2.9 En-Gender Conversations – “Femininities and Media”

Saima and Rachel, our guests today, have presented their work at the EnGender 2022 conference. Now they are here to discuss it with each other and you. These are their book recommendations:

Saima:
Shenila Khoja-Moolji’s “Forging the Ideal Educated Girl” The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia”
Haneen Shafeeq Ghabra’s “Muslim Women and White Femininity – Reenactment and Resistance”.

Rachel:
Susan Bordo (2003). Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Rosalind Gill (2007) Gender and the Media. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Saima Khan is a Ph.D. Scholar (Global Studies) at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan; and an independent researcher. Her research focuses representation of Pakistani femininities and masculinities in post-9/11 scenarios. Her Ph.D. explored how the applicability of Girls’ Education as a Global Idea in the Postcolonial society of Pakistan constructed the multiple representations and identities of Pakistani women. Her areas of interest and research are multidisciplinary; including Postcolonial theories, Feminism in South Asia, Philosophy of education, Cultural History, Political Philosophy, Gender Empowerment, Global Studies, Human Rights, the Muslim world, and Cultural Philosophy/Philosophy of Culture. Ms. Saima holds an MA in Global Studies from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan,an MA in Philosophy from Karachi University, Pakistan, and an MPhil in History from GCU, Lahore, Pakistan. She has received multiple awards for her papers presented in renowned International and National forums. In her more than a decade-and-a-half-long career as an academician, Ms. Khan has been associated with prestigious Pakistani Universities to teach numerous courses in Philosophy, History, and Global Studies. She can be contacted through email at sk_saimakhan@outlook.com and/or through the Twitter handle @Syma_Khan_.

Rachel Abreu is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Communications, Media, and Culture. Rachel’s doctoral research centres on the role of religious identity in ethnic minority women’s conceptualisations of beauty on Instagram. Rachel’s research is guided by a feminist framework and seeks to highlight the voices of marginalised groups. Her key research interests are the persisting effects of colonialism on identity formation and self-perception; the intersections between gender, race, and religion; and the role of social media in articulations of beauty and gender.
Rachel holds an MA(Hons) in English Literature from The University of St Andrews. She also completed her MSc in Media Management at the University of Stirling. Her Master’s Dissertation, ‘The Relationship Between Instagram and the Perceptions of Beauty of Young Women from Ethnic Minorities’, received the Dee Amy Chinn Prize (2019-20) for its contribution to gender research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.Rachel has previously worked as a journalist in both the Philippines and the UK. Her experience includes both lifestyle and news journalism for print, TV, and radio outlets.
Rachel has previously worked as a journalist in both the Philippines and the UK. Her experience includes both lifestyle and news journalism for print, TV, and radio outlets.

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