Sara Tafakori

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

My research intersects feminist theory, media and critical race theory, with an emphasis on human rights, colonial genealogies of justice and recognition, affect theory, memory studies and digital activism. Prior to joining the Orient institute, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. I have taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London School of Economics, the University of Buckingham and the University of Manchester, where I also received my PhD in 2018. I was a visiting fellow in the Media and Communication Centre at the London School of Economics (2018-2020).  I am a co-convenor of the British International Studies Association (BISA) working group on Emotions in Politics and International Relations (EPIR). My work has appeared in Jadaliyya, Open democracy, Feminist Media Studies and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. I have been awarded the 2021 Catharine Stimpson Prize for my forthcoming article in Signs, ‘Digital feminism beyond nativism and empire: affective territories of recognition and competing claims to suffering in Iranian women’s activism’. During my time at OIB, I am working on my manuscript which builds on my PhD and explores the affective politics of crisis through the lens of critical race and feminist theory. I hold an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, London, and an MSc and BSc in Journalism, Media and Communications from the University of Tehran, Iran where I worked as a journalist and reporter for nine years. I can be found @TafakoriSara. Email address: