Dr Kathryn Spellman Poots
 


​Dr Kathryn Spellman Poots

Dr Kathryn Spellman Poots, Associate Professor, received her MSc and PhD in Politics and Sociology from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her areas of interest include gender and Islam in the Middle East and North Africa, the Iranian Diaspora and transnational migration networks, Islam in Europe and gender and religious practices in contemporary Libyan society. Her book is entitled Religion and Nation: Iranian Local and Transnational Networks in Britain (Berghahn Publishers, Oxford and New York, 2005).

Dr Spellman previously taught courses on the sociology of religion, migration and gender in contemporary societies at Syracuse University, London campus. She is currently a Research Associate at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and on the Editorial Board of the Middle East in London magazine. She has been involved in organisations that focus on the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, including the London Detainee Support Group, and has been a researcher for projects relating to the Middle East and North Africa at a number of organisations including the Imperial War Museum and Manchester International Festival.

Contact Details
Email: kathryn.spellman@aku.edu​​
Telephone: 020 7380 3833

Research/Workshop Grants

  • Project: Young Shi’i Muslims in Britain; 
  • Recipient of British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Research Grant – January 2012 to July 2013; 
  • Aga Khan University Research Grant – September 2014;
  • Co-recipient of the Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant; 
  • International workshop entitled: ‘Beyond the Arab Spring: The Aesthetics and Poetics of Popular Revolt and Protest’ with Prof. Pnina Werbner (PI), Dr. Martin Webb and Kathryn Spellman-Poots (Held at AKU-ISMC in March 2013). 

Publications​

Books

  • Baudouin Dupret, Thomas Pierret, Paulo Pinto and Kathryn Spellman-Poots eds. (2012)  Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual Performances and Everyday Practices, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Pnina Werbner, Martin Webb and Kathryn Spellman-Poots eds. The Political Aesthetics of Global Protest: Arab Spring and Beyond, Edinburgh University Press. (In press for June 2014).
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2005) Religion and Nation: Iranian Local and Transnational Networks in London, Berghahn Books, Oxford and New York. Reprinted in paperback form.

Articles, reviews and book chapters

  • ‘Beyond Arab Spring: The Aesthetics and Poetics of Popular Protest’ Co-authored with Pnina Werbner and Martin Webb, in Critical Interventions: A Forum For Social Analysis. (in press for March 2014).
  • ‘Beyond the Arab Spring: The Aesthetics and Poetics of Popular Revolt and Protest’ in Pnina Werbner, Martin Webb and Kathryn Spellman-Poots, ‘Beyond the Arab Spring: The Aesthetics and Poetics of Popular Revolt and Protest’ Chapter 1. (in press for May 2014)​.
  • Spellman-Poots, Kathryn (2012) ‘Manifestations of Ashura among Young British Shia’ in Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual Performances and Everyday Practices, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Spellman-Poots, Kathryn (2011) ’Women in the New Libya: Challenges Ahead’ 23 December 2011 Open Democracy. 
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2007) 'Higher Education and Study Abroad Programmes for Female Students in Libya' in  Social Beliefs, Pracbtices and Gender Equality in the MENA Region, published by Ford Foundation and Centre of Arab Women For Training and Research, New York and Tunis.
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2007) Book Review of Vandewalle, D. The History of Modern Libya in Mediterranean Politics, Taylor & Francis, October 2007, Volume 12 Issue 3, 437.
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2007) 'Women, Gender and Conversion to and from Islam in Iran' in Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC), Brill Publishers.
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2004) 'A National Sufi Order with Transnational Dimensions: The Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi Sufi Order in London ', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2004) 'Women, Gender and Religious Associations: Iran and Afghanistan' in Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC), Brill Publishers.
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2004) 'Gendered Spaces of Exchange: Iranian Women's Religious Practices in London', Titley, G. (ed.) Re-Situating Culture. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2003) 'Change and Continuity: Iranians in Britain', in Singer, Caroline (ed.) Middle East in London, Stacey International Publishers.
  • Spellman, K and Lehmann-Hesse, K, (2003) 'Iranian Religious Networks in Hamburg and London' in Zuwanderung und Integration. (ed.) by Klaus Roth. München: Münchner Beiträge zur Volkskunde.
  • Spellman, Kathryn, (2001) 'The Persian Community in Britain'. Published in Encyclopaedia Iranica, Columbia University Press.

Other publications

  • Kathryn Spellman-Poots and Sami Zubaida eds. ‘Middle Eastern Religious Minorities’,  special issue of The Middle East in London magazine, The London Middle East Institute, SOAS, London,  9(3), June-July, 2013.   
  • Kathryn Spellman-Poots, ‘Who is Hussain?’ The Middle East in London magazine, The London Middle East Institute, SOAS, London,  9(3), June-July, 2013, pp. 7-8.    
  • Spellman, Kathryn (2011) 'Women in the new Libya: challenges ahead'​ in Open Democracy, 23rd December.
  • Spellman-Poots, Kathryn, (2010) 'Shia Muslim funeral customs in London' The Middle East in London, 7(3): 8-9.
  • Spellman-Poots, Kathryn (2009) 'Born Again Iranians in London', The Middle East in London, 3(5): 10-11.
  • Spellman-Poots, Kathryn (2008) 'My Play Conveys the Impossibility of True Communication', interview with playwright Amir Reza Koohestani in The Middle East in London, 3(6): 14-15.

Conference/workshops and guest lectures

  • ‘Shias in the UK: Ritual Performances across generations’ SOAS Centre for Gender Studies Seminar Series, UK, 7 Feb. 2013.
  • ‘Shia mobilisation and identity formation in the UK’ at Wenner Gren International Workshop: ‘Beyond the Arab Spring: The Aesthetics and Poetics of Popular Revolt and Protest’ 2 March, 2013 at AKU-ISMC. 
  • ‘Manifestations of Ashura among Young British Shia’ for Religion and Social Science Seminar Series at Kings College, UK, 15 March 2013.
  • Spellman-Poots, K. Guest Lecture ‘Young Shia Muslims in UK’ for SOAS post graduate course, Muslim Britain, March 2012.
  • ‘Food and Ritual: Shi’a Muslims in Britain’for SOAS Food Forum, organized by the Food Studies Centre at SOAS, University of London, 6 December 2013.​