London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Irene Gedalof

Irene Gedalof has taught Women’s Studies at London Metropolitan University since 1998 and is currently course leader for Women’s Studies and the MA Equality and Diversity. Her current research is on questions of home, identity and belonging in relation to representations of migrant women and migrant women’s practices of cultural reproduction. Her publications are in the areas of identity, power and female embodiment, and the intersections of gender, race and ethnicity in white Western and postcolonial feminist theory. Irene is a member of the Feminist Review editorial collective.


Postgraduate Teaching

MA Equality and Diversity
MA Postcolonial Cultures

Supervision of the following research degrees:

1999 - 2004 PhD, Emma Casey, Dreaming of the jackpot: motivations and experiences of women who play the National Lottery.

2004 - present, PhD, Kaveri Sharma, Multiculturalism, Pluralism and the Law : Domestic Violence Against Women of South Asian Origin

Selected Publications

Authored Books

Against Purity: Rethinking Identity with Indian and Western Feminisms (Routledge, 1999)

Journal Articles

‘Unhomely Homes: Women, Family and Belonging in UK Discourses of Migration and Asylum’, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 33(1) (2007)

‘Identity in Transit: Nomads, Cyborgs and Women‘ in European Journal of Women’s Studies, 7/3, pp.337-354 (2000)

‘Foucault and Feminist Theory: A Review Essay‘ in Women’s Philosophy Review, No. 23, pp.27-54 (2000)

‘Power, Politics and Performativity’ in Feminist Review, 64, pp.49-52 (2000)

‘Can Nomads Learn to Count to Four? Rosi Braidotti and the Space for Difference in Feminist Theory’ in Women: A Cultural Review, Volume 7, Number 2, pp. 189-202, (1996)

Chapters in Edited Books

‘Women, Home and Belonging in UK Immigration Policy’, in M. Thapan (ed) Transnational Migration and the Politics of Identity (Sage, 2005).

‘Taking (a) Place: Female Embodiment and the Regrounding of Community’ in S. Ahmed et al (eds) Uprootings / Regroundings (Berg, 2003)

'Hybridity and Miscegenation', International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies (Routledge, 2001)

Edited Journals

with H. Crowley and N. Puwar, Bodily Interventions, Feminist Review, 81, 2005

with L. Bland and C. Hemmings, Sexual Moralities, Feminist Review, 83, 2006


Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4, ‘US women soldiers and the Abu Graibh prison atrocities’, 10 May 2004

Everywoman, BBC World Service, ‘US Women Soldiers in Iraq - Abu Graibh prison scandal’, 15 May 2004.

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