: Non-State Political Violence, Female Combatants and Organisational Decision-Making. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (panel on "Socio-Political Developments in Lebanon"). Boston, MA (USA), November 2016.

Women Fighters during the Lebanese Civil War. Talk (invited) at Brown Bag Lecture Series, Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, American University Beirut (Lebanon), October 2016.

Fighting for the Cause ... or Herself? Female Combatants' Individual Motivations to Join the Lebanese Civil War. Presentation at "On Collective Violence. Actions, Roles, Perceptions" Conference (panel on "Gendered Perspective"). Centre for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg (Germany) (via Skype), October 2016.

Warum entscheiden sich nicht-staatliche bewaffnete Gruppen dafür, Frauen im Kampf einzusetzen? Der Fall während des Libanesischen Bürgerkriegs (1975 - 1990) aktiver Milizen. [Why Do Non-state Armed Groups Decide to Employ Female Fighters? The Case of Militias Operating in the 1975 –1990 Lebanese Civil War.] Presentation at Workshop on Empirical Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies, organised by Working Group for Research Methods of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (panel on "Participation"). University of Konstanz (Germany), October 2016.

Fighting for Lebanon: Female Militants with Christian Parties and Militias in the Lebanese Civil War. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society (panel on "Gender, Conflict and Peace"). Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), September 2016.

Feminist Warriors, Troubled Individuals or Rebels for a Cause? Women Combatants' Individual Motivations to Join the Civil War in Lebanon (1975 - 1990). Presentation at PAIS Research Conference (panel on "Political Violence and Militarism"). Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (UK), June 2016.

“Hijrah” to the “Caliphate”: Motivations, Experiences and Media Portrayals of Women Migrating to Join ISIS. Presentation at Postgraduate Conference on Migration: Looking Beyond the Refugee Crisis (panel on "Gendered Experiences of Migration"). Migration Research Group, University of Sheffield (UK), June 2016.

Women, War and Non-State Political Violence: Female Fighters' Individual Motivations to Join the Civil War(s) in Lebanon (1975 - 1990). Presentation at Society for Terrorism Research Postgraduate Conference (panel on "Perspectives on the Middle East"). Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism, University of Nottingham (UK), June 2016.

Female Fighters: Non-State Political Violence, Organisational Decision-Making and Women Combatants. Presentation at the British International Studies Association Postgraduate Network Conference (panel on "Gender and IR"). University of South Wales, Newport (UK), May 2016.

Sisters of the Men? Women Fighters During the Lebanese Civil War (1975 – 1990). Presentation at the Annual Research Conference of the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict (panel on “Moving Beyond Binaries: Complicating Analyses of Victimhood and Perpetration”). School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Washington, DC (USA), April 2016.

Women and Islamist Extremism. Presentation (invited) at Annual Global Development Symposium (panel on "The Rise of Islamic Extremism: Effects on Communities"). Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (UK), March 2016.

2015

The Inclusion of Female Fighters During the Lebanese Civil War(s) in 1975 – 1990: Organisational Motivations. Presentation at the Graduate Seminar Series of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (session on "All's Fair in Love and War: Competing Identities"). University of Warwick (UK), November 2015.

IS Ideology, Counter-Strategies, and the Role of and Impact on Muslim Communities in the West. Panel contribution (invited) at expert roundtable on "'Islamic State': Where From and Where To?", organised by Dr. Nicola Pratt, Reader in International Politics of the Middle East. Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick (UK), November 2015.

Women and Political Violence: Non-State Violent Political Groups and Female Combatants. Presentation at the Autumn Convention of the International Association of Political Science Students (conference theme: "New Threats to Security"; panel on "The Weaker Sex?"). Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), September 2015.

Women in Conflict: Non-State Violent Groups and Female Combatants. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society (panel on "Understanding Insurgent Groups"). University of Kent in Canterbury (UK), September 2015.

Is it Strategy, Culture or the Group? Organisational Motivations for the Involvement of Female Combatants. Presentation at the Graduate Seminar Series of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender (session on "Gender in Organisations and Language"). University of Warwick (UK), February 2015. (Listen to the talk here.)

2014

Research Impact and Ethical Considerations: Thoughts from a Conflict and Terrorism Studies Perspective. Presentation at the ESRC West Midlands Student-Led Conference. University of Birmingham (UK), June 2014.

Women, Conflict, Culture and Militancy: Organisational Motivations for the Inclusion of Female Combatants. Presentation at the British International Studies Association Postgraduate Network Conference (conference theme: "Conflict"; panel on "How the Role of Women in Conflict is Gendered by Wider Organisational and Political Processes"). Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), June 2014.

2013

Ms. Jihadi: Organisational Motivations for the Involvement of Women in Global Jihadi Terrorist Groups. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society for Terrorism Research (conference theme: "Ongoing and Emerging Debates in Terrorism Research"). University of East London (UK), June 2013.

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