Wednesday 27 March 2019 – Lunchtime Seminar with Ghayda Aljuwaiser (C3RI PhD Candidate)

Seminar banner for Ghayda Aljuwaiser - Wednesday 27 March 2019. Image courtesy of Ghayda Aljuwaiser

Title: Saudi Feminism: Gendered, Religious and National Identity Negotiations
Speaker: Ghayda Aljuwaiser (C3RI PhD Candidate)
Date and Time: Wednesday 27 March 2019, 1pm-2pm
Hosted by: Professor Luigina Ciolfi

This presentation is part of a larger doctoral work, which investigated the relationship between Saudi women’s identities in the offline sphere and their online practices on social media platforms (SMP). Eight Saudi women, who are active social media users, were recruited, and data were collected through semi-structured interviews and online observations of online practices on Twitter. Presented findings in this seminar discusses the different positions participants hold towards a prominent women’s issue in Saudi Arabia, namely, the #endguardianship Twitter campaign. Moreover, they indicate that Saudi women’s opinions towards #endguardianship are complex and not unanimous. Finally, this presentation stresses on the heterogeneity of Saudi women’s positions towards religious and cultural transformations, namely, veiling, online activism, women’s rights and (Saudi) feminism.

Image courtesy of Ghayda Aljuwaiser

Ghayda Aljuwaiser is a PhD candidate in the Cultural, Communication & Computing Research Institute (C3RI) at Sheffield Hallam University. She holds B.A and M.A in Sociology from King Abdul-Aziz University (KAU), Jeddah – Saudi Arabia. She worked as T.A for four years, in KAU, in two departments: sociology and human communication, where she taught several modules in Sociology, Communication skills and Thinking skills. Since 2013 she earned a scholarship from her work (Faculty of media and communication @ KAU) to pursue her higher education. In 2014, she started her thesis: Saudi Women’s Identities and Online Practices Across Social Media Platforms. You can find more about her on GHAYDAALJUWAISER.


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