Romina Istratii

Romina Istratii
SOAS, University of London | SOAS · School of History Religions and Philosophies

PhD Religions and Philosophies
Currently based in Ethiopia; Principal Investigator of Project dldl/ድልድል. Find out more at https://projectdldl.org/

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Introduction
My research lies at the intersection of gender, religion and development. I apply a decolonial perspective to Gender & Development informed by my Eastern European positionality and decade-long experience in community-based research and practice in Africa. I am Principal Investigator of UKRI-funded project "Bridging religious studies, gender & development and public health to address domestic violence: A novel approach for Ethiopia, Eritrea and the UK." Co-founder of Decolonial Subversions.
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September 2019 - January 2020
SOAS, University of London
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  • Fellow
February 2019 - February 2021
SOAS, University of London
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  • Research Associate
September 2015 - December 2018
SOAS, University of London
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Publications (84)
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MA Distinction Dissertation in Gender and Development, Institute of Development Studies, 2014-2015. Abstract: In religious parts of Africa, faith in the supernatural is repeatedly postulated to ‘govern’ people’s social lives. This particular co-existence of the supernatural and the profane has not been carefully accounted for in gender theoretical...
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The field of gender and development has been marked in recent years by extensive debates about the shortfalls of gender mainstreaming and the depoliticisation of gender and other concepts in development praxis. In these discussions considerably less thought has been given to the theoretical premises of these concepts and the implications of their i...
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This article is concerned with the effectiveness of gender and development practice in diverse knowledge systems. Conventional theoretical and analytical frameworks and methodologies of gender and development reflect primarily secular epistemologies and it has yet to be addressed systematically how non-secular knowledge systems may be incorporated...
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This paper aims to provide a summary of St John Chrysostom’s teachings on man-woman relations as pertinent to marriage and the conjugal relationship through the prism of the Orthodox phronema, defined here as the experience-based conscience of the Orthodox Church. The aim is to contribute toward a better representation of non-western religio-cultur...
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This essay is adapted from the paper entitled “Beyond a feminist ‘hermeneutics of suspicion’: Reading St John Chrysostom’s commentaries on man-woman relations, marriage and conjugal abuse through the Orthodox phronema” authored by Dr Istratii (published by The SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research (SJPR) here). The adapted version was translated by...
Technical Report
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The report presents a pilot programme that was delivered by Project dldl/ድልድል with the support of EOTC DICAC to build the preparedness of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo clergy in Debre Birhan, Amhara region, to respond to domestic violence in their communities. The intervention was designed on the basis of Dr Romina Istratii’s previous long-term anthr...
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In November 2020, a conflict erupted in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Soon after, religious discourse started to be used to propagate ideas favourable to war by some clergy and church-affiliated individuals, as seen in the examples of Daniel Kibret, a preacher affiliated with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) and acting as social affai...
Experiment Findings
The current dataset includes assessment questionnaire responses by clergy participating in a workshop series on domestic violence that was designed by Project dldl/ድልድል and co-delivered with the support of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission (EOC DICAC) in Amhara region, Ethiopia. The questionnaires were collec...
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In recent decades, more studies have emerged that examine the relationship between religion / spirituality, marital functioning and mental health. The scholarship on domestic violence (DV) / intimate partner violence (IPV) and religion does not appear to have integrated this evidence sufficiently and also lacks a multi-sectoral perspective. Ultimat...
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Project dldl/ድልድል is a UKRI-funded research and innovation project dedicated to the development and strengthening of religio-culturally sensitive domestic violence alleviation systems in Ethiopia, Eritrea and the UK. dldl/ድልድል means 'bridge' in Tigrigna, a term that reflects the project's aim to bridge different disciplines, sectors and stakeholder...
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This is the editorial for Decolonial Subversions Main Issue 2021. The full issue can be found on the platform's Academia.edu page: https://independent.academia.edu/DecolonialSubversions The issue will also appear soon on the official website of the platform: http://decolonialsubversions.org/
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The article discusses the role of faith, theology and the clergy in the experience of domestic violence and its resolution with reference to a literature review completed recently together with Professor Parveen Ali and previous long-term anthropological research in Ethiopia. The second part presents the work of project dldl/ድልድል with Ethiopian Ort...
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The current poster was developed and presented at the UKRI FLF Annual Conference 2021. It presents the main objectives, strategies and achievements of project dldl/ድልድል since its establishment in November 2020. Project dldl/ድልድል is a research and innovation project that aims to develop and strengthen religio-culturally sensitive, domestic violence...
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In recent years, funders and research bodies have placed increasing attention on equality, diversity and inclusion priorities. The UK’s Research and Innovation (UKRI) introduced in April 2019 a Gender Equality Statement requirement for its GCRF and Newton Fund schemes, which are preoccupied with low- and middle-income countries’ development. In Dec...
Technical Report
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The current working paper is informed by previous ethnographic investigations of conjugal abuse in the Ethiopian Orthodox community in Tigray region in northern Ethiopia. The research evidenced the importance of religious beliefs and experience in understanding the life of the laity, intersections with gender parameters and norms, and complex assoc...
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Whilst North to South knowledge transfer patterns have been extensively problematised by Southern and decolonial perspectives, there is very little reflection on the practice of research capacity development (RCD), still strongly focused on technoscientific solutionism, yet largely uncritical of its underlying normative directions and power asymmet...
Technical Report
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Unexpectedly, on 4 November 2020 (four days after the official start date of project dldl/ድልድል), a conflict erupted in Tigray region. The eruption of the war raised an urgent need to pay attention to violence experienced in political conflict and to war trauma and to understand the implications for domestic life and family relations in the conflict...
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Whilst North to South knowledge transfer patterns have been extensively problematised by Southern and decolonial perspectives, there is very little reflection on the practice of Research Capacity Development (RCD), still strongly focused on technoscientific solutionism, yet largely uncritical of its underlying normative directions and power asymmet...
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In recent years, there has been a proliferation of studies on intimate partner violence in Ethiopia. The latest Ethiopian Demographic and Health surveys have established that marital violence, affecting women primarily, is commonplace and is widely “justified” by populations across Ethiopia. Surprisingly, very little research has been conducted on...
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The aim of the special issue has been to bring together theologians, academics of religions and development and missionaries to explore how missions affiliated with the Eastern Orthodox and so-called 'Oriental Orthodox' Christian traditions engage with and affect communities in Africa and Asia. The special issue was particularly interested in bridg...
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In the current article, we tested our hypothesis by which high-impact journals tend to have higher Article Processing Charges (APCs) by comparing journal IF metrics with the OA publishing fees they charge. Our study engaged with both journals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and the Humanities and Social Sciences (H...
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Efforts to address domestic violence in religious communities are not new. Numerous initiatives by academics, practitioners and religious believers have emerged that recognise the need for a close engagement with religious beliefs and religious personnel, historically neglected in the secular domestic violence sectors dominant in Northern societies...
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The co-author’s first name is misspelled in the published article. The correct name is “Romina” Istratii, and not “Ronina”. In addition, the co-author’s affiliation should be updated to.
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In the fields of gender and religious studies and gender and development, religious systems that are based on perceived patriarchal gender models have been almost invariably interpreted as inegalitarian and as conducive to conjugal abuse. Many studies have lacked the proper contextualisation to understand how local traditions have been known and ex...
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How do religious beliefs, human psychology and domestic violence intersect? Numerous fields offer directions in thinking about this relationship, including the well-established field of spiritual psychotherapy in North America, studies in mental health and spirituality, research that links religious beliefs to attachment models, personality disorde...
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Since its mainstreaming in the 1990s, the effectiveness of the gender and development paradigm has been highly debated, but not directly in relation to its epistemological implications. Beyond assuming the relevance of promoting gender equality internationally, no systematic discussion emerged around how gender practitioners should account for loca...
Technical Report
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This policy briefing aims to present key findings from a recently completed review of internal research development processes and approaches to partnerships building at SOAS. Like other universities, SOAS successfully received GCRF QR funding in order to implement its GCRF Strategy, identifying specific outcomes for the period 2018-2020. The curren...
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According to statistical evidence, about one in three women in Ethiopia has experienced some form of spousal abuse in her lifetime. In the three last Demographic and Health surveys significant numbers of men and women across the country were reported to ‘justify’ wife-hitting in certain situations, although percentages have declined over time. In l...
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Chapter 7 discusses the gamut of institutions that emerged to be salient in local rationalisations of the continuation of conjugal and battered women’s responses to abusive partners, including police units, social courts and women’s associations operating the local level. All the research participants affirmed the central role of the clergy, who ty...
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Local descriptions of abusive types of behaviour and situations in the rural surroundings and the city of Aksum invoked normative arrangements and expectations around marriage and the conjugal relationship, such as the norm for the husband to act as breadwinner and for the wife to respond to her husband’s sexual needs at all reasonable times. Vario...
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Within the domestic violence scholarship from Ethiopia intimate partner violence has been typically described through the Gender-based Violence aetiology and has been typologised in physical, psychological, sexual, emotional and economic categories. These conceptualisations are mostly assumed or suggested by researchers, and much less attention has...
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All the research participants of this study condemned the types of abusive behaviour and situations they named, excluding sexual coercion, which was not generally discussed. However, there was also a visible tendency among local people to rationalise certain forms of abusiveness by invoking the individual personality (bahri) and other personal para...
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The Conclusion returns to the main argument of the book to highlighting the limitations and challenges that are encountered when gender-related issues, such as intimate partner violence, are studied and approached outside of the conceptual repertoires of the affected communities. The chapter reiterates the urgency for a gender and development appro...
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Faith was pervasive in research participants’ lives and served as an undeniable moral force in the local society. Not surprisingly, my interlocutors invariably expressed the conviction that faith was beneficial for married life and that it could function as a deterrent to conjugal disagreement and conflict. In some cases, my interlocutors made dire...
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Since the 1970s, development practitioners have steadily embraced participatory and community-centred methods of analysis, influenced by various forms of activist research, the penetration of anthropology in development practice and the emergence of rapid rural appraisal methods for the identification and alleviation of local issues. This prolifera...
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Many books have been written about the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahәdo Church, whose development has been inextricable from the history of the Aksumite Kingdom and Abyssinia. However, studies that weave the theological, historical and vernacular dimensions together and allow us an insight into how ecclesiastical discourse has translated vernacularly ha...
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Social norms theories have been increasingly employed in the areas of gender and development and public health to explain the continuation of intimate partner violence, but these remain fundamentally bounded by Anglo-American understandings of ‘religion’. This makes them less enlightening in societies that never experienced western secularisation a...
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Φύλο και Ορθοδοξία Σε αυτήν την σειρά η Dr Istratii παρουσιάζει την εξέλιξη της δυτικής φεμινιστικής θεωρίας και τους κινδύνους που ελλοχεύουν όταν δυτικές θεωρίες επεκτείνονται σε άλλες κοινωνίες χωρίς να δίδεται σημασία στις ιστορικές συνθήκες που αποτέλεσαν έναυσμα για την ανάπτυξή τους, και εξετάζει καίρια θέματα που θέτουν οι φεμινίστριες θεω...
Book
This book provides a critical and decolonial analysis of gender and development theory and practice in religious societies through the presentation of a detailed ethnographic study of conjugal violence in Ethiopia. Responding to recent consensus that gender mainstreaming approaches have failed to produce their intended structural changes, Romina I...
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This essay follows the publication of an article that Dr Istratii contributed to the Political Theology Network on the 15th of April under the title “Restricting religious practice in the era of COVID-19: A de-westernised perspective on religious freedom with reference to Greece.” Motivated by similar concerns, the current essay takes a closer look...
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The original essay can be found on the Political Theology Network here: https://politicaltheology.com/restricting-religious-practice-in-the-era-of-covid-19-a-de-westernised-perspective-on-religious-freedom-with-reference-to-the-case-of-greece/
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This is the Manifesto of Decolonial Subversions, which outlines the basic principles and motivations of this initiative. This was developed on the basis of conversations between the co-founders, but also in response to working with different international partners and their feedback. We welcome responses or new articulations in response to the Basi...
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This is the editorial of the first issue of Decolonial Subversions, a newly established open access, multilingual, peer-reviewed publishing platform committed to the decentring of western epistemology. The editorial reviews recent efforts in decolonising knowledge production in the UK and internationally and provides a dissection of the concept of...
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Plan S is a an initiative that aims at ‘opening up’ access to scientific knowledge by ensuring immediate and cost-free (for the reader) access to scientific knowledge under specified Open Access (OA) principles. While the initiative is guided by evidently good intentions to overcome current obstacles that restrict the quick publication, disseminati...
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A Plan S nevű kezdeményezés azt ígéri, hogy segít „hozzáférhetővé tenni” a tudományos tudást azáltal, hogy az olvasók számára azonnali és ingyenes hozzáférés biztosítását követeli a megfelelő Open Access elvek betartása által. Noha akezdeményezés kétség kívül jószándékú, és célja azon jelenlegi publikációs akadályok leküzdésének segítése, melyek há...
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This special issue aims to bring together theologians, academics of religions and development and missionaries to explore how missions affiliated with the Eastern Orthodox and other pre-Chalcedonian or Miaphysite Churches (so-called ‘Oriental Orthodox’) engage with and affect communities in Africa and Asia. The special issue is particularly interes...
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The blog essay is based on Dr Istratii's decolonisation activities in recent years and her presentation delivered in January 2020 for the LSE Africa Talks series on Decolonising African Knowledge Systems. The blog piece was published on the Convivial Thinking and can be accessed here directly: https://www.convivialthinking.org/index.php/2020/02/29/...
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Decolonial Subversions is a newly established open access, multilingual, peer-reviewed publishing platform committed to the decentring of western epistemology in the humanities and social sciences. It seeks to grant more visibility to scholars from the Global South by subverting barriers and norms that govern mainstream Anglophone knowledge product...
Conference Paper
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In this session, Dr Istratii looked at the UKRI gender equality statement requirement and discussed how this fits in the genealogy of paradigmatic thinking within gender and development. She explored epistemological, ethical and practical questions around gender and development concepts and their transposition cross-culturally and suggested approac...
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Σε αυτήν την νέα σειρά πάνω στο Φύλο και την Ορθοδοξία, η Dr Istratii θα παρουσιάσει την εξέλιξη της δυτικής φεμινιστικής θεωρίας, τους κινδύνους που ελλοχεύουν όταν δυτικές θεωρίες επεκτείνονται σε άλλες κοινωνίες χωρίς να δίδεται σημασία στις ιστορικές συνθήκες που αποτέλεσαν έναυσμα για την ανάπτυξή τους, και θα εξετάσει κάποια καίρια θέματα που...
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This presentation was given at the first of the LSE Africa Talks series of 2020 that explored Decolonising African Knowledge Systems. The presentation was based on Dr Istratii's many years' experience working on decentring western European epistemology in knowledge production and more recent efforts to decolonise research development and practice a...
Technical Report
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The current report summarises a recent conversation event that was held at SOAS University of London to discuss research practices in higher education institutions from a decolonial point of view. The event emerged from concerns about the changing funding landscape in recent years, and the role of research offices in research development practices,...
Technical Report
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This module explores tensions that exist between the commitment to take ethical approaches in global research and to abide by UK/EU-based research governance standards. The course considers how researchers can meet these evolving funder guidelines realistically without compromising their research objectives and their relationships with local partne...
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Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford Online, Vol XI:1(2019) This article draws on an ethnographic study of the realities of conjugal abuse and attitudes towards it in a religious society in Ethiopia. The study was prompted by tendencies in gender and development scholarship to transpose feminist aetiologies of conjugal abuse cross-cultu...
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This blog essay summarises some overarching issues that were discussed at the recent event 'Applying a decolonial lens to research structures, practices and norms' held at SOAS University of London. This is an edited version of the original essay, which can be shared upon request. The original blog can be found here: https://lidc.ac.uk/applying-a-d...
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Global research in humanities and social sciences around the world has been historically embedded in a dominant Anglo-American theoretical framework that has favoured its own traditions of knowledge generation, validation and scope, reflecting hierarchical relations rooted in the colonial past. In recent years, ethnocentric and racialised paradigms...
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The Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox have developed distinct traditions. The majority of present-day Orthodox Christians in Central Asia are Slavs who inhabited the Central Asian geography during historical imperial Russian expansion. Central Asia is also home to an Armenian community, affiliated with the Armenian Apostolic Church. Eastern Orthod...
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Recently the University of Sheffield organised a two-day workshop to explore best practice for research ethics when conducting research in the global South, the new ‘umbrella term’ referring to countries that fall outside of Euro-America and where much international development research takes place. For this essay, I have attempted to highlight som...
Thesis
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This thesis presents a study of conjugal abuse from the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahәdo community of Aksum in Tigray region. The research was motivated by epistemological concerns emanating from gender theoretical constructs employed widely in international development, including also studies of intimate partner violence (IPV). The first concern emanat...
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This essay engages with contemporary Orthodox (Chalcedonian) and Oriental Orthodox (pre-Chalcedonian) Christian communities in central and south Asia. It includes the Russian Orthodox populations of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, the Syrian Orthodox and the Indian Orthodox of Kerala, India and the Armenian Orthodox in the former Sovie...
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Dr Romina Istratii reflects on a presentation that she recently gave at the Woolf Institute, which drew attention to the epistemological, ethical and practical limitations of deploying 'religious fundamentalism', a concept deeply imbricated in western modern history, when analysing gender issues in non-western religious cosmologies and contexts. Th...
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Overcoming intimate partner violence (IPV) is an important component of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 dedicated to the improvement of gender equality globally. Historically, the field of gender and development has emphasised cultural, social constructionist and feminist theorisations and aetiologies of IPV, which have consistently universalise...
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The article can be accessed via subscription here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10477845.2018.1530931?instName=SOAS. If you do not have a subscription, please see below the 'preprint' version. Please use the correct citation if you use it in your work.
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This piece was published on the LSE Religion and Global Society blog, here: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/religionglobalsociety/2018/11/harnessing-local-knowledge-to-address-gender-related-issues-a-new-model-of-development-in-religious-communities/
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The following essay is a written version of the panel discussion that took place at the ‘Decolonisation in Praxis’ conference held at SOAS on 7 June 2018. The purpose of the panel was to discuss the implications of Open Access publishing for the decolonisation debate within academic institutions. The speakers offered some exploratory thoughts, each...
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Statistical evidence suggests that about one in three women in Ethiopia has experienced some form of spousal abuse in her lifetime (EDHS 2016, 44). However, there is currently limited knowledge about the ethnographic realities of conjugal violence and how this might be understood within the variable religio-cultural systems of Ethiopia. The author...
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This fieldwork focused on exploring local men's, women's and clergy's perceptions and understandings of spousal abuse in juxtaposition to: a) a theology-informed analysis of Church teachings concerning the metaphysics of gender relations, marriage and spousal abuse, and b) an analysis of culture-specific gender ideals and norms. This research has b...
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This piece was posted on the African Development Forum (SOAS) and employs a genealogical analysis of the concept of development to raise critical epistemological concerns that appear to be urgent in post-colonial times. The article culminates in a proposition for a cosmology-informed and epistemology-sensitive development approach and invites probl...
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In 2016-2017, Monika Hirmer and Romina Istratii acted as Editors-in-Chief for the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research. The annual Volume entitled "Exploring fluid times: Knowledge, minds and bodies" centred on change in praxis. The selected and edited articles include several research papers, a translation, a book review and an opinion piece. Th...
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This seminar was organised by The Center for African and Oriental Studies (CAfOS) at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Date: 28 September 2017 Venue: NCR/ College of Social Sciences Building, 1st Floor, Room No. 114
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This book review was published in Bulletin 129 of the British Association for the Study of Religion. See also the link: https://issuu.com/davidrobertson59/docs/bulletin_129-min
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This year Monika Hirmer and Romina Istratii acted as Editors-in-Chief for Volume 9 of the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research. The theme was "Identities: Power and Politics." The Letter from the Editors provides a summary of the included publications, which aim to showcase the talent and creativity of the SOAS student community. The full volume c...
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This title summarises an innovative project for gender and development research in one religious society. The approach that was employed combined participatory workshops with ethnographic methods toward a merging of anthropological research with development-oriented aims, the latter as defined in local terms by the study subjects themselves. The ap...
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This was work presented at the African Centre for Development and Research (ACDR) (United Kingdom, 2015). In the presentation the author developed an argument for culture-derived gender and development interventions based on the observation that societies rely on different epistemological systems to 'make sense' of the world and gender, hence requi...
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Cultural tourism has been an integral part of China’s economic modernization strategy for some years now. The issue of cultural commoditization, which can be defined as ethnic cultural manifestations in return for economic gains, emerged soon after. With the ever-growing tourist industry in China, concerns have emerged that cultural exposure for th...
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In 1947 India and Pakistan, sworn enemies on all fronts, managed to settle a water dispute on the Indus Basin eventually signing one of the most successful treaties that have since existed on the water front. I investigate this puzzle of cooperation in my thesis. Ultimately I show that the Indus Waters Treaty succeeded due to the intervention of an...

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Dear all, would anyone be aware of established journals dedicated to gender and development that are not ideologically committed to a west-centric feminist understanding of gender hierarchies? These tend to pressume western metaphysics of gender, and are not willing or able to engage with alternative understandings of gender from the ground. Thank you.

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I am Principal Investigator of the research and innovation project "Bridging religious studies, gender & development and public health to address domestic violence: A novel approach for Ethiopia, Eritrea and the UK." This is a four-year project (£1,287,659) dedicated to the development and strengthening of religio-culturally sensitive domestic violence alleviation systems. The project aims to promote a decolonial approach to addressing domestic violence in different belief and knowledge systems and to strengthen a more dialogical and reciprocal development and collaboration model with project partners in Southern societies. The project includes numerous partners and collaborators in the three countries: Aksum University (Ethiopia), the St Frumentius Abba Selama Kessate Berhan Theological College (Ethiopia), the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (Ethiopia), Diversity Resource International (UK) and its sister-branch Waniney (Eritrea), the University of Bristol (UK) and the University of Sheffield (UK).
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Decolonial Subversions is a newly established open access, multilingual, peer-reviewed publishing platform committed to the decentring of western epistemology in the humanities and social sciences. It seeks to grant more visibility to scholars from the Global South by subverting barriers and norms that govern mainstream Anglophone knowledge production and publishing. Decolonial Subversions is comprised of an international team of collaborators and like-minded researchers, practitioners and professionals from India, Ethiopia, Senegal, Namibia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Hungary, Greece, Moldova, Italy and the UK. The founding editors, Dr Romina Istratii and Monika Hirmer, are supported in their effort by a team of designers, photographers, web-development specialists, language partners, translators and reviewers, all of whom appear on the website of the platform as integral members and stakeholders of this initiative. You may read more here: http://decolonialsubversions.org/
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The proposed research builds on the PhD findings from Aksum, Northern Ethiopia, to investigate the role of religious discourse and personal spirituality in men’s rationalisations and decisions of abusiveness in the same society. The study will improve understanding of possible motivations and faith-based mechanisms that may be currently deterring some men from becoming abusive with intimate partners with the aim of informing larger-scale interventions in Ethiopia. At a more theoretical level, the study will provide insights into the relationship between religious belief, conscience and abusiveness, which remains largely unexplored within the context of family relations. The project is funded with a Research Grant awarded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. You can read about past research grants here: https://www.hfg.org/rg/past.htm