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Giulia Liberatore

Giulia Liberatore
Dr Giulia Liberatore
G.3 19 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4463
Research Interests
Gender, politics of multiculturalism, Somali diaspora, public religion, Islamic authority and leadership, subjectivity, sociology and anthropology of Islam, migration, aspiration, critical theory, Islam in Europe, religious diversity, Anthropology of Britain, Anthropology and sociology of Italy

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Giulia Liberatore is Lecturer at Sociology and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and an Academic Lead on the Muslims in Europe research theme at the Alwaleed Centre.

She is currently working on an ERC-funded project on Multi-Religious Encounters in Urban Settings with Ammara Maqsood (UCL) and Leslie Fesenmyer (Birmingham). The project will theorise inter-religious interactions in non-secular contexts through comparative ethnographic work in Italy, Pakistan, and Kenya.

Giulia joined the university in 2017 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on a 3-year ethnographic project on female Islamic scholarship and guidance in the UK. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE). Her monograph, which is based on her doctoral research, is entitled Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain (2017) and it chronicles the aspirations of different generations of Somali women as they respond to publicly charged questions of what it means to be Muslim, Somali, and British.

Between 2014-16 Giulia worked at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford.



Liberatore, G. (2017) Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain, Bloomsbury Academic (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology) Awarded the LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology/ Bloomsbury First Book Competition Prize.

Nando Sigona, Alan Gamlen, Giulia Liberatore, and Hélène Neveu Kringelbach (eds.) (2015). Diasporas Reimagined: The Oxford Diasporas Programme Collection. Oxford: IMI

Journal articles:

Liberatore, G. (2018) ‘Forging a ‘good diaspora’: Political mobilization among Somalis in the UK.’ Development & Change, 49 (1), 146-169.

Liberatore, G. (2016) ‘Imagining an ideal husband: Marriage as a site of aspiration among Somali pious women in London.Anthropological Quarterly, 89 (3), 781-812.

Liberatore, G. (2016) For my mum it comes with culture’: Intergenerational dynamics and young Somali women’s interventions within multicultural debates in Britain, Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, 16, Article 10.

Book chapters

Liberatore, G. and Fesenmyer, L (2018). 'Diaspora and Religion: Connecting and Disconnecting.' In Cohen, R. and Fischer, C (eds) Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies. London: Routledge.

Liberatore, G. (2017). ‘Between wandering and staying put: Piety and urban mobility among young Somali women in multicultural London.’ In D. Garbin and A. Strhan (eds) Religion and the Global City. London: Bloombsbury Academic Book Series.

Liberatore, G. (2015) ‘Divergences and convergences between diaspora and home: the Somaliland diaspora in the UK’ In Nando Sigona, Alan Gamlen, Giulia Liberatore, and Hélène Neveu Kringelbach (eds.) Diasporas Reimagined: The Oxford Diasporas Programme Collection. Oxford: IMI , pp. 116-121

Van Hear, N and Liberatore, G. (2015) ‘Shifting forms of diaspora engagement among the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora.’ In Nando Sigona, Alan Gamlen, Giulia Liberatore, and Hélène Neveu Kringelbach (eds.) Diasporas Reimagined: The Oxford Diasporas Programme Collection. Oxford: IMI , pp.211-216.

Liberatore, G. (2013). ‘Doubt as a double-edged sword: unanswerable questions and practical solutions among newly practising Somali women in London.’ In M.E Pelkmans (ed) Ethnographies of doubt: faith and uncertainty in contemporary societies. I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd, pp. 225-250.

Other publications:

Liberatore, G. 2016. Extremism in Prevent COMPAS Blog, 4th May .

Liberatore, G. 2016. Travelling Home: Pleasures & Phobias. COMPAS Blog, 5th January.

Liberatore, G. 2015. ‘Italy’s oldest and newest migrants: Challenges for second generation Somalis’ COMPAS Blog, 10th June.

Liberatore, G. 2014. Saving the Lifeline: Studying the Somali diaspora involvement in the 2013-14 campaign, 29th July.

Giulia Liberatore and Kate Stanworth, 2014. Photo essay ‘The London-Hargeysa connection: Diaspora engagement in Somaliland’, Oxford Diaspora Programme website, December.

Liberatore, G. 2014. The New Cultural Centre in Hargeysa. The LSE Africa Blog, 22nd September.

Liberatore, G. 2014. “Religion vs. Somali culture?” Exploring religious changes amongst two generations of Somali women in London. Anglo-Somali Journal, Spring Issue 55.

Liberatore, G. (with Lindley, A). 2014. Somali diversities: Challenges confronting Marginalised Social Groups. Anglo-Somali Journal, Spring Issue 55.

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PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in Sociology