Dr Azeezat Johnson
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0) 207 882 2749Room Number: Geography Building, Room 221
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.
Johnson, A., Joseph-Salisbury, R. & Kamunge, E. (eds.) (2018) The Fire Now: anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence. London: Zed Books.
- BA Modern History and Politics, The University of Southampton
- MSc Ethnicity and Multiculturalism, The University of Bristol
- PhD Geography, The University of Sheffield
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
- 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.
- Amaliah’s Small Talk podcast, January 2019.
"How do we resist and exist within white power structures.
Podcast available: https://soundcloud.com/amaliahpodcast/how-do-you-resist-and-exist-within-white-power-structures-small-talk-with-dr-azeezat-johnson
- Building the Anti-Racist Classroom: Organising for Liberation QMUL, October 2019.
Led by Sadhvi Dar, Co-organiser with Decolonise QMUL
- Decolonising the Curriculum University of Kent, March 2019
Reading excerpt from The Fire Now with Remi Joseph-Salisbury.
YouTube video available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSoktAGHTTc
- Inclusive Mosque Initiative “Raise Your Gaze: Islamic feminism(s) in focus” event, September 2017
Title: Centring Black Muslims and Black feminism: On Anti-Blackness (again!)
Transcript available: https://azeezatjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/imiblackmuslims/
- Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures, November 2016
Title: The meanings of Black history in Britain and beyond
YouTube video available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIqsxtxNJNE
- Sheffield Black History Month, October 2016
Title: Sip some Lemonade - Beyoncé and Black feminism
Transcript available: https://azeezatjohnson.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/lemonadetalk/
- The Marc Steiner Show (WEAA 88.9 FM), July 2016
Title: “Dispatches from Africa and the Diaspora: #BlackLivesMatter Everywhere” post-Brexit
Podcast available: http://www.steinershow.org/podcasts/dispatches-from-african-and-the-diaspora-blacklivesmatter-everywhere/
- University of Birmingham Ethnic Minority Association, February 2016
Title: Islamophobia and Women
- The changing face of racism, Islamic Human Right Commission, December 2015
Title: Islamophobia and feminism
YouTube video available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GczWsC8CFSI
- LaDIYFest Sheffield Festival, November 2014
Title: Intersections of race, gender and activist work
Presented with Beth Kamunge
- LaDIYfest presents… Audre Lorde - the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992, October 2014
Title: Introducing Audre Lorde and Black feminism