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I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in social anthropology, gender and diversity studies, and sociology. My research interests lie at the nexus of medical anthropology and postcolonial feminist theory. My work traces the production, travel, and contestation of discourses on female genital practices and critically interrogates the transnational campaign against 'female genital mutilation' (FGM).
PhD Anthropology & Sociology, University of London, SOAS
26 Sept 2016 → 30 Jun 2021
Award Date: 30 Jun 2021
MA Gender and Diversity, Universiteit Gent
28 Sept 2015 → 4 Feb 2015
Award Date: 4 Feb 2016
MSc Sociology, Universiteit Gent
23 Sept 2013 → 6 Feb 2016
Award Date: 6 Feb 2015
BSc Sociology, Vrije University of Brussels
26 Sept 2010 → 5 Jul 2013
Award Date: 5 Jul 2013
Structured keywords and research groupings
- SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
- Female Genital Cutting
- Sexual Health
- Knowledge Production
- Postcolonial Feminism
- Social Anthropology
- Medical Anthropology
- Anthropology of Development
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Abandoning female genital mutilation/cutting (FGMC) is an emerging but costly parental investment strategy in rural EthiopiaGibson, M. A., Gurmu, E., Chua, R. V., Van Bavel, H. & Myers, S., 25 Sept 2023, In: Social Science and Medicine. 335, 10 p., 116170.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access
Education, Class, and Female Genital Cutting among the Samburu of Northern Kenya: Challenging the Reproduction of the “Ignorant Pastoralist” Narrative in Anticutting CampaignsVan Bavel, H., 4 Apr 2022, In: Violence against Women. 28, 15-16, p. 3742-3761 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Is Anti-FGM Legislation Cultural Imperialism? Interrogating Kenya’s Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation ActVan Bavel, H., 2022, In: Social and Legal Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access1 Citation (Scopus)