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School of Geography

Dr Azeezat Johnson

Azeezat

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Email: azeezat.johnson@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 882 2749
Room Number: Geography Building, Room 221

Profile

Azeezat Johnson is a social geographer, interested in conversations about Black (and) Muslim geographies to push against the marginalisation of Black Muslim women. In her work, Azeezat has also unpacked how whiteness is neutralised within spaces of power and how that impacts on everyday lived experiences, particularly for Black Muslim women. Her PhD research (completed at University of Sheffield in 2017) grew from this vein of thinking: it used the clothing practices of Black Muslim women in Britain to explore how identity performance shift as people interact with different objects, bodies, gazes and spaces. This pushed against a static reading of Black Muslim women (that are too often seen as either Black or Muslim).

Her current research seeks to move away from explaining structures of whiteness to those who benefit from it. Her Leverhulme project unpacks the racial histories that inform Black women’s current lives in London. She asks how Black women in London create spaces of home whilst navigating the imperial nostalgia exposed through Brexit.

Key publication:

  • Johnson, A., Joseph-Salisbury, R. & Kamunge, E. (eds.) (2018) The Fire Now: anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence. London: Zed Books.

 Academic Background:

  • BA Modern History and Politics, The University of Southampton
  • MSc Ethnicity and Multiculturalism, The University of Bristol
  • PhD Geography, The University of Sheffield

Teaching

I am currently supervising undergraduate and postgraduate taught dissertations on topics related to:

  • Black feminism
  • Critical race studies
  • Experiences of Muslims and Islamophobia
  • Gender studies

Research

Publications

  • Johnson, A. (2019) ‘Throwing our bodies against the white background of academia’ Area.
  • Johnson, A. (2019) ‘Centring Black Muslim women in Britain: a Black feminist project’ Gender, Place and Culture. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2018.1551785
  • Johnson, A., Joseph-Salisbury, R. & Kamunge, E. (eds.) (2018) The Fire Now: anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence. London: Zed Books
  • Johnson, A. (2018) ‘The Academic Witness: white supremacy within and beyond academia’ in Azeezat Johnson, Remi Joseph-Salisbury & Elizabeth Kamunge (eds.) The Fire Now: anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence. London: Zed Books
  • Johnson, A. & Joseph-Salisbury, R. (2018) '‘Are you supposed to be in here?’ Racial microaggressions and knowledge production in Higher Education.' in: Jason Arday (ed.) Dismantling Racial Inequality within the Academy: Race and Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan
  • Johnson, A. (2017) ‘Getting Comfortable to feel at home: Clothing Practices of Black Muslim Women in Britain’ Gender, Place and Culture, 24(2), 274-287.

Public Engagement