This is the personal blog of Alicia Izharudin, a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.
I graduated with a PhD in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2015 where I studied the gender politics of Islamic filmmaking in Indonesia. Before embarking on a life dedicated to Gender Studies, I was a geneticist and biochemist after receiving a first-class degree in Molecular Biology from the National University of Malaysia. I pursued a Masters by Research in Biochemistry in Oxford University and visiting position at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego before turning to postgraduate studies in Gender Studies with a specialisation in Southeast Asian Studies at SOAS. I joined University of Malaya in 2015.
In 2017, I became a Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Pacific Delegate in Indonesia and National Focal Person for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in a regional public policy framework on women and natural disaster. In 2019, I took up a Research Associate and Visiting Senior Lecturer position at the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School.
This blog charts my intellectual life from 2008 – the year I made the full transition from the biological sciences to social science and humanities. It began as a place where I practised my writing on feminist issues and where I learned to develop my voice. Over the years it became much more than that as I personally transformed from a reader of feminist books to blogger to feminist scholar. The tone of writing in this blog has also changed, marked by frequent absences as I grappled with my identity as a young scholar.
The blog has become an archive of my intellectual development and political views. I don’t think my feminist views have changed very much except they have become much more academically informed over the years. My blog was also conceived as part of a mission to create resources on gender and sexuality in the Malaysian context, it is twinned with my Wikipedia efforts in English and Malay.
I hope my blog is a useful resource for people who are interested in feminist debates and issues related to gender at the intersection of religion and culture. It is a place for conversation and I look forward to having with one with you!
For interviews and queries of an academic nature, drop me a hello
alicia [dot] izharuddin [at] gmail [dot] com
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