Gendered Lives Mini-Profile: Dr Line Nyhagen

Line Nyhagen

Dr Line Nyhagen is Reader in Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. Line’s research focuses on religion, citizenship and women’s social movements. Most recently, she has published an article with The Conversation delineating the obstacles Muslim women face when attempting to engage in civil society, and particularly prejudice against religious expression through modes of dress. Click here to read it.

Line’s latest book, Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism (with Beatrice Halsaa, published April 2016) has already been called a ‘landmark contribution to scholarship’ (click here for pre-publication reviews). The book explores views and experiences of Christian and Muslim women living in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom related to their faith, identities and citizenship. It also examines how this group views gender equality, women’s movements and feminism. This research developed from Line’s previous book, Majority-Minority Relations in Contemporary Women’s Movements: Strategic Sisterhood (with Beatrice Halsaa; Palgrave Macmillan 2012). The book compares and contrasts contemporary women’s movements in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom, with particular attention to relations between ethnic majority and ethnic minority women and politics.

Line has initiated, worked on and led several research projects that have investigated the experiences of ethnic minorities, including Muslim women and men, ethnic minority women’s organizations, and immigrant organizations. In a project sponsored by the Research Council of Norway, she studied immigrant organizations in Norway with a view to their involvement in political decision-making processes.

During International Women’s Week this April, Line gave a talk to the Loughborough Women’s Network at the Student Union on majority-minority relations in women’s movements. She has also just been named recipient of a Loughborough University Research-Informed Teaching Award that will be presented at the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference on 16th June 2016.

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