Three new PhD students appointed

By Anne Paynter · 16 February 2011

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed three stellar PhD students whose work will be related to the Oecumene project. The three PhD students are Zaki Nahaboo (full-time), Lisa Pilgram (part-time) who is also the Senior Project Manager for Oecumene, and Dana Rubin (full-time).

Zaki will be one of Oecumene’s PhD students starting in October this year at The Open University. He will be supervised by Engin Isin and Raia Prokhovnik. He proposes to undertake a historical comparative study that will contribute to an understanding of citizenship, as political subjectivity, beyond the reification of an orientalist and occidentalist framework. The study will provide a novel intervention into current conceptualisations of citizenship through a genealogical investigation into how political subjectivity has been expressed and differentiated within India. Zaki holds an MSc in Political Sociology from LSE and a BA in Sociology from Goldsmiths College. Before joining the Oecumene team, Zaki has been working as Project Assistant for the Runnymede Trust on an AHRC funded LSE/Cambridge project on the Bengali diaspora. 

Lisa's work will be closely linked to the research agenda of the project and which will be supervised by Engin Isin and Professor Michael Saward. Before joining the Oecumene project at The Open University, Lisa was a Research Fellow of the EUDO Citizenship project on access to citizenship in Europe. During her undergraduate studies in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (University of Vienna), she developed a strong interest in migration issues. She therefore joined a post-graduate programme on Migration and Ethnic Minority Law (SOAS) where she focused her research on UK and European law on family reunification and citizenship, as well as on legal issues affecting Muslim communities in Europe.

Dana will join The Open University this year to conduct her present PhD research, supervised by John Clarke, Engin Isin, and an external supervisor, yet to be appointed. She proposes to undertake a study of War Criminals or 'Quality of Life' Consumers: the ethics, politics and practices of settler citizenship in the Israeli-Jewish 'non-ideological' settlements of the Occupied West Bank.

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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