UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


Global Politics 2023 Remix

Please note the different days and start times for each lecture.

For queries on this lecture series, please contact Dr. Ala'a Shehabi.


The Global Politics Remix 2023 lecture series will focus on what is meant by the ‘Global South’, how we study and research it, and the important contemporary issues it faces. Invited speakers will present the most recent thinking on decoloniality and inverting what we mean by the ‘global’ on issues of international law, environmentalism and crisis-making.


The lectures are open to the public and are part of the new Global South module led by Dr Ala’a Shehabi. Details of the lectures are in the poster and biographies are below:


Dr Toyin Agbetu Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Anthropology Department at UCL. He has been a community educator at Ligali, a grassroots, Pan Africanist, human-rights based organisation for over twenty years. As part of an activist collective, Toyin has adopted a scholar-activist approach to challenging Afriphobia and the misrepresentation of African people, culture and history in the media and public spaces. He studied Education and Community Development at the University of East London, and Social and Cultural anthropology at University College London (UCL). His research interests include education and community development, counterpublics and urban social movements, cultures of protest, museum activism, decolonisation, gentrification and governmental/institutional forms of activism.


Professor Lena Salaymeh is Professor in the Section des Sciences Religieuses of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris Sciences et Lettres) and British Academy Global Professor in the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies(University of Oxford). She is also Co-Organizer of the Decolonial Comparative Law Project at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law.
Lena Salaymeh is a scholar of law and history, with specializations in Islamic jurisprudence, Jewish jurisprudence, and critical theory. Her scholarship on law and religion brings together legal history and critiques of secularism. She was recently awarded a Guggenheim and her first book received the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Textual Studies. She has held visiting positions at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sciences Religieuses), Princeton University (Davis Center, Department of History), and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law (Hamburg). She received her JD from Harvard and her PhD in Legal and Islamic History from UC Berkeley.


Dr Musab Younis is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at QMUL working on international political thought, with a focus on race, empire and anticolonialism especially during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

His first book, On the Scale of the World: The Formation of Black Anticolonial Thought, was published by the University of California Press in 2022. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. He is currently working on an intellectual history of global inequality, tentatively titled The Pillage of Distant Worlds, alongside projects on the intimate politics of imperialism; Whiteness; queerness in film; and the idea of the ‘South’. He did his DPhil (PhD, 2017) at the University of Oxford and was a Lecturer at Cardiff University (2017-18), before joining QMUL in 2018.


Dr Hamza Hamouchene is a London-based Algerian researcher and activist. He is the North Africa Programme Coordinator at the Transnational Institute (TNI), and a founding member of Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC), Environmental Justice North Africa (EJNA) and the North African Food Sovereignty Network (NAFSN). He has written and edited several books including The Arab Uprisings: A decade of struggles and The Struggle for Energy Democracy in the Maghreb. His writings have appeared in Africa Is A Country, Guardian, Huffington Post, Middle East Eye,  New Internationalist, Jadaliyya, openDemocracy, ROAR and other places.


Dr Estella Carpi is Assistant Professor in Humanitarian Studies at University College London. She is author of Uncomfortable Mirrors: Ethnography of Forced Migration in Contemporary Lebanon (Specchi Scomodi. Etnografia della Migrazione Forzata nel Libano Contemporaneo). She works in the Migration Research Unit, which provides briefing and policy papers and organises an annual student conference as well as collaborating in organising evens such as the Refugee in a Moving World Series. She is primarily interested in studying the ways in which societies respond to crises and crisis management. She has worked extensively on humanitarianism, politics of aid provision, social development, identity politics, and the catastrophisation discourse, with a specific focus on the Arab Levant (Syria and Lebanon) and Turkey.