Dr Shabnam Holliday
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Dr Shabnam Holliday

Associate Professor in International Relations

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Dr Shabnam Holliday can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Politics
  • Iran
  • International politics
  • Nationalism
Biography

Biography

Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD Discourses and counter-discourses of Iranian national identity during Khatami's presidency (1997-2005), University of Exeter
  • MA in Middle East Politics, University of Exeter
  • 1st Class BA (Hons) in Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Professional membership

  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
  • British Institute of Persian Studies
  • British International Studies Association

Roles on external bodies

  • Director Modern Research Project, 'Iran and the International', British Istitute of Persian Studies (British Academy)
  • Member of the Research Committee, British Istitute of Persian Studies (British Academy)

Key publications

Holliday SJ & Rivetti P (2016) 'Divided we stand? The heterogeneous political identities of Iran's 2009-2010 uprisings' Political Identities and Popular Uprisings in the Middle East London Rowman and Littlefield International Author Site Publisher Site
Holliday SJ (2019) 'Populism, the international and methodological nationalism: global order and the Iran-Israel nexus' Political Studies , DOI Open access
Holliday SJ (2016) 'The legacy of subalternity and Gramsci's national-popular: populist discourse in the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran' THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY 37, (5) 917-933 Author Site , DOI Open access
Holliday SJ 'Beyond hegemony, world order as domination: Iran’s Green Movement and the nuclear sanctions regimes' International Relations , DOI Open access
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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

I currently teach and lead 3 modules:

  • Stage 1, Discovering World Politics. This is a team-taught module that introduces stage 1 students to the concep of power through diffeernt case studies, topics and approaches. This includes the 'Arab Spring'; Natural resources and power in Africa; the relationship between legitimacy, power and authority; plastic and ocean governance; Covid-19 and security; protests globally and power as resitance; and Covid-19 and international politics.
  • Stage 3, The Politics and International Relations of the Middle East. This module examines confict and rivalry in the MIddle East by highlighting the intereconnection between domestic and international politics, and highlighting the importance of historica context.
  • MA, The International Relations of the MIddle East: A critical approach. This module examines international relations in the region by exploring the somestic and international dynamics of popular uprisings in the Middle East, icluding the 'Arab Spring'.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Iranian foreign policy and politics, including nationalism and the role of political identity
  • Political change and transformation in the MENA region
  • Populism in the Global South
  • World order and the Global South

Staff serving as external examiners

Open University, Undergraduate programmes, POLIS

Research

Research

Research interests

I am Associate Professor in International Relations. My research interests are focused on 3 areas:

The role of ideas in Iran and their relationship with domestic and international politics

I have looked at the ideas of ‘nation’, ‘democracy’, and ‘the people’ in the context of the Islamic Republic of Iran. My publications have looked at how these ideas are constructed and the meanings that are attached to them. Building on this, I am currently working on the idea of ‘world order’.

Approaches towards a more inclusive and non-Eurocentric IR

I come from an Area Studies and Middle East Politics background and found myself in IR because of my interest in Iran’s relationship with the international. This experience has led me to question and interrogate IR’s Eurocentricity and particularly the relationship between the ‘West’ and ‘the rest’.

Political change, revolution, and legitimacy in post-revolutionary situations

I am interested in the dynamics that lead to revolution and how legitimacy is maintained after a major change in a domestic political order. I have used Antonio Gramsci’s work to explore these dynamics.


Publications

Publications

Key publications

Holliday SJ & Rivetti P (2016) 'Divided we stand? The heterogeneous political identities of Iran's 2009-2010 uprisings' Political Identities and Popular Uprisings in the Middle East London Rowman and Littlefield International Author Site Publisher Site
Holliday SJ (2019) 'Populism, the international and methodological nationalism: global order and the Iran-Israel nexus' Political Studies , DOI Open access
Holliday SJ (2016) 'The legacy of subalternity and Gramsci's national-popular: populist discourse in the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran' THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY 37, (5) 917-933 Author Site , DOI Open access
Holliday SJ 'Beyond hegemony, world order as domination: Iran’s Green Movement and the nuclear sanctions regimes' International Relations , DOI Open access

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Holliday SJ (2019) 'Populism, the international and methodological nationalism: global order and the Iran-Israel nexus' Political Studies , DOI Open access
Holliday SJ (2016) 'The legacy of subalternity and Gramsci's national-popular: populist discourse in the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran' THIRD WORLD QUARTERLY 37, (5) 917-933 Author Site , DOI Open access
Holliday SJ (2010) 'Khatami’s Islamist-Iranian discourse of national identity: A discourse of resistance' British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 37, (1) 1-13 , DOI
Holliday SJ (2007) 'The politicisation of culture and the contestation of Iranian national identity in Khatami’s Iran' Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 7, 1, 27-44 Publisher Site , DOI
Holliday SJ 'Beyond hegemony, world order as domination: Iran’s Green Movement and the nuclear sanctions regimes' International Relations , DOI Open access
Books
Holliday SJ (2016) Defining Iran. Routledge , DOI
Holliday SJ; Leech P (2016) Political Identities and Popular Uprisings in the Middle East. London Rowman and Littlefield International Author Site Publisher Site
Holliday SJ (2011) Defining Iran: Politics of Resistance. Ashgate Publisher Site
Chapters
Holliday SJ & Rivetti P (2016) 'Divided we stand? The heterogeneous political identities of Iran's 2009-2010 uprisings' Political Identities and Popular Uprisings in the Middle East London Rowman and Littlefield International Author Site Publisher Site
Holliday SJ (2014) 'Iran's Own Uprising and the Arab Spring' in Sadiki L Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring Routledge Author Site , DOI
(2014) 'Iran’s Own Popular Uprising and the Arab Spring' Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring Routledge 565-575 , DOI
Holliday SJ & Holliday SJ (2011) 'Conclusion' in Pace M Europe, the USA and Political Islam Basingstoke Palgrave MacMillan 192-204 Publisher Site
Holliday SJ (2011) 'Democratization in Iran: A role for the EU?' in Pace M Europe, the USA and Political Islam: Strategies for Engagement Basingstoke Palgrave MacMillan 58-78 Publisher Site
Holliday SJ (2011) 'Democratization in Iran: A Role for the EU?' Europe, the USA and Political Islam Palgrave Macmillan UK 58-78 , DOI
Holliday SJ (2007) 'Cities of the Middle East and North Africa' in Dumper M; Stanley BE Cities of the Middle East and North Africa Santa Barbara, CA Abc-clio Publisher Site
Holliday SJ (2007) 'Cities of the Middle East and North Africa' in Dumper M; Stanley BE Cities of the Middle East and North Africa Santa Barbara, CA Abc-clio Publisher Site
Other Publications
Holliday S (2019) Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran. By Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. 392p. $60.00 cloth, $29.99 paper. Cambridge University Press , DOI