Sophie Chamas (SOAS University of London)
Dr Chamas is Lecturer in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. She obtained her PhD in Modern Middle East Studies from the University of Oxford. Her research is focused on the study of the life, death, and afterlife of the radical political imagination in the Middle East and its diaspora. She draws on queer and feminist speculation to rethink what constitutes worthwhile or effective political praxis in neoliberal times, as well as to highlight the potentiality of modes of contention that might appear, at first glance, as ineffective, insignificant, or counter-productive. Her work has featured in the journals Middle East – Topics and Arguments, Middle East Journal of culture and Communication, Women Studies Quarterly, and Sexualities, to name a few. Dr Chamas’ ethos and praxis would be a great addition to BRISMES’ council. She is an excellent pedagogue and an all-round researcher-activist, whose work has featured in a variety of academic and non-academic platforms. She has experience in sitting on editorial boards and steering committees. She is currently the Equality and Diversity Officer for SOAS’ UCU.