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Public Engagement


I see engagement with non-academic audiences as an essential part of my role as a researcher and academic. In addition to the academic talks and presentations I give, I also regularly speak to non-academic audiences.

The majority of the talks I have given in front of non-academic audiences focus on my current research on women, political violence and the prevention of violent extremism, but I have also spoken on other topics, such as intercultural relations, interfaith dialogue, minorities rights, Islamophobia and feminism.

Other than talks, I regularly hold community engagement workshops on political violence and (counter)extremism, mostly in the UK but also in Lebanon and Spain. Target audiences of the public engagement activities I have conducted include, amongst others, women, youth, refugees, pupils, students, researchers, teachers, NGO representatives, civil society activists, journalists and security officers.

Public engagement talks (current research)

2017

Gender and Countering Violent Extremism. Group briefing (invited) with a congressional staffer of a US Senator, as part of Women, Peace, Security + Gender, Peace, Security Next Generation Symposium, organised by 'Women in International Security'. Washington, DC (USA), November 2017.

US Foreign Policy and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Group briefing (invited) with a congressional staffer of a US Senator, as part of Women, Peace, Security + Gender, Peace, Security Next Generation Symposium, organised by 'Women in International Security'. Washington, DC (USA), November 2017.

Roles of Women in War in ISIS and Beyond. Lecture (invited) at PAIS Widening Participation event attended by pupils from Liverpool. University of Warwick (UK), January 2017.

2016

Victims, Perpetrators, Actors for Peace: Roles of Women in Violent Conflict and War. Keynote lecture (invited) at PAIS Widening Participation event attended by pupils from Birmingham, London and Southampton. University of Warwick (UK), November 2016.

How to Counter Extremism and Defeat IS. Briefing (invited) at closed research impact meeting, organised by the PAIS Impact Director, with security official working for the US Department of Defense. University of Warwick (UK), November 2016.

Women in ISIS: An Analysis as to Why Young Women are Attracted to ISIS. Talk (invited) for the United Nations Association Birmingham. Birmingham (UK), May 2016.

Female Members of ISIS: Women Supporting the 'Islamic State'. Talk (invited) for the United Nations Association Warwick District. Royal Leamington Spa (UK), April 2016.

Women in ISIS: Victims or Perpetrators? Talk (invited) for the United Nations Association Coventry. University of Warwick (UK), March 2016. (Listen to the talk here.)

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.

Public engagement talks (other topics)

2017

On Racist Microaggressions. Panel contribution (invited) after the theatre play 'Where I Live and What I Live For" by Rabiah Hussein (playwright) and Justine Themen (director), organised by the Shop Front Theatre / Theatre Absolute. Coventry, October 2017.

2016

The World in the 21st Century: The Position of Kazakhstan. I was invited to chair this one-day seminar organised by the student organisation KazAlliance in cooperation with the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the UK. Panelists included the Kazakh Minister-Counselor, Prof. Dr. Richard Aldrich (University of Warwick), Prof. Dr. Adrian Campbell (University of Birmingham) and Prof. Dr. Peter Ferdinand (University of Warwick). University of Warwick (UK), May 2016.

Rights and Responses: Does Europe Need to Readdress the Concept of Universal Human Rights in Light of the Current ‪Refugee Crisis‬? Panel contribution (invited) at Warwick Human Rights Forum. University of Warwick (UK), March 2016.

How to Promote the Human Rights of Muslims and other Minority Groups. Talk (invited) at Warwick Human Rights Forum. University of Warwick (UK), March 2016.

Islam and Me: Interfaith Families. Panel contribution at event organised by Warwick University Islamic Society. University of Warwick (UK), January 2016.

2015

Islamic Perspectives on Sex before Marriage. Panel contribution at event organised by Warwick University Hindu Society. University of Warwick (UK), November 2015.

Islam and Feminism: An Oxymoron? Talk organised by Warwick University Islamic Society in cooperation with Warwick Anti-Sexism Society. University of Warwick (UK), March 2015.

Remembering Deah, Yusor and Razan: Warwick against Racism and Islamophobia. Speech at event organised by Warwick University Islamic Society in cooperation with Warwick Anti-Racism Society. University of Warwick (UK), February 2015.

Islam and Me: How I Became a Muslim. Panel contribution at event organised by Warwick University Islamic Society. University of Warwick (UK), January 2015.

2014

Islam and Me: Interfaith Families. Panel contribution at event organised by Warwick University Islamic Society. University of Warwick (UK), November 2014.

Inspiring Change: When Rights and Cultures Collide: Finding Solutions and Ways Forward. Panel contribution (invited) at Warwick Development Conference: A Gender Perspective. University of Warwick (UK), March 2014.

Public engagement workshops

2017

Women's Roles in Counter-Radicalisation and Disengagement. Workshop (invited) at the 18th University on Youth and Development, organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (conference theme: “Developing global identities”; session theme: "Gender equality perspective in (re-)defining global identities”). Mollina (Spain), September 2017. (Read more about the workshop here. | Watch a video about the workshop - and UYD - here.)

The Roles of Women in Counter-Radicalisation and Disengagement Processes: Best Practice and Lessons Learned from Europe and the Arab World. Two-day workshop (invited) for female civil society representatives, researchers, activists and security officers from Lebanon. Held for an international NGO, as part of an EU project on religious tolerance. Beirut (Lebanon), August 2017.

Ethical Issues in Political Research. Workshop (invited) for pupils from Birmingham, London and Southampton, held as part of PAIS Widening Participation event. University of Warwick, January 2017.

2016

Women, War and Political Violence. Workshop (invited) for a group of young Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. UNRWA Vocational Training Centre Siblin (Lebanon), October 2016.

2015

The Impact of Social Media on Radicalisation. Workshop (invited) for women, held for Afghanistan and Central Asian Association's Muslim Programme (funded by the Home Office / Prevent). London (UK), November 2015.

2014

Islamism, Language and the Prevention of Extremism. Workshop (invited) for women, held for Afghanistan and Central Asian Association's Muslim Women Outreach Programme (funded by the Home Office / Prevent). London (UK), December 2014.

Islam, Freedom of Belief and Prevention of Extremism. Workshop (invited) for women, held for Afghanistan and Central Asian Association's Muslim Women Outreach Programme (funded by the Home Office / Prevent). London (UK), May 2014.

2013

Radicalisation and Illegal Activity. Workshop (invited) for women, held for Afghanistan and Central Asian Association's Afghan Women Outreach Programme (funded by the Home Office / Prevent). London (UK), December 2013.

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