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Caroline Ackley

Caroline Ackley

Emailcaroline.ackley.13@ucl.ac.uk

Year of start: 2013 

Subject: Medical Anthropology

PhD Candidate, Medical Anthropology
Medical Anthropology Teaching Fellow

Research Topic/ Provisional Dissertation Title

Negotiations of intimacy and morality in Hargeysa, Somaliland (working title)

Supervisor(s)

Prof. Sara Randall, Dr. Joanna Cook

Introduction

This research explores the ways in which women in Somaliland negotiate morality in their everyday lives, and over the life course.  It focuses on four 'types' of intimate relationship: with the body and the self, with other women in the community, with the divine, and the marriage relationship.  Ultimately this research calls for a new understanding of the moral life course in the Islamic context.

Research interests

  • Everyday Islam, destiny
  • Temporality, crisis, uncertainty, hope
  • Value hierarchy, ethics, self-cultivation
  • Freedom, agency, reflective consciousness
  • The body, body modification, female circumcision, contraception#
  • Sex, maternity, femininity, gender
  • Intimacy, love, relationships
  • Somaliland/Somalia, Horn of Africa

Peer reviewed publications

Review of 'Muslim Women in Postcolonial Kenya: Leadership, Representation, and Social Change' by Ousseina D. Alidou, Journal of the Canadian Association of African Studies, 2015.

"The role of Sharia based restorative justice in the transition from armed conflict to peace building: Do Somalis hold the view that the restorative justice aspects within qisas offer a solution?" Journal of Northeast African Studies, October 2014

Unpublished papers and presentations

'The moral space of the Hargeisa bus,' with Anna Rader, Panel Mobile bodies of meaning, African Studies Conference UK, Cambridge, UK, September, 2016.

'Qoys Kaab: Radical Intimacies in Hargeisa, Somaliland,' Panel Love's negotiated and discursive spaces, African Studies Conference UK, Cambridge, UK, September, 2016.

'Embodiment of the Divine through Sitaat in Somaliland,' Panel Querying the body multiple: enactment, encounters and ethnography, Anthropological Association of the UK, Durham, UK, 5 July 2016.

"The role of Sharia based restorative justice in the transition from armed conflict to peace building: Do Somalis hold the view that the restorative justice aspects within qisas offer a solution?" Conference, "Exploring Islamic Studies within a Symbiotic Framework," Asia-Europe Center, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (co-convened with the Organization of Islamic Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo and the Asia-Europe Center, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur), December 2014.

"Reflections from the field: Entering the women's world," ANTHROPOLITAN a UCL Journal of Anthropology, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/news-and-events/newsletter/Anthropolitan-11-low.pdf, November 2014.

"Restorative justice aspects within qisas- a Somali case study," Panel Religious Institutions in Transitional Justice, Transitional Justice in Post Conflict Societies in Africa, Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Studies, Nairobi, Kenya, 8-9 October 2014.

"Intimacy and agency in Somaliland's negotiations of love," Panel Representation, Identity, and Gender, Africa Research Day, University College London, African Research Students Network (AfNet), 17 March 2014.

"Barriers to Gender Equality: A Comparative Analysis of Morocco & Egypt," with Dr.

Gail Buttorff and Dr. Rahma Abdulkadir, Paper prepared for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 31 August 2013.

"Somaliland: Honour and Anonymity in Courtship Rituals," Panel Remediating the self: mobile communication and the performance of intimacy, Carleton University, Canadian Association of African Studies, 2 May 2013.

Honours/Awards/Funding

  • British Institute in Eastern Africa