Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Asmaa Soliman

Asmaa Soliman is Teaching Fellow and Pathway Representative for Societies at UCL's Arts and Sciences Department. She is also Visiting Fellow at the LSE European Institute. Asmaa has worked for several universities, research institutions and media companies in Egypt, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. These include UCL, LSE, Maastricht University, the Economic and Social Research Council UK (ESRC), Aljazeera English, Qantara-Deutsche Welle, Arts Versa, the European Network against Racism (ENAR) and Alhayah TV. She has acted as a media producer, researcher and teacher, mainly in fields relating to intercultural relations, multiculturalism, religion, migration, media culture, racism and Europe-Middle East relations.

Asmaa has an interdisciplinary study background. She holds a PhD with majors in Sociology, Politics and Culture from UCL's Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry. Her thesis examined European Muslims' engagement in the public sphere in the context of identity. She completed her bachelors degree in Arts & Culture with a specialisation in Media Culture at Maastricht University in 2009 and received her first masters degree in Media Culture with Distinction from Maastricht University in 2010. She finalised her second masters degree in International Politics with a distinction at City University London in 2011.

Asmaa's current research project at the Institute of Advanced Studies is European Muslim Female Artists & Their Identity Expressions in the Arts.  This research project aims to analyse gender-related themes in European Muslim women's identity expressions within the arts. It aims to look at several case studies of European Muslim female artists from Germany and the UK, involving poets, rappers and visual artists. By bringing in the relevance of gender to questions of identity and artistic expressions, this project will investigate the ways in which gender-specific issues shape the expression of European Muslim women's identities within the arts sphere. It will apply an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together literature and theories from sociology, cultural studies and gender studies in an innovative way.