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Lisa Kalayji

Lisa Kalayji
Lisa Kalayji
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Sociology of emotions, social movements, feminisms and feminist theory, Social theory, cultural studies, textual research methods

Research Interests

My interests centre on emotions and culture. My doctoral research explored emotions in radical feminism in 1980s Britain through the magazine Trouble and Strife, and I am particularly interested in the interdisciplinary dialogue between sociology and cultural studies around the cultural politics of emotion and affect. I specialise in qualitative textual research methods, particularly involving archival documents of life.


Dr. Mary Holmes

Dr. Julie Brownlie


PhD Sociology, University of Edinburgh

MSc Social Research, University of Edinburgh

B.A. Philosophy

Academic Publications

Kalayji, L. (Forthcoming). 'Thinking Through the Cracks: Bi-ethnicity, Reflexivity, & Affective Dissonance as a Methodology.' in Doing Feminisms in the Academy: Identity, Institutional Pedagogy and Critical Classrooms in India and the UK (Govinda, R. and Menon, K., eds.). New Delhi: Zubaan Books.

Murray, Ó.M. and Kalayji, L. (2018). ‘Forging Queer Feminist Futures Through Discomfort: Vulnerability and Authority in the Classroom.’ Journal of Applied Social Theory, 1(2): 12-34.

Teaching Experience

University of Edinburgh & Edinburgh Napier University

Guest Lecturer:

Contemporary Feminist Debates, Sociology of Emotions, Advanced Issues in Sociological Research, Sexuality & Gender, Sociology of Social Movements


Contemporary Feminist Debates, Sociology of Emotions, Sociology 1A & 1B, Social Theory, Social & Political Theory, Introduction to Sociology, Social & Cultural Landscapes

Selected Media Publications

(2018) 'Undisciplining the Archive, or, What is Sociology For?' Sociological Review Blog, August 2018. Available at:

(2018) 'Understanding Anti-transgender Feminism.' Discover Society, 55: April 2018. Available at:

(2017) '"For the many, not the few": Emotion, Politics, & the Fight for British Hegemony.' Discover Society, 46: July 2017. Available at:

(2017) 'Emotion Rules in Feminist Book Reviews: An Inroad to Improving Feminist Relationships.' Women are Boring, April 2017. Available at: