Dr Chloe Patton has joined AKU-ISMC as a Research Fellow until September 2011. Dr Patton received her PhD from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2009; her doctoral research explored representations of self and belonging expressed through the self-portraits of members of a Melbourne-based Islamic youth group. Placing concerns about agency and hybrid cultural identification at the centre of the analysis, her thesis contended that multiculturalism plays an important role in structuring young Muslims' narratives of identity in an often hostile social context.
While at the Institute, Dr Patton will continue focusing her research on young Australian Muslims and multiculturalism. Titled "Multiculturalism as a Grammar of Religiosity among Young Australian Muslims," her project will deal with questions of secularism and modernity through an ethnographic study of the ethical self-fashioning of young Muslims. Dr Patton has a background in international development and has taught various courses within the International Studies Programme at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.
- "People Think our Lives are Dark': Diasporic Resistance to the Metaphoric Darkening of Female Islamic Identity", in Flood, C., Hutchings, S., Nickels, H., Miazhevich, G. (eds), Islam in the Plural: Identities, (Self) Perceptions and Politics, Amsterdam: Brill. (forthcoming 2010);
- "Hijab, 'New Piety' and Women's Agency: A Critique of Bronwyn Winter's Atheist Feminism", Explorations: Journal of the Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations, 47: 22-30. (2010)
- "Veiled Politics: Negotiating Hijabi Identities in an Australian Muslim Youth Group", The International Journal of the Humanities, 5(6): 9-14. (2006)