Sofya Shahab is a PhD candidate at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
Sofya is currently undertaking anthropological research into transmissions of violence and is exploring how the destruction of cultural property in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State resonates across time and space to impact upon the lived experiences of targeted populations.
Sofya previously worked across the humanitarian and development sectors in Afghanistan, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. She has an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she investigated the destruction of cultural heritage in conflict affected contexts as a part of the ritual process.
Women’s rights in Afghanistan: one step forward, two steps back? (1 September 2017) - Much progress has been made since the fall of the Taliban but it is vital that adding the voice of women is not merely a symbolic gesture in the peace process.