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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Lisa Kalayji

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

PhD Title

Collective Relationships & the Emotion Culture of Radical Feminism in Britain, 1983-1991

Research Interests

My interests centre on emotions and culture. My doctoral research explores emotions in radical feminism in 1980s Britain through British radical feminist 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

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: