Dr. Samie obtained her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Warwick in August 2010 and was also awarded a Distinction in a Masters in Social Research from the same institution. As a critical educator whose research interests are interdisciplinary, Dr. Samie makes an exciting contribution to the fields of sociology, race and ethnic studies, south Asian studies, women and gender studies, post-colonial feminist epistemologies and sociology of sport and popular culture.Her published articles and book chapters from her Masters thesis allude to the complex identity work of young British Pakistani Muslim men and their constructions of religious masculinities through sport and physical education. Her doctoral work, however, firmly positions her as a post-colonial feminist writer who examines the intersections of gender, 'race', culture and religion in the lives of south Asian Muslim women living in diaspora communities in the 'West'.Her doctoral thesis emerges out of a 3-year auto-ethnography with sporting Muslim women living in urban, working class British communities and explores the dynamic and multifarious ways in which women - who are typically understood through discourses of 'Otherness' 'victimhood', passivity and oppression - set out to redefine, reorganize and reclaim themselves through sporty spaces. By essentially highlighting how women’s resistance moves from challenging the cultural politics of ‘local’ parochialism (in chapter 1), to challenging the exclusionary ideals of political Islamism (in chapter 2), to challenging right wing nationalism and contemporary racisms (in chapter 3), to eventually challenging the ‘Other’ within themselves (chapter 4), the thesis illuminates how women’s embodied resistance moves from challenging several ‘Others’, to eventually challenging the ‘Other’ within themselves. It thus highlights how the very core of women’s embodied resistance can be turned back onto themselves.Beyond her doctoral studies, Dr. Samie has participated in the research and publication of reports that evaluate the social impacts and effectiveness of national 'sport for social change' projects in the lives of vulnerable young people. This research dovetails with her own interests in the role, if any, that sport can play in nurturing positive transformational change.Following a move to the the United States (in Nov. 2012), Dr. Samie served as an invited international expert for the 'Empowering Women and Girls' program funded by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated through the Center of Sport, Peace and Society at the University of Tennessee. Her role in this project was to educate women and girls about issues pertaining to gendered, social and political inequality, and the societal and cultural pressures of being ‘feminine’ in both a local and global context. Dr. Samie aimed to deliver critical workshops that inspired women to (a) recognize the multiple axes of oppression that exist to limit their social, educational, political and legal opportunities for success; (b) understand how these axes of oppression often legitimize multiple forms of gendered violence in their own communities and countries; and (c) encouraged women to foster realistic action plans to help themselves and others in their situation.Outside of academia, Dr. Samie remains an enthusiastic advocate for issues of equality and social justice. She has professional qualifications in delivering 'Religious Diversity & Anti-Discrimination' training and is well known for her community centered public workshops on 'Recognizing and Overcoming Islamaphobia' (both within and beyond the field of sport).Dr. Samie has worked both nationally (in Britain) and internationally for a number of community- and sports-based organisations as well as the Human Rights and Equality Commission to discuss such matters. At a more community level, Dr. Samie has devoted a lot of time to advancing the grassroots participation of Muslim women in sport, and worked to raise the profile of those Muslim women already involved in sport in Europe.In 2012 she was appointed as a guest contributor to the 'Muslim women and sport' blog founded by Sertac Sehlikoglu from the Department of Anthropology, University of Cambridge.
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