Middle East Studies

Nacira Guénif-Souilamas

Nacira Guénif is a professor of sociology and anthropology at the University Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis and a senior member of the research center LEGS (CNRS). She holds a PhD in sociology from l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and a HDR from Sciences Po Paris.

In 2009, she was a Fulbright fellow at Wellesley College (Sociology) and Columbia University (ICLS, Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures & Department of Religion), and a visiting professor at the Institute of French Studies at NYU. From 2011 to 2016, she was fellow in two projects of the Women Creating Change program of the Centre for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) at Columbia University: Gender, Religion and Law in Muslim Societies (dir: Lila Abu Lughod) and Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance: Feminism and Social Change (dir: Judith Butler).

In 2019, she was a visiting professor at REMESO (Institute for Research on Ethnicity, Migration, and Society), Linköping University in Sweden. Her PhD dissertation was awarded Le prix le Monde de la recherche universitaire, published as Des beurettes aux descendantes d’immigrants nord-africains (2000), translated into Arabic in 2004. She has co-authored Les féministes et le garçon arabe, L’Aube (2004, Italian translation forthcoming, 2022), edited La république mise à nu par son immigration, La Fabrique (2006), and co-edited with Manal Altamimi and Tal Dor, Rencontres radicales (2018).

Since 2004, she has written in: Le foulard islamique en questions; La fracture postcoloniale; La situation postcoloniale; Histoire politique des luttes de l’immigration (post)coloniale; Israeli-Paslestinian Conflict in the Francophone World; Ruptures postcoloniales; Frenchness and the African Diaspora; Migration und Menschenrechte in Europa; Penser à gauche; Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference; What’s Queer about Europe?; Politics of Coalition; and Austere Histories in European Societies.

Her latest chapters have appeared in The 25th Bamako Biennal of Photography Catalog, Racismes de France, Les Cultural Studies, and La savante et le politiqueSome of her articles appeared in French Politics, Culture and Society, Contemporary French Civilization, Cosmopolitiques, Yale French Studies, The Salon, Cadernos de Subjectividade, and Le Portique.

From 2010 till 2019, she was the vice-chair on the board of the ICI Islamic Cultures Institute of Paris. She is currently the president of the board of Kohl, a bilingual online journal.