In this interview for STATUS/الوضع, host Katty Alhayek speaks with Sabiha Allouche who discusses her article "(Dis)-Intersecting Intersectionality in the Time of Queer Syrian Refugee-ness in Lebanon" that was published in the Summer issue of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research.
Sabiha is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies and a Senior/Teaching Fellow in Gender in the Middle East, and Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East at SOAS University of London. Sabiha’s thesis examines "everyday practices of love" in contemporary Lebanon. It draws on a yearlong fieldwork and works through a feminist frame in its unpacking of love and desire and their interplay with gender, class, and sect. Sabiha’s publications include an article in 2015 where she examines the stereotype of the "Angry Arab Man" through the framework of "affect theory" in order to show the affective interplay(s) between US foreign policy and media on the one hand, and their audience on the other.
Katty Alhayek is a scholar activist from Syria. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests broadly center around themes of gender, conflict, activism, media and new technologies. She earned an undergraduate degree in Media Studies from Damascus University in 2008.