Giulia Liberatore

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Alwaleed Centre
  • Sociology

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Room G.3
19 George Square

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Edinburgh
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EH8 9LD

Availability

  • On appointment

Background

Giulia Liberatore is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at IMES, the Alwaleed Centre and Sociology working on a project on female Islamic scholarship and guidance in the UK. She is also convening an Honours and MSc course on Muslims in Europe (Semester 2).

Giulia has a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE). Her monograph entitled Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain was awarded the LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology/ Bloomsbury First Book Competition Prize.

Between 2014-16 Giulia worked at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford first as a Research Officer on the Diaspora engagement in war-torn societies project, as part of the Oxford Diasporas Programme (2014), and subsequently as a Leverhulme Fellow (2015-16). During this time she also taught courses in anthropology, migration, and gender.

Aside from her academic work, Giulia is a Trustee for the charity Kayd Somali Arts and Culture which organises the annual Somali Week Festival.

 

Postgraduate teaching

Giulia is currently designing an honours and MSc course on Muslims in Europe that will be offered in 2018/19.

 

Research summary

Keywords: Islam in Europe, politics of multiculturalism, Somali diaspora, public religion, religious authority and leadership, sociology and anthropology of Britain, sociology and anthropology of Islam, gender and subjectivity.

Giulia’s current research project is entitled ‘Female Muslim Leaders in Britain: Transnational Publics and Changing Forms of Leadership and Authority’. This 3-year ethnographic research project explores different forms of female Islamic scholarship and guidance in the UK. It focuses on how scholars, intellectuals, activists, and counsellors are changing forms of Islamic knowledge, authority and public religion.

Giulia’s monograph entitled 'Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain' was awarded the LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology/ Bloomsbury First Book Competition Prize and published in 2017. The book is an ethnographic study of Somali Muslim women’s engagements with religion, political discourses, and public culture in the United Kingdom. It chronicles the aspirations of different generations of Somali women as they respond to publicly charged questions of what it means to be Muslim, Somali, and British.

Project activity

Female Muslim Leaders in Britain: Transnational Publics and Changing Forms of Leadership and Authority in Britain

 

 

Current project grants

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

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