Peach Hoyle has been awarded the Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarship to commence their PhD studies in 2022 in the Faculty of Divinity under the supervision of Professor Esra Özyürek and Dr Daniel Weiss.
Peach's work will employ an ethnographic approach to consider Muslim and Jewish women's interfaith interactions in Britain, focusing on women's responses to violence against women and girls (VAWG). The complex marginalisation of Muslim and Jewish women in the British public sphere – as women, and as members of minority religions – plays on stereotypes of religiously observant women as passive victims. This notion of passivity is dependent on secular feminist conceptualisations of agency which obscure the reality: that religiously observant women are agents with complex relationships to continuation and change. However, the British public sphere is constructed in a way that arguably curtails the discursive participation of minority-religious women. Peach intends to explore whether interfaith spaces provide particular opportunities for Muslim and Jewish women to express agency in the British public sphere – and if so, why, how and for whom?
Peach previously received a BA (Hons.) in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge and an MSt in Religious Studies from the University of Oxford. They have been involved in a number of community and grassroots organisations, and have a practical interest in the ways that people can organise to create or resist change in policy, law and practice.
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