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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Dr Pina Sadar, BA, MA

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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Before obtaining an MA (with distinction) from Durham University in 2011, Pina studied at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Anadolu University, Turkey. She has worked on educational and research projects with various civil society organisations and international institutions such as the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. She is active in the field of media (European Youth Press, Deutsche Welle) and works as a broadcast and print journalist. Her research and studies have been financially supported by Ad Futura Foundation, the Municipality of Kranj Scholarship, Zois Foundation, Peter Kirk Foundation and Erasmus scholarship.

PhD research

Pina's PhD research examines Islamic veiling in the UK, especially through the prism of on-going 'burqa ban' debates. Based on an ethnographic study among Muslim women of diverse backgrounds, the study fills the lacuna of a lack of Muslim female voices and deconstructs deformed media portrayals of a 'veiled woman'. Combined with the analysis of the existing policies, British mainstream media and social media, the gathered information is deployed for exploring personal sentiments for (not) wearing the veil by British Muslim women and contextualising these micro experiences in a broader perspective of British multiculturalism.


Teaching assistant in modules Political and Economic Organisation (Level 2) and Methods and Analysis (Level 2); involved in outreach activities and university summer schools (Sutton Trust Summer School, Supported Progression); College Mentor at Josephine Butler College; PhD tutor at The Brilliant Club

Research Interests

  • Multiculturalism and migrations
  • Social inequalities: race, ethnicity, gender and class
  • State and religion
  • Visual and media anthropology
  • Women and Islam

Research Groups

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