Dr Luisa Gandolfo
Dr Luisa Gandolfo

Dr Luisa Gandolfo

BA (Lincoln), M.Litt (Aberdeen), PhD (Exeter)

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

About

Room F22 Department of Sociology School of Social Science Edward Wright Building University of Aberdeen Aberdeen AB24 3QY

Biography

I completed my doctoral studies in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, analysing the formation and sustenance of identity in the Palestinian community in Jordan.

Subsequently, I conducted research on expressions of gender and political activism in the Arabic blogosphere  during a Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Durham. 

I also held the Al Tajir lectureship in post-war recovery studies at the University of York, where I engaged in research exploring the role of art and culture in social change in Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.

Lastly, I am the author of Palestinians in Jordan: The Politics of Identity (2012), co-editor of Post-Conflict Memorialization Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies (2021), and my articles and chapters have focused on gender, identity and activism in West Asia and North Africa.

Internal Memberships

I am currently the Research Officer for the Department of Sociology.

Between 2015-2021, I was the School of Social Sciences Athena SWAN co-lead (2016-) and Equality and Diversity Officer. 

Research

Research Overview

Luisa's research interests are located in Palestine-Israel, Jordan, and Tunisia, and encompass:

  • Memory and mourning practices
  • Trauma and post-war recovery
  • Refugees and migration
  • Diasporic identities and exile
  • Religious practices and social change
  • Artistic representations of resistance

For further details on published papers, visit here.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Sociology.


Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Sociology

Supervising
Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • War and Peace Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Modern Middle Eastern Studies
  • Cultural Studies

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Supervision

My current supervision areas are: Sociology.

Completed PhD students:

Dr Emanuela Buscemi, (2019) Reforming narratives: Kuwaiti women's cultural engagement and political subjectivity in the post-Arab Spring (second supervisor with Dr Marta Trzebiatowska)

Dr Nicholas Norman Adams, (2019) A case for multiple dominant cultures of masculinity: exploring the link between oilmen's masculinities, and safety and risk-taking practices on a remote North Sea oilfield drilling platform (second supervisor with Professor John Nagle)

Current PhD students:

Najla Alakri, (2018 - ) Religion and Women's Agency in the Middle East: The Case of Bahraini, Shia Women

Kathleen Greaver, (2019 - ) Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in Scotland: A look at Gender, Age, and Socio-Legal Pressures

Shailini Vinod, (2021- ) ‘That Shade of Brown’: A Sociological and Socio-literary Exploration of Migrant Representations in Literature and Concepts of ‘Britishness’ (second supervisor with Dr Helen Lynch)

Supervisees

Funding and Grants

Research Grant, 2016, 'Missing Memorials and Absent Bodies: Negotiating Post-conflict Trauma and Memorialisation'. Awarded by the Leverhulme/British Academy, Febuary 2016. 

Research Grant, 2015-2016, 'The Political and Cultural Identity of the Libyan Community in Malta.' Awarded by The Society for Libyan Studies. February, 2015.

Research Fellowship at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, ‘Comparative Discourses of Memory and Trauma in Palestinian and Israeli Art.’ Awarded by The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme, September 2014-August 2015.

Research Grant 2013-2014, ‘Comparative Discourses of Memory and Trauma in Palestinian and Israeli Art.’ Awarded by The Carnegie Trust. University of Aberdeen. June, 2014. 

Research Grant 2012-2013, ‘Divine Intervention: The Role of Christian Evangelical Proselytism in the Palestine-Israel Conflict.’ Awarded by The Carnegie Trust. University of Aberdeen. June, 2013.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Course Co-ordinator

Sex, Gender, and Violence: Critical Approaches [SO5519]

Dissertation in Sociology [SO5904]

Between Peace and Conflict: Societies in Transition [TR4004]

Studying Social Life I: The Embodied Self [SO2006]

Contributes to:

Sociology of the Everyday II: Global Issues in the 21st Century [SO2509]

Thinking Sociologically [SO3066]

Publications

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Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

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