Zarqa Parvez Abdullah


A political sociologist and social scientist, Dr. Zarqa Parvez Abdullah studies nationalism, national identity, and gender studies in the Arab Gulf region. As a scholar of international government, her research also engages international politics, Gulf studies and gender studies.

She focuses mainly on women, youth, and the politics of identity in state-society dynamics of the Gulf region, for example framing intersectionality and women’s rights in the Arab Gulf Region and studying youth and social media trends. Her research uses both an intersectional and post-colonial lens to further a comprehensive understanding of society, and to also bring to light marginalized and invisible voices. Her work goes beyond the dominant narratives to explore multiple venues of knowledge, taking a more inclusive approach toward issues of identity, policy making and research agendas. She is on the faculty of International Politics at Georgetown University in Qatar. She has previously taught at Northwestern University in Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar, and Lusail University in Qatar.

Dr. Abdullah believes in making academia accessible to the larger audience and hence frequently publishes academic opinion pieces in places like The Middle East Monitor and Aljazeera on topics related to Gulf politics and society.

Some of her past research includes “Women and Family Friendly Practices,” “Intersectionality and Women’s Rights Narratives in the Arab Gulf,” “Tribalism and National Identity in the Arab Gulf and Women and Politics of Sports in FIFA 2022,” and other articles on public policy and identity.

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Global South Feminist Visions Toward Belonging
This session will survey feminist thought and movements from the perspectives of marginalized geographies and people of the Global South, including multiple entries of praxes to challenge the persistent exclusion of Global South feminist voices. The panel will interrogate national and transnational efforts for women’s rights and gender equity, liberation, planetary health, and belonging to help us imagine a worldmaking that brings into conversation Global South feminist thought, leadership, struggles, and practical applications. Global conversations on women's rights and gender equity often...